Rainham Mark Grammar School

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Rainham Mark Grammar School
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Rainham Mark Grammar School is located in Kent
Rainham Mark Grammar School
Rainham Mark Grammar School
Pump Lane

Medway, Kent

United Kingdom
Coordinates51°22′16″N 0°35′43″E / 51.3712°N 0.59526°E / 51.3712; 0.59526Coordinates: 51°22′16″N 0°35′43″E / 51.3712°N 0.59526°E / 51.3712; 0.59526
TypeGrammar school;
Department for Education URN136864 Tables
Head teacherAlan Moore BSC; ARCS
Age11 to 18
HousesAylward, Brontë,
Faraday, Newton,
Rutherford, Scott and Pankhurst
Academy TrustRMET

Rainham Mark Grammar School (previously Known as Gillingham Technical High School) is the only co-educational selective grammar school in the Medway, Kent, England area. The school also has academy status, with Twydall Primary School. The school is currently led by Alan Moore.

School information[edit]

RMGS is a secondary school. It has over 850 pupils aged 11–16 and over 300 aged 16–18 taking AS and A2 levels. It aims to be a friendly, caring and stimulating community which motivates young people to enjoy learning, participate enthusiastically in wider activities and make the most of their abilities.


The school was formerly known as 'Gillingham Technical High School',[1] and was located in Green Street, Gillingham. It moved to its current site in Pump Lane in January 1967 when the Green Street site was deemed unfit for purpose.

Its longest-serving headteacher was Dr Robin Keen, who was employed from 1964 until 1997. The headteacher between 1999 and 2018 was Simon Decker. The current head is Mr. Alan Moore. The school was originally a boys-only school until 1972 when the first co-educational year as introduced. The school was at that time already at its current Pump Lane location. Following reorganisation of education in the authority and the school was renamed Rainham Mark Grammar School.

On 2 December 2009, A. C. Grayling visited the school, he gave a speech and was interviewed later by a R.E teacher.[2]

In October 2011, a new £1.65 million sports hall was completed by the Gallagher Group.[3]

In July 2018, RMGS Headteacher Simon Decker announced he was quitting as head after 19 years and will be replaced by Mr. Alan Moore.[citation needed]


There are seven forms in the school into which pupils in years 7–11 are sorted: Aylward, Brontë, Faraday, Newton, Pankhurst, Rutherford, and Scott. Brontë is the school's newest permanent form, with the first admission of pupils in 1991. Each house is given a different colour, worn as a flash above the pocket on their blazer. They are: Aylward: Dark Blue, Brontë: Purple, Faraday: Green, Newton: Red, Pankhurst: Orange, Rutherford: Yellow, Scott: Light blue.

In 2001, a seventh form was temporarily introduced for that year of entry only, called Pankhurst (after 1900s suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst). This was due to massive oversubscription which led to increased admissions in that year. This also occurred in 2006, 2013 and 2014.

The sixth form is allocated into forms A-H, with an additional form 'X' for prefects.

The school was originally a boys only school until 1972 when the first co-educational year as introduced. The school was at this time already at its current Pump Lane location.

School fire (2012)[edit]

A fire broke out in the early hours of 24 February 2012, destroying one of the science labs and smoke damaging several other rooms. The fire was believed to be caused by faulty electrical wiring.[4]


  1. ^ "john darley". saatchionline.com. 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  2. ^ "A.C. Grayling Interview". rainhammark.web8.devwebsite.co.uk. 2 December 2009. Archived from the original on 18 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Rainham Mark Grammar School Sports Hall". gallagher-group.co.uk. 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Blaze at Rainham Mark Grammar School". Kent Online.

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