At Hatch End we pride ourselves on a strong sense of community. We have strong links with local primary schools, who are invited to participate in many of our school shows; we also have ties with Kiyuya Seed Secondary School in Uganda, with students writing letters between the two schools in different parts of the world. We also currently hold the SSAT investing in Community Engagement Award.


HEHS in the wider community


National Award Winners


Jack Petchey Awards Ceremony


Harrow held its annual Jack Petchey Awards Ceremony at the Harrow Arts Centre onThursday 21st June 2012. The event was packed as ever and a number of our students and a member of our staff were presented by the Mayor of Harrow and the Head of Children’s Services, Catherine Doran.


The students were:


Rosie Church- Year 11, Ammaar Hussein -Year 9, Hayley Gueth-Scott- Year 7, Hashim Saied- Year 8, Krishan Thakkar- Year 12, Natalia Piatek- Year 10, Anmol Lakhani- Year 8, Rory Moore- Year 11, Fatma Soloman – Year 7and Isha Thompson- Year 11 


Staff Member : Ruqiya Xasan


Rheana Petgrave- Year 12 performed two solo numbers as a guest performer.


Diana, Princess of Wales Awards


The following FOUR students received notification that they had successfully been awarded “Diana, Princess of Wales Awards”


Natalia Piatek- Year 11, Isha Thompson – Year 12 and Billy Rowe- Year 10 Jake Rivers – Year 11


Diana, Anti-Bullying Ambassadors UK


Two of our Young people reached the final of the “Diana, Anti-Bullying Ambassadors UK”- Krishan Thakkar in Year 32 and Cesar III Reyes- Year 10. Cesar III was successful, which is a huge achievement.


Harrow Heroes


One of our students Imogen Fowler – Year 13 2012 reached the final in the Youth Category last year. HEHS students went to the ceremony to support her and the Year 12 and 13 Performing Arts Group starred as the entertainment by performing a tap routine. They were photographed with the Borough Police Commander – Dal Babu and featured in his blog in the Harrow Observer – see photo gallery. This year , we have two more members from our community in the final- Mrs Alison Jackson from the Admin Staff and Ben Farrar – Year 13. We will keep you posted.


“Bridges to Africa” 


A sponsored walk for 40 Year 7 students across the London Bridges. Year 7 students raised just under £750-00.


Britain’s Got Talent


Performed at the Watford Palace Theatre in a local version of “Britain’s Got Talent”.


The Sunshine School For The Blind in Northwood


Performing Arts students performed at The Sunshine School For The Blind in Northwood, as part of their Jubilee Celebrations.


Health Links


Paediatric registrars from Northwick Park Hospital regularly visit targeted classes in the school to run sessions on accessing health care in Harrow for young people. This is part of a partnership link with HEALTH and forms part of the registrars training programme at the hospital. Hatch End High has also formed a link with a school in Chile sharing this project and two of our Deputy Heads visited Chile to help deliver part of the project with Dr Ximena Poblete , consultant paediatrician from Northwick Park Hospital.


London Olympics and Paralympics


The School applied for Olympic Tickets and received 152 tickets across both the Olympics and Paralympics. All students were given the opportunity to apply for these by writing a couple of sentences explaining why they deserved to have the opportunity to go. All of the tickets were used and students and staff attended a range of events including athletics, basketball and gymnastics.


Work Experience


Took place in July 2012 for all of Year 10.

Three teachers from a school in India joined us for 5 days as part of a teacher Exchange Programme. This was very successful and we hope to build on this link in the future.


Year 12 go into the community to help others


Year 12 supported local residents. Examples of jobs include: External painting, Cleared away rubbish, Cleaned windows, Gardening tasks such as weeding, Helped carrying shopping


MURALS formally  presented to Northwick Park Hospital Children’s Ward


We had an artist in residence project which took place in November 2011. Artist, Richard and Jay Navartanam- Art organised a workshop for children with special needs from various primary schools in the borough, age between 5-10years old. To assist the children there were 6-8 students from HEHS from various year groups to make two clay murals for Northwick Park Hospital. One mural was designed to celebrate the Queens Jubilee and other was for the London Olympics 2012.


Fantastic Mr Fox


"Fantastic Mr Fox" a musical written by Ben Farrar in Year 12 for HEHS and Junior School students. This was performed as a premiere on the 7th July 2012 to an audience of 650 people. It received a standing ovation for 5 minutes. Ben has been nominated for 2 big awards as a result of this project – “Spirit of London Music Awards” and he is in the final for the “Harrow Heroes- Youth Award


Music Department in the community


Students and staff - members of the Junior and Senior Choirs had the amazing opportunity of performing at the Camden Roundhouse in London. This was the culmination of 3 months collaborative work with the BBC Singers, and two other schools in Harrow, Belmont and Marlborough Primaries. This took p[lace in March and was then followed by a performance at “The Royal Albert Hall” as part of one of the “PROMS”. A group was also chosen to perform at the PROMS as part of the Summer Programme at the Royal Albert Hall 2012. (Music Curriculum Link)


Local Newspaper 


Three HEHS students featured on the front page of the Harrow Observer for their quick thinking and  heroism when entering a house fire and getting young children to a place of safety.




HARROWSHED continue to run their sessions at the school on Wednesday evenings. They performed at the Harrow Disability Showcase in November 2011 and are booked to appear again in 2012. They met the Mayor last year and were very proud to have their photo taken with him. This photo was presented to the Mayor to mark the occasion. Four staff and several students from Hatch End High School work as volunteers for this group.




