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Fort Pitt is a girls’ grammar school with 900 students aged 11-18. Every September approximately 150 girls are admitted to Year 7 on the basis of a selection procedure. Late entry to Years 7–11 is determined by school assessment and any entry to the sixth form is on the basis of GCSE results.

DETERMINED ADMISSIONS POLICIES

 

Determined Admissions Policy 2023

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Determined Admissions Policy 2022

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Determined Admissions Policy 2021

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CASUAL IN YEAR ADMISSIONS

If you are considering moving school and would like to apply for a place at Fort Pitt please contact the school first to ascertain numbers and the process of application.  Below is the link to the Medway site for the in-year application form. 

 

Apply to move school | Apply to move school | Medway Council

 

Please be aware that your child will need to do a selective ability assessment and may be asked for copies of work from their current school to evidence their ability to work at selective level.

 

You will be contacted within 15 school days from receipt of your application form to advise you of the assessment date your child will be required to attend.

 

Results of the assessment will follow after marking and verification has taken place.  This usually occurs within 15 school days.  Parents have the right to appeal if a place is not offered at this stage and the school should be contacted as soon as possible.

INFORMATION FOR ENTRY TO YEAR 7

1st March 2022 – National Offer Day:

Offers sent to parents/carers

Dates for Year 7 appeals:

Any parent/carer wishing to appeal and has named Fort Pitt Grammar School on their application form may submit an appeal form by 31 March 2022.

Week commencing 13th June 2022 – Appeal Hearings:

You will be given at least 10 school days’ notice of the date of your appeal hearing in writing, together with information about the process. 

On submitting your appeal, please advise us if any of the dates are unsuitable as it may not be possible to change the timetable at a later date.

Every year we look forward to meeting all our new Year 7 students. If you would like to apply for a place in Year 7, please visit our online tour.

Each Year 6 student will have worked exceptionally hard to gain a place here and we make every effort to ensure that the transition from primary to secondary school goes smoothly, with the minimum of stress. We care about our students enormously, both in terms of their academic achievement and their emotional wellbeing.

During Terms 5 and 6 of the academic year, our pastoral team visit local primary schools, to get to know the new intake of Fort Pitt students.  Staff will use this opportunity to talk about how our school day works and set out the school’s expectations. We will also outline the school’s uniform policy. We hope this will give our prospective students the opportunity to discuss any fears or uncertainties they may have about the move to secondary school. Students will also be invited to the Year 6 taster day.  During the taster day, we let you know about the house you will join at the start of Year 7.  The taster day is also a good time to start getting to grips with the layout of the school, as you make your way around to attend sample lessons. This day promises to be fun and exciting, a chance to attend lessons and make new friends. Students really enjoy this first day at secondary school; it is the start of a happy and exciting time in their lives, as they take their first steps as members of the Fort Pitt community.

Parents will be invited to attend an information evening, providing them with the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about their child’s new school.

FORT PITT TRANSITION EVENTS FOR NEW YEAR 7 STUDENTS 2022

Year 6 into 7 Transition Day:

Thursday 7th July 2022

 

Year 6 into 7 Parent/Carer Information Evening:

Thursday 7th July 2022

SCHOOL
ADMISSIONS

TERM
DATES

TERM
DATES

SEPTEMBER 2021 TO JULY 2022
TERM 1

Wednesday 1st September 2021
START (STAFF ONLY)

Thursday 2nd September 2021

YEAR 7 INDUCTION DAY & YEAR 12 ENROLMENT

Friday 3rd September 2021
YEAR 7 AND YEAR 12 STUDENTS ONLY

Monday 6th September 2021
ALL YEAR GROUPS RETURN

Friday 15th October 2021
FINISH
 
AUTUMN BREAK
Monday 18th October 2021 to Friday 29th October 2021
TERM 2

Monday 1st November 2021
START
 
Friday 26th November 2021
TRUST INSET DAY - SCHOOL CLOSED TO STUDENTS

Friday 17th December 2021
FINISH (Early Close 12.30pm)
 
CHRISTMAS BREAK
Monday 20th December 2021 to Monday 3rd January 2022
TERM 3

Tuesday 4th January 2022
START

Friday 11th February 2022
FINISH
 
FEBRUARY BREAK
Monday 14th February 2022 to Friday 18th February 2022
TERM 4

Monday 21st February 2022
START

Friday 1st April 2022
FINISH (Early Close 12.30pm)
EASTER BREAK
Monday 4th April to Thursday 14th April 2022
Friday 15th April 2022
GOOD FRIDAY
 
