Hartismere School

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Hartismere School
Hartismere school logo.jpg
Motto Discamus ut serviamus (We learn that we might serve)
Established c.1400s
Type Academy
Headmaster Mr J McAtear MA MPhil MEd MSc
Chair of Governors Mrs M Ravenhill
Location Castleton Way
IP23 7BL
England Coordinates: 52°19′24″N 1°08′11″E / 52.32339°N 1.13648°E / 52.32339; 1.13648
DfE number 935/4036
DfE URN 136271 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 928[1]
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Colours blue, black and gold               
Website www.hartismere.com

Hartismere is a state funded co-educational day school for scholars aged 11–18 in Eye, a town in High Suffolk. The headmaster is James McAtear who joined the School in 2006.

In 2009 the school changed its status to become a Foundation School, the first in Suffolk. In September 2010 the school became Suffolk's first Academy.[2] During its most recent inspection it was awarded an Outstanding school grade by Ofsted. The school has specialisms in Mathematics, Music, Science and Sport and in 2013 it was awarded Leading Edge status.[citation needed]


The site of the current School was excavated in 2008 revealing continuous habitation dating back to Neolithic times. Enclosures included a full stone age burial, significant quantities of Roman coinage and a Saxon smithing area.[3] The school has been gathering materials to set up a museum of local history. Planned exhibits will include Stone Age, Bronze Age, Celtic, Romano-British, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and early modern materials. It also aims to tell the story of Eye airfield and the role of the school during World War II.

The school was founded in the 15th century. Its original form predates the grammar school which was founded in 1451. A variety of sites have been occupied by the School which has existed as a National School, a County School and was joined by a Secondary Modern in 1935. The Grammar School was closed in the late 1960s. The school became a Comprehensive and became known as Hartismere shortly thereafter.

Guildhall and original site of the School

Notable former pupils[edit]

  • Dan Hipkiss a retired Rugby Union player who played at Centre for Bath Rugby and Leicester Tigers. Hipkiss has represented England at U16, U17, U18, U21 and England A. His full England début came versus Wales in a World Cup warm up match at Twickenham on 4 August 2007.[2]* He appeared for England in the Rugby World Cup final in Paris in 2007[4]
  • Alex Reddington, violinist with the Doric quartet.[5] In 2008 the string quartet won 1st prize in the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "EduBase - Hartismere High School". EduBase. January 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hartismere School :: About Hartismere : Information". Hartismere School. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hartismere High School, Eye". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dan Hipkiss - Official RFU Profile". RFU. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Doric String Quartet".