School Trips


Calshot Trip 2017

June 22nd, 2017 Comments off

Year 8 students got the chance to visit Calshot Activity Centre for a week long residential last week. Students got to try activities on the land and water, many of which they would of never tried before, such as kayaking, wind surfing, shooting, archery, high ropes, track cycling on the velodrome and climbing. Some pictures can be viewed in our gallery here.

King Henry VIII Brings History Lesson To Life

April 25th, 2017 Comments off

When studying the Tudors where better to visit than the home of the most famous Tudor monarch, King Henry VIII. Harrow Way Year 8 History students recently visited Hampton Court Palace gaining a first-hand insight into the colourful life of King Henry and his six wives.

History teacher Christina Brown explains the value of putting the history lesson into real life context: “Visiting Hampton Court and experiencing for themselves the home where King Henry VIII lived gave our students a completely different perception of the subject than if we’d opened up the text books back at school. The trip brought the lesson to life and greatly aids their understanding as they see for themselves the Great Hall where many a Tudor banquet was hosted and see for themselves King Henry’s personal apartments”. Read more…

Ski Trip 2017 – Italy

March 10th, 2017 Comments off


In February half term we took a group of students to the beautiful Ski resort of Pila in the Aosta Valley, Italy. The Hotel, location and Skiing was so fantastic that we have already reserved exactly the same for next year.

The hotel was located at the bottom of the valley looking up to fantastic views of the surrounding Alps. The food was great and we even had access to the Swimming pool onsite.

It is probably the best trip that I have ever experienced. – student

After breakfast each day we took a 5 minute coach ride to the Ski fitting centre, collected our boots and Skis and made our way up the mountain in the Gondola. The Skiing challenged everyone and all 3 groups made amazing progress throughout the week. Read more…

Year 7 Explore the Magic of Harry Potter

November 22nd, 2016 Comments off

sdc1522650 Year 7 students went on the ‘Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter’ on Monday 21st November.

The aim of the trip was to give students an exciting introduction to the world of English and Media. The students were be able to explore some of the original sets used in the Harry Potter films, as well as getting up close with the original costumes and props from the film series. Through gaining an insight into the process by which J.K. Rowling’s magical vision was brought to the screen, we hope students will be inspired to read the book series, and to appreciate the hard work and talent that goes into producing blockbuster films. The trip is also an excellent grounding for when Year 7 study the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone this year in English.

Media Students attend Cheltenham Literature Festival

October 18th, 2016 Comments off

cheltenham-media-festival-oct16On Friday 14th October, Year 11 Media students attended the Cheltenham Literature Festival. Their morning was spent in a workshop with Deputy Editor of The Times, Emma Tucker and columnist Phil Collins. After learning how the newsroom worked, and a brief visit to the Waterstones tent, they then attended The Times Live debate, listening in as some of the leading Times journalists debated the important issues of the week. It was a fascinating and enjoyable day, with Emma Tucker commenting on how mature and intelligent our students were.

Climbers hit the Rocks at Portland

October 7th, 2016 Comments off

img_4551Harrow Way climbing club spent the day in beautiful weather getting an experience of climbing outdoors on real rock last Friday 30th September. We were invited by Calshot Activity Centre to work with their instructors during their SPA assessments. All students had a really good day, climbing rock faces 15m – 20m high and then abseiling back down. Some pictures can be viewed here.

From Andover to the tropical rainforest for Harrow Way Geography students

July 18th, 2016 Comments off

Kew Gardens 2016With the world’s tropical rainforests slightly too far away for a day trip, Harrow Way Community School Year 8 Geographers instead found themselves exploring Kew Gardens historic Palm House. Considered to be the most important surviving Victorian iron and glass structure in the world, the Palm House proved to be the perfect backdrop for the Harrow Way students to discover the tropical rainforest.

Kelly Campbell, Curriculum Leader for Geography said: “The students enjoyed taking part in a treasure hunt to investigate the four layers of the rainforest and to find out how we are connected to the forest as part of our everyday lives. The scientific study of the relationships between people and plants, deforestation, fair trade and sustainable farming were all explored as students experienced the climate, viewed the rainforest at ground and upper level and searched for cool plants used as ingredients in everyday items such as toothpaste”. Read more…

Harrow Way PE students experience top sports training at Bath University

June 28th, 2016 Comments off

105Harrow Way Community School GCSE PE students were put through their paces at Bath University recently where some of the country’s top athletes train and study. The 15 Year 10 students visited the £30 million Sports Training Village which is renowned as a world-leading environment for the delivery of sport, sport services and health and fitness qualifications.

Hosted by Jonathan Robinson, an applied Sport Scientist at Bath University the Harrow Way students were given a tour of the University campus, Sports Science department and sporting facilities and heard a lecturer from Jonathan on nutrition and the impact on performance. Read more…

Harrow Way student take on fast food design challenge

June 16th, 2016 Comments off

MacDonalds Trip 2016Harrow Way Graphic Products students are working with McDonalds, one of the world’s largest fast food chains, on a fast food design project. The 30 Year 9 students recently visited the local restaurant for research and inspiration and an opportunity to quiz the manager on all aspects of food packaging, menu design and interior design.

As part of their Graphic Product studies the students are required to design product packaging, menu and menu holder and the interior for a new fast food restaurant. The project specifically calls on the students to incorporate SMART material into the packaging design. These SMART materials have properties that react to changes in their environment, such as temperature (thermochromic plastic which changes colour if food is too hot). Read more…

Calshot 2016

June 16th, 2016 Comments off

ClBHYFQWAAAK2KLThe 48 Year 8 students are having an action packed week at Calshot on and off the water. You can catch daily updates and pictures on our Twitter feed: twitter.com/harrowway