Jun 29


Induction for new intake (Sept 2016)

Our Induction Days for new Yr 12 pupils hoping to start at Harington in September 2016 are tomorrow (30th June) and Friday (1st July).

All prospective students are welcome. The induction is intended to give an introduction to life as a student at Harington.  The programme includes a general introduction & welcome to Harington, a group activity and taster sessions across the range of A Level subjects (on both days). There will be supplementary sessions on: teaching and learning at Harington; the EPQ; pastoral care at Harington; UCAS and the Duke of Edinburgh programme, as well as clear guidance about what to do on GCSE results day.

TOMORROW (Thursday 30th June) students will need to bring in money for refreshments and lunch. Each item of choice is charged in isolation, but there are some meal deal options priced at £2. The day will start with Registration from 10.30-10.45am and finish at 3.15pm.

On Friday 1st July, there are more taster sessions followed by a tour of our new permanent building (for which students will be provided with hard hats, hi-vis jackets & gloves for their protection) and a free barbecue – so no money is required. Registration starts at 10.30am and the day finishes at 3.15pm.

Dress code:  Students should wear smart, workplace attire (business dress) or their existing school uniform.

Staff & current students very much look forward to welcoming our new Year 12 intake tomorrow.  Please call the office on 01572 772579 or email for further information.


Jun 29


Biology students’ success in Olympiad

Five Harington students recently took part in the Intermediate Biology Olympiad run by the Royal Society of Biology. Students had one hour to complete questions online, under supervised exam conditions. Lydia Simms won a gold award; Matthew McGregor and Freya Menzies both claimed bronze and Jack Joyce was commended.

All students winning gold, silver and bronze are invited to attend an awards ceremony at the Royal Institution in London on the afternoon of 7th July.

Jun 24


Harington students join the Brexit debate

A journalist from FRANCE24 visited Harington earlier this week (pre-referendum) and sought the views of a selection of our students. Although none of them were eligible to vote in yesterday’s referendum, the students were congratulated for giving a rational, well-balanced & well-informed account of their feelings about this important decision affecting their futures.

Follow the link below to read the resulting article.

Jun 17


‘Doc Soc’ mocks at Oakham School

Last night Harington student Freya Menzies joined in with another ‘Doc Soc’ link-up with Oakham School for potential medics. She told us:

‘I took part in a 20 minute mock panel interview with a junior doctor from Leicester, in order to prepare myself for real medical school interviews next year. It was pretty scary and I spent about 50% of it nervously laughing; however, it was a truly invaluable experience. I was able to see how I react in this type of situation, learn about the sort of games that interviewers like to play that might trip you up, and most importantly, received feedback on my performance. It was fantastic to hear what I did well, and how I can improve for Harington’s mock interviews later this term.’

Jun 16



Our next Open Evening for September 2017 admission is provisionally scheduled for Thursday 24 November from 6-8pm.

Please keep an eye on the website and our facebook page closer to the time, in case the timings change.

In the meantime, please contact the office with any queries: or 01572 772579.

Jun 06


Silver D of E practice expedition

Harington’s Silver Duke of Edinburgh students undertook their practice expedition at the beginning of the half term in Cannock Chase forest. Thankfully the weather was kind and both teams successfully completed the three day challenge.  Their navigation skills, team work and camp craft were excellent. Despite a few sore feet, they all enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to their qualifying expedition at the end of the year.


May 27


Message to new intake

Mrs Powell sent the following message to students and parents who have accepted a place at Harington for September 2016 today:

Dear Parent / Student

As we draw close to half term and a well-earned rest for our current students (some of whom are sitting AS papers and all of whom are preparing for next term’s internal exams – so some revision during the break cannot be avoided!), I wanted to send you another brief update from Harington.

You may have noticed from our website or facebook page that our permanent building now has a roof! The topping-out ceremony held earlier this month marked the hard work of all those who have contributed to every aspect of the project, from conception to near completion. Not only is it an important building for existing Harington students and staff, who took a leap of faith last September, but it is also important for Rutland as a symbol of the shared commitment to improve all aspects of education in this beautiful county. It will not be long before students get to enjoy these first rate facilities to match the quality of the teaching that is already established at Harington.

We are delighted to say that, due to the increased intake numbers for September 2016, all teaching vacancies have been filled by well qualified and experienced A Level teachers. Harington School will continue to offer 17 A Level courses in both Year 12 and Year 13.

Welcome Packs have been sent to those students who have accepted their conditional place at Harington. I hope this will have answered any queries you might have had about uniform, term dates, the timing of the school day, etc. We are receiving a steady flow of completed confidential information forms and School/Home Agreements, as well as confirmation of attendance at our Induction Days on 30 June and 1 July. We would be pleased to hear from you if you have not returned the forms or contacted us about the Induction Days yet.

