Maidstone Grammar School
|Motto||Olim Meminisse Juvabit
"One day it will be pleasing to remember." from the Aeneid 1.203
|Type||Foundation Grammar School|
|Headteacher||Mr M Tomkins|
|Chair of Governors||Lindsey Evans|
|DfE URN||118835 Tables|
|Former Pupils||Old Maidstonians|
The school takes boys at the age of 11 and over, by examination, and male and female pupils at 16+ on their GCSE results. The school currently has almost 1200 pupils and approximately 120 members of staff. The school holds both a Language College award and a Healthy School award. It is situated just off Loose Road (A229), west of Mote Park and the Mote Park Leisure Centre.
The main school building surrounds a Tudor-style quadrangle with a cloister on one side. A new block was added in the 1960s. A sixth form and arts and crafts block was added in 1981. This newer building completes a second quadrangle. In 2005 a new refectory and teaching block of 15 classrooms was built. There are over 100 classrooms, twelve science laboratories, a language laboratory, seven computer centres, music rooms, a lecture theatre, gym and sports hall and a canteen. A new 'Applied Learning Centre', with new editing suites, was completed in the 2010–11 school year, with a similarly styled 'Food Technology' and Sixth Form block having been opened in September 2011.
A house system was inaugurated in 1899 with three houses: School, East Borough and West Borough. By c.1900 these houses were revised based on local geography, with East House being for those boys east of the river, West House for those boys on the western riverside, and School House for townspeople and boarders. In September 2007 the school continued this tradition with the introduction of six school houses, these named after military vehicles: Challenger (purple), Churchill (yellow), Endeavour (red), Hurricane (green), Invincible, (blue), and Spitfire (white).
The sixth form is one of the largest in the south-east of England. Each year the school takes up to 200 students into Year 12, including about thirty external pupils of mixed gender from any school according to their GCSE results. The sixth form teaches AS and A2 courses.
Combined Cadet Force
The school has a Combined Cadet Force, with Navy, Army and RAF sections accepting students on a voluntary basis when they reach year nine. The Cadet Force, in particular the Army section, has roots in the Royal Engineers.
In 1908 Rev C. G. Duffield (headmaster from 1898 to 1913), wrote words in Latin to the music of music-master Dr H. F. Henniker for Gaudeamus, the school song. The words, based on verses in Virgil’s Aeneid, are still sung at the school on special occasions.
The Maidstonian is the school's annual publication of reports, articles, news and original contributions. Originally a simple record of every member of staff, as well as each pupil and his form, The Maidstonian has evolved into a publication that is written by pupils, for pupils. Editions include information about any member of staff who has left or who joined the school that academic year, reports from the CCF, Music Department, sports teams, and diaries from foreign trips. Original contributions are of mainly poetry, prose and artwork.
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Former pupils of the school are called "Old Maidstonians" and include:
Art, music & literature
- William Alexander (painter)
- Daniel Blythe, writer
- James Butler (artist) MBE, sculptor
- Philip Langridge CBE, tenor
- Philip Moore, Organist of York Minster from 1983–2008, Organist of Guildford Cathedral from 1974–83
- Christopher Smart, poet
- Yeborobo, musical group (members thereof)
Media, television & film
- James Burke, science TV presenter
- David Chater, television foreign correspondent and former Chairman of the Old Maidstonian Society
- Andrew Dilnot CBE (briefly), Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford since 2002, and former presenter of BBC Radio 4's More or Less
- James Hillier (actor)
- Shaun McKenna, screenwriter
- Stuart Miles, Blue Peter presenter from 1994-9
- Tom Riley, film and television actor
- Captain Ben Babington-Browne, of 22 Engineer Regiment of the Royal Engineers, killed on 6 July 2009 after a Canadian Bell CH-146 Griffon crashed in Zabul Province, Afghanistan
- Lt-Gen Sir Frederick Dobson Middleton CB, Commandant from 1874-84 of RMC Sandhurst
- Air Vice-Marshal Philip Hedgeland CB OBE, expert in airborne radar, Station Commander from 1966-7 of RAF Stanbridge, and helped develop the H2S radar in the war at the Telecommunications Research Establishment in Malvern
- Air Marshal Sir Timothy Jenner CB, Station Commander of RAF Shawbury from 1987-88
- Charles de Salis, wartime intelligence officer
Politics & government
- Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges, MP from 1812-8 for Maidstone
- Nick Gibb (briefly), Conservative Schools Minister 2010-current, and MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton since 1997
- John Pugh, Liberal Democrat MP since 2001 for Southport
- Adam Sampson, Legal Services Ombudsman since 2009, and Chief Executive from 2003-89 of Shelter
- Mark F. Watts, Labour MEP from 1994-9 for Kent East, then South East England from 1999–2004
- Rt Rev David John Atkinson, Bishop of Thetford from 2001-9
- Leo Avery
- Rt Rev Bob Evens, Bishop of Crediton since 2004
- George Harris (Unitarian)
- Very Rev Robert William Pope OBE
- Martin Warner (bishop), Bishop of Whitby since 2010
Science & academia
- Peter Day, Fullerian Professor of Chemistry from 1994–2008, and Director of the Royal Institution from 1991-8
- Frank Finn, ornithologist
- Peter Heather, historian
- Geoffrey Hosking, Professor of Russian History from 1984-2007 at University College London
- William Morfill, Professor of Russian from 1900-9 at the University of Oxford
- John Orrell, theatre historian
- Bill Saunders, Professor of Endodontology, and Dean of Dentistry since 2000 at the University of Dundee, and President from 1997-8 of the British Endodontic Society
- David Flatman, Bath Rugby Union player
- Tom Parsons, Kent and Hampshire county cricketer
- Frank Sando, Olympic athlete
- Steven Haworth, wrestler also known as Nigel McGuinness and Desmond Wolfe
- Richard (Dick) Beeching, Baron Beeching, who oversaw the closure of many railways in the 1960s
- Julius Brenchley, explorer
- Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland
- Sir Thomas Fane,
- William Golding, author of Lord of the Flies, taught English and Music at the school between 1938 and 1940, when he met his wife Ann Brookfield.
- Brownfield G.The Maidstone Grammar School a record 1579-1965,Phillips
- Streatfield F, an account of the Grammar School in the Kings town and parish of Maidstone in Kent, Rogus and B,1915
- "MGS School Song", Old Maidstonian Society. Retrieved 29 October 2014
- "School Song", Maidstone Grammar School. Retrieved 29 October 2014
- Heart Radio
- Ben Babington-Browne
- "Air Vice-Marshal Mike Hedgeland obituary". Telegraph. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- Clare Horton. "Head of Shelter, Adam Sampson, quits to helm new consumer watchdog | Society". theguardian.com. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- Scotland (15 August 2008). "Biography of William Saunders". Universitystory.gla.ac.uk. Retrieved 5 April 2014.