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Coronavirus Update from the Headteacher – 12/03/2019

March 13th, 2020 Comments off

I am writing to give you further information on our school’s approach to the Coronavirus outbreak and guidance to families who are unsure of their responsibilities.

Please rest assured that we are following Government Guidance, which is updated on a regular basis.

Today, Thursday 12 March, the Department for Education has issued a statement in response to multiple reports of potential school closures.

Our position on closures is clear: schools should remain open unless advised otherwise by Public Health England.

Read more…

Cancellation of Curriculum Evening – Thursday 12th March

March 11th, 2020 Comments off

As a precautionary measure, we have decided to cancel any large scale non-essential events scheduled in school this week. As a result, we will be cancelling the Year 9 Curriculum Evening scheduled to take place tomorrow. There are currently no further changes planned and school will be open as usual to all students and staff.

The Curriculum Appointments planned for Year 9 families next week will still take place at the scheduled times. This will give you the opportunity to discuss your child’s options for Year 10 in more detail. Your child should already have brought the Curriculum Booklet home and you can follow this link to the Evening’s Presentation.

We remain in very close contact with PHE and we will continue to follow their advice and take precautions as required. We encourage all of our students to continue to follow the advice around sensible hygiene precautions (see the latest ENews). Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.

Update 2 regarding Ocado Fire for Thursday 7th Feb

February 7th, 2019 Comments off

07/02/2019 07:00: We can confirm the school will be open to students as normal today. Thanks once again to everyone for their understanding and support.

At this point we have had no further update from Pikes regarding their bus service since last night; we currently assume they will be able to run the service as normal.

A reminder that today is also NSPCC number day and that students are able to wear non-uniform in exchange for a £1 donation. The Whitechapel trip will be taking place as planned.

Update 1 regarding Ocado Fire for Thursday 7th Feb

February 6th, 2019 Comments off

06/02/2019 22:00: As has been published in the news today, Harrow Way is currently open as a rest centre for local residents evacuated by the major fire at the Ocado warehouse on Walworth industrial estate.

At this point we expect the school to be open as normal on Thursday the 7th, however we will post an update at 07:00 on the 7th to confirm.

Students that travel to school on the Pikes bus should be aware that the bus company have been in touch and advised that they may not be able to run their usual service as their premises are currently cordoned off by the emergency services. We will provide any updates on this as we have them.

We’d like to offer our support and thanks to the Emergency Services working so hard tonight, the volunteers and council staff involved, our Site Manager for co-ordinating the rest centre and anyone else involved in the effort. We also send our best wishes to any of our local community affected by this incident and thank everyone that has reached out tonight to offer support.

Next planned update: 07/02/2019 07:00

School OPEN Monday 5th March 2018

March 4th, 2018 Comments off

Harrow Way will be open to all students as normal from tomorrow, Monday 5th March 2018.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back. Many thanks to students, parents and staff for their support during the last few days of weather disruption.

School CLOSED Friday 2nd March 2018

March 1st, 2018 Comments off

The Met Office website states that conditions will deteriorate this afternoon and through the night, therefore, we are very concerned for the safety of students and colleagues should they attempt to travel to school tomorrow.

Consequently, we have taken the necessary decision to close the school tomorrow, Friday 2nd March. We fully expect everything to be back to normal on Monday, so please plan accordingly.

More work will be placed on Show My Homework / The VLE / Google Classroom and via student email accounts, but we also encourage the students to have some fun! Year 11 please use this opportunity for some revision / catch up. I have not taken this decision lightly but the safety of everyone is paramount. I feel that by letting parents know sooner they can make appropriate arrangements.

Stay warm and stay safe

Mr Serridge

Harrow Way students give their Vision for Andover

February 8th, 2017 Comments off

As the next generation growing up in Andover, the views of 13 and 14 year olds are particularly valuable for the Andover Vision project who recently led a workshop with Harrow Way Year 8 students to capture their thoughts on the future needs of the town.

Councillor Phil North, who has been coordinating the project, said: ““Andover Vision is about establishing our residents’ hopes and aspirations for the town and consulting young people about their views is a vital part of ensuring we achieve this goal. Harrow Way’s students had some very good and well thought out ideas about what they like, what they are not so keen on and what they would like to see happen in Andover in the future.” Read more…

Harrow Way Geography whizzes excel at Hampshire Competition

February 8th, 2017 Comments off

Harrow Way Year 10 students have pitted their geographical wits against schools across the county in the annual Hampshire Worldwise Geography Quiz. Hosted by Toynbee School in Eastleigh, the team of three Geography students came a very close second in a field of 11 regional schools.

Kelly Campbell, Curriculum Leader for Geography explains the value to the students of entering the competition: “Many of the questions, skills and knowledge were tailored towards the new Geography GCSE curriculum and exam so the competition was a useful opportunity for our students to put their geographical talents to the test. They did really well – we were all delighted with their performance and the end result and will be applying for the national round later in the year”. Read more…

Headteacher’s Blog – Week 41 – Final Blog of the Year

July 22nd, 2016 Comments off

We certainly know how to finish on a high here at Harrow Way! The last few weeks have seen two excellent awards evenings for Year 7/8 and 9/10. These were followed by celebration assemblies for all year groups. These events are a great way to finish the year, recognising the achievements of students who have excelled in particular subjects or as members of their tutor groups throughout the year.

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little things. Excellence is not an exception – it’s an attitude.”
— Colin Powell

This is the key to sustaining success. The students who received certificates and awards as part of these celebrations of success all demonstrated this. They were getting the little things right, day in day out, all the time. Turning up for school, on time, in the correct uniform. Listening carefully. Applying themselves. Working hard. Doing their best. Looking out for others. Caring. Smiling. Helping. Not just occasionally – but all the time. These “little things” build up an attitude and approach which contributes to bigger things. The formation of an attitude which will contribute to excellence not just at school, but beyond.


In the midst of this celebration of success, was that our rescheduled Sports Day also took place. And what a day! The atmosphere was full of fun and enjoyment, and the Houses as fiercely competitive as ever. Unfortunately the day was cut short in the afternoon due to a heavy rain outburst, so the relay races didn’t take place. A gallery of pictures can be viewed here and a big congratulations to Buzzard House who emerged victorious this year.

We also filmed our Big Draw 2016 art work with students from Year 7, 8 & 9. This involved all students and and was filmed with a drone.

We finished the year with our whole school assembly to celebrate our successes. This was a fantastic way to the end the year. Congratulations go to to Kestrels who won the House Cup!

Finally, the latest edition of our Harrow Way Eagle newsletter was distributed to students earlier this week and can be viewed online here.

Have a lovely summer.

Sports Day 2016

July 12th, 2016 Comments off

The whole school was involved in our annual sports day on Monday 11th July. There was amazing effort & commitment from our students to a wide variety of sports, including tennis, javelin, shot put, long jump, track races and the climbing dyno challenge. Unfortunately the day was cut short in the afternoon due to a heavy rain outburst, so the relay races didn’t take place. A gallery of pictures can be viewed here and the results will be announced soon.