KYJO Concert 28 April

The Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra concert at the school is less than 10 days from now. Saturday 28 April from 7.30pm. This event is very popular but there are still a few tickets left. The concert is open to everybody, not just old Harveians. Contact John Oliver tel: 01303 251403 or e-mail

Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra

From KYJO concert organisers John Oliver and Phil Harding
The KYJO concert had to be cancelled on Saturday 03 March… The concert has however been re-arranged for Saturday 28th of April
Tickets already issued will be honoured on confirmation back to John Oliver tel 01303 251403 or e-mail that ticket holders wish to attend on 28 April. It also allows those who could not manage the 3rd of March to hopefully buy tickets for the new date

Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra concert

Only 10 days now to the Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra concert at the Harvey. Sat 03 March at 1930hrs. Still some tickets available at only £10.00 per person. Proceeds to the Old Harveians Assoc. for the benefit of the school.
Contact John Oliver tel: 01303 251403 or e-mail

Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra at Harvey Grammar school 03 March

The Old Harveians Assoc present the Kent youth Jazz Orchestra at the school 7.30pm on 3rd March. Tickets £10 from John Oliver tel: 01303 251403 e-mail Members of the public welcome. Free parking – wheelchair-friendly access – drinks available for purchase. Proceeds for the benefit of the school

From Phil Harding…

During the Annual Dinner on 02 Dec and also during the football match earlier in the day collections were made for current Harvey student Callum Smith. Callum needs Proton Beam Therapy, an expensive treatment only available in the US, for a brain tumour. The collections raised £800.00 from generous old boys towards a £20,000 target. More information and a link should anyone wish to also contribute at

from Phil Harding – RIP Lord Imbert

Just received the sad news from our President that old boy Peter Imbert, Lord Imbert of New Romney, passed away earlier today at the age of 84. Peter Imbert was a retired Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and a Governor of the School for several years.
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Quick update from Phil Harding re Annual Dinner

Dinner numbers update = bookings received 50
Promises of another 12 on their way.

All decades from the 1930s represented. Ex-staff include John Herbert, Dick Young and Nigel Thomas.

This is about half of the places available booked. Final date for booking 25 November.

Old Harveians Annual Dinner 2017

OHA Annual Dinner 2017. 02 December at the school. Courtesy of the Old Harveians Association, an invitation is extended to ALL old Harveians, not just OHA members. So relive old memories, catch up with old friends, get a reunion together, meet your teachers! Booking Form and Menu attached. For further information contact Phil Harding

Dick Young tribute to Ted Pryor

The attached tribute to Ted given by Dick Young at last week’s funeral
Ted Pryor HGS 1952-1987

I first met Ted when I joined his department at Harvey G S in 1964 and we worked harmoniously together until his retirement in 1987. He was a very good teacher, excellent Head of Department popular with both boys and colleagues: his ready wit endeared him to many and his contribution to the mickey-taking in the staffroom at the end of the lunch time when we all gathered together was always very amusing. As NAT Thomas wrote in the latest the Harvey history: he had a fine line in repartee.

When I first arrived I still played tennis and Ted and I had a number of games together, but I soon realised that he was much better than I was so I took up golf. Many years later when HE had taken up golf we had a game at Cirencester Golf Club and although my handicap was much lower than his he beat me by playing to his limitations.Not very far but straight down the middle and onto the green. 2 nil to Ted.

We went on day trips to France and later to Chambery when the exchange was established. I well remember the first time we went. 3.15 ferry from Folkestone, train to Paris, from the Gare du Nord to the Gare de Lyon with 30 or so third formers-year nine to the younger ones here- on the Metro- no risk assessment then- arriving in Chambery at 6.30 the next morning.We saw all the boys off with their host families and passed the day recovering. We stayed in a hotel that night before moving into a student hostel run by nuns. We had an early dinner and took to our beds at about 8. Ted was not at all pleased to be woken to receive phone call an hour later from a parent whose son had rung home to say he was not happy with his correspondent’s behaviour. We thought we had sorted that out the next day but things didn’t improve and the French boy stayed with another family when the Chambery group came to Folkestone.

However our visits to Chambery were very pleasant for we didn’t see the boys except for one day when all went on an excursion together. Ted and I would usually set out each day to walk the area armed with some excellent bread and local cheese with the all-important plastic container full of Cotes du Rhone, followed in the evening by a meal in one of the many restaurants in the town with of course a glass or two of red wine.

As you all know Ted was an ardent Francophile and he amused us greatly when recounting a day trip to Boulogne with his late wife Pat. Apparently Pat left her gloves in the restaurant where they had lunch and Ted went back and made his way past the customers queuing to get in. He was stopped by a large Englishman who said: Who are you pushing you four-eyed flipping old Frog? – or words to that effect. Ted explained that he was saying excuse me in French whereupon the man turned to his friend and said “Now he’s trying to be flipping clever!!” When Pat and Ted got back on the ferry at the end of their day in France, Pat said “Let’s go into the bar and we might find your new friend.”

That Ted was held in high regard by his pupils was evident in the many tweets received by Phil Harding when he had passed on the sad news. Here a few of them:
• An excellent teacher with a great sense of humour.
• Good memories of French and the French exchange trips.
• What an amazing innings. Shows the good life that goes with being a teacher at HGS.
• I never learned a word of French, but I liked every lesson and he was very patient.
And the one I liked best;
• Form master, French teacher and took me and my year to Chambery for an exchange. Great teacher and nice man. Easy to distract with French car registration numbers and wine labels. R.I.P.

A good man, a good friend and a good colleague.

Folkestone pupils pick up GCSE results

Harvey Grammar School heaped praise on a number of its high achievers, including Laurie Smith, who took his GCSE exams when he was just 14.

Laurie Smith was just 14 when he he sat his exams to get Harvey Grammar’s best set of GCSEs
He achieved level 9s in maths and English and straight A*s and As.
He said: “I’m the youngest in my year, it took lots of hard work and revision.”

Other high achievers include Louis McMullan who achieved grade 8 in English and 9 in Maths and Joe Smith.
He was awarded grade 9 in English and 7 in Maths.

Kaito Wilson scored Grade 9 in Maths

Scott Norman, headteacher said: “I am delighted to see the hard work of our students and staff results in excellent GCSE outcomes once again.

“It brings enormous pleasure to both myself and all our staff to see so many individuals receive outstanding results that set them on a solid foundation for the post 16 study with us.”

Blade Sammonds scored straight As