Following the recent publication of the Department for Education’s latest School Performance Tables Harrow Way has been named the most improved school in Hampshire and in the top 50 most improved school in the entire country over the period 2011-2014.
This ‘most improved’ status is based on Harrow Way’s GCSE performance which includes record results in 2014 with 61% of students achieving 5+ A*-C GCSE’s including English and Maths. This was a 7% improvement from the previous year and a staggering 18% improvement since 2011. Despite a national decrease in pass rates as exams have become more rigorous, Harrow Way’s results have improved year on year and in 2014 they achieved some of the best results in the Test Valley area and the highest in Andover.
Commenting on the news Headteacher Michael Serridge said: “We are all very proud of this incredible achievement which is down to the commitment, hard work and gritted determination of the Governors, teachers, support staff and of course the students. The next time Ofsted visit we intend to achieve ‘Outstanding’ which means we will continue to deliver excellent teaching and learning which sees our students progress well so when they leave Harrow Way they have the skills, experience and qualifications to make quality choices regarding their future education and ultimately their career.”
English and Maths at Harrow Way were both in the top 10 schools in Hampshire for students making the expected levels of progress. This figure is then divided into lower, middle and higher attaining students with all groups doing very well and above the national average. The school’s higher attaining students in Maths were ranked 7th out of the 74 schools for students making the expected levels of progress from Key Stage two to Key Stage four. In English they were ranked 1st, just in front of Kings’ in Winchester and Thornden in Chandler’s Ford.
Dance, Drama, Music and Art all achieved 100% A*-C grades. The other English Baccalaureate subjects also performed superbly with 71% A*-C in History, 75% A*-C in Geography, 90% A*-C in French, 85% A*-C for Spanish and 78% in Additional Science.
John Coughlan, CBE, Director of Children’s Services in Hampshire visited Harrow Way last week expressing a real interest in the school’s improvement journey. Following a tour of the school he was very complimentary of the very calm and purposeful atmosphere at Harrow Way.
Mike Serridge concludes: “These figures demonstrate that students living in Andover can get a first class education here on their doorstep. There is no need for children to spend hours on a bus each day and I would strongly urge those thinking of an out-of-town education, to consider Andover Schools. We’ve done very well this year but there is more to come and I am wholly committed to seeing Harrow Way’s performance improve year on year.”
For more information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit www.harroway.hants.sch.uk. Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.