Congratulations to all students and staff at Hartsdown. We have been granted the National Award for excellence in Bullying Intervention.

The BIG AWARD is given for excellence in bullying intervention. It is offered to schools, services, groups or Local Authorities. Members work to meet the externally agreed criteria to be awarded.The criteria are carefully managed to suit the needs of different organisations. Portfolios are submitted annually for assessment and policies are checked.

This award is both earned and evidenced in a portfolio.

When your portfolio is assessed for the BIG Award, they look for:

1)         A Bullying Intervention Focus Group
2)         A robust Anti Bullying Policy
3)         Regular Staff Training
4)         Involvement of parents and carers
5)         Pupils’ peer support or mentoring system
6)         Regular awareness-raising activities
7)         Testimonial from a young person
8)         Recording and monitoring of bullying incidents

‘Hartsdown Academy is an inclusive and caring school where the staff believe that bullying should not be tolerated.  There are a number of excellent strategies to support this including; staff training, monitoring and recording of any incidents of bullying, a peer support scheme, an anti-bullying focus group and most importantly, an excellent and robust anti-bullying policy.  Bullying can happen anywhere, but both the students and staff at this school work so hard to ensure that everyone can learn and socialise without fear of intimidation.  I am delighted to award Hartsdown Academy with the BIG Award for Excellence in Challenging Bullying.’  Val McFarlane, Director, Bullying Intervention Group.



For more information please on the Big Award click here

Summer School Production



Playing at Queen’s Hall, Winter Gardens, Margate.

10th July Performance 7pm


Ring bells! Bang the drums! Are you going to love this exciting stage adaptation of the legendary tale of the lovable thief with the heart of gold! Join Aladdin, Jasmine, and the fast-talking, wisecracking Genie as they discover mystical caves, take magic carpet rides, and outwit the evil sorcerer, Jafar. Adapted especially for young performers, this musical includes favourite Alan Menken songs such as “Friend Like Me,” “A Whole New World,” and “Prince Ali,” as well as wonderful new songs added for the Broadway production. With new, colourful characters and nonstop adventure, Aladdin JR. is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for all ages!


For information on purchasing tickets please call 01843 227957


The spectacular 60-minute musical, designed for middle school-aged performers, is based on the 1992 Disney film and the 2014 Broadway adaptation. Disney’s Aladdin JR. is presented through special arrangement with and all materials are provided by Music Theatre International.

Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded in 1952 by composer Frank Loesser and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form.


Year 9 Guided Choices Evening

28 January 2019

Dear Parent/Carer

Re: Year 9 Guided Choices Evening

I would like to invite you and your son/daughter to the Year 9 Guided Choices Evening on Wednesday 6th February 2019 at 4pm.

The aim of this evening is for parents, carers and students to understand the guided choices process and to visit the subject stalls to gain more information on each Subject area. There will be a brief introductory talk outlining the process at 4pm in the hall and then you will be free to visit the stalls that will be located in our Sixth Form Block. These stalls will close at 6pm.


Throughout the evening and the guided choices process, students will be guided towards their best suited options. All students will have a meeting/interview once forms have been completed and returned in order to discuss their choices. Students will be given help and advice on the suitability of the courses they have chosen based upon previous attainment.



Students will have the opportunity to complement the core programme of Maths, English and Science subjects with three options. However, we ask them to select six possible option subjects. Students are asked to complete the form and hand it to their Form Tutor.


Will students definitely be able to do their chosen courses?

It is important that your son/daughter selects course at the appropriate level and chooses subjects that will give them the most chance of academic success.

Availability of all courses offered depends upon sufficient numbers of students choosing the course. Should courses be under-subscribed or over-subscribed, it will be necessary for students to make alternative options. There is also a possibility of clashes with a student’s options once the whole year group has been timetabled. We will talk to students individually before any decisions are made.

Attending this evening is extremely important as it is when your son/daughter will receive the choices available to them at KS4 and you will be able to initially ask for help and guidance on the process.


