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Harlington Upper School
Goswell End Road, Harlington, LU5 6NX, UK Dunstable
+44 (0)1525 755100

Harlington Upper School


Providing Quality through Opportunity


Harlington Success


                     Updated: 11 September 2007

Our successful year continues with many extra activities taking place in and out of school.  Music, drama and sport are as vibrant as ever and student achievement continues to rise.  In the last year or so we:

·     achieved the best ever examination results in the history of the school.  In 2006 a record-breaking number of students (68%) gained five or more good GCSE grades and year 9 students achieved the highest Key Stage 3 SATs results ever;

·     completed our multi-million pound building programme to give us educational facilities that are second to none;

·      became a Specialist Science College;

·      raised over £4000 for charity; with a special focus on asthma and cancer charities and the Pasque Hospice;

·      were appointed as the Deep Support Hub School for the Eastern Region, one of only nine schools nationally to be awarded this status.  Our role is to lead and disseminate cutting-edge practice in supporting student academic progress and well-being;

·     maintained our already excellent standards in music and the performing arts.  Highlights included a music tour to Germany , performances of Grease and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, music recitals and our superb Christmas Concert;

·     strengthened links with St Francis JSS in Kumasi , Ghana , our African Partner School .  Harlington students have raised money to help build and equip a new library block – three years ago there was empty space and now Ghanaian children have a new room in which to learn.  We will now work to fill it with books and computers.  Perhaps most importantly, teachers and students from both schools have taken part in exchange visits, sponsored by the British Council;

·      introduced the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme into the school and now have a full programme of activities and expeditions available for students;

·      hosted two major environmental conferences for pupils from local middle and lower schools, with support and involvement of BP and environmentalist Phil Williams;

·      contributed student views and research to a House of Lords committee on Radioactive Waste Management;

·      became a nationally accredited Healthy School for our work on Drugs and Alcohol Education;

·      led a full and exciting programme of activities for National Science Week for upper and middle school pupils.  This was sponsored by the Institute of Physics and included student/parent workshops, a visiting planetarium and a 60ft Star Chaser space rocket;

·      hosted a regional Healthy Eating Conference for all school phases, sponsored by Sainsbury’s;

·      were selected by SETPOINT and DfES to deliver a two-year programme of Science and Engineering clubs for young people in local schools;

·      introduced adult business mentor programme for students, in partnership with leading local businesses;

·      were recognised and given grant support by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation for our student led Anti-bullying forum.

However, we do not rest on our laurels.  Our positive inspection report in November 2005 highlighted many of our strengths.  As you can see we have improved since then and our good school is still working hard to become even better.

Shawn Fell , Headteacher



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  School Information Page




Letters Home


Click here to view letters of a general nature that have recently been sent home.



A Parents' Guide to the Internet


Click here to open a page that gives guidance when students are using the Internet. 



Ofsted Inspection Report


Click here to view our Ofsted Inspection Report from the visit on 23 - 24 November 2005.



Family Bulletin


Click here to download our twice termly school newsletter.  This link will take you to the most recent edition where you can read all the latest news, events and dates.



Prospectus Information 2007


Click here to download our School Prospectus which includes our SATs, GCSE, A level and AS level examination performance results for 2006.



School Meals


Click here to open our new school meals page which allows you to see a 4-week menu guide.



School Uniform


Click here to download a list of Harlington Upper School uniform requirements.




  School Term Dates 2007-2009






Summer Term 2007


School Opens : Tuesday 17th April

(Staff Training Day - Monday 16th April)

May Day - Monday 7th May

Half Term : Monday 28th May - Friday 1st June

(Staff Training Day - Friday 29th June)

 School Closes : Friday 20th July



Autumn Term 2007


School Opens : Tuesday 4th September

(Staff Training Day - Monday 3rd September)

Half Term : Monday 22nd October - Friday 26th October

(Staff Training Day - Monday 29th October)

 School Closes : Thursday 20th December



Spring Term 2008


School Opens : Thursday 3rd January

(Staff Training Day - Wednesday 2nd January)

Half Term : Monday 11th February - Friday 15th February

 School Closes : Thursday 20th March



Summer Term 2008


School Opens : Tuesday 8th April

(Staff Training Day - Monday 7th April)

May Day - Monday 5th May

Half Term : Monday 26th May - Friday 30th May

(Staff Training Day - Friday 27th June)

 School Closes : Friday 18th July



Autumn Term 2008


School Opens : Tuesday 2nd September

(Staff Training Day - Monday 1st September)

Half Term : Monday 27th October - Friday 31st October

(Staff Training Day - Monday 3rd November)

 School Closes : Friday 19th December



Spring Term 2009


School Opens : Tuesday 6th January

(Staff Training Day - Monday 5th January)

Half Term : Monday 16th February - Friday 20th February

 School Closes : Friday 3rd April



Summer Term 2009


School Opens : Tuesday 21st April

(Staff Training Day - Monday 20th April)

May Day - Monday 4th May

Half Term : Monday 25th May - Friday 30th May

(Staff Training Day - Friday 29th June)

 School Closes : Friday 17th July

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