Information for Year 8 Parents

Year Leader:

Mr B Cole

Assistant Year Leader:

Mrs L Meek

Assembly Day:
Letters Home
Attendance Information

Mr R Bowry – 8RSB

Miss C Campbell (Maternity Leave), Mrs C Marsh – 8CMC

Ms R Calder (Maternity Leave), Mrs V Thompson – 8RMC

Mrs K Holton – 8KH

Mr E Manson – 8EM

Mr N Preece – 8NJP

Mrs K Winnett – 8KLW

Home Learning

How can parents support Home Learning?
Knowledge Organisers

Important Dates

Monday 2nd May – Bank Holiday
13th-17th June – Year 8/9 Calshot residential visit
w/c 20th June – Years 7–10 End of Year exams (Week 1)
w/c 20th June – Years 7–10 Progress Reviews published this week
w/c 27th June – Years 7–10 End of Year Exams (Week 2)
Monday 4th July – INSET 5 – School closed to students
Friday 15th July – Sports Day
Thursday 21st July – Last day of Summer term – school finishes at 12.45pm

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.

Some Year 8 readers will be given the opportunity to participate in the annual Hampshire Book Awards, which involves reading six shortlisted fiction titles in 10 to 12 weeks, meeting weekly to discuss them and then attending a Hampshire wide voting day in June/July. They then meet the winning author in the Autumn at a presentation event.

Suggested Reading:

  • Jonathan Stroud
  • Helen Dennis – River of Ink series (Hampshire Book Award winner 2017)
  • Tamsyn Murray – Instructions for a Second Heart (Hampshire Book Award 2018)
  • Sharon Gosling – Fir (spooky thriller)
  • Jane Prowse – Hattori Hachi trilogy (ninja adventure)
  • Joffre White
  • JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit (fantasy adventure)
  • Cathy Cassidy
  • Cathy Hopkins
  • Sophie McKenzie – Girl Missing series
  • Anthony Horowitz
  • Joseph Delaney – Spooks series (fantasy adventure)
  • Derek Landy – Skulduggery Pleasant (fantasy adventure)
  • Sarah Crossan – One (conjoined twins)
  • Jon Walter – My Name’s Not Friday ( child slavery during American Civil War)
  • Renee Watson – Piecing me Together (a coming of age story set in Black America)
  • Susan Nielsen – We are all Made of Molecules (family dynamics)
  • Kim Slater – Seven Letter Word (scrabble, stammer)
  • Chris Priestley
  • Emma Moss – Girls Can Vlog series