Monday 18th April 2022
EASTER MONDAY
TERM 5

Tuesday 19th April 2022
START 

Monday 2nd May 2022

EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY

Friday 27th May 2022
FINISH
 
LATE SPRING BREAK
Tuesday 31st May 2022 to Friday 3rd June 2022
Thursday 2nd June 2022
PLATINUM JUBILEE BANK HOLIDAY
Friday 3rd June 2022
PLATINUM JUBILEE BANK HOLIDAY
TERM 6

Monday 6th June 2022
START

Friday 22nd July 2022
FINISH
SEPTEMBER 2022 TO JULY 2023
TERM 1

Thursday 1st September 2022
(STAFF AND YEAR 12 REGISTRATION)

Friday 2nd September 2022
YEAR 7 AND YEAR 12 ONLY

Monday 5th September 2022
ALL YEAR GROUPS RETURN

Friday 14th October 2022
FINISH
AUTUMN BREAK
Monday 17th October 2022 to Friday 28th October 2022
TERM 2

Monday 31st October 2022
START
 
Friday 25th November 2022
TRUST INSET DAY - SCHOOL CLOSED TO STUDENTS

Tuesday 20th December 2022
FINISH (Early Close 12.30pm)
 
CHRISTMAS BREAK
Wednesday 21st December 2022 to Monday 2nd January 2023
TERM 3

Tuesday 3rd January 2023
START

Friday 10th February 2023
FINISH
FEBRUARY BREAK
Monday 13th February 2023 to Friday 17th February 2023
TERM 4

Monday 20 February 2023
START

Friday 31 March 2023
FINISH (Early Close 12.30pm)
EASTER BREAK
Monday 3rd April 2023 to Friday 14th April 2023
Friday 7th April 2023
GOOD FRIDAY
 
Monday 10th April 2023
EASTER MONDAY
TERM 5

Monday 17th April 2023
START 

Monday 1st May 2023

EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY

Friday 26 May 2023
FINISH
LATE SPRING BREAK
Tuesday 31st May 2022 to Friday 3rd June 2022
Monday 29th May 2023
LATE MAY BANK HOLIDAY
TERM 6

Monday 5th June 2023
START

Friday 20th July 2023
FINISH

KEY
DATES

SEPTEMBER 2021 - AUGUST 2022
 

Wednesday 15th September

YEAR 10 INFORMATION EVENING (V)

Thursday 7th October

MAIN OPEN EVENING 5.30 - 8.00PM 

Thursday 14th October

SIXTH FORM OCTOBER OPEN EVENING 6.00 – 8.00PM 

Wednesday 10th November

YEAR 11 PARENTS EVENING (V)

Wednesday 24th November

YEAR 13 PARENTS EVENING (V)

 

Friday 26th November

TRUST INSET – SCHOOL CLOSED TO STUDENTS

 

Tuesday 14th December

CHRISTMAS CONCERT 7.00PM 

 

Wednesday 2nd February

YEAR 11 REVISION EVENING (V)


 

Tuesday 22nd February

YEAR 9 PARENTS EVENING (V)

Wednesday 2nd March

YEAR 9 OPTIONS EVENING (V)

Wednesday 27th April

YEAR 10 PARENTS EVENING (V)

Wednesday 4th May

YEAR 12 PARENTS EVENING (V)

Wednesday 25th May

YEAR 8 PARENTS EVENING (V)

Wednesday 28th June

YEAR 7 PARENTS EVENING (V)

Thursday 7th July

YEAR 7 INFORMATION EVENING (Entry 2022)

(V) = Virtual

STAFF
LIST

ART AND DESIGN TECHNOLOGY

Teacher of Textiles

Teacher of Food Technology

Teacher of Art

Head of Department

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Teacher of French / Spanish

Teacher of French / Spanish

Teacher of French / Spanish

Teacher of German / Spanish

Head of Department 

BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

Head of Department 

Teacher of Business

Teacher of Business & Economics

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Teacher of Computer Science

Head of Department 

DRAMA

Head of Department

ENGLISH AND FILM

Teacher of English, KS3 Lead

Teacher of English

Head of Film / Teacher of English

Teacher of English

Head of Department

Teacher of English

Teacher of English/Film, KS5 Lead

Teacher of English

GEOGRAPHY

Teacher of Geography

Head of Department 

HISTORY

Teacher of History / Lead Practitioner 

Head of Department 

MUSIC

Head of Department 

Teacher of Music

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Teacher of PE

Teacher of PE

Teacher of PE

In-charge of PE (maternity cover)

