From Phil Harding…

First a thank you to those who have already booked for the Annual Dinner on 03 Dec. Bookings are being received steadily and its good to see that payment by Bank transfer is proving popular.

As always, the OHA extends an invitation not just to OHA members but to old boys in the Linkedin and Facebook groups, members of the OHA website and to all Old Harveians. In recent years attendees have ranged from 18 to 102 years of age.

We are always particularly keen to see those who joined or left the school 50 or 25 years ago. We would also very much like to see those who left 5 years ago in 2011. Join us and bring us up to date on your University, college, internship, apprenticeship, other training, career, etc.

The Dinner is always a great opportunity to catch up with old friends in a familiar setting. Get a class or year group reunion together. This is also probably the last chance to see the old gym, a building with great memories for most old boys, as it is being demolished and replaced in summer 2017.

Please remember that places are limited so get your booking in as soon as possible. For more information contact Phil For Menu and Booking Form  dinner-notice-dec-2016

Old Harveians Annual Dinner 03 Dec.

The Old Harveians Annual Dinner is being held at the school on 03 Dec. As in recent years the OHA have extended the invitation to all old boys, not just to OHA members. Two special items this year – first payment for tickets can now be made by Bank transfer, not just by cheque. Secondly, the old gym will be demolished and replaced during Summer 2017. This may be your last chance to visit it.

For Booking Form and Menu

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Harvey Grammar pupil achieves amazing GCSE haul as school shines…

A student at Harvey Grammar School in Folkestone achieved 14 top GCSEs – and the school insists it is only the beginning for the youngster.

Richard Moore achieved A* and As in all of his subjects, while other impressive results came from Max Hulbert, Connor Owen, Joseph Spruce and Jake Chapman (all 12 A* and A grades).

Headteacher Scott Norman said: “A year of very hard work has delighted another set of outstanding GCSE results for our boys.

“These results will lay solid foundations for A-Level study and for many it will be the first step towards a place at one of the country’s top universities.

“This has been a fantastic year for all involved with the school with outstanding status achievement, and I am so pleased that all the hard work undertaken by staff and students has resulted in such impressive outcomes.”

From Phil Harding

Sad to report that, after a long and debilitating illness, borne with great courage and dignity, Daniel Wootton passed away on Sunday 21st August at the age of 42.  Together with his twin brother James, he was a member of the Harvey 1st XI that reached the ESFA National Final in 1991. He had been a member of the Old Harveians Association since leaving school in 1992, and the OHA sends its condolences to James and the rest of the family on their sad loss. Daniel will be remembered with great affection by all who knew him


From Will Chan…

Calling all Old Harveian football fans, come and join the fun by entering my charity (Donations With A Difference) annual football prediction competition. It’s only £5 per entry or £10 for 3 entries. All entry fees go into the charity’s Grant Fund to help local causes, see our website for more details of what we do:

You could win a share over £1,200 for yourselves and £450 for charity. Not to mention that entering will also provide a platform for some good old fashion football banter throughout the 2016/17 season!

Thanks in advance of your support.

The Referendum – view from an old Harveian…

The British people have just been through a bruising, debilitating but necessary debate. We have had to take a long hard look at ourselves in the mirror. The argument has divided communities and parties. Like any family argument, we are better for it. Even if it doesn’t yet feel that way.

This is now a moment for us to take a collective deep breath. We’ll be OK. Much of the campaign, on both sides, has been over the top. The period ahead won’t be as terrible as predicted by Remain camp. Nor as easy as claimed by the Leave camp. The defining moment for the UK’s place in the 21st century is not the referendum itself, but how we now respond to it. This will take the best of our resilience and confidence.

As we emerge blinking into what will be a different chapter in our history book, we need to reflect hard on what the British people have said. This vote isn’t about the shape of our bananas, or what we put into our sausages. And let’s not mistake this as a vote for isolationism or retreat from the world. The British people are bigger than that.

Instead, the public has said two things. Firstly, that they are worried about current levels of immigration, and the way we fear that changes the character and economic prospects of the UK. The vast majority of us are not intolerant or racist. But many fear that there is no system strong enough to manage the implications of migration for our schools, health service and communities. So we need to think much more creatively about how we build a 21st century policy on migration that helps us promote and benefit from our openness and diversity, but doesn’t harm our infrastructure or fracture our politics.

Secondly, we don’t like decisions being taken further away from us. We have a growing distrust for authority, and a desire to claim greater influence over our lives. Power is moving towards technologically empowered individuals, and that is a good thing. This vote is a nail in the coffin for the 20th century global and national power structures. Our job now is to replace them with something that marshalls our best instincts and values, and not our worst.  We need to revisit how to engage the public in decisions – taking on the growing cynicism and disengagement from public life. The internet needs to strengthen our collective creativity and community, not undermine it.

The key now is to put aside the rancour of the last few months, and pull together – wherever we stood on the referendum – to ensure that the negative predictions about leaving Europe are proved wrong. One positive about the campaign has been individuals putting aside party affiliations and arguing (hard) about issues. Many people will be shocked and worried this morning. The referendum did not divide us on out of date party lines. And neither must the response.

We also need to update our offer to the world: a humanitarian and creative industries superpower; a major economy, military and political player; a global trading nation; a strong brand based on innovation and quality; and the world’s capital.

Meanwhile, there is an even more important election ahead for UK interests, and we don’t get to vote in that one. It is vital for global security that America makes the right decision later this year, and that not just Trump but his ideas are consigned to the 20th century dustbin where they belong.

Ofsted Report – April 2016

Ofsted report publised 25 April. Huge congratulations to Scott Norman and staff, John Dennis and Governors and the boys
The Harvey Grammar School
Cheriton Rd, Folkestone, Kent CT19 5JY
Inspection dates
16–17 March 2016
Overall effectiveness
Effectiveness of leadership and management
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
Personal development, behaviour and welfare
Outcomes for pupils
16 to 19 study programmes
Overall effectiveness at previous inspection
The Harvey Grammar School
Unique Reference Number (URN): 138480

Old Harveian enters London Marathon

Old Harveian Leigh Hovey is running the London Marathon in support of his wife who has ME

Leigh Hovey

HGS USA football tours…

from Phil Harding

Since the first Harvey Football Tour to the USA in 1989, over 200 Harveians have taken part in 14 tours, and another is planned for this summer. Among many memorable experiences have been the opportunities to stay with American families in their homes. There will be a Reunion for all past tourists at the Harvey on the evening of Friday 6th May, when we will be joined by Sam and Sandy Ruffo from Conklin, who organised the host families on that first tour, and who have been involved ever since. For more details, please contact Phil Harding on or 07850 154827


 from top  1989 with Alan Philpott,  2003 with Phil Harding, date unknown

RAF Squadronaires Concert April 23rd

Well over half of the seats have now been sold. The Concert is open to everybody to please let colleagues and neighbours know about it. Or bring some friends along for the evening. Proceeds will be split between RAF charities and the Old Harveians Association for the benefit of the school. For more information and tickets contact John Oliver or tel: 01303 251403