Oct 19



In the last few weeks the bid team have remained busy; we have attended the free school launch event with the DFE which further emphasised how well prepared we are to open for September 2015. We have also met with our lead contact from the department and critically with the EFA (education funding agency) who will support the site and capital build project. At the beginning of next term the Harington Trustees will meet to review the work carried out so far and agree the plans to enable us to move to opening for September. We will shortly be releasing an updated prospectus, admissions policy and critically for year 11, the application form in order to secure a place at Harington. As our plans gather pace there will be a steady stream of announcements next term that will keep you informed but able to help shape this exciting development.

Oct 02



The bid team would like to thank everyone who has supported our efforts so far to make Harington a reality. We are absolutely committed to ensuring that this vision becomes the reality that the students of Rutland and the local area deserve. We couldn’t have got this far without your support and over the next twelve months as we appoint a head, build the school and open for the first time we will continue to need your help and feedback. We will continue to keep you updated over the coming weeks but suffice to say we are all very excited and keen to make our bid a reality.

Sep 30



Catmose College, Uppingham Community College and Oakham School are delighted to announce that plans for their academic sixth-form free school, Harington School, have been approved by the Department for Education.


Harington will provide a rigorous A-level academic education, focusing on the core subjects, for 300 local pupils (150 intake per year). It will offer a high quality sixth-form provision to students from the local area, including those from Catmose College, Uppingham Community College and Casterton Business and Enterprise College.


Stuart Williams, Principal of Catmose College, comments “This is the fruition of seven years of commitment and determination by the schools in Rutland to raise the aspirations of our post-16 students and offer them a high quality academic sixth form that will allow them to go on and attend our best universities.”


The School will offer a curriculum designed to develop individual and academic potential, opening the doors to the most prestigious universities. Students will also be given the opportunity to extend their learning, for example by completing the Duke of Edinburgh award, viewed favourably by higher education providers.


Jan Turner, Principal of Uppingham Community College, says “This is extremely exciting news for all the young people of Rutland and will provide an outstanding opportunity for future generations to come.  I am delighted that the Department for Education has recognised the need for this provision and the strength of the team that will work together to ensure its success.”


“The Trustees and Senior Leadership Team at Oakham School are delighted with today’s announcement,” says Headmaster Nigel Lashbrook. “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to work in partnership with Catmose College and Uppingham Community College, to give all the young people in Rutland the opportunity and choice they deserve to develop academically, and to gain access to a leading university.”

The bid team have now entered the next stage, the pre-opening phase, which will see a rapid development of their plans. Representatives from the bid team will be attending a launch event in London on 16 October. Following that, they will release further details, including how to apply for a place. Nigel Lashbrook adds “There is clearly a lot of hard work to follow this announcement, but we at Oakham School are all committed to working in partnership to make Harington School a resounding success.”


People are invited to support the School and stay abreast of developments by liking the School’s Facebook page Regular updates of key events will also be posted on their website, where people can also register to be added to the mailing list:


The Department for Education’s announcement can be read online here:


Aug 04


Harington School is a step closer to becoming a reality.

In early July, the proposer schools, Uppingham Community College, Oakham School and Catmose College, were invited to attend an interview with the Department for Education (DfE) in London.

They answered questions from a panel of senior officials with extensive knowledge of free schools policy, and advisers from the fields of education, finance and business.

Principal at Catmose College, Stuart Williams, said “it was a particularly positive interview which gave us the opportunity to explore Harington School with the DfE and discuss Rutland’s need for an academic sixth form.”

After the interview, a representative from the DfE subsequently visited the area to assess the suitability of possible locations.

“This is a very important moment for education in Rutland. I am delighted that such serious consideration is being given to our proposal,” says Jan Turner, Principal at Uppingham Community College.

The proposed school aims to provide a rigorous A Level academic education for 300 local pupils (150 intake per year) at a time when the number of pupils aged 15-19 in Rutland is due to reach 3000 (by 2015).

Nigel Lashbrook, Headmaster at Oakham School, added, “Harington School will give young people in Rutland even more choice in how they develop academically post-16.”

The team will know if they are successful, or if there are any next steps, early in the autumn term.

If Harington School is approved by the DfE, the bid team’s next steps will be appointing the Head of School, finalising the site and appointing staff to deliver the curriculum.

