St George's Church of England Foundation School

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St George's C of E Foundation School
Address
Westwood Road

, ,
CT10 2LH

Coordinates51°21′41″N 1°24′28″E / 51.3615°N 1.4078°E / 51.3615; 1.4078Coordinates: 51°21′41″N 1°24′28″E / 51.3615°N 1.4078°E / 51.3615; 1.4078
Information
TypeFoundation school
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Established1975 (1975)
Local authorityKent
Department for Education URN118919 Tables
OfstedReports
HeadteacherMr A. Mirams
GenderCoeducational
Age4 to 19
Colour(s)Navy/Red
Website

St George's C of E Foundation School, often abbreviated to St George's, is an all-through school in Broadstairs, Kent, catering for students for 4 to 19 years (primary and through secondary). The official school as it currently stands was formed in the mid-1970s by joining the two old schools of St George's Boys School and St George's Girls C of E School together into one building and formed the current St George's community.[1] Along with the Head boy and girl, the school's 'executive team' help to run and support events such as the Christmas Carol Service and Celebration Evening.

History[edit]

Moving to Broadstairs[edit]

The original St George's School opened in Ramsgate in 1841.[2] In September 1967, St George's Girls C of E School moved from Ramsgate to a new building in Broadstairs near Dane Court Grammar School, with St George's Boys School moving to the site in 1973, after the construction of more facilities.[3] By 1975 it was officially a unisex School called St George's C of E School, and later became a Business and an Enterprise school. The 1960s and 1970s buildings stood until early 2010, when it was knocked down and a new school building was built next to the site.[4][5] On 25 July 2004, Irish vocal pop band Westlife held a concert for their Turnaround Tour supporting their album Turnaround.[6][7] On 31 July 2004, Busted (band) and McFly played on the school field.[8] Other artists who have played at the school include Atomic Kitten and Status Quo (band).

House System[edit]

As of 2013 the school has 4 House Learning Communities, each named after a Cathedral City [9]

Houses - all have house colour on tie

Inter House Challenge[edit]

In the Inter House Challenge students from the above 'House Learning Communities' compete with students from other Houses in a series of challenges, such as Sport, Art, Science, and other activities to win points for their House. The House with the most points wins the Inter House Cup at the end of each academic year. These events happen at the end of every term, and the points carry over through the school year, until making a final end-of-year total.

Rochester dominated the 1990s, and Exeter the early 2000s. In recent years, all Houses have won the Challenge Cup.[10]

The new building[edit]

The project[edit]

The new school building plan was formed by the previous principal Keith Rumblo, with his Deputy Head and future Principal Kim Stoner, and members of the school governing body. The plan was to build the first 21st-century facilities in Thanet, as part of the Government's 'Building Schools for the Future' scheme. It cost about £23M, with state-of-the-art facilities and modern equipment in all areas. The old buildings were almost entirely demolished.[11]

Moving into the building[edit]

Although the school wasn't officially opened until September 2010, staff moved in on 20 April 2010, Year 11 and Sixth Form on 21 April, Years 9 and 10 on the 22nd and Years 7 and 8 came in on the 22nd.[12]

Primary school[edit]

Due to the demand for a new primary school in the Thanet area, St George's received funding to build a new primary phase to open in September 2016. The primary Deputy Head is Mrs Curry, working with Mr Mirams, and the rest of the SLT. Currently the school has pupils in year groups Reception to 4.[13]

Head Teachers[edit]

Since 1996[edit]

Keith Rumblo 1996–2009 served the school as its head for 13 out of his 19 years there. He started the new school plan.[14]

Kim Stoner 2009–2017 created a 'mantra' for students that "Nothing but our best will do".[15] Since Easter 2009, she has overseen :

  • A large improvement in GCSE results. On 17 January, the school site published a letter from Nick Gibb, M.P. saying that St. George's Church of England Foundation School was amongst the 100 top performing schools, based on sustained improvement in each year from 2007 to 2010[16]
  • New school buildings being built and the old 1960s structures knocked down, something that had been put in motion by Mr Rumblo [17][18][19]
  • Restructuring the House System with the 8 Heads of Houses replaced with 5 Heads of Year assisted by Year Support staff, along with a 6th Form team. The 8 Houses were also reduced to 4.
  • Plans were then made for a primary school to be added in the school grounds, and the age-range of St George's Church of England Foundation School to change from 11-19 to 4-19 and enlarge the school by adding a 2 Form Entry primary provision.[20][21]

In October 2015, at the request of the Local Authority, Mrs Stoner became interim executive headteacher of The Charles Dickens School for the 2015/2016 school year. This followed on from her successful interim lead of St Edmund's Catholic School, Dover in 2013.[22][23]

Adam Mirams 2017- present- After Mrs Stoner retired in 2017. Mr Mirams became Head Teacher, having been Deputy Head for Mrs Stoner's tenure.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.stgeorges-school.org.uk/355/a-history-of-st-george039s
  2. ^ http://www.stgeorges-school.org.uk/355/a-history-of-st-george039s
  3. ^ http://www.stgeorges-school.org.uk/355/a-history-of-st-george039s
  4. ^ http://www.dds-demolition.co.uk/case-studies/st-georges-secondary-school/
  5. ^ http://ramsgatehistory.com/st_georges/st_georges_history.pdf
  6. ^ https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/westlife/2004/st-georges-broadstairs-england-7bd8de54.html
  7. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/3922577.stm
  8. ^ https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/busted/2004/st-georges-broadstairs-england-5bd0d308.html
  9. ^ http://www.stgeorges-school.org.uk/about-us/staff-and-governors/about-our-staff/
  10. ^ http://www.stgeorges-school.org.uk/294/our-house-system
  11. ^ https://www.dds-demolition.co.uk/demolition-case-studies/st-georges-secondary-school/
  12. ^ Group, The Invicta. "Installation Of Partitions And Suspended Ceilings At St Georges New Build School In Kent | Case Studies | Invicta Ceilings & Partitioning". www.theinvictagroup.co.uk. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  13. ^ http://www.stgeorges-school.org.uk/300/welcome
  14. ^ "Head's 'momentous' decision to retire". Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Meet St George's new head teacher". Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Top GCSE honours for Thanet schools St George's and Hartsdown". Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  17. ^ http://www.dds-demolition.co.uk/case-studies/st-georges-secondary-school/
  18. ^ http://construction-scotland.co.uk/news/kent-bsf-schemes-signs
  19. ^ http://www.courier.co.uk/School-fulfils-dream-inspire-future-generations/story-12014974-detail/story.html
  20. ^ http://consultations.kent.gov.uk/gf2.ti/f/504770/13560869.1/DOCX/-/Complete_Proposal_ST_GEORGES.docx
  21. ^ http://www.thanetgazette.co.uk/New-primary-school-provide-places-400-children/story-26272528-detail/story.html
  22. ^ http://www.cds.kent.sch.uk/interim-leadership-arrangements-for-the-charles-dickens-school/
  23. ^ http://www.kentonline.co.uk/deal/news/positive-changes-made-at-dover-1155/