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Nov 14

2014

HARINGTON UPDATE

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 www.haringtonschool.com 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 www.facebook.com/HaringtonSchool.

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 office@haringtonschool.com

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.

Nov 14

2014

CHAIR OF TRUSTEES ANNOUNCED

We are pleased to announce that Dr Rob Guthrie has been appointed as Chair of Trustees. Dr Guthrie has gained extensive experience within education as Principal of high-achieving schools in both the independent and state sectors. Dr Guthrie has previously introduced a sixth form which grew to top national performance tables and was named Sunday Times IB School of the Year. In addition, Dr Guthrie is used to working closely with, and on, governing bodies, having been the Chair of the State Boarding Schools Association, and having spent recent years in a consultative role as a School Improvement Partner who offers external advice to governing bodies.

Dr Guthrie says “I am delighted to be able to contribute to this exciting project for Rutland. We already have two first class independent schools in the county. However whilst our state schools provide an outstanding education to GCSE many of the students remaining in the state sector opt to travel long distances outside the county to further their academic ambitions. Harington will address this issue by offering an academic sixth form education of the highest quality providing access to the country’s top universities. It is a great advantage to us in having the combined expertise of Oakham School, Catmose College and Uppingham Community College backing the school’s formation and development. We are additionally seeking to appoint Trustees for the school and I would be very interested to hear from anyone who feels they could help us in this capacity.”

Harington School has begun accepting applications from students who are currently in Year 11; to apply, students need to complete the application form which can be found on www.haringtonschool.com. 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 online.

The team behind Harington want to ensure that the School will meet the needs of its community; they will therefore be launching a formal consultation starting 1 December until 31 January. This will include an opportunity for people to attend an open meeting in which they will be able to find out about the School’s plans and ask any questions they may have. These dates will be advertised shortly.

Excitingly, the Board of Trustees has begun the process of recruiting staff. Dr Guthrie’s background in advising schools on senior appointments will be of particular value, as the School is already advertising the position of Head Teacher; the appointment will be made in early December. Shortly after the Head Teacher is appointed, the School will start to recruit experienced teaching staff.

Nov 05

2014

HARINGTON SCHOOL UPDATE

The Harington trust met this week and we are pleased to report that we will be this week advertising for a head teacher to be appointed before Christmas. We will also be launching an updated prospectus and the application form for students in year 11 to apply for a place. The Harington website will shortly be updated with this information, the School’s policies and how to become actively involved in shaping the school’s future. We have had a number of meetings regarding the school’s location with the Department for Education and will be in a position to confirm the details in the near future. We will shortly also launch the formal consultation which will give you further opportunities to shape the School’s future and ensure Harington becomes the leading state sixth form in the local area that we can all be proud of being a part of. The trustees from Oakham school, Catmose and UCC are now ensuring that all will be ready for our first intake in September 2015. If you have questions please do contact us and we will get back to you.

Oct 19

2014

Update

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

2014

THANK YOU FROM HARINGTON

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.http://www.rutland-times.co.uk/news/education/education-news/breaking-news-harington-school-bid-approved-1-6329793

Sep 30

2014

APPROVED! HARINGTON SCHOOL GIVEN GREEN LIGHT

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 www.facebook.com/haringtonschool Regular updates of key events will also be posted on their website, where people can also register to be added to the mailing list: www.haringtonschool.com.

 

The Department for Education’s announcement can be read online here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/35-new-free-schools-providing-more-than-22000-places-announced

 

Sep 30

2014

APPROVED! HARINGTON SCHOOL GIVEN GREEN LIGHT BY DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION

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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 www.facebook.com/haringtonschool Regular updates of key events will also be posted on their website, where people can also register to be added to the mailing list: www.haringtonschool.com.

The Department for Education’s announcement can be read online here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/35-new-free-schools-providing-more-than-22000-places-announced

 

 

Aug 04

2014

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

2014

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

2014

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.

 

For more details please visit https://www.oakham.rutland.sch.uk/News/2014_Spring/Misc/Oakham_School_backs_the_newly_proposed_Harington_School.aspx