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‘This school continues to be good’ OFSTED March 2017

May 2nd, 2017 Comments off

As you are all aware, we had our OFSTED inspection on 21st March and I am delighted to share with you that we continue to be judged as a ‘Good’ school. We are all incredibly proud as since the last time the school was inspected in 2013 there have been many changes to the Ofsted Inspection Framework, which now has even higher expectations before a school is graded good or better.

The latest OFSTED Short Inspection Report, dated April 2017 can be viewed here.

The new short inspections for good schools are designed to focus on the quality of leadership and the capacity of leaders to drive improvement and safeguarding arrangements. Throughout short inspections, there is honest, challenging, professional dialogue between leaders and the Inspection team. Read more…

Wild Woods Fun Day – Harmony Woods

May 26th, 2017 Comments off

Andover Trees United are hosting a Wild Woods Fun Day at Harmony Woods in Enham Alamein on Sunday 25th June. There will be activities such as bush craft, archaeology and a bug hunt. See poster for more details, or their website www.andovertrees.org.uk

Harrow Way is First School in Hampshire to Receive the BIG Anti-Bullying Award

May 26th, 2017 Comments off

Harrow Way Community School’s excellence in challenging bullying has been recognised and endorsed by the national anti-bullying group, BIG (Bullying Intervention Group). The school is the first in Hampshire to pick up the much coveted ‘Big Award’ for their exemplary work in bullying intervention.

Commenting on how Harrow Way has a community approach to anti-bullying Headteacher Michael Serridge said: “This goes way beyond having an anti-bullying policy in place. We have successfully demonstrated to the team at BIG that we have a collaborative approach which embraces our entire school and local community. We have monthly focus groups with representation from our parents and carers, the school’s senior leadership team and the student body. We are also very committed to ensuring that there is regular staff training in anti-bullying, equality and diversity and we maintain a supervised peer support scheme. It is vital that every child at this school is enabled to fulfil their true educational potential and enjoy their community activities, without fear of being bullied and happy children are successful students”. Read more…

Parent and Carer Workshops – 15th June

May 18th, 2017 Comments off

CAMHS in Hampshire will be running a parent and carer event on June 15th at Princes Hall Aldershot. Please see attached a flyer and a draft agenda of the workshops that will be running. There will also be a significant number of information stands providing specialist information and advice from a wide variety of organisations.

This is a Hampshire wide event and therefore anyone is welcome to attend. To register a place (some of the workshops do have limited capacity) visit www.fitfesthampshire.com click on PACE and register a place.

Italian Themed Menu

May 10th, 2017 Comments off

The school canteen are providing a Italian themed menu for lunch on Thursday 18th May. Items will include Italian Stuffed Chicken, Roasted Vegetable Pasta Bake and Chocolate Biscotti.

The full menu and prices can be viewed here.

Top Playwright, Author & Director Inspires Harrow Way Students

May 10th, 2017 Comments off

Playwright, author, TV and film director Jane Prowse has been sharing the secrets of her literary success with Harrow Way students. The author of the teen series Hattori Hacchi books met students from Year 9 and 10 to discuss her varied career which has seen her write scripts and direct a number of top TV shows and stage productions featuring some of the country’s best loved actors including Ricky Tomlinson, Brenda Blethyn and Fay Ripley.

Jane’s Hattori Hachi books are based on Ninjitsu, featuring a strong, female heroine seeking the truth about what happened to her mother. The Times Education Supplement described her novel as ‘a winner and a thrilling read’. Against this backdrop students were delighted to get in character, dressing up as Ninjas and throw themselves into the sessions with Jane. Read more…

Headteacher’s Blog – Week 29 – General Election – Education

May 5th, 2017 Comments off

As I am sure you know, the Prime Minister has called a General Election on 8th June. As with any General Election, there will be many issues which will be at stake when the nation votes. I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of the major education issues of the moment, and their impact on Harrow Way. My hope is that you will ask the candidates about these issues, find out where the different parties stand on them, and use what you find out to help you when you decide where to place your “X” on June 8th.

Issue 1: School funding

This is the major issue facing schools – including Harrow Way – at the moment. Schools have been on a “flat cash” funding arrangement for several years. This means that the amount of funding we receive has remained exactly the same with no prospect of any increase. However, from this “flat cash” we have been required to pay out more as cost pressures continue to rise. For example:

  • Pay rises and rising costs due to inflation have been unfunded.
  • Employer contribution on teachers’ pensions rose 2.38% from September 2015 – this has been unfunded.
  • Main band National Insurance employer contributions increased in April 2016 by 3.4% – this has been unfunded.

Read more…