One of the main aspects in striving for ‘Excellence for All’ at Harrow High School is ‘Excellent
Learning and Progress’. Our ambition for our learners is to equip them with the necessary
knowledge and skills that will support them in their future lives be that in progressing to 6 th form,
University or a Career. We are keen to avoid knowledge and skills being for the short term to simply
pass an exam but rather be embedded so that they can be used and applied in different contexts in
The building and retrieval of knowledge is at the forefront of what we do at Harrow High.
Cognitive science provides the evidence that Knowledge Organisers are capable of creating
a physical change within the brain that further enhances the capacity of long term memory.
Learners use knowledge organisers in all Key Stage 3 lessons to help them remember what
they are learning in any given unit. This can be vocabulary or key facts in each subject. This
then gives our learners a solid platform before embarking on their GCSE courses.
We also place a huge emphasis on reading and extended writing. We operate ‘Drop
Everything and Read’ (DEAR) on a daily basis where every learner and teacher reads for 15
minutes. This can be for pleasure or subject related. This helps widen our learners’
vocabulary working in tandem with the knowledge organisers. We want learners to value
the importance of writing so we develop their ability to write extended responses across all
subjects so that writing is not just perceived as something done in English. This supports our
learners make excellent progress throughout all 3 key stages.
The curriculum at Harrow High School is broad covering all subjects in the KS3 National
Curriculum. The modern foreign languages we offer are Italian and Spanish with learners
covering both of these in Year 7 before specialising in Year 8. We encourage all of our
learners to take the English Baccalaureate which involves taking GCSEs in English, Maths,
Science, Geography or History and a modern foreign language. We are very proud of the
rich diversity we have in our school so we also support learners with taking a GCSE in their
community language. In addition, our Inclusion team offer support to learners who are new
or relatively new to English enabling them to access other areas of the curriculum as quickly
Excellent Learning is not just for our learners but indeed for our staff too. We want to
ensure that our teachers develop their skills based upon the latest educational research so
that our learners in turn have a rich and rewarding experience through their learning
journeys at Harrow High.