The construction of Harington’s new (permanent) building is making great progress. The roof is underway, just in time for the rain – and for current parents to see at tonight’s Parent Student Teacher Consultation evening.
26 April 2016
Dear Parent / Student
Summer is just around the corner and I thought it was time I sent another update from Harington School. Term 5 has started well, with the focus on preparing our current students for their exams – but at the same time making sure that life and learning at Harington continues with the right balance being achieved in all areas.
Our permanent building is going up rapidly. We now have stairs! The first floor is being installed this week and work on the roof follows. The project is on course and I continue to receive weekly updates from the builders. Time lapse footage is posted on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HaringtonSchool/ so do have a look at that when you have a spare moment – it’s strangely compelling.
Last time I wrote to you I mentioned that we would be sending a Welcome Pack for students with details about uniform, next year’s term dates and other useful information. We will ask for confirmation of A Level option choices at this point, too. This information pack will be with you next month. In the meantime, you might find it helpful to visit http://www.haringtonschool.com/post-16-transport/ for updated information about transport arrangements for next year. Any questions about transport (a hot topic in some households, I know) can be directed to our finance department by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Our students continue to get involved in exciting initiatives both inside and outside the classroom, and many are achieving highly in some diverse areas of engagement. This all makes excellent material for their CVs and stands them in good stead for their forthcoming applications to university and for employment. The same opportunities – and more – will be available to your son or daughter when they are at Harington as part of our comprehensive support programme for university and alternative post 18 applications. You can follow some of these stories here http://www.haringtonschool.com/category/News/ as well as on facebook & Twitter. Watch out for Harington news in the local press, too. I recently donned my hard hat alongside Mr John Harrison, who succeeds me as Head Teacher in September, to be photographed on the site of the new building with our Head Boy & Girl.
Remember our Induction Days are Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 July. The Welcome Pack will contain a detailed timetable for these days, which include taster lessons, a session on study skills, a teambuilding exercise and an opportunity to visit the building site followed by a barbecue.
Meanwhile, I hope your son or daughter’s exam preparations are going well. If we can help with any questions about their entry to Harington, or if you would like to meet with me or Mr Harrison, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Finally, I leave you with a gentle reminder to let us know if any of your contact details change, especially email addresses, as we rely on this information being up to date so that we can stay connected with you.
With kind regards and best wishes,
Mrs Dyl Powell,
Head Teacher of Harington School
Working together for SuccessFollow me on Twitter:@HS_Head
Congratulations to Harington student Alexa Smith (pictured), who has been accepted onto the Leicestershire and Rutland ELITE Leadership Academy for 2016/17. This is a fantastic opportunity for Alexa, who joins 24 other young leaders from the region joining the Academy this year.
The countywide Academy aims to identify and bring together the most talented and committed young leaders from across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland to develop, enhance and refine their skills by working alongside other young people and sports professionals.
Alexa will be able to develop her personal resume by accessing support and training related to coaching, officiating and event volunteering. She will also be part of the workforce for the School Games Championships and act as a role model and ambassador in her own school and local Leadership Academy.
Alexa told us: ‘I am extremely honoured to have been given this chance to operate in a wider sphere, volunteeting at large scale sporting events and representing Harington.’
On Friday 15 April the Oxbridge Breakfast Club played host to two former UCC students, Amelia Grice and Katie Wickham, who were able to share their experiences of life at Oxbridge.
Both are in their second year: Katie studying medicine at Cambridge and Amelia reading Biochemistry at Oxford.
They spoke about the application process, including the dreaded interviews, and were able to demystify the experience and offer advice and tips on how to succeed in this extremely challenging process. Furthermore, both have agreed to act as mentors to our students and have shared their personal statements. They have also offered to return in the summer during our UCAS week, which is a bonus. In a couple of years’ time we hope that members of our inaugural Oxbridge Breakfast Club will return to Harington to share their experiences with Year 12 hopefuls.
“The session was extremely helpful as it helped me realise that top universities were truly within reach. Amelia and Katie were so open and they even shared their personal statements with us, which will be a great tool to use when writing our own personal statements.” Emmanuel Dobos
“I found it really helpful to hear the types of questions that I might be asked in the interviews and that you don’t need to give a perfect response, you just need to show your thought process.” Lydia Simms
“It was interesting to talk to Oxbridge students about their experience with the interview process, hear about how they felt and how they tackled the more tricky questions” Freya Menzies
“Meeting the two Oxbridge students was very enlightening about the process of application and interviews at Oxbridge.” Eve Pavitt
“Having the chance to talk to students who had actually been through the process of getting into Oxbridge made the whole process seem less daunting and gave a good insight into what life at Oxbridge is like. I found it helpful in terms of preparing for interviews and writing my personal statement.” Emily Rayner
“What I found most useful was hearing about what our guests thought of the application process; how they went about writing their personal statements and how they felt about the interviews” Ruby McAuliffe
Mental health and well-being for young people in Rutland: Developing words into action
Two Harington students have participated in a pilot scheme for the creation of a Young Peoples’ Mental Health and Well-Being Forum, which will extend throughout other schools and colleges. This stems from the Government’s Future in Mind Transformational Plan to improve the mental health and well-being of our young people.
