Nov 11


Open Evening for September 2016 intake

Last night’s Open Evening was fantastically well-supported. Over 300 visitors came to hear more about admission to Year 12 at Harington School in September 2016.  The lecture theatre filled twice over with prospective students (currently in Year 11) and their parents listening to talks from Mrs Powell and the teachers in charge of pastoral care, teaching and learning and the EPQ at Harington. Guests also had the opportunity to visit displays and talk to the teachers and current students representing the 17 A Level subjects on offer. The current students in particular were able to share their enthusiasm for their A Level subjects, as well as talk more generally about their unique experience as a member of the very first cohort. The feedback from guests suggested that they did an excellent job as ambassadors for the School.

The architects for Harington’s permanent building, due to open next September, were also inundated with visitors and were able to share artists’ impressions and plans for these state of the art new facilities.

The evening was so well attended that some visitors may feel they would benefit from more time with either Mrs Powell or subject teachers.  If that is the case, we would be only too happy to arrange individual appointments – just contact the Harington office on 01572 772579 or email

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who came along.  We hope it was helpful and informative, if a little busy!  The deadline for applications for September 2016 entry is 15 January 2016.

Oct 16


Head Teacher’s End of Term letter to parents

Dear Parents

It has been a busy first term at Harington and we are all feeling the effects of an intense but – certainly from my point of view – extremely positive and productive period.

Harington School has now been up and running for 7 weeks. As you can see from this e-newsletter The Harington Herald  (click here), which has been produced by the students for the students, there has been lots going on both in and out of lesson time. Please take time to read this first edition. It contains news on some of the ways that Haringtonians have embraced life at Harington School and are developing roles of leadership and responsibility that will stand them in good stead for the future. It also features our first whole school photograph, which I attach separately should you wish to save or print and frame it for posterity!

Apart from the main priority of getting the students settled into the daily routine and stuck into their academic work, what else has been achieved in Term 1?  One of the things I am particularly pleased to report is that we have established a link with Leicester University. To tell you more about one aspect of this link that is already gaining momentum, we have arranged for 3 Medical students from Leicester University to give a presentation to students and parents on Wednesday 4th November at 6.30pm. This is a valuable opportunity to hear what is required when making an application to Medical School. These undergraduates have also offered to mentor Harington students and help them with their personal statements and the content of their applications. We have invited Yr 11 pupils from Catmose College and UCC to this presentation as well, so that they can start to think about the correct A level choice should they wish to pursue a career in Medicine. You can find more information about this presentation evening in the attached letter.

 Other highlights of Term 1 include the launch of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme at both Silver and Gold level and a presentation by Outlook Expeditions, an experienced and reputable company that will be leading on the proposed school trip to Borneo in 2017. It was pleasing to see so many parents at both of these information evenings and it was lovely to meet you again. More meetings will be arranged in due course to share information about D of E and the Borneo trip.

The students have been proactive in deciding upon ways to reinforce the identity of Harington School and make it into the ‘special’ place that I and the staff believe it to be. The School scarf has been through many colour changes, and now that we have decided we can go ahead with ordering.  You can find this listed in items to purchase through ParentPay. Hoodies and T-shirts will follow, all bearing the Harington crest, and we will advise you when these are available to purchase, again through ParentPay.

The House system is established and many competitions will take place with valuable House Points at stake. When all the points have been totalled at the end of the year, we will be awarding an overall House Cup. Which House will be the winner: Osprey, Falcon or Starling?

We have even managed to squeeze in a trip out!  Last night I accompanied a group of Harington students and staff to Peterborough Showcase Cinema to see the live broadcast of ‘Hamlet’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch (one of the A Level English texts being studied).  It was a marvellous performance – a very different take on a familiar story – and it gave the students much to discuss afterwards.

Coming back to the academic side of things, The Harington Challenge (a mini-EPQ) has been introduced and many students are well underway with planning their essay. Prizes will be awarded for the best entries and the follow-up presentations.