I look forward to seeing you then.


Yours faithfully

Mr R. Gardner.


Imperial War Museum

Yesterday we took 28 Year 9 and 10s to the Imperial War Museum London. A heartfelt day was had by all. The students were praised highly for their attitude to learning, the respect they showed for the exhibitions and the sensitive nature of the topic they were learning. The students had a lesson with Lydia, who was extremely impressed and said we were more than welcome to come and visit again. We also had a member of the public say how respectful and well-mannered the students were. #STRIVE #Scholarship #Excellence #IWMLondon


Gumball machines

Yr 7 have been working on these Gumball machines in technology this week 

Love Harts: Gig for Hartsdown ARC / ArtsEdEx

Please join us on the 20th December at Elsewhere, Margate to celebrate the achievements of young people from Hartsdown ARC, who have taken part in a 10 week programme us and the incredible Flying Seagull Project. Music from afrobeat legend, Dele Sosimi, Cliftonville Community Choir and Falle Noike and Ayo Akinwolere as well as performances from The Flying Seagulls, Emrys Plant and more! Full on Christmas vibes with raffle, mulled wine, mince pies and sing along! All ticket sales will help fund more workshops with The Flying Seagulls.

Tickets available at

NHS Success!

Tuesday 13th November 5.30-6.30pm – open to all parents and students.

NHS Success! inspires young people to seize control of their future and consider the wide range of over 350 different career possibilities available to them working in the NHS. It’s a fun and engaging presentation, which is also informative and inspirational

.Professional actors portray an array of characters in a healthcare environment ranging from the Royal Voluntary Service to Chief Surgeon. The central character, who hasn’t any real idea of the impact that the NHS could have on his/ her future either physically or career wise, gets to explore, with the audience, the fascinating and exciting world of healthcare.


Students and parents will:Learn about the variety of pathways and progression routes available in healthcare

  • Appreciate the variety of fulfilling and rewarding roles, for men and women, and that it’s not all just ‘doctors and nurses’ and highly qualified specialists
  • Realise a job in Healthcare offers training and real career progression
  • Understand that working in Healthcare can be exciting, with a great social aspect
  • Find out where to get help, support and more information to make better decisions for their future

Excellence in Geography

Year 8 have been studying Coasts and one element of this is understanding erosional processes and erosional landforms. All students worked in pairs, to design their own landforms using playdough. Then, they annotated the landforms they created using Level 5 GCSE keywords for processes and landforms. After completion, they walked around voting for the best landform creation.

The winners were Memphis and Emily! Well done! This was a lovely creative lesson, and Miss Reeve could really see their learning

coming to life!

The Youth Travel Ambassador Project

Hartsdown Youth Travel Ambassadors

The Youth Travel Ambassador Programme is an  exciting new project for year 8 and 12/13 students , offered by the Kent County Council Road Safety Team.  This programme provides young people , aged 11-18, with the skills and confidence to address road safety issues affecting their school community.  The project is an innovation for Kent, and Hartsdown Academy is the first school outside of London to introduce the project.

Drawing on the expertise of the Road Safety Team, the project offers:

  • Sessions for students delivered by KCC Road Safety Team YTA Coordinator • Optional access to bid for up to £250 funding to deliver a YTA campaign • Opportunity to attend Enterprise Highway and end of year Expo events and Training for students to become YTA Student Leaders to mentor their peers.

With direct support from the Road Safety Team, YTA teams research and develop behaviour change campaigns, focusing on road safety awareness and improving the student travel experience to and from school. With direct input and support from the YTA coordinator, students develop skills in a variety of areas with applications across the curriculum, and developing a range of transferable skills including:

  • Project management
  • Leadership
  • Planning and organisation
  • Analysing and investigation
  • Marketing and promotion
  • Presenting and public speaking

This is now a well-established programme across schools in London. In total it has reached 250 schools and 4,600 students have been trained as YTA’s delivering campaigns to over 500,000 students.