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.


May 12


Sports ambassador celebrates Leicester City’s success

Harington student Alexa Smith, who was recently accepted onto the Leicestershire and Rutland ELITE Leadership Academy for 2016/17, had the privilege of attending a celebratory event at King Power Stadium in Leicester earlier this week. The stadium is home to Leicester City FC, who won the Premier League, confirming their place in the Champions League next season.

Alexa returned to School after Monday’s event saying it had been ‘one of the best days of her life’. Her official role was to help inclusive students participate. She told us: “I met a lot of people, including Emile Heskey, Kevin Friendly and two-times world champion Mark Selby. It was an amazing experience that allowed me to use the skills I have been developing in other ELITE Academy events and sessions.”

May 11


Maths students visit construction site

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Yesterday a group of A Level Maths students from Harington was invited to the offices of BAM Construction (the company working on the School’s permanent building) to explore how mathematical principles are applied in the construction industry, in particular Critical Path Analysis and Gantt charts.  The students commented on this practical application of the theoretical maths they are doing in the classroom:

 “I feel I now understand Gantt charts more than I did.”

“The real life application of Gantt charts puts Decision 1 into perspective.”

“I didn’t believe Decision mathematics  was actually used in real life.”

Maths teacher Mr Raine added: “This was a unique opportunity for the students to see a branch of mathematics being used in context and I am glad to say that they made the most of it.”





May 05


Wear a Hat Day

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Harington staff and students wore their hats for non-uniform day yesterday and raised over £100 for Anna’s Hope.

May 05


Higher Education & Careers support

Last week Harington students were invited to network with local universities and professionals to gain advice on their next steps. Guests included Bishop Grosseteste University, Rawlinson’s accountants, Lands End and the Training and Development Company. Advice was given on how to apply for apprenticeships, how the students’ skills can be developed and what makes a good application.

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In the same HE & Careers support slot this morning, students were joined by representatives from Tesco’s, Javawocky, Inc. House, Rutland Photographic, Meccalte and the Skills Service. The visitors carried out mock interviews with the students, offering them constructive feedback afterwards.  Becky from the Skills Service said ‘The interviewers were impressed with the way the students conducted themselves in this simulated scenario. The key message was it’s not about being perfect in an interview practice.  It’s useful learning to expose oneself to pressured situations and make mistakes, and equally valuable to develop (through repeated exposure) strategies for handling nerve-wracking experiences.’

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The students were commended for their politeness and professionalism. A number of the visitors said that they would welcome the students as part of their workforce any time.



May 05


The Big Walk

Congratulations to Harington students George Sayers and Nieves Garratt , who completed their ‘Big Walk’ at the weekend. They walked almost 30 miles (more than a marathon) from Oakham to Loughborough, raising over £500 between them for one of Harington’s chosen charities, Anna’s Hope, and towards 2017’s expedition to Borneo.  George and Nieves are pictured at the beginning and end of their epic journey, posing as fairies in honour of Anna’s Hope.

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Apr 28


Permanent building under cover

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.


Apr 27


Letter to prospective parents & students for 2016-17

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 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 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

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 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

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Apr 26


Harington student joins Elite Leadership Academy

Alexa Smith

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.’

Apr 22


Oxbridge students visit Harington

Breakfast Club

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