The Robert Napier School

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The Robert Napier School
Third Avenue

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MottoExcellence in all we do
Local authorityMedway
HeadteacherMr A Minchin BA
GenderMixed sixth form
Age11 to 18
HousesEagle, Harrier, Osprey, Kestrel
Academy TrustFort Pitt Thomas Aveling

The Robert Napier School, is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in Gillingham, Kent, England. The school is a specialist Humanities School, and is non-selective, and does not have grammar school status. It has approximately 1100 students (according to Department for Education figures).

The school is a member of Fort Pitt Thomas Aveling Academies.[1]


The School sits on the former site of Gillingham Grammar School. The school moved to its new site on Third Avenue on 20 April 1977. The Headmistress, Mrs Louisa Stanley, had been appointed in 1974. When the school opened in September 1977 there were only 680 students and 39 members of staff.

The origins of the Robert Napier School extend back to 1905 when the ‘Napier Road School’ opened at Napier Road, Gillingham. In 1923 Gillingham County Council (Grammar) School was opened by Kent County Council on what is now the site of the present school on Third Avenue. Shortly after its opening, the area experienced a sudden influx in population meaning many local schools rapidly reached their maximum capacity. It was not until the 1970s however, when the Gillingham County Council School moved sites and became The Howard School, Kent that the Robert Napier School was formed.[2]

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There are 4 houses named after birds of prey such as Eagle (red), Harrier (yellow), Osprey (Green) and Kestrel (blue).


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Coordinates: 51°22′39″N 0°33′41″E / 51.37750°N 0.56139°E / 51.37750; 0.56139