Georgia Bebb (first row, far right above) and Alexa Smith (middle row, third from right) appeared in a short film, alongside other Rutland students, which was shown at a conference in Leicester last week. The girls also participated in workshops to learn more about the Future in Mind programme, which is taking a multi-agency approach to providing the best service for the young people of Leicestershire and Rutland and raising awareness of mental health issues. As soon as the film is available to view it will be posted on this website.
Harington’s participation has been as a result of representatives of the programme contacting the School for its help in making an inventory of the needs of young people in Rutland. It was felt to be essential that our students expressed their ideas to inform decisions about the allocation of government funds in this area.
Mrs Powell, Harington’s Head Teacher, who also attended last week’s conference, said: ‘Evidence has shown that only by using the opinions of young people can agencies really target where resources are needed. Young people experience enormous pressure in their daily lives and to know that they can access support in a timely manner can only benefit society as a whole.’
Georgia and Alexa are pictured below (at the conference) with Mrs Powell.
Harington’s Head Teacher, Mrs Powell, is pictured below with Mr John Harrison, who replaces Mrs Powell in the leadership role this September. They are joined by Head Boy Rhys Hill (far left) & Head Girl Eve Pavitt (far right). The group was photographed this morning against the backdrop of Harington’s new building, which is rapidly taking shape.
Mr Harrison said ‘I am privileged to have been given the opportunity to lead Harington School at this exciting time and build on the strong foundations laid by Mrs Powell, whom I am pleased will remain in a governor role’.
In order to make Harington as accessible as possible for all students, the School is delighted to announce that there will be a subsidised bus route from Market Harborough and the surrounding villages, through to Uppingham and then Oakham. In addition, there is the opportunity to apply for a subsidised bus permit to access the public transport network both within and outside Rutland. All details can be found on our website under ‘Information’ and ‘Post 16 Transport’.
Despite high demand, there is a limited number of places available for September 2016. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 01572 772579 to make an appointment. The application deadline is 31st May.
‘Last week we travelled to Stratford-upon-Avon to watch the RSC production of Hamlet. The day started with an insight into the play, where three of the play’s actors encouraged us in an energetic exercise to demonstrate the underlying rhythms of the lines, which also offered a sneak peek into the play’s incredible music.
We then walked to Shakespeare’s birthplace in the centre of Stratford, and to the church where he was buried. After some lunch, it was time to go back to the theatre and take our seats in the upper circle. This production was African-themed, and consequently the music and costumes were beyond anything we had watched before. The acting was brilliant, the set was ever-changing and dynamic, and by the end of it we were left with an overwhelming sense of awe.
Afterwards, we attended a workshop to help us understand how the actors have to read the play in order to convey meaning, and how they manage the physicality of acting as well as the vocal. All in all, it was a brilliant day which offered a different interpretation of the play, which will undoubtedly be useful in our exam.’
Olivia Mould, A Level English Literature student
‘There have been positive reports from the builders, who are pleased with the progress being made. Meanwhile, the overriding focus for this term is preparation for exams. Harington teachers will be preparing our students for these important exams, which will ultimately translate into predicted grades for their post-18 applications. Having said that, school life at Harington will continue as normal: D of E expedition routes are being planned; charity events are coming up and House competitions are scheduled. Students are encouraged to think positively about their academic work / life balance.’
22 March 2016
Dear Parents & Students / Prospective Parents & Students
The Trustees of Harington School are delighted to inform you that our application to become part of the Rutland and District Schools’ Federation has now been approved by the Regional Schools’ Commissioner. We are therefore aiming for Harington to formally join the Federation by 1 May. This is a decision which will provide an extremely solid foundation for the growth and development of Harington which will benefit from the considerable economies of scale and the shared financial and human resources of this enlarged Multi-Academy Trust. It will also strengthen the expertise within the Federation which will now encompass a family of schools, each maintaining their own identity, covering the range from Nursery through to Sixth Form.
Trustees were sad to hear that, for family reasons, Dyl Powell, who has so successfully led the School through its first year of existence, has announced her retirement from the end of the current academic year. However, considerable continuity in the leadership of the School will be assured by her working closely with her successor and becoming a member of the School’s governing body.
From September 2016, John Harrison will become the new Head of Harington. John is a highly experienced Vice Principal at Catmose College and a former colleague of Dyl at The King’s School, Peterborough. He teaches Geography at Harington and has worked closely with both Dyl and Stuart Williams (the Federation’s Executive Principal) on Harington’s development throughout the year. Trustees are delighted to have secured John’s appointment and he is looking forward to building on the strong foundations laid by Dyl and leading the School as it enters its new permanent buildings later this year.
Dr Robert Guthrie
Chair of Trustees of Harington School