Hartismere School

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Hartismere School
Hartismere school logo.jpg
Motto Discamus ut serviamus (We learn that we might serve)
Established c. 15th century
Type Academy
Headmaster Mr J McAtear MA MPhil MEd MSc
Chair of Governors Mrs M Ravenhill
Location Castleton Way
IP23 7BL
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.[3]

Neolithic Crouch Burial


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.[4] 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 c. 1495.[5] 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

Academy Status[edit]

Hartismere High School became Suffolk's first Foundation School in 2009. This meant that its Governing Body took ownership of the land and buildings of the school and became the employer of its own staff and its own admissions authority. Following this it became the first school in Suffolk to attain converter Academy on 1 September 2010. It became one of the first secondary schools to do so in England on the same day.[citation needed] At that point only schools graded outstanding by Ofsted were permitted to do so.[citation needed]

The Hartismere Family of Schools[edit]

Hartismere School was given Sponsor Academy status on September 1, 2010, the first in England to receive this status. However, it was only in 2016 that the multi-Academy Trust was set up. The became known as the Hartismere Family of Schools. On May 1, 2016 Benjamin Britten Music Academy and Centre of Excellence in mathematics became part of the Hartismere Family of Schools.[6]

Ofsted Inspections[edit]

Hartismere High School was regarded as a Satisfactory School by Ofsted prior to its 2006 inspection. During that year it was graded as Good before two successive Inspections, the first in 2010[7] and the second in 2014 graded the school as Outstanding.[8]

The Hartismere Hundred[edit]

The School motto of serving is seen by its staff and children as embodied in The Hartismere Hundred. This is the system by which the school supports one hundred charities annually and seeks to raise at least £100000 rotationally. It harks back to the geographical Hartismere Hundred of the Doomsday Book.[9] Scholars are introduced to this form of service in the first year of Lower School through supporting Guide Dogs for the Blind.


  • 1495-1532, Thomas Golding;
  • 1532-1548, No Headmaster;
  • 1650-1672, Thomas Brown;
  • 1675-?, Thomas Brown (returned);
  • 1822-?, Rev John Knevett;
  • 1837-1874, Rev. Charles Notley;
  • 1888-1921, Mr Frederick Bray;
  • 1937-1965, Mr Eric Crinean;
  • 1982-1985, Mr Roger Lines;
  • 1986-2006, Mr Richard Hewitt;
  • 2006-present, Mr James McAtear[10]

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[11]
  • Alex Reddington: violinist with the Doric quartet.[12] In 2008 the string quartet won 1st prize in the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Hartismere High School". EduBase. January 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hartismere School :: About Hartismere : Information". Hartismere School. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  3. ^ https://www.ssatuk.co.uk/ssat-membership/leading-edge/
  4. ^ "Hartismere High School, Eye". Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Payne, C., The History of Eye, (Beauvoir: Bury, 1993) p.36
  6. ^ https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/142759
  7. ^ reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/files/2440034/urn/136271.pdf
  8. ^ reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/files/2440034/urn/136271.pdf
  9. ^ http://www.hartismere.com/AboutHartismere
  10. ^ Payne, C., The History of Eye (Beavoir: Bury, 1993) p36-7
  11. ^ "Dan Hipkiss - Official RFU Profile". RFU. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Doric String Quartet".