Maidstone Grammar School

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Maidstone Grammar School
Motto Olim Meminisse Juvabit
"One day, we'll look back on this and smile" from the Aeneid 1.203
Established 1549
Type Foundation grammar school
Headteacher Mr M Tomkins BSc NPQH
Chair of Governors Mrs Lindsey Evans
Location Barton Road
ME15 7BT
England Coordinates: 51°15′55″N 0°31′52″E / 51.26538°N 0.53108°E / 51.26538; 0.53108
Local authority Kent
DfE number 886/4522
DfE URN 118835 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 120
Students 1,273
Gender Boys
Ages 11–18
Publication The Maidstonian
Former pupils Old Maidstonians

Maidstone Grammar School (MGS) is a grammar school located in Maidstone, United Kingdom, and founded in 1549.


The school takes boys at the age of 11 and over by examination and male and female students at 16+ on their GCSE results. The school currently has almost 1200 students 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 is around 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. As well as over 100 classrooms, there are twelve science laboratories, a language laboratory, seven computer centres, a set of music rooms, lecture theatre, gym and sports hall as well as a canteen. A new 'Applied Learning Centre' is also in use and houses several new editing suites, this was finished in the 2010/2011 school year, with a similarly styled 'Food Technology' and Sixth Form block having recently been opened (16 September 2011).


A house system was first inaugurated in 1899, with three houses, School, East Borough and West Borough.[1] By circa 1900 these house were again revised this time based on 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 the townspeople and boarders.[2] In September 2007, the school saw the continuation of this tradition with the introduction of six School Houses. The six houses are named Challenger (purple), Churchill (yellow), Endeavour (red), Hurricane (green), Invincible, (blue), and Spitfire (white). The winners of both the inaugural house and charities cup in 2007/2008 year were Churchill, and for the first time in the 2008/2009 year the winners of the house cup were Challenger. In 2011/2012 Invincible House won both available cups (in the absence of the sports day cup): the charity cup and the house cup.

Sixth form[edit]

The sixth form is one of the largest in the South-East. Each year the school takes up to 200 students into Year 12, including around thirty external students (mixed gender), accepting students from any school according to their GCSE results. The sixth form offers AS and A2 courses in a wide variety of combinations.


The school participates in multiple sports including rugby, football, field hockey, cricket, athletics, handball, and basketball.

Combined Cadet Force[edit]

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.

School song[edit]

The school song, Gaudeamus, was written in 1908 by music-master Dr HF Henniker, ARAM to Latin words by the Headmaster at the time, Rev C.G. Duffield MA.[3] It continues to be sung today, at Speech Day and other occasions, and is well remembered by those who attended the school.


Scholam concinamus nostram

Maidstonesi urbe impostam,

Rege Eduardo ante hos tam

Longos annos conditam.

Maidstoneses gaudeamus,

Laudibus et efferamus

Scholam nostram, quae oramus

Sempiterna floreat.

Forsan olim meminisse

Nos juvabit, et vixisse

Dignos illis quos fuisse

Gloriamur socios.

Maidstoneses gaudeamus,

Laudibus et efferamus

Scholam nostram, quae oramus

Sempiterna floreat.

The Maidstonian[edit]

The Maidstonian is the school's annual publication of reports, articles, news and original contributions. Originally simply a 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 staff that left or joined the school that academic year, reports from the CCF, Music Department, sports teams as well as diaries from foreign trips. Original contributions, mainly poetry, prose and artwork, feature heavily. The "Quote-Unquote" section remains a firm favourite with students and staff alike, however, as of the 2010/2011 issue, this section has been discontinued.

Notable Maidstonians[edit]

Former pupils of the school are called "Old Maidstonians" and include:

Art, music & literature

Media, television & film


Politics & government


Science & academia



Notable staff[edit]


  1. ^ Brownfield G.The Maidstone Grammar School a record 1579-1965,Phillips
  2. ^ Streatfield F, an account of the Grammar School in the Kings town and parish of Maidstone in Kent, Rogus and B,1915
  3. ^ Maidstone Grammar School Website, School Song, accessed 27 May 2006
  4. ^ Heart Radio
  5. ^ Ben Babington-Browne
  6. ^ "Air Vice-Marshal Mike Hedgeland obituary". Telegraph. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Clare Horton. "Head of Shelter, Adam Sampson, quits to helm new consumer watchdog | Society". Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Scotland (15 August 2008). "Biography of William Saunders". Retrieved 5 April 2014. 

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