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Harrow Way Year 10 students win Army Challenge Day

October 9th, 2019 Comments off

Harrow Way Year 10 students were given an insight into the role STEM plays in defence with a Cyber Challenge Day at the British Army’s Blandford camp. Competing against a number of other schools, the team of eight won the challenge as they pitted their wits to solve numerous tasks in a fully immersive, AI (artificial intelligence) powered, multi-player online security training and assessment platform.

Commenting on the value of attending the awareness and engagement event Donna Robertson, Curriculum Leader of IT, Computing and Business Studies said: “It is important for students to appreciate the scale of opportunity there is available to them should they choose to consider a career in one of the STEM industries. This hands-on experience has opened their eyes on a number of levels – opportunities within the Army, within engineering and within cybersecurity. It’s been a brilliant interactive day and it was great to see our students working as a cohesive team, sharing their skill base which saw them come out as overall winners.” Read more…

Year 11 Football – Hampshire Cup v Robert Mays,

September 30th, 2019 Comments off

4-2 Win for Harrow Way to begin the new year in good form. Goals came from Liam O’Riordan who scored twice in the first half before Dylan Willard added a third in the second half. Harrow Way endured a nervy fightback from Robert Mays to make it 3-2 before Cayden Brooker finished the game with a fourth late on. Scott Walker had a man of the match performance at right back, with Mason Ardron also looking very composed in goal. Next match is at home against John Hanson on Wednesday 2nd October.

Year 9 Art Gallery Visit

September 23rd, 2019 Comments off

Year 9 Art students looking for inspiration for their ‘Circles and Rings’ project were given a creative treat with a visit to Southampton City Art Gallery. With renowned artists Yinka Shonibare curating the Criminal Ornamentation exhibition, students were guided by gallery staff as they explored the works of a number of celebrated artists.

A mixed media workshop had the students getting hands-on as they tried paper collage and mono-printing influenced by work from the exhibition.

Mrs Collins, Curriculum Leader for Art and Photography elaborates: “Inspiration can come from many different sources and this trip to the gallery in Southampton demonstrated to our students how other artists can take a theme and translate this creatively into a piece of art. The starting point for our students was circles and rings but they realised, following the trip, that this does not need to be a literal interpretation and looking at their sketchbooks I am delighted to see that they have been creatively inspired.”

Harrow Way’s Mrs Frape redesigns the Protractor

September 20th, 2019 Comments off

Following years of maths teaching frustration, our very own Mrs Frape has designed a new style of protractor. This long standing maths essential, which has not changed for 100 years, has been redesigned by Mrs Frape to help reduce confusion and simplify its use in geometry lessons. Stationery giant Helix has partnered up with Mrs Frape and will be launching her new design for distribution throughout the UK and overseas from September onwards!

Explaining what led to the protractor overhaul she said: “Having taught secondary school maths for a number of years I could see within my own classrooms that the measurement markings on a traditional protractor were the cause of some confusion. My redesign has removed the anti-clockwise scale and placed the zero line at the very base of the protractor, which makes it easier for students to use while improving their understanding of acute and obtuse angles with the use of the two colours and inclusion of the words, acute and obtuse. These simple changes have made a big difference in the classroom so I’m hoping going forward it will make life easier for both students and maths teachers alike.” Read more…

Harrow Way Celebrates the Launch of the 2019 Parliamentary Review

September 17th, 2019 Comments off

Harrow Way Headteacher Michael Serridge joined a number of high profile guests and leading lights in the education sector at a recent gala evening to mark the official launch of the 2019 Parliamentary Review. The prestigious event, held at Mansion House, the private residence of the Lord Mayor of London, celebrated the highly regarded publication which features Harrow Way as one of only a select number of secondary schools from the South East chosen to appear in the publication.

Harrow Way’s best practice article was featured alongside forewords from the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of State for International Trade and the Rt Hon, The Lord Blunkett, former Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Education and Employment (both in attendance at the gala evening). Interviewed for the piece, Harrow Way Headteacher Michael Serridge discusses how his relentless focus on constant improvement has resulted in dramatically improved student outcomes and increasingly strong Ofsted ratings. Read more…

GCSE Students Celebrate Another Outstanding GCSE Performance

August 22nd, 2019 Comments off

With the new GCSE regime acknowledged as the toughest yet, Harrow Way students and staff are still celebrating this morning with another year of outstanding results. As in previous years students excelled in the core subjects. An impressive 74% of students achieved a GCSE grade 9 to 4 in English Language or English Literature, close to 70% achieved a grade 9 to 4 in Mathematics and 73% achieved a GCSE grade 9 to 4 in Combined Science. High grades were also abound within these subjects with an incredible 25% achieving grades 9 to 7 in Combined Science and 21% achieving a grade 9 to 7 in Maths.

With Performing and Creative Arts a hugely important part of the curriculum at Harrow Way and a subject area the school has long been renowned for, there was much delight with a flawless 100% grades 9 to 4 pass rate in Dance, Drama and Art. These subjects also secured high grade passes with 73% achieving grades 9 to 7 in Drama and 61% achieving grades 9 to 7 in Dance. Read more…

Year 11 GCSE exam & other results – 22nd August 2019

August 20th, 2019 Comments off

All Year  11 students are invited to the school between 10am and midday to collect their exam results. The envelopes will be distributed from the auditorium where members of staff will be available to support you.

If you are unable to attend and have not requested that your results are emailed to you by Mrs Cook, any uncollected envelopes will be posted first class to your home address.

Students take part in Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance LifeLines Challenge

July 15th, 2019 Comments off

Harrow Way Community School is continuing with its firm emphasis on first aid training with a number of Year 10 students recently taking part in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance ‘LifeLines’ challenge.

The project, split into four stages, includes a first aid HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) workshop, awareness raising, fundraising and a visit to the helicopter’s airbase at Thruxton to meet the Critical Care Team. Read more…