This week we saw the publication of the Department for Education’s latest School Performance Tables. Parents will know that in terms of the key performance indicator, Harrow Way achieved a record result in 2014 of 61% 5+ A*-C including English and Maths. This is a 7% improvement from the previous year and a staggering 18% improvement since 2011. These were some of the best results in the Test Valley area and the highest in Andover! These excellent results are set against a national decrease in pass rates as the exams have become more rigorous. Exam results have improved year on year. In the National performance tables published on Thursday we were thrilled to be recognized as ‘The Most Improved School’ in Hampshire and in the top 50 most improved school’s in the country over the period 2011-2014. Read more…
We have been busy celebrating World Book Day, with tutor group quizzes, a grand book cover treasure hunt and the amazing Big Book Bake Off – some of the best entries included Gruffalo cupcakes, a beautiful rose cake, and a The Fault In Our Stars cake, not to mention an eye ball from 1984. All money raised is going to our partner school in Africa so that they too can expand their love of books.
Harrow Way Leadership Academy were joined this afternoon by Anton Junior School’s Leadership Club for an exciting session of Rock-it-ball. Scott Jeffries, Amber Cherrington, Maddie Rushton and Grace Farrelly teamed up with sixteen Anton players to help them learn how to scoop up the ball, send the ball and officiate the game. Each of the four teams played each other in six close games, all played very sportingly and with a lot of enthusiasm. Well done to ‘Pink’ team who won all their games but a huge congratulations to all players for their impressive leadership skills.
Want to know more about dyslexia?
Do you, or someone you know need some extra help with reading, writing or spelling? Dyslexia Action’s Winchester Learning Centre is holding a dyslexia information day to provide advice and information, alongside answering any questions or concerns you may have.
When: Monday 9th March 2015, 9am – 5pm
Where: Andover Library, Chantry Lane, Andover, SP10 1LT
More contact information can be found on the flyer here.
Recently our Year 11 BTEC Performing Arts students performed in a Test Valley Arts Foundation project: ‘And Now We Tell our Tale’ They performed along side students from, Winton, Endeavour and the Long Overdue Theatre School at The Lights theatre.
The aim of the project is to research the impact on Andover of the redevelopment that took place during the late 1960s and 1970s. The story was told both from the point of view of Andover residents who felt the impact of the re development and the people who were rehoused into Andover mainly from London. Read more…
A copy of a letter from John Clarke, Deputy Director of Children’s Services at Hampshire County Council has been given to Year 7-10 students to bring home today.
This is also available to view on the letters home page: http://vle.harrowway.hants.sch.uk/mod/resource/view.php?inpopup=true&id=7175
The Hampshire Road Safety team have been delivering some life-saving messages this week to students at Harrow Way Community School. The series of workshops, aimed at all Years 7, 9 and 9 are designed to make students more aware of the dangers of the road.
Kerry Holton, Acting Head of PSHE (personal, social and health education) said: “Up until year 7 most children are either taken to school by a parent or get a bus and are dropped off outside the school gate. Then suddenly they get to secondary school which sees some make their own way, either cycling or walking and they are ill-prepared for the dangers. It’s not just in-coming Year 7’s who need guidance, we also find Years 8 and 9 need reminding of road safety – as they are also so easily distracted and not concentrating on the task at hand – getting to school or home, safely!” Read more…
First of all, apologies for the lack of a blog over the last couple of evenings of the trip. As you may be aware by now, Mrs Cook had an accident whilst skiing on Thursday afternoon and our attention was taken up with making sure she was comfortable and attended to, as well as ensuring the students’ activities went ahead as planned. We are pleased to say that Mrs Cook is now at home recuperating.
Thursday was a testing day for the students as the cloud crept up the valley and shrouded our resort in thick fog. However, after catching the ski lift up the mountain, the fog was replaced by clear skies and the wonderful feeling and views of skiing above the clouds. Dropping back down was a different matter and the students got to experience skiing in poor visibility, a completely new sensation where you have to feel rather than see the mountain. They all coped fantastically well and came back full of exuberance and epic tales of the day. Read more…
Surprise snow may have prevented a couple of schools from attending the annual Cluster New Age Kurling competition, but for the cluster schools who ventured out the excitement was just as great as at the Winter Olympics! This popular event on the Harrow Way Competition calendar has been taking place since 2011 and is one to which all schools are able to get together with Year 2 teams and Key Stage 2 teams taking part.
This year, the Harrow Way Leaders were able to run two leagues. Six teams in the Year 2 league and six in the Key Stage 2 league. Following on from expertly leading the Town Schools’ Competition the week before, they set about supporting our guests with confidence and commitment, showing knowledge of the game, rules and how to support the players. Read more…
All of our students, staff and governors have worked very hard to achieve these results and should be deservedly proud.
The school is determined to build on its successes and we continue to work to ensure that every students achieves their own successful outcomes from their time spent here.