Herne Bay High School
|Principal||Dr. Claire Owen|
|DfE URN||118920 Tables|
|Houses||Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Venus, Saturn|
|Publication||The HBHS Record|
Herne Bay High Specialist School and Sports College is a mixed ability Academy, with designated Sports College status, situated in Herne Bay, Kent, England. There are 1506 students in the school aged 11 to 18. The headmistress as of 2013 is Dr. Claire Owen.
In September 2000, the school became a Foundation School and control passed from Kent County Council to the Board of Governors. Three years later, the school gained the status of a Specialist School and Sports College.
The school was founded as Herne Bay County Secondary School, Bullockstone Road at Greenhill,Herne Bay. On September 1, 2000 the school became a Foundation school and control was passed from Kent County Council to the Board of Governors. Exactly three years later on September 1, 2003 the school became a Specialist school and Sports College. Year groups consist of year 7-13, (Years 12-13 is part of Sixth Form). Dr C. Owen is the current headteacher.
The house system is known as a "Mini Community" and each house is named after planets of the Solar System: Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Venus, each of which has its own Head of Mini Community, Mentor Team, logo and coloured tie. Each house contains at least 260 students.
As of 2014, the lower school has an annual intake of around 258 students at the start of Year Seven (age 11). The lower school (Years 7-11) is 1,285 students strong, for which the school uniform consists of a black blazer accompanied with the school badge on the breast pocket, with black trousers and a white shirt. Socks must be black and shoes must be plain. Shirts must be worn with a tie; which varies according to the mini-community in which the student is placed.
As of 2014, the school follows the National Curriculum in Years 7–11 and offers a broad range of GCSEs (national exams taken by students aged 14–16) and A-levels (national exams taken by pupils aged 16–18).
The school year runs from September to July, split across three terms: the autumn term (September to December), spring term (January to April) and the summer term (April to July). Students receive two weeks off for Christmas and Easter, a six-week summer break, and three "half term" breaks.
As of 2010, the school offers GCSEs to students in the lower school, and AS/A-levels to students in the sixth form. League tables published by the BBC based on 2008 A-level results rank Herne Bay High as the sixty-second best school in Kent. According to the BBC, in 2009 A-Level students achieved an average of 658.2 QCDA points, against an national average of 739.1 and 44 percent of students achieved five or more grade C results (or equivalent) at GCSE, including Maths and English.
- "Mini Communities". Herne Bay High School. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
- "Admissions". Herne Bay High School. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
- "School Report: Herne Bay High School" (PDF). Ofsted. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
- "School Uniform". Herne Bay High School. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
- "Term Dates". Herne Bay High School. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
- "Performance results for Herne Bay High School". BBC News. 13 January 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
- "Secondary schools in Kent". BBC News. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2013.