My letter also asked for confirmation of intended A level subjects within the option blocks. Having this information now enables an overall timetable to be constructed, making the process of formally registering students after GCSE results and confirming individual timetables for the start of term as smooth as possible. Again, if you haven’t confirmed these details, we would encourage you to do so by emailing or calling 01572 772579. Thank you.

If you have any questions about transport, these can be directed to our finance department by emailing or checking our website . There will be a subsidised Harington bus from Market Harborough calling at villages en route to Uppingham and Oakham. There is also a bus from Melton Mowbray. The finance team will be able to help with any queries and direct you to the relevant application forms for subsidised travel, where appropriate.

We are fine-tuning the arrangements for our Induction Days on Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 July. A more detailed programme will be emailed a little closer to the time. Students attending the Induction Days should wear smart, comfortable attire or their existing school uniform. On Friday 1 July, because of the planned visit to the new Harington School site, students should wear robust footwear suitable to the conditions likely to be encountered on a building site.

Meanwhile, I hope exam preparations continue to go well. If we can help with any questions about entry to Harington, or if you would like to meet with me or John Harrison (who replaces me as Head Teacher in September), please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

With best wishes,

Mrs Dyl Powell

Head Teacher of Harington School

May 26


View from the roof

To matters less academic and more architectural, here is a photo taken by Mrs Powell from the roof of our new permanent building yesterday.

Roof 25 May 2016

May 26


Exam season underway

Harington has been rather quiet for the last two weeks, as the students are focused on sitting AS exams and/or revising for their internal exams coming up next half term. Mr Foxall, Exams Officer, has commented on the exemplary conditions around the exam room and in the quiet study room while some students have taken their AS papers. We eagerly await those results in August.

The internal exams starting on 27th June will be a measure of how well the students have done this year and will help teachers decide upon predicted grades for the external exams in May/June 2017. The predicted grades will also form part of the students’ applications for post 18 courses.

Head Teacher Mrs Powell told students in this morning’s assembly that the importance of these exams cannot be overemphasised. Predicted grades may influence the university/courses open to them.

As part of Harington’s ongoing support of students, we are providing opportunities for them to prepare themselves fully for the challenges beyond A levels.

The internal exam timetable only covers linear (i.e. 2 year) subjects; the AS subjects will have concluded by Friday 17th June.

Parents’ attention is drawn to the following:

  • The results from these important examinations will be used to form the basis of teachers’ predicted grades for UCAS applications.
  • When students are not in examinations, the expectation is that students are revising for examinations later in the week (either in the study room or at home) or are working with their teachers on an individual basis.
  • Once students have fully completed all their examinations, they should be working on their EPQ (Future Learn course starts 27th June). Some students only have examinations in 1 subject (= 2 examinations), so they should be able to dedicate a reasonable amount of time to their Future Learn course / EPQ during examinations week.
  • Students must SIGN OUT if leaving Harington before the end of the day.

Uniform must be worn when attending Harington for exams, revision, EPQ and related study.


May 12


Topping Out ceremony for Harington’s new building

DSCF7383Today’s Topping Out ceremony represented another significant moment in Harington’s history.

Head Teacher Mrs Powell addressed an audience made up of the School’s governors, senior leaders and staff, members of the construction company BAM (who had organised the event), Harington’s Head Boy and Girl and Catmose College’s Head Boy and Girl.

Mrs Powell thanked everyone for coming along to this celebration of the building project, respecting the traditions of the construction industry. She said: ‘This ceremony uniquely honours the accomplishment of the construction crew and indeed the hard work of all those who have contributed to every aspect of the project, from conception to near completion.’DSCF7349

She went on to say: ‘Not only is this an important building for the existing Harington students and staff who took a leap of faith and started Harington as a new 16-19 free school in September 2015, but it is also important for Rutland as a symbol of the shared commitment to improve all aspects of education for the children of this beautiful county.’

With specialist, well-equipped classrooms, designed to meet every requirement of modern post 16 teaching, plus social spaces and student study and research areas, the building will be a first rate facility for existing and future Haringtonians.

Mrs Powell finished her address by saying: ‘The new surroundings will help our teachers bring out the very best in our students and be a place to showcase the academic and wider educational opportunities and achievements of the School.

I wish good luck to all Haringtonians and those associated with the School as I hand over the Headship of Harington to Mr John Harrison. I know the School’s future will be in good hands.’

Mr Harrison will replace Mrs Powell as Head of Harington in September 2016.

Guests were invited to bless the building by signing a piece of steel that will be used on one of the staircases. The ceremony was followed by refreshments at Catmose College.













See for a recording of the occasion made by one of the guests, Councillor Martin Brookes.