The new term’s start arrangements are:
Tuesday 2nd September – INSET – no students should attend
Wednesday 3rd September – 8.45 am Year 7 students and selected Year 11 prefects only
Thursday 4th September – 8.45 am All students
Please follow Whole School Letter June 14 to read the letter sent home in June advising parents of these arrangements
Huge celebrations are underway at Harrow Way today as the school notches up its best GCSE results ever with a 9% improvement from last year and a staggering 16% improvement since Headteacher Mike Serridge joined the school two years ago. Ten of its top students achieved a clean sweep of A* and As in at least 10 subjects.
The overall pass rate of those achieving five GCSE grade A* to C passes including Maths and English – is now 63% and 70% achieved those coveted five GCSEs . These impressive figures put Harrow Way in the top 20% of schools nationally for the progress that students have made between Year 7 to Year 11.
Maths and English achieved some stunning results. English A* to C grades are up to 84%, an incredible improvement of 25% since 2012 and Maths A* to C grades are up to 68%. These excellent results are set against a national decrease in pass rates as the exams have become more rigorous. All testament to the high standards of teaching at the school as validated by Ofsted last year. The other English Baccalaureate subjects also performed superbly with 71% A* to C for History, 75% A* to C for Geography, 90% A* to C for French, 85% A * to C for Spanish and 78% A* to C for Additional Science.
A gallery of pictures can be seen here.
Please follow the link to view a copy of the school’s latest newsletter including the Head’s Corner and school dates. Newsletter – July 2014
For every student in Year 9 or Year 10 it was all eyes focused on Harrow Way for the 2014 enterprise days.
On 10th July Year 10 students had the opportunity to spend the whole day working with facilitators from Andover’s business community on a challenge to create soap manufacturing companies. After learning about the basics needed to form a small business the students worked in teams to design their own soaps. This involved targeting a specific market and then selecting from a wide range of base and essential oils and blending other ingredients to create an appropriate product. Having agreed their secret recipes the teams of students then worked on the financial aspects of their proposals before going on to generate effective advertising materials. When their proposals were complete, each group presented its product to panels of judges in the semi-finals, with one team from each winning through to the final stage. For the first time ever judges could not separate two winning companies, ‘White Rhino’ and ‘Shape Soap’. Well done to both teams. Read more…
On Monday 14th July, we held our annual Key Stage 4 Presentation Evening, to award and celebrate the success of our year 9 and 10 students. Prizes were awarded for effort and achievement in each subject area. Head of Year awards were presented for Contribution and Personal Achievement throughout the year.
A gallery of pictures can be viewed here.
On the 3rd July, some of Harrow Way Year 10 RRSA ambassadors went to Solent University. They were invited to presented their views on how a ‘rights respecting’ approach will help them use the internet safely and responsibly. Attending were The College of Policing, Hampshire Police, Portsmouth City Council’s E-Safety unit, Solent Criminology, and the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr Robin Jarman.
A Solent University news article can be seen here.
All uniform listed on the HWCS ORDER FORM – July 2014 may be purchased from the school:
- using our online payment system, which accepts either debit or credit cards. (We strongly advise that your child tries on sized clothing in school before you buy.)
- from our Uniform Office, 9:00am to 3:45pm, on any INSET Day or school day. (Cheque or cash only. Please enclose payment with this form, making cheques payable to Harrow Way School).
For further advice on Harrow Way’s strict uniform policy please use the following link: Uniform guidelines
If you would like to play table tennis over the summer holidays, you can join Andover Table Tennis. They meet every Friday 7.00 – 9.30pm at John Hanson school. All abilities are welcome and the first week is Free! Weekly cost of £3 for adults and £2 for Juniors. More information can be found here.
This years Year 11 Leavers’ Prom was held on the 27th June, at the school. The theme this year was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The guests presented their golden tickets, as they entered though Willy Wonka’s golden gates and entered into the chocolate factory. Inside was a large chocolate fountain and lots of sweets to indulge on. The evening consisted of food, followed by a ballroom dancing competition, certificate presentations and disco.
The school would like to wish our outgoing Year 11 students a restful summer and all the best for their next steps. Full resolution photos from the prom can be viewed and downloaded completely free here.
Fantastic effort, as well as much fun, was had today at the annual Year 2/3 Skills4Life Festival. Started many years ago to support the transition for children from Year 2 to Year 3, this festival has now become an annual event looked forward to by all!
Harrow Way leaders welcomed 60 children from our cluster schools and joined them for a picnic lunch and games on the field before heading into the sports hall for the ‘Beany Warm Up’. The festival could then begin! Students from across all year groups put their leadership skills into practice to expertly lead events which developed team work and communication, as well as sending, receiving, travelling and striking. Team leaders also used imaginative ideas to create a bond between the members of their teams. Every leader was outstanding and is to be congratulated on the commitment and effort they put in. They were an inspiration to our younger guests and ensured the Year 2 and 3 children from Portway Infant, Portway Junior, Kimpton and Knights Enham Infant Schools had an amazing and memorable afternoon. Thank you!
Please take a look at the photographs to see the festival fun for yourself! Read more…