Three DfE officials visited Harington earlier this week. It was an informal visit and they were pleased with the progress we are making. They will be returning in early December and this will be a more formal visit that will generate a preliminary report on how the first few months have gone. I look forward to sharing the outcome of this visit with you in my next ‘End of Term’ message, just before Christmas. 

Speaking of the lead-up to the festive season, the final week of next term (commencing 14th December) is mock exam week. There will be alterations to the normal timetable so that timings for examination papers can be fitted in to the school day, which will not require an earlier start. An exam timetable will be published towards the end of next term so that everyone is fully informed about the structure of this exam week.

Finally, I would like to thank you for your support of Harington School.  I am well aware that choosing Harington for your son(s) or daughter(s) has required a leap of faith. It was a brave choice and inevitably – as is always going to be the case getting a new school off the ground – it has not been without its challenges.  However, I hope now that we are well underway, you also feel it was the right choice.  Time will tell, of course, but I cannot emphasise too strongly the commitment of the Harington team to guiding your son(s) or daughter(s) through this crucial stage in their educational journey. I for one have been much impressed by them as excellent ambassadors and I have every confidence that they will go on to blaze a trail for future generations of Haringtonians.

It only remains for me to wish you a wonderful half term break. I hope you find time to relax and enjoy it and I look forward to speaking with you again next term.

With best wishes and kind regards,


Mrs Dyl Powell
Head Teacher of Harington School



Oct 16


Launch of The Harington Herald

Harington School students are delighted to launch Issue 1 of The Harington Herald, a newsletter produced by students for students and featuring the first whole school photo (see below) – plus an interview with Head Teacher Mrs Dyl Powell.

School photo cropped

Click here to read Issue 1 of The Harington Herald Issue ONE The Harington Herald

Sep 22


Harington Open Evening – 10 November 2015

We are holding our first Open Evening for entry to Harington School from September 2016 on Tuesday 10 November.  The event will be held at Catmose College from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. This will be an opportunity for prospective pupils and their parents to find out more about the A Level courses on offer from 2016, to meet the subject teachers and Harington’s Head Teacher Mrs Dyl Powell.

A course booklet with more detail about the subjects will be available soon.

To find out more about the Open Evening and register your interest, please email or call 01572 772579.

Sep 04



This morning Harington School opened its doors to the first ever Haringtonians. After a welcome assembly from Head Teacher, Mrs Dyl Powell, the students are meeting the staff who will support them throughout the next two years. #‎workingtogetherforsuccess



Aug 14


Letter to Applicants

Dear Harington applicant

I hope you have had a relaxing summer break and that you get the news you have been hoping for next week.

Please read this letter carefully as it contains important information about your A Level choices.

After a busy few weeks, I am delighted to confirm that Harington’s temporary classrooms are in place next to the Catmose College campus. Teachers have been appointed and are waiting to start the academic year with you. We very much look forward to you joining the Harington School community in September.

The purpose of this letter is to explain what needs to happen once you have received your GCSE results on Thursday 20th August in order to secure your place at Harington School. It is important that your place is confirmed on that day so that options can be checked and timetables generated.

Once you have your results, you will need to either:

  • Call 01572 772579 between 10.00am and 12.30pm on 20th August and verify your results to the Harington office staff. (This will then need to be followed up with submission of evidence of your grades by emailing a scanned copy or a photo of your results sheet to )


  • Go to UCC or Catmose College on 20th August and BRING YOUR RESULTS SHEET WITH YOU; this will be checked and verified by staff based at UCC and Catmose College, who will be available to help you from 10.00am – 12.30pm.

Whether we see you in person or talk to you by phone, you will be asked to confirm your A Level subject choices at the same time. Please refer to the POST-GCSE RESULTS FACT SHEET regarding the entrance criteria for Harington and the new A Level reform legislation to help you to select your 3 or 4 subjects. Remember that 3 A Levels plus an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is the desired criteria for entrance to Russell Group universities.

