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The Howard School
Derwent Way, Rainham, ME8 0BX, UK Gillingham
+44 (0)1634-388765

Welcome to our school, Broaden your horizons

Welcome to the official website of the Howard School, this will serve as a portal for Parents and Students alike to find valuable information at the click of a mouse.

"The Howard School aims to be a widely respected school which provides unmatched opportunities for students in academic, personal, cultural and social aspects of life."

Welcome to our school, Broaden your horizons

The Howard School was established in 1975 by amalgamating Rainham Boys Secondary School and Gillingham Boys Grammar School to form a bi-lateral school. A bi-lateral school is one where admission to the grammar school section is by 11 plus selection and admission to the high school section is non-selective.

The school was named after Dorothy Howard who played a major part in the local community.

Since opening there have been four principals:

John Hicks: 1975-1987
Alan Jarrett: 1987 to 1997
Maurice Barry: 1997-2001
David Smith: 2002 - 2007
Paul Morris: September 2007 to present

The Howard School became a Grant Maintained School in 1994 when we left the control of Kent County Council. Following a change of Central Government we became a Foundation School in 1998. Although a Foundation School, the school works very closely with Medway Council who, since being set up in 1998 a a Unitary Authority, control education in the Medway Towns. The school became a Specialist Sports College in 2007. We are an 11-18 school.


  • To enable students of all abilities to develop to their true potential.
  • To provide tolerance and respect for all cultures represented in the school.
  • To provide a challenging, interesting and well balanced curriculum catering for the range of abilities and needs of our students.
  • To strive to raise our standards of academic success.
  • To provide a safe, happy and caring working environment in which each student is valued and is able to develop his potential.
  • To have consistently high expectations relevant to the abilities of each student; to match those with high quality resources and learning strategies.
  • To develop in each student a sense of moral values in order to help prepare them for future responsibilities and opportunities.
  • To foster links with parents and the wider community.

To develop in students an understanding of themselves and enable them to become responsible citizens with a social, cultural, economic and political awareness.


The Howard School has a range of impressive facilities.  The very large 36 acre campus encompasses:-

  • Two Gymnasia
  • A Sports Hall
  • Table Tennis Centre with twelve full size tables
  • Ten five-a-side all weather floodlit football pitches (complete April 08)
  • Four soccer pitches
  • Two rugby pitches
  • Athletics track
  • Learning Resource Centre (complete July 08)
  • ‘E’ Learning Centre
  • Over 450 computers in rooms around the school
  • 130 seater theatre
  • Three canteens
  • A well equipped Sixth Form Centre
  • Student Services building
  • Music suite
  • Two drama studios
  • Eleven science laboratories
  • Practical Crafts area
  • Art studios
  • Large hall (seating for 350) fully equipped with performance stage
  • Eight Technology rooms (five workshops and three graphics rooms)
  • Playgrounds
  • Parking for 250 cars

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