Hatch End High School believes that an outstanding education offers all students an extensive range of enrichment activities which will enable them to be successful in life.
This is embedded within our We CARE ethos which emphasises a holistic education experience along with a strong focus on AMBITION. We believe that our students should have full access to the same kinds of opportunities as students at the top private schools. We strongly subscribe to the concept of CULTURAL CAPITAL and see our unique geographical position in London as enabling us to enjoy the many free museums, art galleries and sporting arenas to name but a few examples. Research has shown that children who take part in ‘out of school hours learning’ make better progress and improve their attendance and attitude to education and learning. In addition, participation in such enabling activities is essential for access to the best universities.
In Years 7 and 8, all students have a timetabled hour where they are able to choose from a selection of enriching activities which will provide them with new opportunities and broaden their horizons. This lesson is period 5 and will often be extended to after school to allow students to enjoy the maximum participation opportunities. Students are also actively encouraged to get involved in a wide range of supplementary activities provided before and after school, at break time and out of school hours. These will include sport and the arts as well as character forming programmes such as Duke of Edinburgh; Young Enterprise and the National Citizenship Service. Three of these are described in more detail overleaf.
At the end of every Summer Term we offer a two-day Enrichment package. This is planned according to the interests of each year group and includes fully subsidised trips to London and specialist external leaders who come into school to introduce new skills or vital safeguarding events. The arts are woven into the very “fabric of the building” at Hatch End High School and brought alive in the main curriculum areas as well as our extensive enrichment provision. The Music Department offers a wide range of opportunities – from individual instrumental lessons to bands, choirs and many, many concerts. We regularly perform in the wider community and work closely with the internationally renowned Harrow Young Musicians, who are based at the school and offer subsidised membership to Hatch End High School students.
NO EDUCATION CAN BE COMPLETE; INDEED NO PROGRAMME OF EDUCATION CAN EVEN BEGIN, WITHOUT MAKING THE ARTS AND CREATIVITY CENTRAL TO A CHILD’S LIF. - DFE
All students in Year 7 are given the opportunity to take part in free musical instrument taster sessions and encouraged to complete the Arts Council Arts Award at Bronze Level as an additional qualification. Our instrumental lessons are the most heavily subsidised across all Harrow Schools. RADIO Hatch End, our very own, brand new state-of-the-art radio station is proving very popular for students interested in developing DJ skills or presenting.
Hatch End High School Production Society has been in existence for 30 years and stages a large, West End quality, annual musical production open to all students. They have the opportunity to work both on stage and behind the scenes or play an instrument within the accompanying band/orchestra. We aim to promote a professional experience to students and expect students to learn how to manage large scale scenery, props, microphones, lighting, make-up and costumes, in addition to being involved in marketing and prop making. We run Arts Days as a Society, inviting primary school students in regularly to take part in a range of arts based experiences and to watch a matinee performance.
Hatch End High School works with the Brilliant Club, a highly academic but enriching organisation that aims to increase access to the country’s top universities for students who may not have considered applying previously. This is aimed at all years and involves students working with PhD tutors on a specific, supra-curricular course in either the Science or Humanities’ disciplines and completing an extended written assignment on their topic. Students visit Cambridge and other top institutions where they experience campus life and authentic university-style tutorials. In the past, students have written assignments on the workings of miniature robots (bristlebots!), feminist theory in fairy tales, social science research theory and the effects of nutrients on disease. Hatch End High School was the first school in Harrow to take part in the Brilliant Club.
National Citizenship Service
National Citizen Service (NCS) is open to all students from Year 11. The programme is designed to help build vital work and life skills, whilst giving young people the opportunity to be active and contribute to their communities. It has huge government and employer support. The programme is split into two parts, the first a residential activity experience for skills and confidence building followed by an opportunity to connect with local communities to design and implement a social action project. Every year, a large proportion of students at Hatch End High School sign up to NCS and Hatch End has one of the highest number of participants in the country, leading to the Headteacher being invited to the
House of Lords to celebrate outstanding practice.
It is well known that the ability to present and debate confidently to a wide range of audiences is one of the most important life skills we can have in order to be successful. Debate Mate is a fantastic, national debating programme for students facilitated by students at the best universities, providing our students with the opportunity to practise these vital skills such as speaking, listening and critical thinking. Each week a University mentor comes to the school and develops students’ confidence and ability to articulate their opinions. Debate Mate is open to students in Years 7 – 10 who compete in local and national competitions against other school teams, debating a wide range of quirky but serious motions. During the weekly sessions, the debates focus on topics that address issues students face in the real world. It is a very popular club and students who attend all report increased confidence to express themselves in future.