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  • Maidstone Grammar School
    Barton Road
    ME15 7BT
  • Head: Mr M Tomkins
  • T 01622 752 101
  • F 01622 753 680
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  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 1,237; sixth formers: 349 (62 girls)
  • Religion: None
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 27th September 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 13th February 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

‘He talks to the kids as young adults and asks what people think and listens to their views - an absolute inspiration, who has re-energised the school,’ said one mother. School keen to promote Oxbridge. ‘I thought it was only for private school kids,’ said one boy, ‘but the school took us to the open days and gave us lots of support and encouragement and six of us got offers at Cambridge.’ CCF a big part of the school culture – about 250 take part in army, navy and air force, learn about ‘camaraderie, service and leadership’ and are given the chance to do adventurous things...


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2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Spanish at an English Grammar School (GCSE Full Course)

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Since 2012, Mark Tomkins BSc NPQH PGCE (40s). Grew up in Cheltenham, where he was educated at Arle Comprehensive and Pate's Grammar. Read maths at Birmingham University and went home to Cheltenham to do his PGCE. Has spent almost all his working life in Kent boys’ grammar schools, the first nine years at Dartford Grammar and latterly six years as deputy head at The Judd, Tonbridge. Says he knew MGS well before he applied for the job and felt part of the school within a couple of weeks. Tall and enthusiastic, he feels that the headship is the ‘best job in teaching – it is such an honour and a privilege to be able make a difference in a big way’.

Highly regarded by everyone we spoke to, he is...

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