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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Jul 08


Students enjoy their first real experience of Harington School

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.


Jul 03



Thank you to everyone who came to our Induction Day yesterday, it was fantastic to see so many of you there. We hope you found it very informative and has helped you see the ethos behind Harington.


Jun 15



Come and meet the new Head of Harington and all of your subject teachers on Thursday 2 July. Experience everything that Harington has to offer.

Held at Oakham School from 10am until 2.30pm with a BBQ at 1.30pm to finish off.


May 20



We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Dyl Powell as Headteacher for the new Sixth Form Free School, which opens in September.

Dyl is moving from her current position as Head of Stamford High School, where she has been in post since 2003. She brings with her extensive experience of running an academic Sixth Form. Before this, Dyl was Deputy Head of The King’s School, Peterborough, where she studied for, and was in the first cohort to complete, The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). She also holds a B.Ed (Hons) in PE and Maths from Warwick University

“We are delighted to have recruited such a successful and talented leader as Dyl to be Harington’s first Headteacher,” says Dr Robert Guthrie, Chair of Trustees. “Her experience in leading roles in both the independent and the state sector, as well as her demonstrable passion for holistic education and academic excellence, is precisely what we have been seeking.”

“Appointing an outstanding Headteacher is the final piece of the jigsaw,” says Nigel Lashbrook, Headmaster at Oakham School. “With over 200 applications from students, all of the full-time teaching posts now in place, and the building work scheduled to start in June, Harington School is now poised to offer excellent Sixth Form education to the students of Rutland.”

As a strong advocate for an all-round educational experience, she has enthusiastically taken part in many aspects of Stamford’s extra-curricular programme during her time as Head; including CCF (undertaking Weapons Training, and then qualifying as a Small Bore Range Officer), singing in the Chapel Choir and officiating at Sports fixtures. Indeed, she is a keen and dedicated umpire, having umpired hockey regularly at the highest level domestically and has enjoyed the honour of also umpiring international matches.

“I am certainly looking forward to being able to blend academic excellence with a holistic approach to education,” says Mrs Powell. “To have the chance to lead Harington, from the very beginning, is a superb opportunity. I’m looking forward to shaping the future of not only the School, but also the hundreds of pupils from Rutland who will benefit from having a rigorously academic Sixth Form education on their doorstep.”  Dyl, which she has been known as instead of her name of Yvonne since aged 11, is also local, living in Stamford with her husband and her Jack Russell, Barney.

Dr Guthrie adds “We are extremely pleased with the high quality of teaching staff we have recruited and with an impressive Board of Trustees, including the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland and leading academics from local universities, all of which forms the basis of a very strong team to support the new Headteacher.”

Stuart Williams, Principal at Catmose College where Harington is to be situated, describes how he is “delighted with the excellent appointment of Dyl Powell, who will further build on the work already completed by the sponsor schools, and will help ensure that Harington School becomes a very successful academic Sixth Form”.

Jan Turner, Principal at UCC, says that “Whilst the level of demand for places has been extremely high, I have no doubt that Dyl’s appointment will provide applicants and their parents with even greater confidence about the school’s future”.

Students wanting to study at Harington in September are being urged to accept their offers to ensure they don’t lose out on a space, given the high volume of applicants. An induction day will be held on Thursday 2 July, where all students will have opportunities to meet their new teachers.


May 08



We can now confirm that Harington School will be offering A-level Music. For full details of all the available courses, please download the course booklet here.

Apr 02


Harington wins funding agreement

Following overwhelming support from the local community, Harington School has now secured the required funding agreement from the Secretary of State and will open in September 2015. Work will soon begin on the new building for Harington School on the Catmose campus in Oakham. The number of applicants for the school has already exceeded the number the places and interviews have begun. Mr Jay Lockwood, Head of Sixth Form at Oakham School has been interviewing some of the potential candidates. Oakham School is one of the three proposers of Harington School and Mr Lockwood will be helping to shape the sixth form curriculum. Oakham School will share its experience and expertise in teaching A-level courses to ensure that students at Harington school receive outstanding teaching and guidance. Oakham will also be extending its senior team to provide its first Head of School.


During the formal consultation process, potential students were asked to give their views on the proposed A-level subjects offered at Harington. Harington School has been developed for the young people of Rutland, and with this in mind all requests have been carefully considered. The curriculum offer now includes the following additional subjects: Music, Art, Sports Science, Computer Science, Psychology and Philosophy and Ethics, to complement the current courses of: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English Literature, French, Geography, History, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Spanish.


It is an exciting time for prospective students of Harington School. Students from UCC and Catmose College have been talking about the new school:

Tamara Crane“Harington is now offering a great range of A levels which makes the school more desirable to attend. As the school is new and up and coming it will be a great opportunity to further my education” says Tamara Crane, Uppingham Community College.Kyle Southernwood


“I’m really looking forward on taking part on a new voyage in a new extraordinary school. I can’t wait to get stuck in especially in Further Maths and Physics…’s accessible for all because it’s local” says Kyle Southernwood, Catmose College.


Hannah Stokes-Bright“I am looking forward to being part of this new school and I am pleased to be part of the development of it. I am excited to have my opinions considered for aspects such as the uniform and teachers; and to be the first year experiencing the opportunities that Harington has to offer” says Hannah Stokes-Bright, Catmose CollegeFelix Colbert



“I am really pleased that I can now do Computer Science locally. I can’t wait” says Felix Colbert, Uppingham Community College.



Students will continue to help shape the new School and will be invited to give their views on a range of considerations from curriculum to school uniform. All prospective students will also be invited to summer induction activities to prepare for the next step in their academic career. Students wishing to apply for Harington School should complete an application form which can be found on the homepage

Mar 18



On Thursday 23 April, the Harington Team will be holding a meeting in The Mess at the Cosy Club, Stamford at 6.30pm for students and parents/guardians to meet the team and have all their questions answered.

Everyone is welcome to attend and we look forward to seeing you there.