Jul 13


Harington Sports Day

Harington Sports Day took place last Thursday 7th July. Organised by the students, the Houses competed in many traditional Sports Day events including the egg and spoon race, the three legged race, the sack race and a hotly contested tug of war.

Staff also participated in some events, with maths teacher Mr Raine comprehensively winning the egg and spoon race (he even had time for show boating and ran the last 5 metres backwards!). The halfway point was marked by free cake, and ice cream was also provided to combat the hot weather.

Due to the smoothness of the organisation there was time for an impromptu game of rounders, before finishing – as every good Sports Day should – with the 4x100m relay.

The winning house was Osprey – but, as Mr Egg and Spoon himself (Mr Raine) said: “It was jolly good fun and the money raised was for charity.”



Jul 13


Interview practice for Harington students

Interview Day July 2016

As part of Harington’s careers support programme, during the week commencing 5th July 2016 all Harington students were offered the opportunity to attend a mock interview.  The aim was to give students a ‘toe-in-the-water’ chance to practice their technique at interview by meeting people for the first time and being asked questions similar to that which they will face in their future careers.  The interviews took place at Rutland County Council’s offices – so even the experience of getting themselves to the right place at the right time played a part.

Each student had the benefit of two interviewers. These were volunteers from a number of walks of life, the common denominator being that they are all experienced in interview procedures. The interviewers took care to put the students at their ease and encourage them to express themselves in a positive way. Afterwards, they offered verbal and written feedback to the students on their CVs and personal statements, as well as their interview technique.  Without exception, students reported that they found this to have been an excellent experience. One commented that the exercise had been especially worthwhile in terms of the opportunity it gave for self-reflection prior to experiencing the real thing when applying for further education or careers.


Jul 06


New intake welcomed for induction

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It was excellent to see so many well turned out and attentive students at last week’s two day induction programme, which aimed to give a feel for what Harington is all about as well as a taste of the academic side of post-16 school life.

Much ground was covered over the course of the two days but, if any questions remain unanswered, we can be contacted any time between now and the end of term (15th July). After that, the Harington office will be closed until 22nd August – but emails to the and will be checked periodically during the holidays.

Results Day (Thursday 25th August).

It is important that prospective students’ places at Harington are confirmed on 25th August so that options can be checked and timetables generated ahead of term starting.

Once students have their results, they are advised to either:

Call 01572 772579 on 25th August and verify their results to the Harington office staff. This will then need to be followed up with submission of evidence of these grades by emailing a scanned copy or a photograph of the results sheet to


Go to UCC or come to Harington on 25th August and BRING THE RESULTS SHEET. This will be checked and verified by staff based at UCC and Harington.

Whether students are seen in person or communicated with by phone/email on results day, they will be asked to confirm their A Level subject choices at the same time. This may also be an opportunity to discuss specific subject combinations and gain advice from teachers, should this be necessary/useful.

A formal written offer of a place at Harington School will follow the above process.  This letter will also confirm the arrangements for the start of term.

Term will start officially for Yr 12 on Thursday 1st September at 9.10am.

Enquiries about transport can be directed to our Finance office by emailing or telephoning 01572 772567.

Mrs Powell, Mr Harrison and all the staff & students at Harington School wish prospective students a well-deserved summer break and look forward to welcoming them to the Harington community soon.


Jun 29


Induction for new intake (Sept 2016)

Our Induction Days for new Yr 12 pupils hoping to start at Harington in September 2016 are tomorrow (30th June) and Friday (1st July).

All prospective students are welcome. The induction is intended to give an introduction to life as a student at Harington.  The programme includes a general introduction & welcome to Harington, a group activity and taster sessions across the range of A Level subjects (on both days). There will be supplementary sessions on: teaching and learning at Harington; the EPQ; pastoral care at Harington; UCAS and the Duke of Edinburgh programme, as well as clear guidance about what to do on GCSE results day.

TOMORROW (Thursday 30th June) students will need to bring in money for refreshments and lunch. Each item of choice is charged in isolation, but there are some meal deal options priced at £2. The day will start with Registration from 10.30-10.45am and finish at 3.15pm.

On Friday 1st July, there are more taster sessions followed by a tour of our new permanent building (for which students will be provided with hard hats, hi-vis jackets & gloves for their protection) and a free barbecue – so no money is required. Registration starts at 10.30am and the day finishes at 3.15pm.

Dress code:  Students should wear smart, workplace attire (business dress) or their existing school uniform.

Staff & current students very much look forward to welcoming our new Year 12 intake tomorrow.  Please call the office on 01572 772579 or email for further information.


