Information for Year 7 Parents

Year Leader:

Mr L Carter

Assistant Year Leader:

Mrs L Meek

Assembly Day:


Letters Home
Attendance Information

Mrs C Brown – 7CAB

Mr S Cleeves – 7SJC

Mrs A Downs – 7ALD

Mr D Mannion – 7DLM

Mr J Marsh – 7JCM

Mrs C May – 7CLM

Mrs S Priestman – 7SKP

Mrs H Roberts – 7HMR

Year 7 Information Evening – 9th September 2021 – 6.00pm

Home Learning

How can parents support Home Learning?
Knowledge Organisers

Important Dates

Monday 6th September – Year 7 and Year 11 prefects only in school
Thursday 9th September – 6.00–7.00pm Year 7 Parents’ Information Evening
Wednesday 15th September – Years 7, 10 and 11 photographs
Tuesday 21st September – 6.00pm Open Evening
w/c 18th October – All Years Maths Assessments this week
Monday 25 to Friday 29 October 2021 – Autumn Half Term
Wednesday 17th November – INSET 2 – School closed to students
18th & 19th November – Whole school flu immunisations
w/c 22nd November – Years 7–11 Progress Reviews published this week
25th November – 12.45pm School finishes for students, 1.30–6.00pm Year 7 Parent Settling in Meeting
w/c 6th December – All Years Maths Assessments this week
Friday 10th December – INSET 3 – School closed to students
Monday 13th December – 3.00-5.00pm Christmas Fair
Friday 17th December – Last day of Autumn Term for students – school finishes at 12.45pm
Monday 20 December 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022 inclusive – Christmas Holiday
Monday 4th January – Spring term begins
w/c 14th February – Years 7–10 Maths Assessments this week
Tuesday 8th March – INSET 4 – School closed to students
w/c 14th March – Years 7–10 Progress Reviews published this week
w/c 4th April – All Years Maths Assessments this week
Friday 8th April – Last day of Spring term for students – school finishes at 3.00pm
Monday 11 April 2022 to Friday 22 April 2022 inclusive – Easter Holiday
Monday 24th April – Summer term begins
Monday 2nd May – Bank Holiday
w/c 20th June – Years 7–10 End of Year exams (Week 1)
w/c 20th June – Years 7–10 Progress Reviews published this week
Thursday 23rd June – 3.30–7.30pm Year 7 Parents’ Evening (Virtual)
w/c 27th June – Years 7–10 End of Year Exams (Week 2)
Monday 4th July – INSET 5 – School closed to students
Friday 15th July – Sports Day
Thursday 21st July – Last day of Summer term – school finishes at 12.45pm

Extra-Curricular Clubs

Activity When

Suggested Reading

At Harrow Way, we acknowledge the large body of research which indicates a correlation between reading and academic success and between reading and well-being and we encourage all our students to be readers. To this end, our Learning Resource Centre operates a library facility with thousands of fiction and non-fiction books supporting reading for pleasure and reading for purpose. Some audio fiction titles are available. There are also a wide variety of magazines.

We operate an E-book platform though Hampshire County Council and this now includes audio books too. Our Reading Cloud platform allows students to access the library catalogue, read and write book reviews, find out what new titles are available and more. Both can be accessed via the VLE. All of these are free to use. However, lost items will need to be replaced by the borrower. In addition, we run a student book group called NatterReads who meet informally most weeks over lunch to share what they are reading.

Our Learning Resource Centre Manager is able to provide recommended reading book lists for students who are reluctant or struggling readers as well as recommended book review and search websites.

On their transition day in July, our new year 7’s are provided with a Moving On reading list produced by Hampshire County Council School Library Service. These titles can be sourced through Public Libraries and are available through us from September. The titles change each year and represent a valuable opportunity to move from Primary to Secondary books and to move away from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jacqueline Wilson and David Walliams.

Suggested Reading:
J.K.Rowling – Harry Potter series (magic)
Jenny Nimmo – Charlie Bone series (magic)
Cressida Cowell – Wizards of Once (magic)
Scarlet Thomas – Dragon’s Green (magic)
Anthony Horowitz – Diamond Brothers series (crime fighting with humour)
Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider series (spy missions)
Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson series (fantasy adventure)
Meg Cabot (of Princess Diaries fame)
Frank Cottrell-Boyce (humour)
Tim Collins (humour)
Michael Morpurgo
Stewart Foster – Bubble Boy
Mimi Thebo – Dreaming the Bear
Hilary McKay – The Binny and exiles series
Kenneth Oppel – Half Brother
Jo Cotterill – Looking at the Stars (refugees, story telling, Hampshire Book Award Winner 2016)
Eva Ibbotson – Journey to the River Sea
Lemony Snicket – A Series of Unfortunate Events
C.S. Lewis (fantasy adventure)
Eoin Colfer
Julia Golding – Young Knights series, Darcie Lock series, Mel Foster series, Cat Royal series
Philip Pullman – Northern Lights series
Jonathan Meres – World According to Norm series (humour)
Anthony McGowan – Donut Diaries (humour)
Louisa May Alcott – Little Women