May 20



We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Dyl Powell as Headteacher for the new Sixth Form Free School, which opens in September.

Dyl is moving from her current position as Head of Stamford High School, where she has been in post since 2003. She brings with her extensive experience of running an academic Sixth Form. Before this, Dyl was Deputy Head of The King’s School, Peterborough, where she studied for, and was in the first cohort to complete, The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). She also holds a B.Ed (Hons) in PE and Maths from Warwick University

“We are delighted to have recruited such a successful and talented leader as Dyl to be Harington’s first Headteacher,” says Dr Robert Guthrie, Chair of Trustees. “Her experience in leading roles in both the independent and the state sector, as well as her demonstrable passion for holistic education and academic excellence, is precisely what we have been seeking.”

“Appointing an outstanding Headteacher is the final piece of the jigsaw,” says Nigel Lashbrook, Headmaster at Oakham School. “With over 200 applications from students, all of the full-time teaching posts now in place, and the building work scheduled to start in June, Harington School is now poised to offer excellent Sixth Form education to the students of Rutland.”

As a strong advocate for an all-round educational experience, she has enthusiastically taken part in many aspects of Stamford’s extra-curricular programme during her time as Head; including CCF (undertaking Weapons Training, and then qualifying as a Small Bore Range Officer), singing in the Chapel Choir and officiating at Sports fixtures. Indeed, she is a keen and dedicated umpire, having umpired hockey regularly at the highest level domestically and has enjoyed the honour of also umpiring international matches.

“I am certainly looking forward to being able to blend academic excellence with a holistic approach to education,” says Mrs Powell. “To have the chance to lead Harington, from the very beginning, is a superb opportunity. I’m looking forward to shaping the future of not only the School, but also the hundreds of pupils from Rutland who will benefit from having a rigorously academic Sixth Form education on their doorstep.”  Dyl, which she has been known as instead of her name of Yvonne since aged 11, is also local, living in Stamford with her husband and her Jack Russell, Barney.

Dr Guthrie adds “We are extremely pleased with the high quality of teaching staff we have recruited and with an impressive Board of Trustees, including the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland and leading academics from local universities, all of which forms the basis of a very strong team to support the new Headteacher.”

Stuart Williams, Principal at Catmose College where Harington is to be situated, describes how he is “delighted with the excellent appointment of Dyl Powell, who will further build on the work already completed by the sponsor schools, and will help ensure that Harington School becomes a very successful academic Sixth Form”.

Jan Turner, Principal at UCC, says that “Whilst the level of demand for places has been extremely high, I have no doubt that Dyl’s appointment will provide applicants and their parents with even greater confidence about the school’s future”.

Students wanting to study at Harington in September are being urged to accept their offers to ensure they don’t lose out on a space, given the high volume of applicants. An induction day will be held on Thursday 2 July, where all students will have opportunities to meet their new teachers.


May 08



We can now confirm that Harington School will be offering A-level Music. For full details of all the available courses, please download the course booklet here.

Apr 02


Harington wins funding agreement

Following overwhelming support from the local community, Harington School has now secured the required funding agreement from the Secretary of State and will open in September 2015. Work will soon begin on the new building for Harington School on the Catmose campus in Oakham. The number of applicants for the school has already exceeded the number the places and interviews have begun. Mr Jay Lockwood, Head of Sixth Form at Oakham School has been interviewing some of the potential candidates. Oakham School is one of the three proposers of Harington School and Mr Lockwood will be helping to shape the sixth form curriculum. Oakham School will share its experience and expertise in teaching A-level courses to ensure that students at Harington school receive outstanding teaching and guidance. Oakham will also be extending its senior team to provide its first Head of School.


During the formal consultation process, potential students were asked to give their views on the proposed A-level subjects offered at Harington. Harington School has been developed for the young people of Rutland, and with this in mind all requests have been carefully considered. The curriculum offer now includes the following additional subjects: Music, Art, Sports Science, Computer Science, Psychology and Philosophy and Ethics, to complement the current courses of: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English Literature, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Spanish.


It is an exciting time for prospective students of Harington School. Students from UCC and Catmose College have been talking about the new school:

Tamara Crane“Harington is now offering a great range of A levels which makes the school more desirable to attend. As the school is new and up and coming it will be a great opportunity to further my education” says Tamara Crane, Uppingham Community College.Kyle Southernwood


“I’m really looking forward on taking part on a new voyage in a new extraordinary school. I can’t wait to get stuck in especially in Further Maths and Physics…’s accessible for all because it’s local” says Kyle Southernwood, Catmose College.


Hannah Stokes-Bright“I am looking forward to being part of this new school and I am pleased to be part of the development of it. I am excited to have my opinions considered for aspects such as the uniform and teachers; and to be the first year experiencing the opportunities that Harington has to offer” says Hannah Stokes-Bright, Catmose CollegeFelix Colbert



“I am really pleased that I can now do Computer Science locally. I can’t wait” says Felix Colbert, Uppingham Community College.



Students will continue to help shape the new School and will be invited to give their views on a range of considerations from curriculum to school uniform. All prospective students will also be invited to summer induction activities to prepare for the next step in their academic career. Students wishing to apply for Harington School should complete an application form which can be found on the homepage

Mar 18



On Thursday 23 April, the Harington Team will be holding a meeting in The Mess at the Cosy Club, Stamford at 6.30pm for students and parents/guardians to meet the team and have all their questions answered.