Jun 29


Biology students’ success in Olympiad

Five Harington students recently took part in the Intermediate Biology Olympiad run by the Royal Society of Biology. Students had one hour to complete questions online, under supervised exam conditions. Lydia Simms won a gold award; Matthew McGregor and Freya Menzies both claimed bronze and Jack Joyce was commended.

All students winning gold, silver and bronze are invited to attend an awards ceremony at the Royal Institution in London on the afternoon of 7th July.

Jun 24


Harington students join the Brexit debate

A journalist from FRANCE24 visited Harington earlier this week (pre-referendum) and sought the views of a selection of our students. Although none of them were eligible to vote in yesterday’s referendum, the students were congratulated for giving a rational, well-balanced & well-informed account of their feelings about this important decision affecting their futures.

Follow the link below to read the resulting article.

Jun 17


‘Doc Soc’ mocks at Oakham School

Last night Harington student Freya Menzies joined in with another ‘Doc Soc’ link-up with Oakham School for potential medics. She told us:

‘I took part in a 20 minute mock panel interview with a junior doctor from Leicester, in order to prepare myself for real medical school interviews next year. It was pretty scary and I spent about 50% of it nervously laughing; however, it was a truly invaluable experience. I was able to see how I react in this type of situation, learn about the sort of games that interviewers like to play that might trip you up, and most importantly, received feedback on my performance. It was fantastic to hear what I did well, and how I can improve for Harington’s mock interviews later this term.’

Jun 16



Our next Open Evening for September 2017 admission is provisionally scheduled for Thursday 24 November from 6-8pm.

Please keep an eye on the website and our facebook page closer to the time, in case the timings change.

In the meantime, please contact the office with any queries: or 01572 772579.

Jun 06


Silver D of E practice expedition

Harington’s Silver Duke of Edinburgh students undertook their practice expedition at the beginning of the half term in Cannock Chase forest. Thankfully the weather was kind and both teams successfully completed the three day challenge.  Their navigation skills, team work and camp craft were excellent. Despite a few sore feet, they all enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to their qualifying expedition at the end of the year.


May 27


Message to new intake

Mrs Powell sent the following message to students and parents who have accepted a place at Harington for September 2016 today:

Dear Parent / Student

As we draw close to half term and a well-earned rest for our current students (some of whom are sitting AS papers and all of whom are preparing for next term’s internal exams – so some revision during the break cannot be avoided!), I wanted to send you another brief update from Harington.

You may have noticed from our website or facebook page that our permanent building now has a roof! The topping-out ceremony held earlier this month marked the hard work of all those who have contributed to every aspect of the project, from conception to near completion. Not only is it an important building for existing Harington students and staff, who took a leap of faith last September, but it is also important for Rutland as a symbol of the shared commitment to improve all aspects of education in this beautiful county. It will not be long before students get to enjoy these first rate facilities to match the quality of the teaching that is already established at Harington.

We are delighted to say that, due to the increased intake numbers for September 2016, all teaching vacancies have been filled by well qualified and experienced A Level teachers. Harington School will continue to offer 17 A Level courses in both Year 12 and Year 13.

Welcome Packs have been sent to those students who have accepted their conditional place at Harington. I hope this will have answered any queries you might have had about uniform, term dates, the timing of the school day, etc. We are receiving a steady flow of completed confidential information forms and School/Home Agreements, as well as confirmation of attendance at our Induction Days on 30 June and 1 July. We would be pleased to hear from you if you have not returned the forms or contacted us about the Induction Days yet.

My letter also asked for confirmation of intended A level subjects within the option blocks. Having this information now enables an overall timetable to be constructed, making the process of formally registering students after GCSE results and confirming individual timetables for the start of term as smooth as possible. Again, if you haven’t confirmed these details, we would encourage you to do so by emailing or calling 01572 772579. Thank you.

If you have any questions about transport, these can be directed to our finance department by emailing or checking our website . There will be a subsidised Harington bus from Market Harborough calling at villages en route to Uppingham and Oakham. There is also a bus from Melton Mowbray. The finance team will be able to help with any queries and direct you to the relevant application forms for subsidised travel, where appropriate.

We are fine-tuning the arrangements for our Induction Days on Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 July. A more detailed programme will be emailed a little closer to the time. Students attending the Induction Days should wear smart, comfortable attire or their existing school uniform. On Friday 1 July, because of the planned visit to the new Harington School site, students should wear robust footwear suitable to the conditions likely to be encountered on a building site.

Meanwhile, I hope exam preparations continue to go well. If we can help with any questions about entry to Harington, or if you would like to meet with me or John Harrison (who replaces me as Head Teacher in September), please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

With best wishes,

Mrs Dyl Powell

Head Teacher of Harington School