The Howard School | Prospectus

The Howard School Prospectus




Welcome to

The Howard School

Thank you for your interest in The Howard School.

We have a new exciting state of the art Science & Technology building which will be opening soon. As a school we are investing in a cutting edge digital strategy, which will include every student having access to a leased digital device. We are a community based on mutual respect and where we treat each other with dignity. We are passionate that all our students will be highly successful adults, who contribute to their local and global communities. We are acutely aware of our moral duty as educators, to give young people the qualifications and experiences they need, to have the best life chances.

The Howard School is consistently one of the most successful non-selective, non- denominational boy’s schools nationally. As a school we enhance the life chances of our young people by maximising their educational achievement. Our local and national reputation is excellent; we support our students to make outstanding academic and personal progress. We are a school where GCSE, A-Level and BTEC outcomes are consistently strong, both locally and in the context of the national picture. We are a traditional school with clear values and practices, with good discipline, smart uniform including a blazer, high quality teaching and a house and rewards system. We offer a warm and well ordered environment, with high expectations of our whole school community. We know that young people learn best in a structured and purposeful environment and this is what we have created at The Howard School. This is enhanced by our outstanding pastoral and careers programmes and our many extra curricular activities.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to The Howard School in September.

Mr J Johal, Executive Headteacher

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Our Ethos

and Values

At The Howard School, we aspire for all our students to gain the academic outcomes and personal skills to make a positive contribution to society, both now and in the future.

We are a community based on mutual respect and where we treat each other with dignity.

We foster productive partnerships with parents, carers and the wider community.

We provide a broad, inspiring and well-balanced curriculum.

We focus relentlessly on personal and academic success and ensure the delivery of high quality teaching.

We provide a warm, structured and well disciplined learning environment, because this is where students learn best.

We develop in students an understanding of their rights and responsibilities, and enable them to become responsible citizens with social, cultural, economic and political awareness.


04 The school is a calm and orderly environment, where pupils and students attend regularly and feel safe. Pupils and students are respectful of each other and their teachers, and work amidst a culture of acceptance. Staff know pupils and students as individuals, and provide them with support that is appropriate to their different needs. “ ” Ofsted, 2016



Our curriculum is broad and balanced. We offer a full range of subjects and qualifications. The core subjects of English, Maths and Science are strong. We also offer the following subjects:

Geography Computer Science



Photography & Graphics

Business Studies

Art & Design






Design Technology

3D Design

Food & Nutrition


Performing Arts

Creative iMedia

Pastoral Programmes Including Cultural and Personal Wellbeing

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There are many opportunities for students to be involved in enriching activities outside of the ‘traditional’ curriculum. Students in the past have had the opportunity to explore locations in Italy, Amsterdam, New York and Iceland. Many more local visits occur to galleries and theatres in London, Margate and Canterbury. Students are also involved in the Duke of Edinburgh award and we have plans to launch a ‘World Challenge’ experience. We have outstanding and diverse PE and Sports clubs. The Howard School is committed to providing high quality careers education, information, advice, guidance and work-related learning, including work experience. Our priority is to equip students to manage the choices, changes and transitions affecting their future lives. Our careers programme is designed to meet the needs of all of our students. It is differentiated to ensure progression through appropriate activities, therefore strengthening motivation, aspirations and attainment. It is tailored to meet the needs of individual students. 06


and Support

The Howard School is proud to have achieved the Rights Respecting Schools Award at Gold Level, one of the few secondary schools in Kent and Medway to gain this prestigious accolade. The Gold award is at the highest level and only granted to schools that have fully embedded the principles of the Convention into their ethos and curriculum. We are proud to have maintained the Gold award which offers an external validation of The Howard School. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is based on an analysis of what children need in order to thrive. These needs can be grouped into four categories:

• To survive as a fit and healthy person • To be protected from harm and abuse • To develop physically, mentally and socially • To participate as an active citizen

In order to provide good quality education, all staff and Governors of The Howard School are committed to the provision of equal opportunities for all, in all areas of school life. Our curriculum is planned to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students at the school and in society, and prepare our students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We firmly believe that we have a duty to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between people of different groups. We want to foster young people who care about their environment and who act with kindness towards each other and the natural world.

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We are proud to be the most successful non- selective, non-denominational boy’s school in the South East. All groups make good progress so that students’ attainment, as measured by the proportion gaining five 9-4 grades including English and Mathematics, is in line with the national average, and above average when measured across a wider range of subjects or solely against boys progress nationally and in the South East. Our students make good progress from their relative starting points. Attainment in vocational courses is above average, and in line with national averages at A level. We are a consistently high achieving, well disciplined and happy school. Awhole-school emphasis on developing students’ communication skills means that our students are confident and articulate in sharing their opinions. Reading is promoted often, such as in tutorial sessions, and students’ good literacy skills are evident in the quality of their written work. The school steadily reduces the attainment gap between students eligible for the pupil premium and others as they move through the school.

