Borden Grammar School

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Borden Grammar School
Motto Nitere Porro
(To strive forward)
Established 1878
Type Academy
Headteacher Jonathan Hopkins
Location Avenue of Remembrance
ME10 4DB
England Coordinates: 51°20′15″N 0°44′05″E / 51.3374°N 0.7348°E / 51.3374; 0.7348
Local authority Kent
DfE number 886/4527
DfE URN 118837 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff c.75
Students 781
Gender Boys
Ages 11–18
Houses Twickenham, Wembley, Wimbledon and Lords
Colours Navy blue and gold
Publication Borden Informer
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 money from then local resident William Barrow. It later moved to its present site in Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne but retained its original name. The old school building is now an Adult Education Centre.


In common with many secondary schools in England, Borden had a house system, however this traditional system was ended 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.

Modern School[edit]

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.

In 2011 the school applied to become an academy, with the decision currently pending. This would change the flexibility of the curriculum able to be taught at the school as well as increase funding.

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.

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