Our Academies

Cliftonville Primary & Pre-School

Headteacher: Claire Whichcord

Northumberland Avenue, Cliftonville, Margate, Kent. CT9 3LY

01843 227575



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Led by Claire Whichcord, Head Teacher, and her amazing team, Cliftonville Primary and Pre School is the largest primary school in Kent with over 840 children on roll. This includes our ever popular 52 place Pre-School. We continue to be oversubscribed in Reception.

Following an Ofsted inspection in December 2016 the school joins a small elite of 5% of primaries nationally to be rated ‘outstanding’ in every single aspect of the school.

The school is immensely proud of the diverse community it serves and is committed to outstanding outcomes for every child, no matter what their starting point. We are a family. We work together with all partners including parents to foster warm, friendly and purposeful relationships, supporting and developing the children’s social and emotional foundations upon which learning is achieved through a bespoke, exciting, ambitious and engaging curriculum.

Dane Court Grammar School

Headteacher: Martin Jones

Northumberland Avenue, Broadstairs Rd, Broadstairs, Kent. CT10 2RT

01843 864941



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Dane Court Grammar School is an 11-18 mixed selective school of 1,200 students, located in Broadstairs. It is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted (2007) and is a Teaching School, using East Kent Learning Alliance (EKLA) as its delivery arm, as well as a National Sport School. Martin Jones is the Head Teacher. Dane Court is federated with King Ethelbert School, sharing a single local governing body. Dane Court is an International Baccalaureate World School, offering only the IB Diploma and the IB Careers related Programme in the Sixth Form. The school was largely rebuilt through the Building Schools for the Future initiative.

Hartsdown Academy

Headteacher: Matthew Tate

Hartsdown Academy, George V Ave, Margate, Kent. CT9 5RE

01843 227957



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Hartsdown Academy, as part of the Coastal Academies Trust, proudly serves the Thanet community. Located in Margate, we are a popular mixed, non-selective secondary school of around 750 pupils, and teach Years 7 through to 13. Led by Head Teacher Matthew Tate, our dedicated team of staff are committed to providing an amazing education for the children of Thanet. We do this by ensuring each student has a high quality curriculum that meets the demands of creating lifelong learners, global citizens and also reflects the needs of our local context. In delivering this curriculum, we take an evidenced based approach to teaching, learning and assessment that fosters a culture of learning and achievement for both students and staff. As a result of this, we have been rated by Ofsted as a Good school in all areas from their inspection in December 2021.

King Ethelbert School

Headteacher: Vicky Willis

King Ethelbert School, Canterbury Road, Birchington, Kent. CT7 9BL

01843 831999



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King Ethelbert School is a mixed non selective school of 890 students, located in Birchington-on-Sea. It is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted (2018) and is a strategic partner of East Kent Learning Alliance. Vicky Willis is the Headteacher and the school shares a single local governing body with Dane Court Grammar School. King Ethelbert is an IB World School, offering only the IB Careers related Programme in its Sixth Form. The school was largely rebuilt through the Building Schools for the Future initiative. It plays a leading part in supporting Royal Harbour Academy, Hartsdown and Canterbury Academy.

The Royal Harbour Academy

Headteacher: Simon Pullen

Lower Site | Newlands Lane, Ramsgate, Kent. CT12 6RH / Upper Site | Stirling Way, Ramsgate, Kent. CT12 6FA

01843 572500



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Royal Harbour Academy is a split-site, mixed, non-selective school of 1000 students located in Ramsgate. We are an IB World School offering IB courses in the 6th Form and at Key Stage 3. We are a friendly, family school whose aim is that every student gains the life skills and qualifications that will allow them to lead happy and fulfilled lives.

The Lower Site is for students in year 7 and 8 and has many of the structures that children are familiar with in their primary schools. This allows for an excellent transition to secondary school and prepares them well for their later move to the Upper site which caters for our students in Years 9 to 13.