Harington School’s first cohort of students enjoyed a busy induction day on Thursday. Scores of students, who are all eagerly looking forward to joining the new academic Sixth Form in Oakham, took part in taster sessions to prepare them for the start of their A-level courses in September.
The day began with the students being welcomed by Mrs Powell, Harington’s newly appointed Head Teacher. She commented; “It was very pleasing to see so many students and staff excited about their new school and the academic journey they will be taking over the next two years. The individuals I spoke to were bright, enthusiastic young men and women, keen to take advantage of the opportunities on offer at Harington.
The students then had the opportunity to listen to a talk from Ritchie Gale, Oakham School’s Director of Teaching and Learning, about how to successfully make the transition from GCSE study to more demanding A-levels. One of the key ideas discussed was how developing resilience is crucial to success, and that each and every student should be ready for a high level of challenge, to be able to learn from mistakes and, through focussed work with their teachers, eventually reach their targets.
After this introductory talk, Harington teaching staff then provided sample lessons. This was to give the students a real flavour of what each subject really offered, so that they could make an informed decision about which A Levels to choose. Students were able to ask questions about each course and what would be required to be successful in them.
There was a fantastic buzz during the induction day, with students thrilled to be the first Rutlanders to benefit from the new Free School. Harriet McHugh, whose ambition is to go on to study at university in Holland said: “I thought I knew what I wanted to study, but there are just too many good options. I don’t know how I’ll choose.” Another student, Rhys Hill, said, “the taster lessons provided an insight into what the subjects would be covering and gave us a chance to talk with the subject teacher. This was a wonderful opportunity as we could talk one on one with the teacher about the specific subject. The induction day was a brilliant chance to meet both teachers and students and was very helpful for all. But for me, it made me realise that I would like to go to Harington School more than ever in September.”
As well as getting to know their future teachers and learn more about their subjects, the students encountered some really practical academic advice, aimed at improving the way they learn, in preparation for their A Levels. For example, they were all given a five-minute crash course in speed reading, which resulted in everyone managing to improve their “words per minute” speed. The students certainly left with the knowledge that their brain is a muscle that can be improved, through training and practice, in order to enhance their performance to gain their very best A-levels.
The day culminated in a barbeque, giving students the opportunity to ask any final questions about their academic future and the range of opportunities that will be available to them at Harington School.