Information for Year 8 Parents

Year Leader:

Mr L Carter

Assistant Year Leader:

Mrs L Chappell

Assembly Day:
Letters Home
Attendance Information

Miss C Bays – 8CHB

Mr S Cleeves – 8SJC

Mrs C Clackson – 8CSC

Mr D Mannion – 8DLM

Mr J Marsh – 8JCM

Mrs C May (Maternity), Mrs D Robertson – 8CLM

Mrs S Priestman – 8SKP

Mrs H Roberts – 8HMR

Home Learning

How can parents support Home Learning?
Knowledge Organisers

Important Dates

3rd January 2023 Spring Term begins
w/c 6th February 2023 Y7-10 Maths Assessments
12th – 17th February Inclusive Spring Half-Term
2nd March 2023 Y8 Virtual Parents Evening
w/c 6th March 2023 Y7-10 Spring Progress Reviews home this week
17th March 2023 INSET Day 4
23rd March 2023 Y8 Curriculum Evening (Virtual)
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
w/c 26th June 2023 Y7-10 End of Year exams (week 2)
3rd July 2023 INSET Day 5
6th July 2023 Y8 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.

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