Rainham Mark Grammar School
Kent, United Kingdom
About Rainham Mark Grammar School
Rainham Mark Grammar School is a highly successful, ‘Outstanding’, co-educational, selective school with a large Sixth Form. It expanded to eight forms of entry from the September 2018 intake so the current roll of 1487 students is expected to peak at around 1600 students in 2024.
We aim to provide an education of the highest quality, not narrowly focused on academic achievement above all else. The co-educational ethos is central, and girls and boys work together in an environment which puts student wellbeing first. Our strong tradition of academic excellence results from students enjoying their studies, supported by a tradition of hard work and extensive support.
Our excellent facilities include a modern sports hall comprising a dance studio and fitness suite, as well as a large main space; a purpose-built music block with a recital hall and recording studio; a Sixth Form study suite; an Art block with two large studio classrooms; a drama studio; and specialist teaching suites for all subject areas.
Pastoral support from the outset is very strong and children are happy, confident and secure. Individual progress and potential are assessed frequently to ensure that the level of challenge is appropriate for each child. Relationships between staff and students are excellent with discipline firmly based on a tradition of mutual care and respect. We are proud that students leave us as confident and well-qualified men and women prepared to benefit from higher education.
Beyond the national curriculum subjects, pupils enjoy a good deal of choice. At the moment, all study two modern languages through to the end of Year 9. All pupils have the opportunity to study the three separate sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Biology).
Drama, Economics, Business Studies and PE are popular amongst a wide range of GCSE option choices. Extensive extra-curricular activities include many sports, Duke of Edinburgh, orchestra, band, choir, Maths puzzle club, dance and drama, and use of the computer rooms. Around 80 school trips take place, some of which are strongly linked to the curriculum, and some (during school holidays) are more for enjoyment.
Sixth Form A Level options are exceptionally wide (currently 26 different subjects are offered) and include Government & Politics, PE, Film Studies, Philosophy and Theology, Psychology and Economics besides the more traditional subjects. The majority of Sixth Formers go on to degree courses.
Admission to the school in Year 7 is via the Medway test which is taken in September. All children taking part in the selection procedure take the same test, whichever Medway school they have chosen as their preference.
RMGS is committed to the protection and safety of its students, is an Equal Opportunities employer and has Prince's Teaching Institute recognition. Ofsted judged the school as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas June 2014. The post is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure.
“Pupils commented particularly on how safe they feel in school and how there is always someone available to help them resolve any personal problems or to give extra support if there is anything they do not understand about their studies. Good teaching and a well-planned and relevant curriculum help pupils to achieve well and develop the knowledge and skills necessary for their chosen further education and careers. Lessons are challenging and pupils say that teachers make them fun. This, together with the excellent relationships they have with their teachers, keeps pupils motivated and participating fully in lessons. All the teachers show great commitment and dedication. Parents particularly value the outstanding care, guidance and support provided for their children. Exceptionally positive relationships and good humour across the whole school mean that pupils enjoy relaxing together socially”- Quotes from last Ofsted Inspection report