Chatham House Grammar School

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(Former) Chatham House Grammar School
ChathamHouseGrammarSchoolLogo.png
Motto Floreat Domus Chathamensis
(Latin: May Chatham Flourish)
Established 1797
Type Grammar school
Academy
Founder Dr William Humble
Specialism Science
Mathematics & Computing
Location Chatham Street
Ramsgate
Kent
CT11 7PS
England
Local authority Kent
DfE URN 136382 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Boys; Coeducational (sixth form)
Ages 11–18
Former pupils Old Ruymians
New name Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School
Merged 2011
Website www.ccgrammarschool.co.uk

Chatham House Grammar School was an all boys grammar school in Ramsgate, Kent, England, that was merged in September 2013 with its sister school Clarendon House Grammar School to become the Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School.

It had a coeducational sixth form and shared teaching facilities and various A Level courses with Clarendon House Grammar School. The two schools worked together to provide subjects, bands, and outings. Both schools were co-ed from the sixth form (Year 12 and 13).

History[edit]

Chatham House was founded in 1797 by Dr William Humble along Chatham Street, although there is evidence that the school had existed prior to its formal establishment. The school underwent major changes during the 1800s. The buildings were renovated and expanded and rugby and hockey were introduced into the sporting programme.[1]

World War II[edit]

When Ramsgate was bombed during World War II, a bomb hit the school library (where a skylight now stands) but did not detonate. Prior to that, the library had been the school chapel, as evidenced by the amount of stained glass.

The school had numerous entrances to private shelters used in the second world war to shelter from air raids. Most of these entrances were covered up (now underneath the playing fields) but the last ones are still visible on the lower playground and have been used recently by the local fire authorities for training purposes. There is also a slabbed-over entrance in a carpark of the school to the actual ramsgate tunnels arp network which ran for around 3.5 miles which are not connected to the school shelters.

Exterior of Chatham House
A pair of Grotesques; characteristic of the school's Gothic Revival style architecture.

The main building of the school as well as the railings were grade II listed.[2]

Admissions[edit]

The school had approximately 813 students including the 262 students in the sixth form, accepting only boys in years 7-11, and a limited number of girls in the sixth form, mostly drawn from the Isle of Thanet that encompasses Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate, but some from as far away as Herne Bay and the Whitstable area. Chatham House is situated just south of the junction of the A255 and the A254.

On the 4 March 2008, the school had an Ofsted inspection which rated the school as outstanding - the highest grade achievable.[3] All areas that were inspected were found to be Grade 1 (outstanding) or Grade 2 (good) and the school was praised for its work.

The school had the highest rate of GCSE and A level passes in Kent, 73% of students taking their GCSEs last year got A* to C.

Uniform[edit]

The school maintained a strict system of uniform throughout all years, including the sixth form. The uniform consisted of a dark green blazer, dark trousers, white shirt and a green tie striped with the correct form the pupil is placed into.

In the senior school (years 9-13), ties were also green and striped as previously mentioned.

Some pupils also become eligible to wear ties in recognition of other achievement. House 'colours' were similar to the house tie but with a white stripe running along each side of the coloured stripe.

School 'colours' were a single white school crest on a dark green tie with a white stripe. There were also 'colours' for sport and music, which consist of a repeating pattern of white stripes and the school crest and were earned by representing the school's first team in 75% of the matches in a season.

House system[edit]

The school had a house system with the junior school consisting of years 7 and 8. From year 9, the pupils join the senior houses. In total there are 8 houses, 4 junior school houses and 4 senior school houses. In the senior houses pupils wear a tie indicative of their house. In year 12 (or lower sixth) the form groups are split into two. The nomenclature for representing a pupil's house is: 7MS, 11RP, 12TS(ii)

All ties for both senior and junior site consist of a green tie striped with the appropriate colours named below:

  • Knight-Heaths = blue striped tie
  • Manns-Sommerville = yellow/gold striped tie
  • Rothchild-Pearce = white/silver striped tie
  • Thomas-Sharman = red striped tie
St. Georges Church presides over the school's newly installed astroturf.


Previous Senior Houses

  • Coleman's - sky blue stripes
  • Searle's - red stripes
  • Simmons' - royal blue stripes
  • Thornton's - yellow stripes

The house system was used for sporting events - house fixtures results accumulate over the academic year - and for various other competitions, including acting and design contests. The results from all of these fixtures were tallied at the end of each year to determine the winner of the Cock House Trophy.

Competition cups[edit]

Throughout the school year, the houses took part in competition cups, which contribute points toward the Cock House Cup. These included the Taylor Acting Cup, Larkin Music Cup, Chapman Design Cup and the Curzon Picture ddebating competition. Also, sports day events and general achievement contribute towards house points totals.

Merger[edit]

In 2009, Chatham House and the nearby girls-only Clarendon House formed the Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School Federation. The Federation became a new Converter Academy in January 2011, bringing greater control over admissions, site & buildings, curriculum development and much-needed additional income.

In Spring 2011, it was announced that the schools will work together as one school. Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils would be based at Chatham House and year 10 and 11 pupils would be based at the former Clarendon House.

Beginning September 2011, the new school Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School introduced a combined house system resulting from the amalgamation of old Chatham and Clarendon houses.

Notable alumni[edit]

Alumni of Chatham House are known as Old Ruymians.[4] Chatham House has the sixth highest number of Who's Who entries for state schools.[5]

Well known Old Ruymians include:

Former Prime Minister Edward Heath was an Old Ruymian

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ History - Chatham House
  2. ^ http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/Results_Single.aspx?uid=171720&resourceID=5
  3. ^ Ofsted Inspection - 28th March 2008[dead link]
  4. ^ "Grammar School Old Boys: Introduction". Chathamhouse.kent.sch.uk. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  5. ^ Point 4 - Pews and pupils (2005-07-19). "Coast: Point 4 - Pews and pupils". BBC Article. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  6. ^ "Senior Management Team | Scottish Crop Research Institute". SCRI. 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  7. ^ Heath, Edward. The Course of My Life. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1998, p111
  8. ^ "849 NAVAL AIR SQUADRON - Marc Lawrence". Naval849.co.uk. 2003-06-23. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  9. ^ "Desmond Misselbrook - Obituaries, News". London: The Independent. 2005-03-23. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  10. ^ Muir, F. (2000) A Kentish Lad.Transworld Publishers ASIN:B000JFDP0S
  11. ^ "Chales Robson profile". Cricketarchive.com. 1943-09-27. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 

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