Morning all – Another busy week ahead. How exciting that England has reached the semi-final of the World Cup! I hope you all enjoyed the quarter-final. Thank you to Mark and the PE department for organising another excellent sports day. There was amazing effort & commitment from our students to a wide variety of sports, including tennis, javelin, shot put, long jump, track races and the climbing dyno challenge.
Please find below an update of events (Graeme’s email) that affect normal timetabled operations over the next week. Please note an addition of the Year 9 rewards cinema to Friday 13th to further reduce cover implications for that day. Please make sure your department/ tutors are fully aware of all the dates below.
Next Week 9th– 13thMay
WORK EXPERIENCE Yr10: Monday 9th to Friday 13th(See correspondence from KMP)
MONDAY 9th: Yr9 Sponsored Walk (Update –will now take place on Monday 16th July)
MONDAY 9th: Arrangements for Year 7 will follow an adjusted timetable.
- Period 1/2: 7y students will have an enterprise activity in the auditorium(7x will attend normal lessons)
- Period 3/4: 7x students will have an enterprise activity in the auditorium (7y will attend normal lessons)
- Period 5/6: The vast majority of Yr7 will have a ‘rewards cinema’ in the auditorium. A small group will be isolated with SBT/DLG.
TUESDAY 10th and WEDNESDAY 11th: Yr5 Taster Days(see correspondence from Nicola Farrelly)
Year 4/5 Open Morning Wednesday 11th/Thursday 12th 9.15am-10.30am
FRIDAY 13th: Harry Potter Day (All Year 7 off timetable – minimal cover required from ‘gained’ yr7/10 or 11 times)
FRIDAY 13th: Period 5/6 YR9 Rewards Cinema (Auditorium)– All year 9 students off timetable
The formal induction process for our new incoming Year 7 students started with their Induction Day on Tuesday. They were a delight to have in school and we are excited about them starting with us in September. As last year special induction activities (boot camp) is also planned for the first two days of Year 7 to enable students to get to know their tutor group, familiarise themselves with the layout of the School and be fully inducted into ‘Classrooms Voices’ and the ‘The Harrow Way’. We also had a very successful induction evening for parents and they just made it back for the England game!
Year 10 students spent a taster day at Andover College, looking at their options for the next stage of their education. We also had a group of students who spent the day BCOT.
Year 10 Predictions SISRA – 4 Matrix
As you are aware we have recently processed the data from the latest Summer Termly Progress reviews and the Progress 8 Meetings have also taken place. SISRA has now changed to EAP which requires us to put in a “progress flight path” and this is proving tricky to get right as it works slightly differently than the way we use data. You can still look at grade distribution for your summer predictions at 4+, 5+ and 7+ and by groups (Gender, Disadvantaged, SEND)
We are also evaluated 4Matrix over the year, a different data tool that again is very helpful. We will be rolling this out in September.
Get to your Department Headline figures for Year 10 and Gender/ Disadvantaged gap in 30 seconds!
So how can you get to your Year 10 Summer termly progress review data in 30 seconds and find out the headlines and the performance of groups? Click on the word Vimeo to go to full screen. (New Video)
National Awards 2017-2018
We were very proud to receive a revalidation two awards this term. Last year we were the first school in Hampshire to receive the Big Award for the Bullying Intervention Group this will continue in 2018-2019. Our Computing at School Lead Award has recently been revalidated and both Donna and Kevin are accredited Master Teachers in the subject.
Harrow Way this year is also the only school in Hampshire and one of only seven schools nationally to be awarded the much coveted Geographical Association Centre of Excellence status in the autumn term. In recognition of excellence in teaching and learning in geography, the school has also once again been awarded the Secondary Geographical Quality Mark (SGQM).
Timetable/grouping information – A reminder from Graeme
Please, can any outstanding requests for information please be provided to Kim as a matter of urgency.
We believe all requests and issues from curriculum leaders have now been dealt with. If you can still see any problems can you please highlight these to Kim/Nic immediately so that they can be corrected before I release paper timetables to staff.
New appointments joining the Harrow Way team
- Janie Burden (Science) – starts 25/06/2018 (NQT)
- Megan Gritti (MFL) – starts 02/07/2018 (NQT)
- Neil Bates (Lead Practitioner History) – starts 01/09/2018
- Ed Nias (Maths) – starts 01/09/2018
- Emily Barber (Music) – starts 01/09/2018
Harrow Way Strategic Vision 2017-2020
Year one of our plan is now complete and we have as a senior team been planning for Year 2 Good to Great
Department Improvement Scorecards and Department Improvement Plans
From Caroline – After meeting with the workload working group we have decided that the deadline for the Department Improvement Plans and SEF/ Scorecard should be in September. This is so that you can use your outcomes/ exams analysis to inform your plans for the new academic year. All of the documents that you need are on Google Drive:
During the INSET day on 28th June, we did allocate time for you to discuss this in your departments. Please remember that this process should be completely collaborative so all members of the department have an input. It should not be written by the Curriculum Leader in isolation.
Department Scorecard and Department Improvement Plan – Due in early September
Section 2 – Middle Leaders at Harrow Way – Professional Development
School Inspection Update July 2018
CPD 1 Reading Time 5 Minutes
These updates for inspectors and stakeholders contain information and guidance about Ofsted’s inspection work in schools.
Putting Students at the Heart of Data (Reading Time 4 Minutes)