Information for Year 8 Parents

Year Leader:

Mr B Cole

Assistant Year Leader:

Mrs L Meek

Assembly Day:


Letters Home
Attendance Information

Mr R Bowry – 8RSB

Miss C Campbell (Maternity Leave), Mrs C Marsh – 8CMC

Ms R Calder (Maternity Leave), Mrs V Thompson – 8RMC

Mrs K Holton – 8KH

Mr E Manson – 8EM

Mr N Preece – 8NJP

Mrs K Winnett – 8KLW

Home Learning

How can parents support Home Learning?
Knowledge Organisers

Important Dates

Monday 6th September – Year 7 and Year 11 prefects only in school
Tuesday 7th September – All Years in school
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 8–11 Parent Tutor 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
Thursday 3rd March – 3.30–7.30pm Year 8 Parents’ Evening (Virtual)
Tuesday 8th March – INSET 4 – School closed to students
w/c 14th March – Years 7–10 Progress Reviews published this week
Thursday 31st March – 6.30 – 8.00pm Year 8 Curriculum Evening
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 2nd May – Bank Holiday
13th-17th June – Year 8/9 Calshot residential visit
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
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.

Some Year 8 readers will be given the opportunity to participate in the annual Hampshire Book Awards, which involves reading six shortlisted fiction titles in 10 to 12 weeks, meeting weekly to discuss them and then attending a Hampshire wide voting day in June/July. They then meet the winning author in the Autumn at a presentation event.

Suggested Reading:
Jonathan Stroud
Helen Dennis – River of Ink series (Hampshire Book Award winner 2017)
Tamsyn Murray – Instructions for a Second Heart (Hampshire Book Award 2018)
Sharon Gosling – Fir (spooky thriller)
Jane Prowse – Hattori Hachi trilogy (ninja adventure)
Joffre White
JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit (fantasy adventure)
Cathy Cassidy
Cathy Hopkins
Sophie McKenzie – Girl Missing series
Anthony Horowitz
Joseph Delaney – Spooks series (fantasy adventure)
Derek Landy – Skulduggery Pleasant (fantasy adventure)
Sarah Crossan – One (conjoined twins)
Jon Walter – My Name’s Not Friday ( child slavery during American Civil War)
Renee Watson – Piecing me Together (a coming of age story set in Black America)
Susan Nielsen – We are all Made of Molecules (family dynamics)
Kim Slater – Seven Letter Word (scrabble, stammer)
Chris Priestley
Emma Moss – Girls Can Vlog series