Borden Grammar School
(To strive forward)
|Type||Grammar school, Academy|
|Location||Avenue of Remembrance
|DfE URN||118837 Tables|
|Houses||Twickenham, Wembley, Wimbledon and Lords|
|Colours||Navy blue and gold|
|Website||Borden Grammar School|
Borden Grammar School is a selective boys grammar school with academy status situated in the centre of Sittingbourne, Kent, England, which educates students aged 11–18. Whilst the school mainly admits boys, a small number girls have been educated at the school within the Sixth Form. The school holds specialist status in both Sports and Modern Foreign Languages. The school has a Latin motto, nitere porro which translates as "to strive forward".
The school was originally built in Borden on College Road, funded with a bequest from the estate of a local farmer, William Barrow, and opened in October 1878. The school's name was not fixed in its early years, variously being called The Barrow Boys' Grammar School and Barrow's School, Borden, but was known as Borden Grammar School by the early Twentieth Century.
In common with many secondary schools in England, Borden had a house system from its earliest days; however this traditional system was ended by headmaster Stephen Wright in 2002. The original houses were 'Borden', 'Swale', 'Barrow' and 'School'. Aside from the references to the school's location and benefactor, the etymology of 'Swale' can be explained by reference to the local stretch of water, The Swale, which runs between Sittingbourne and the Isle of Sheppey and also lends its name to the local Borough Council.
A house system was reinstated at the start of the school year beginning September 2007. The house names are Lords, Wimbledon, Wembley and Twickenham, named after the homes of cricket, tennis, football and rugby in England. With the loss of Barrow House, there is no longer any reference to the school's benefactor, William Barrow.
On 1 September 2006 the school was awarded Specialist status for Sports and Modern Foreign Languages. With this status and an associated increase in funding, the school has built many new facilities including a multi use games area (MUGA), a new library and a new private study area. In 2011 the school also received a sports bursary, with which it used to construct a climbing wall in the gym.
The school, along with other Sittingbourne-based Secondary schools, Fulston Manor School and Highsted Grammar School for Girls, maintain a close community and share teaching responsibilities of specialised subject at A-Level, with Borden teaching Economics, Sociology and Psychology.
Borden Grammar School uses a mailing system to keep parents up to date, that is called ParentMail. ParentMail enables the school to send out letters and messages direct to parents by email. Over half of the parents have now signed up to this service and are receiving letters and other news via email.
Old Bordenian Association
The Old Bordenian Association (OBA) was established in 1912, re-established in 1925, and membership is open to all former pupils and staff of Borden Grammar School. The OBA's annual journal, The Maroon, was first published in 1937, but was replaced by a website in 2007. The OBA holds an annual reunion dinner, formerly held inside the Old Hall but now in the nearby premises of UK Paper Leisure Club. The OBA also organises a Remembrance Service on the Saturday closest to Remembrance Sunday, honouring all those old boys who have lost their lives in the armed conflicts of the Twentieth Century. Apart from these annual events, the OBA's activities include the Old Bordenian Hockey Club and Old Bordenian Football Club. The OBA also strives to support the present activities of the school wherever possible, and in recent years has provided a minibus and contributed toward the fundraising appeal for the refurbished Library.
- 1878 - 1893: Rev. William Henry Bond, MA (Cantab.) - Left to become headmaster of Churcher's College, Petersfield.
- 1893 - 1906: James Williamson Thurnham, MA (Cantab.) - Left to become headmaster of New College, Herne Bay.
- 1906 - 1936: William Murdock, MA (Oxon.), BSc (London) - Retired.
- 1936 - 1941: William Arthur Claydon, MA (Oxon.) Left to become headmaster of Maidstone Grammar School. Appointed CBE, 1956.
- 1941 - 1968: George Ernest Hardy, BSc (Hons.) (Birmingham) - Retired. Appointed OBE, 1969.
- 1968 - 1998: Bryan Richard Short, MA (Oxon.) - Retired.
- 1998 - 2004: Stephen Neill Wright, MA (Cantab.) - Left to become headmaster of Merchant Taylor's School, Northwood.
- 2004 - 2013: Harold Sofronios Vafeas, MA (Cantab.) - Retired.
- 2013 to date: Jonathan R. Hopkins, BA (Hons.) (unknown university), NPQH
Notable former pupils
- Francis Eustace Baker CBE, Governor of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha from 1984-8
- Geoff Beynon, Joint General Secretary from 1979-87 of the Assistant Masters and Mistresses Association (changed its name to the Association of Teachers and Lecturers in 1993)
- Frank Cassell CB, UK representative at the IMF from 1988–90
- Roger Chapman - Professional Golfer
- Prof Trevor Dadson, Professor of Hispanic Studies since 2004 at Queen Mary, University of London, and from 1990-2004 at the University of Birmingham
- Philip Goldacre, Actor. TV, Film, Theatre, West Emd, Royal National Theatre  
- Admiral Sir Kenneth Eaton, GBE, KCB, Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom from 2001-7, and Third Sea Lord from 1989–94
- Simon Honey, known as Ben Dover, pornographic actor and director.
- Sir Stanley Hooker CBE, aeronautical engineer who designed the early jet engines, culminating with the Rolls-Royce Pegasus
- Thomas Kent CBE, Managing Director in 1977 of the British Aircraft Corporation
- Kevin Keohane CBE, (first) Rector from 1976-8 of the Roehamptom Institute of Higher Education (now Roehampton University since 2006)
- Sir Peter Kitcatt KCB
- Air Vice-Marshal Ronald Knott CB DSO DFC* AFC*, Station Commander from 1959-61 of RAF Gütersloh
- Peter Millican, philosopher
- Noel Muddiman CBE, Chief Executive from 1995-2004 of Motability
- Sir Alfred Road CBE, Chief Inspector of Taxes from 1952-6
- Prof John Shepherd, Emeritus Professor of Geography, Birkbeck College, University of London, Director, Defra Rural Evidence Research Centre 2004 - 2009, Member, Defra RDPE External Assurance and Risk Committee
- Prof Patrick Sims-Williams, Professor of Celtic Studies since 1994 at Aberystwyth University, editor since 1981 of Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies
- Rob Smyth, sports journalist, noted for The Guardian's over-by-over cricket coverage, was highly commended at the 2009 Sports Journalists' Association Awards
- "About Borden Grammar School". Borden Grammar School. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
Borden Grammar School moved to its current site in 1928.
- Short, Bryan. "Borden Grammar School - the early years part 1". The Old Bordenian Association. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
- "House Information". Borden Grammar School. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
Lords, Twickenham, Wembley and Wimbledon
- "About Us". Borden Grammar School. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
- "Borden Grammar School, Sittingbourne". Kent-Teach. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
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