Apr 01


Alan Duncan MP visits Catmose College

On Friday 21 March, Local MP Alan Duncan visited Catmose College and met with Stuart Williams.

They discussed the College’s progress and Mr Williams briefed Mr Duncan on the bid for Harington School.

Alan said: “I was very pleased to be able to visit Catmose College again. The school is clearly going from strength to strength and it is good to see the clear evidence of those improvements.”

Stuart Williams commented that “it was great to catch up with Alan and have the opportunity to discuss with him why Harington School is so important to the young people of Rutland, so that they can access a local provision that will enable them to be successful at our best universities.”

Mar 17


Oakham School backs Harington

We are pleased to announce that Oakham School is to join Catmose College and Uppingham Community College in sponsoring Harington School, the newly proposed Sixth Form Free School.


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Feb 14


Harington bid approved!

We have reached a significant milestone this week in our bid for Harington School, an academic sixth form for Rutland. We have been accepted onto the New Schools Network development programme.

This programme has an 80% success rate in supporting schools to reach approval by the Department for Education; this is therefore a significant step towards having an academic sixth form for Rutland students.

If you have not yet expressed an interest please do so by following the link below. We would not have got this far without your support and need it more than ever going forward.

Feb 10


Harington Bid

We recently submitted our bid to the new schools network, this is a critical development to address a need for many of our students. This article contains a summary and links to the complete bid.

Harington School support

Section 1a: Rationale In the first section of the bid, the rationale behind Catmose College and Uppingham Community College’s decision to apply to open a post-16 free school in Rutland is outlined.  It illustrates Rutland’s need for a new provision to better service the county’s more academic students, as well as those from a poor socio-economic background. Graphs illustrate the choices being made by local students in their decision of where to continue their studies, as a vast majority are choosing to leave the county. The results currently being achieved by sixth form students at the local provision are also detailed and compared to the national benchmark. This also demonstrates how these students are also disadvantaged when it comes to applying for places at the best universities. Click to view

Section 1b: Vision The concept for Harington School is described in the following section.  It focuses on the bid team’s vision surrounding the School’s environment, ethos, quality of education and opportunities that will be available to students.  The curriculum provision is outlined, along with the extra-curricular activities and responsibilities that will be expected of students.  Harington School’s requirements surrounding potential locations are also mentioned. Click to view

Section 1c: Targets Four key targets for Harington School are set out in the third section of the bid.  They surround A Level achievements in facilitator subjects, offers from top universities, retention and Ofsted grading.  These targets are expanded upon with detailed information surrounding the subjects that would be offered at A Level.  The tutor system and extra-curricular courses are delineated, as well as the way in which students will benefit from them. Roles within Harington School are also explained within this section, including responsibilities surrounding Teaching & Learning, quality assurance, work experience and student progression. Click to view

Section 1d: Governance Structure The following section sets out the proposed governance structure and responsibilities surrounding aims and objectives, educational vision, admissions, finances, staffing and ensuring regulations are complied to. It also outlines how the Local Governing Body will oversee the School, to ensure that it provides a relevant service to the local community. Click to view

Jan 24


Post 16 Performance Tables

The department for education has published the latest performance tables for post-16 providers  on 23 January 2014 which are a useful indicator regarding the achievements of students who achieved results in the summer of 2013, this information was taken directly from that source. In each of the tables the providers name can be clicked on to access full information via the department for education. They should be read alongside where students progress to which can be viewed here and of course the experiences of other students and by visiting the provision in person.

A Level Course Performance
The following table and chart shows the performance of the main providers for A level courses locally.

This graph shows the performance of each provider at A level for the key indicators of AAB grades.

Post 16 Performance Tables 2014 A level

The table below is sorted according to Average Points Score, the points awarded are: A* = 300, A = 270, B = 240, C = 210, D = 180, E = 150, U = 0.