As soon as we have confirmed your place at Harington we will write to you again with the arrangements for the start of term. There will be the opportunity for an informal meeting with your tutor before the start of term to talk through your timetable and have your photograph taken in preparation for the Harington identity card, which you will be given on the first day of term.


Meanwhile, please bear in mind the following key dates for your diary:

FRIDAY 4th SEPTEMBER             First day of term – 10.00am

THURSDAY 10th SEPTEMBER   Parents’ Evening – 7.00pm

THURSDAY 24th SEPTEMBER   D of E Presentation – 5.30pm (parents and students)



If you have any queries about the results/admissions process, or anything else, please contact us.

Yours faithfully,


Mrs Dyl Powell

Head Teacher of Harington School

Working together for Success

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Aug 04



The buildings are on site this morning, everything is on track for the start of the term.


Jul 28



Dear Parents and Guardians,

It gives me great pleasure to write to you at this exciting time for education in Rutland with the opening of Harington School only a few weeks away. Your son, daughter or ward has been offered a place to be one of the first cohort of students to begin their 6th form career at Harington – a unique place in history!

As Headmaster of Oakham School, I am very proud that we have been able to take on the responsibility of providing the educational leadership of Harington and, to that effect, I am delighted that Mrs Dyl Powell is the first Head teacher of Harington. As you are aware, Mrs Powell has just retired from being the Head of Stamford High School but is currently fulfilling her final commitment to Stamford, by accompanying the girls on their sports tour to South Africa.

Therefore, in Mrs Powell’s absence, I am writing to brief you on the approach to the new A-levels at Harington:

  • The national A level reforms, brought in by the Government for the academic year 2015/16 will be a mixture of the new (linear) A-levels (which are designed to be taught as a 2 year course) and the old (modular) AS and A2 examinations (which are effectively made up of two one year courses). For the A-levels offered at Harington the split is as follows:Old (modular) AS and A2 levels;
    Further Mathematics
    Philosophy and Ethics
    Sports Science

    Those students taking any of these subjects will take AS examinations in the summer of 2016 followed by their A2 examinations a year later (summer of 2017).

    New (linear) A levels;
    English Literature

    Students taking any of the new A-levels will not take any AS level examinations in those subjects but will have end of year examinations in the summer of 2016. They will take their A-level examinations in the summer of 2017.

    Many students will therefore be studying a mixture of new A-levels and the old style AS and A2 courses. They will therefore take some AS levels in May/June 2016. A student taking only new A-levels will not take any AS examinations in 2016. All students will have end of year examinations in all subjects in 2016 followed by a parents’ evening. Students will be expected to accompany their parents to this event to discuss overall progress and the year ahead.

Most students at Harington will be expected to take three A-levels (whether old or new style) and for many this will be complimented by an additional Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in which they carry out a piece of individual research into an area of real interest (most likely linked to one of their A-levels). The top universities will base their offers on three A-level grades and we want our students to maximise their chances of top grades by focusing on those three subjects (an EPQ will further enhance their opportunity of winning a place at a top university as it demonstrates real independent learning).

For some students (e,g, those following a section of science A-levels) it may well be appropriate for them to study four A-levels. This is an individual decision for the students concerned and will be based on ability, future ambitions and overall workload.

Inevitably, final decisions on which A levels to study in September can only be made after the publication of GCSE results on 20th August. The staff at Harington will, of course, be on hand to make sure that each student, as necessary, receives the right advice in order that they can make the best possible choices for the start of what will be a very exciting 6th form career.

I wish you all a very enjoyable summer and look forward to history being made at the beginning of September!

With best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Nigel Lashbrook
Headmaster of Oakham School
Trustee of Harington School


Jul 23



The building schedule is on track for September.


Jul 23


Early visuals for the Harington build

We are getting VERY excited about the permanent build, these early drawings indicate just how amazing the final building will be.

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