For more information on any of the clubs, speak to Mr Peters or a member of PE Staff.
We are delighted to announce that Harrow Way has achieved the Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM), awarded by The Geographical Association.
The SGQM award process encourages and supports schools to reflect on their work and strive for the highest quality in their teaching. All the award winners undergo a rigorous moderation process, and the team of assessors were hugely impressed by the manner in which all are continuing to embrace new and innovative approaches to teaching geography. The SGQM, now into its fifth year, recognises student attainment, progress and achievement in areas such as geographical knowledge, understanding, values, skills and concepts, and sets expectations about the quality of teaching in geography. It aims to promote effective subject leadership and management, helping subject leaders raise the standards of geography in their schools.
Curriculum Leader for Geography, Ms R Calder said:
“We are thrilled to have been awarded The Secondary Geography Quality Mark and it is a real honour to have our school and department recognised by The Geographical Association. We have worked hard to make significant and positive changes to the teaching and learning of Geography at Harrow Way and are looking forward to building upon this success and are aspiring to achieve the Centre of Excellence award in the future. It’s a fantastic way to start off the new school year!”
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.
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
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.