79% Grade 4+ in English

+0.25 Progress 8 Score


It’s comforting to know that teachers understand him and believe in him, he’s a lucky young man to have such amazing teachers at The Howard School. “ ” Parent, 2019 09



A high standard of personal appearance is expected from all our students. Anyone arriving at school in non-uniform clothing can be sent home to change or to Pastoral Support where uniform can be borrowed for the day. Students may not wear jewellery to school, and adornments relating to any piercings are forbidden.

All students in Years 7-11 must wear:

• A black blazer with school badge and year ribbon • Plain white shirt with collar and school tie • Black or dark grey trousers (not skinny fit, denims, cords or jean style) • Black shoes (not trainers, sports shoes, fabric or suede) • Jumper, if worn, must be a black Howard jumper with school badge • Plain black, grey or navy socks • Belts, if worn, should be plain black without large buckles.

PE and Games Kit:

• Embroidered polo shirt, shorts and socks, rugby shirt • Embroidered sweatshirt (optional)

Please note that caps and hooded tops are not allowed and must not be worn on the school site. If they are found, they are likely to be confiscated and a parent/carer may need to collect them from school. The

School Day





12:20 13:50 15:00

Period 2 (inc Break)

Period 4 (inc Lunch)

Mondays-Thursdays CDW Period 1

Period 3

Period 5 End






Period 2 (inc Break)

Period 4 (inc Lunch)


Period 1

Period 3


Note: The above schedule is subject to change, and may have been altered by the start of the next school year.


The Howard Sixth Form is a highly successful learning environment where our students achieve excellent exam outcomes. We are a strong community which provides a highly personalised approach to the development of all our young people. We aim to create an environment which provides a unique and sustainable foundation for progression routes to university, apprenticeships, college and work. Our ambitious students thrive within our supportive and positive learning environment. We take pride in knowing all of our students as individuals, allowing a highly personalised approach to managing each student’s experiences. At all stages, parents are informed and involved. We offer the following broad curriculum choices: Sixth Form

3D Design

Art & Design Including: Graphic Products, Photography, Fine Art






EPQ Extended Project Qualification

English Language

Language & Literature

Financial Studies

Film Studies





and Mechanics




BTEC Sport and Exercise (Double or Triple)

French or Spanish


Performing Arts Acting BTEC (Single, Double or Triple)

Philosophy & Ethics

Psychology BTEC




Students who needed to improve their GCSE results in English and Mathematics made strong progress in these subjects compared with their peers nationally. “ ” Ofsted, 2016 12

Admissions and

Extra Information

The arrangements for coordinated admissions in Medway will be set out in detail in the Medway LA booklet for parents/carers ‘Admission to Secondary School’, a copy of which will be available from the school or from the Admissions Team at Medway LA. The Planned Admission Number (PAN) is 250. Offers of places will be posted to parents/carers by the LA on behalf of the school. Places must first be offered to those children with statements of special education needs where the school is named. If the number of preferences for The Howard School received via the Medway coordinated scheme is more than the number of places available, places are allocated in the following priority order: i. Looked After Children or previously looked after children as defined in the Medway coordinated admission scheme. ii. At the time of application where a child has a brother/sister including adopted siblings, stepbrother/sister, foster brother/sister and those who live as a brother/sister in the same house currently attending the school and will still be on roll at the time of entry. iii. Child’s health reasons. Medical evidence must be provided which demonstrates a specific health reason which requires a child to attend the preferred school. iv. Where the child resides within the access area. Priority given to those nearest the school.

v. Nearness of child’s home. Distance will be measured by the shortest available safe walking route between home and school as measured by Medway Council’s Geographical Information System.


We are a part of The Howard Academy Trust - a larger community of schools with a shared moral purpose; to make a positive difference to the lives of the young people in our community.

As a Trust, we currently comprise of Medway secondary and primary schools. We have future growth plans extending into North Kent and have been selected by the DfE and Kent County Council to open a new secondary presumption free school in Margate in September 2023. Learning and growth are at the heart of THAT ethos. We recognise and value the unique talents and expertise within our community and aim to create a culture of dignity, respect and ambition, where all can thrive. This is achieved through: Excellent teaching and learning that promotes inclusivity; Regular opportunities for collaborative CPD to ensure best practice across academies; A proactive network for joint working across academies, for staff at various career stages; The highest standards of behaviour and conduct achieved through clear expectations and positive relationships; The unique character of each academy is valued and contributes to the THAT whole Trust ethos; Shared whole trust values of dignity, respect and ambition; High aspirations for all involved with the Trust and a solutions led approach; Each academy is a hub for its local community and families; Facing outwards and working in collaboration with other organisations and stakeholders; A centralised team that allows academies leaders to focus on their core purpose of education.

We are enormously proud of our schools and of the leaders, governors, teachers and support staff who every day ensure our pupils enjoy and make good progress in their learning.

The Howard School

Miers Court Primary School

Deanwood Primary School

Thames View Primary School

Temple Mill Primary School

Waterfront UTC


Find out more about our Trust at:


Contact Us

Address: The Howard School, Derwent Way, Rainham, Kent, ME8 0BX

Office Email:

Telephone: 01634 388765

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