Everyone is welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there.

Mar 13


Harington School is offering additional subjects

Thank you for all your feedback throughout the consultation period. As you know the rationale behind Harington School is that it is a school which has been developed for the young people of Rutland, and with this in mind we have listened to you and extended our curriculum offer.

In addition to the previously advertised subjects we will now be offering the following courses; Music, Art, Sports Science, Computer Science, Psychology and Philosophy and Ethics. The new course booklet can now be viewed and downloaded here. Due to these additions, if applicants wish to change their course choices please fill out the online re-submission form here or download the paper form here.

Towards the end of March, a random selection of students will be invited to take part in a focus group to discuss the Harington School uniform. If you have any views on this matter that you would like us to consider then please email Over the next few weeks, applicants will be invited to meet Mr Jay Lockwood to discuss their application. If you can’t make the meeting for any reason then please email Mr Lockwood will also be available by appointment to meet parents and guardians, please email to arrange a meeting.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us at or on 01572 772579.

Feb 04



You can now apply to Harington School via an online form making it quick and easy to plan for the next academic year. Please visit today to get started.

Jan 08


Consultation Period to continue until 31 January

The plans for the opening of Harington School in September 2015 are well on track and it is now time for the school to formalise the legal terms and conditions.

Before opening any new school, an academy trust must formally request the views of the local community. Harington school’s consultation process will take place until 31 January 2015 and local schools and parents are now invited to a meeting to hear more about the school and offer their views. The meetings will be held at Catmose College on 21 January at 6pm and at Uppingham Community College on 22 January at 6pm. As well as giving their views at these events it is also possible to complete the consultation questionnaire online at or download the leaflet here.

Dr Rob Guthrie, the Chairman of the School’s Trustees said “It is such a shame that so many students, after achieving such an excellent education to age 16 within the county, currently feel the need to travel large distances outside Rutland to further their academic ambitions. Harington is determined to address this issue and make this exodus a thing of the past. I am confident this consultation will confirm the community’s support for this School.”

Harington School is committed to offering an academic curriculum complemented by a wide variety of extra-curricular and personal development opportunities which will provide a platform for entry to the most prestigious Universities. Students will be encouraged within a well disciplined caring community to develop as confident, self-motivated and independent young adults with high expectations of themselves.

The school is now accepting applications from students who are currently in Year 11; to apply, students need to complete the application form which can be found on The early positive response indicates that the School is likely to be oversubscribed for places, therefore it is worth interested parties reading the Admissions Policy to understand how places are allocated; this can also be found on the Harington website.


For more information, contact: Claire Miles at Catmose College, 01572 770066

Dec 12



The Harington Trustees are pleased to announce that the School’s preferred site is in Oakham.  This is an important step towards the School becoming a reality and we look forward to you all seeing the building start to take shape in the next few months.

Dec 01


Formal Consultation Period Begins

Harington School is committed to offering an academic curriculum which will provide a platform for entry to the most prestigious universities. Outstanding examination success will be an important element of Harington but it is not enough; we will provide students with a wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities that will allow them to develop as confident, self-motivated and independent young adults. We encourage students to develop a positive attitude and have high expectations of themselves. It offers the opportunity to study in a well-disciplined, yet caring and happy environment, where the overriding aim is to help all students make the best use of their abilities and strive to realise their full potential.

Before opening a free school, an academy trust must enter into a funding agreement with the Secretary of State. The funding agreement provides the framework within which the free school will operate, without it the School cannot open. For more details visit

There will be two consultation evenings. Dates will be announced on our website and Facebook page closer to the time.

The consultation questionnaire can be completed online  at or download the leaflet here and return the slip to
Catmose College or Uppingham Community College by 31 January 2015.
If you have any further queries please contact

Nov 14



We are very pleased to be in a position to update you regarding our plans for the Harington sixth form which we plan to open in September 2015.

Perhaps most importantly we have begun accepting applications from students in Year 11; to apply please complete the application form which can be found on The early positive response indicates we are likely to be oversubscribed for places, therefore it is worth reading our admissions policy to understand how places will be allocated and noting that students who attend Catmose College or Uppingham Community College will be given priority, provided they meet our academic requirements of at least 5 A*-B grades including a grade C or above in English and Mathematics.

The team behind Harington, comprising Catmose College, Uppingham Community College and Oakham School, want to ensure that the School will meet the needs of its community; we will therefore be launching a formal consultation starting 1 December until 31 January. This will include an opportunity to attend an open meeting in which you will be able to find out about our plans and ask any questions you may have. We will send all those that registered an interest in Harington further details by email but will also feature aspects on the website and social media outlets such as

You may also be interested in the opportunity to more formally shape Harington by considering an application to join the Harington Trust. The existing board are actively seeking new members who will extend its existing skill set and offer an independent view regarding the School’s direction. To find out more please email

In respect of site, we will shortly be in a position to inform you about the School’s location, its building and the facilities that will be on offer. This will be before the Christmas break.

We have already begun the process of recruiting staff; the advert for the Head Teacher has been placed and the appointment will be made in December. Shortly after this appointment we will begin recruiting experienced teachers.

This is a very exciting time for the Harington team, for many of us have been working towards creating a successful academic sixth form for many years and finally these plans are coming to fruition. We are equally determined to make sure this is a School offering the courses and activities that our students need and your input in shaping the provision as it is established is important.

Please do contact us if you would like to discuss any aspect of this further.