Information for Year 7 Parents

Year Leader:

Mr J Massiah

Assistant Year Leader:

Mrs L Chappell

Assembly Day:

Mr D Bearpark – 7DJB

Mr N Bulpitt – 7NPB

Miss S Bryant – 7SLB

Mrs H Hamilton – 7HMH

Mr E Nias – 7EJN

Miss S Parker – 7SRP

Mrs J Powell – 7JPO

Mrs K Wells – 7KWE

Year 7 – Important Dates

7th September 2023 1800 Y7 Parent Meet the Tutor/Information Evening
20th September 2023 Y7 & Y10 Photographs
20th September 2023 Headteacher Drop-in Session 1 (Booking required)
28th September 2023 Early Finish for students
Open Evening
3rd October 2023 Open Morning
5th October 2023 Open Morning
9th October 2023 Year 7/8/9 Flu Nasal Spray Immunisation
w/c 16th October All Years Maths Assessments
23rd October – 27th October inclusive Autumn Half Term
9th November 2023 INSET Day 2
w/c 20th November 2023 All Years Autumn Progress Reviews published this week
23rd November 2023 1230 finish in preparation for
1300-1800 Y7 Settling in Meeting
1st December 2023 Christmas Fair
w/c 4th December 2023 All Years Maths Assessments
8th December 2023 INSET Day 3
13th December 2023 1800-1900 Winter Concert
15th December 1230 End of Autumn Term
18th December 2023 – 1st January 2024 inclusive Christmas Holiday
2nd January 2024 Spring Term begins
w/c 5th February 2024 Y7-10 Maths Assessments
12th – 16th February 2024 (inclusive) Spring Half-Term
28th February 2024 INSET Day 4
w/c 11th March 2024 Y7-10 Spring Progress Reviews home this week
w/c 25th March 2024 All Years Maths Assessments
27th March 2024 Musical Public Show 1
28th March 2024 1500 End of Spring Term.
Musical Public Show 2
29th March – 12th April 2024 inclusive Easter Holiday
15th April 2024 Summer Term begins
25th April 2024 Y7 Virtual Parents & Carers Consultation Evening
6th May 2024 Bank Holiday
w/c 20th May 2024 Y7-10 Maths Assessments this week
27th May – 31st May 2024 Summer Half Term
w/c 17th June 2024 Y7-10 End of Year exams (week 1)
20th June 2024 PE Presentation Evening
w/c 24th June 2024 Y7-10 Progress Reviews published this week.
Y7-10 End of Year exams (week 2)
4th July 2024 Y7/8 Presentation Evening (by invitation)
5th July 2024 Y7/8/9 Sponsored Walk
8th July 2024 INSET Day 5
12th July 2024 Sports Day
23rd July 2024 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.

The LRC Manager runs Reading For Success programmes for those students with below expectation reading ages.

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