Information for Year 7 Parents

Year Leader:

Mrs S Crossley

Assistant Year Leader:

Mrs R Branston-Jones

Assembly Day:
Letters Home
Attendance Information

Miss H Bain – 7HPB

Miss L Barlow – 7LMB

Mr C Briggs – 7CJB

Miss H Burley – 7HLB

Miss J Castle – 7JCC

Mrs K Everett – 7KLE

Mrs S Frape – 7SF

Miss K Kilby – 7KLK

Home Learning

How can parents support Home Learning?
Knowledge Organisers

Year 7 – Important Dates

3rd January 2023 Spring Term begins
w/c 6th February 2023 Y7-10 Maths Assessments
12th – 17th February Inclusive Spring Half-Term
w/c 6th March 2023 Y7-10 Spring Progress Reviews home this week
17th March 2023 INSET Day 4
31st March 2023 1500 End of Spring Term
3rd April – 14th April inclusive Easter Holiday
17th April 2023 Summer Term begins
1st May 2023 Bank Holiday
w/c 22nd May 2023 Y7-10 Maths Assessments this week
29th May – 2nd June Inclusive Summer Half Term
w/c 19th June 2023 Y7-10 End of Year exams (week 1).
Y7-10 Progress Reviews published this week
22nd June 2023 Y7 Virtual Parents Evening
w/c 26th June 2023 Y7-10 End of Year exams (week 2)
3rd July 2023 INSET Day 5
4th July 2023 Y7 Presentation Evening
14th July 2023 Y7 & 8 Sponsored Walk
17th July 2023 Sports Day
21st July 2023 1230 End of Summer Term

An up to date list of calendared events can be found here.

Extra-Curricular Clubs

Suggested Reading

At Harrow Way, we acknowledge the large body of research which indicates a correlation between reading and academic success and between reading and well-being and we encourage all our students to be readers. To this end, our Learning Resource Centre operates a library facility with thousands of fiction and non-fiction books supporting reading for pleasure and reading for purpose. Some audio fiction titles are available. There are also a wide variety of magazines.

We operate an E-book platform though Hampshire County Council and this now includes audio books too. Our Reading Cloud platform allows students to access the library catalogue, read and write book reviews, find out what new titles are available and more. Both can be accessed via the VLE. All of these are free to use. However, lost items will need to be replaced by the borrower. In addition, we run a student book group called NatterReads who meet informally most weeks over lunch to share what they are reading.

Our Learning Resource Centre Manager is able to provide recommended reading book lists for students who are reluctant or struggling readers as well as recommended book review and search websites.

On their transition day in July, our new year 7’s are provided with a Moving On reading list produced by Hampshire County Council School Library Service. These titles can be sourced through Public Libraries and are available through us from September. The titles change each year and represent a valuable opportunity to move from Primary to Secondary books and to move away from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jacqueline Wilson and David Walliams.

Suggested Reading:

  • J.K.Rowling – Harry Potter series (magic)
  • Jenny Nimmo – Charlie Bone series (magic)
  • Cressida Cowell – Wizards of Once (magic)
  • Scarlet Thomas – Dragon’s Green (magic)
  • Anthony Horowitz – Diamond Brothers series (crime fighting with humour)
  • Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider series (spy missions)
  • Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson series (fantasy adventure)
  • Meg Cabot (of Princess Diaries fame)
  • Frank Cottrell-Boyce (humour)
  • Tim Collins (humour)
  • Michael Morpurgo
  • Stewart Foster – Bubble Boy
  • Mimi Thebo – Dreaming the Bear
  • Hilary McKay – The Binny and exiles series
  • Kenneth Oppel – Half Brother
  • Jo Cotterill – Looking at the Stars (refugees, story telling, Hampshire Book Award Winner 2016)
  • Eva Ibbotson – Journey to the River Sea
  • Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • C.S. Lewis (fantasy adventure)
  • Eoin Colfer
  • Julia Golding – Young Knights series, Darcie Lock series, Mel Foster series, Cat Royal series
  • Philip Pullman – Northern Lights series
  • Jonathan Meres – World According to Norm series (humour)
  • Anthony McGowan – Donut Diaries (humour)
  • Louisa May Alcott – Little Women