Type ▼ Average point score per A level entry Average point score per A level entry expressed as a grade Average point score per A level student (full-time equivalent) % of A level students achieving
at least 3 A levels at A*-E at least 2 A levels at A*-E at least 1 A level at A*-E A levels at grades AAB or higher (in at least 2 facilitating subjects) A levels at grades AAB or higher (in 3 facilitating subjects)
England – all schools and colleges 215.6 C+ 796.5 80.5% 92.9% 99.7% 15.3% 9.6%
England – state funded schools and colleges 211.3 C 782.3 79.0% 92.3% 99.6% 12.1% 7.5%
Uppingham School Independent School 250.1 B+ 921.8 99% 99% 100% 42% 21%
Oakham School Independent School 248.0 B+ 868.3 93% 99% 100% 39% 20%
Stamford High School Independent School 234.1 B- 818.8 97% 100% 100% 22% 7%
The King’s (the Cathedral) School Academy – Converter Mainstream 232.3 B- 1048.5 98% 100% 100% 29% 18%
Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School Academy – Converter Mainstream 230.7 B- 1028.9 98% 100% 100% 37% 19%
The King’s School, Grantham Academy – Converter Mainstream 220.7 C+ 992.2 97% 100% 100% 24% 16%
Brooke Weston Academy Academy Sponsor Led 217.4 C+ 786.0 55% 83% 100% 7% 5%
Belvoir High School and Melton Vale Post 16 CentrePhase information Foundation School 213.2 C 842.6 88% 94% 100% 9% 4%
Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College Sixth Form College 209.5 C 803.5 93% 99% 100% 17% 11%
The City of Leicester College Community School 205.7 C 738.1 55% 86% 100% 5% 5%
Casterton Business & Enterprise College Academy – Converter Mainstream 200.7 C- 643.3 70% 93% 100% 7% 0%
Tresham College of Further and Higher Education General Further Education College 199.4 C- 622.6 81% 94% 100% 0% 0%
New College Stamford General Further Education College 191.0 D+ 664.2 84% 98% 100% 0% 0%

Vocational Course Performance
The following graph and table provide similar information for vocational courses.

Post 16 performance tables voc 2014

In this table which is sorted by average point score entry, a Distinction* (D*) = 270, Distinction (D) = 225, Merit (M) = 195, Pass (P) = 165, U = 0. Not all providers are included as either they enter no students or such a small number that the result is statistically unreliable.

School/College name ▼ Average point score per vocational entry Average point score per vocational entry expressed as a grade Average point score per vocational student (full-time equivalent) % of vocational students achieving
at least 3 substantial vocational qualifications at least 2 substantial vocational qualifications at least 1 substantial vocational qualification
England – all schools and colleges 213.7 D- 562.1 49.8% 69.9% 100.0%
England – state funded schools and colleges 213.6 D- 561.7 49.9% 69.9% 100.0%
Schools (tick the box next to a school/college to select it for comparison – once you have selected all required schools/colleges click here; Compare)
Brooke Weston Academy 259.0 D*- 920.1 23% 45% 100%
The City of Leicester College 239.2 D+ 802.3 23% 54% 100%
Belvoir High School and Melton Vale Post 16 CentrePhase information 229.1 D 814.4 7% 47% 100%
New College Stamford 214.9 D- 573.5 74% 81% 100%
Brooksby Melton College 210.8 D- 501.7 65% 65% 100%
Tresham College of Further and Higher Education 201.9 M+ 391.3 31% 43% 100%
Casterton Business & Enterprise College 197.3 M 563.6 86% 100% 100%

A film from the department for education which explains in greater detail this information.

Jan 23


Year 11 Destinations

Recently, we spoke to Year 11 students from Catmose College about their plans once they leave school. They all knew what grades they were aiming for and had well thought through plans for post-16 that were aspirational but achievable.

We spoke to them about the importance of remaining flexible, that the plans they have now may well need to change as they continue to grow and develop, or because of external factors beyond their control. They need to ensure that the courses and providers they choose now keep their options open and allow them the flexibility they will need in the future. In particular they should see the courses they have chosen now as a stepping stone to employment or university and their choices need to be ones that do not close a future career path, for example, ensuring they continue to study at least two of the academic subjects they are currently studying if they are considering university.

Finally, we reinforced the need to ensure that they did not simply aim for the entry requirement of their post-16 provider but ensured that they gained the highest possible grades in GCSE to make sure they are in a strong position for university and job applications.

The range of providers that students from Catmose College attend is broad and reflects the different needs they have, it is really important, therefore,  that they guarantee that where they are attending will meet their needs now and in the future.

Catmose College Intended Destinations 2011-2013

When making a decision on which provision to attend post-16 it is important that students and parents look at not only how well students perform (2013 results here) but also where students progress to after completing their courses. This following chart shows this but precludes CBECs Rutland County College and the Melton Vale provision as this information is not available from the department of education for 2011.

Destinations to HE from Post 16 Providers (2011)