Teacher of PE

P.L.E

Head of Department 

Teacher of PLE

PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION

Head of Department

SCIENCE

Teacher of Science / Physics

Subject Lead Chemistry

Teacher of Science / Physics

Teacher of Science / Biology

Teacher of Science / Biology

Teacher of Science / Biology

Subject Lead Physics

Teacher of Science / Chemistry 

Teacher of Science / Chemistry

Teacher of Science / Physics

Head of Department

Teacher of Science / Biology

MATHS

Head of Department 

Teacher of Maths

Teacher of Maths

Teacher of Maths, KS3 Lead

Teacher of Maths

Teacher of Maths, KS5 Lead

Teacher of Maths

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Teacher of Politics / Psychology

Teacher of Sociology / EPQ

Head of Department

Teacher of Sociology

Teacher of Politics 

ABSENCE

Details of our attendance procedures can be found by clicking here or by going to our Policy and Procedures Page

Parents are reminded that they are required by law to inform us of a student’s absence on the first day of the absence. It is essential that a signed absence note is sent into school when the student returns to confirm details of the length of absence and reasons why.

If students are late for school and miss registration they should sign in the late book at reception.

EMAIL

absence@fortpitt.co.uk

TELEPHONE

01634 842359

LETTER

Attendance Officer

Fort Pitt Grammar School

Fort Pitt Hill

Chatham

Kent

ME4 6TJ

EXPECTATIONS

SCHOOL UNIFORM

At Fort Pitt, we believe that successful and happy learning starts with self-respect. Accordingly, we have high expectations of how our students should behave and present themselves at all times, wherever they may be.

All students in Years 7-11 wear the school uniform and are expected to take pride in their appearance. This attitude of self-respect does not start at the school gate, but should apply at all times that a student is wearing the Fort Pitt uniform, including the journey to and from school.

The following list provides details of what constitutes the correct school uniform. It is non-negotiable, and any persistent failure to comply with it will lead to appropriate sanctions.

GIRLS SHOULD WEAR

  • A navy-blue blazer with school badge and house colours (given to all new students on their first day).

  • A pink-checked, open-necked, short- or long-sleeved school blouse.

  • An official, navy blue, pleated school skirt, which must measure no longer than 6cm below the knee and no shorter than 6cm above the knee. Please note: the pleats are stitched down at the top of the skirt.

  • Navy blue trousers, tailored fit.

  • A navy blue, V-necked, long-sleeved sweater, with the school logo on the left-hand side. (Official sleeveless sweaters are also available if required). Jumpers are optional.

  • Plain white, navy or black socks (under knee) or navy, black or flesh-coloured tights, with no patterns

  • Plain black shoes: this means no platform heels, stilettos, sling backs, trainers, boots or canvas shoes, and no heel higher than 4cm.

  • Black or navy-blue coat. All coats must be plain and display no prominent logos.

PE KIT

  • Polo Shirt (embroidered with student initials)

  • Shorts/Skort (embroidered with student initials)

  • Hoodie

  • Long blue socks

  • Plain navy jogging bottoms (no logos)

  • Plain white ankle socks (these can only be worn in the summer term - no logos or frills)

  • Trainers

  • PE bag (available from School time)

  • Football boots

  • Shin pads

  • Mouth guard

  • Hair band

 

 

 

 

ALL UNIFORM IS AVAILABLE FROM THE ‘SCHOOL TIME’ SHOP IN CHATHAM.

JEWELLERY AND MAKE-UP
Jewellery is not allowed, apart from a watch and one small stud (no larger than 0.5cm) in the lobe of each ear.
Facial and body piercings are not acceptable and should be removed whenever a student is wearing school uniform.

Hair should be of one natural colour and conventionally styled: coloured, beaded or shaved hair is not permitted. Please contact the school if you are unsure as to what is acceptable; we will be happy to advise and help you to avoid unnecessary expense.

Make-up is not allowed in Years 7-11.

Parents are asked to note these basic rules and to support the school in maintaining high standards of appearance. We would ask that you check with the school before buying anything about which you have doubts, to avoid unnecessary expense.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Please Note: The School cannot take responsibility for the loss of staff or student personal property.

  • Small sums of money should be kept on the student at all times or stored securely in a locker. On occasions such as PE lessons, students should hand in the purse to the appropriate member of staff.

  • Large sums of money should be handed in to reception for safekeeping, if it is necessary for them to be brought onto school premises at all.

CATERING

LUNCH MENU

Independent Catering manage our catering service in the school dining room, where students are offered a wide range of foods at breakfast, morning break and lunchtime. The available food ranges from pastas and salads to full cooked meals. Click here for the current menus.

Students may prefer to bring a packed lunch.

PARENT PAY

CASHLESS CATERING

Food and drinks are purchased via our trust-e Cashless Catering Solution using a key fob.  Accounts can be credited via Parent Pay or Paypoint.

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