Harrow Young Musicians continue to be based on the school site running a series of sessions each Saturday morning and using our facilities for many of their concerts. We are proud to work in partnership with them and have enjoyed working with them at the Royal Albert Hal and on the Cluster Production of “Fantastic Mr Fox”.




We have a link with a large secondary school in Uganda and have sent staff to the school for the past couple of years, sharing resources and learning lots about the different education systems. We were delighted to host a group of staff from our link school and others in Uganda in the year.





Citizenship at Hatch End High School


NCS - The Challenge


National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to 16 and 17 year olds. It helps young people build skills for work and life by encouraging them to take on new challenges and meet new people. Last year, 75 students from Hatch End attended NCS and we hope that many students will complete NCS this year.


Why do Hatch End School consider NCS an important part of transition?


Places at university, work and apprenticeships are increasingly more competitive. Exam results will remain important but employers and admissions tutors are looking for other skills including team work and leadership. NCS develops these skills. It is recognised by UCAS and can enhance the personal statement required by UCAS, add weight to job application and provide a good talking point during interviews.

Students who have previously taken part have described NCS as…

“The best summer I have ever had”

“I was really nervous attending but quickly made friends and loved it.”

“Can I go next summer?”


How is the programme structured?


NCS is a three part programme during the summer, October and February half term. The summer programme is open to all Year 11 and 12 students. The half term programmes are for Year 12 students who are unable to take part in the summer.


Part 1: Get Active (4 nights, 5 days)

Participants stay at an outdoors centre and take part in fantastic activities like abseiling, kayaking, hiking, rock-climbing and more


Part 2: Get Involved (4 nights, 5 days)

Participants stay in university-style accommodation, learn a new skill from an industry professional and interact with new people from the local community


Part 3: Make your Mark (4 days)

Participants design a social action project to support their local community, pitch to win funding to make it happen


Part 3 continued: The participants return to deliver their campaign and work with local charities, during four weekend days in September.


Beyond NCS


92% of participants say NCS helped them develop useful skills for the future.

After completing all parts of the programmes, students will attend a graduation ceremony with their parents/carers to celebrate their achievements and receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.


NCS graduates are automatically part of an alumni network called The Challenge Society which provides additional volunteering opportunities in the local area.  

NCS is recognised by universities and employers. Students who have completed NCS can include their experiences on their UCAS personal statement and on their CV.


Got one minute to spare? Find out more about NCS in a short video http://www.ncsyes.co.uk. Sign up online http://www.ncsthechallenge.co.uk

If you have any questions, please contact yannick.buditu@the-challenge.org, your NCS representative.


Get Connected


Every year, around 15 local charity representatives attend the hugely successful event; “Get Connected” at Hatch End High School.  Throughout the day charity representatives discuss with year 10 students about the work they do, the impact that they have on the community and how young people can get involved in promoting the charity or to volunteer.  The following charities attended the event in 2011.



·         British Red Cross

·         Great Ormond Street Hospital

·         HOPE

·         Ignite

·         CAB

·         NSPCC

·         St. Lukes

·         Harrow Bereavement

·         Relate

·         Harrow Carers

·         Radio Northwick Park

·         Wish

·         Harrow Samaritans

·         AGE UK


The students always get really engaged and display real enthusiasm and maturity during the day.

The students in year 10 then “get connected” with one charity that they would like campaign for and in teams they promote the charity in school.  The students then spend the next 10 weeks raising awareness of the charity.  The best teams are invited to attend a presentation evening where they will get the chance to win £3000 towards their chosen charity as part of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative. 

YPI – Youth Philanthropy Initiative

Year 10 students at Hatch End High School every year take part in YPI as part of their Citizenship GCSE.

During the Citizenship lessons students form teams and research social problems in the community and create persuasive and engaging presentations and campaigns on a local charity, whom they strongly believe to be tackling an issue they are passionate about (decided from the “Get Connected” event). 

The students visit their local charities and deliver presentations to the peers. They also run Year 7 workshops to explain the work carried out by the charities. 

Teams compete to win £3,000 to donate to their chosen charity.  A winning team from each of the 14 Citizenship classes in Year 10 gives a presentation to a panel of judges in the semi-finals.

From the semi-finals, six carefully selected teams make it to the finals presentation evening. 

Our Headteacher, Sue Maguire, School Governors and the worshipful Mayor of Harrow sit on the judges panel.  Each team fields probing questions from the panel.  In the audience are parents, members of the School’s Senior Leadership Team and representatives from the charities

This community event is an inspiring, exciting and dramatic occasion.  The judges finally make the tough decision and winning team this year was “WISH”, a local charity that works in Hatch End supporting young people with emotional difficulties.  

Outside speakers


The citizenship department also arranges for the local MP, Gareth Thomas to talk to the students and answer questions as well as the local police. 

CPE at Hatch End High School

Students in year 12 study CoPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness) is an ASDAN Qualification at level 3.  The first module is “Working with Others where students in teams organise events that contribute to the school or outside community in some way.  Below are some of the fantastic events that often take place. 

  • Many students get together in teams and delivered Citizenship, History and Maths lessons to year 7 students.
  • Students set up “Confidence Building” clubs for year 7.
  • Zumba dancing classes have taken place after school.
  • Sixth Form students have set up sports tournaments for year 7 students in their common rooms.
  • Tutor activities – such as spelling tests have taken place.
  • News magazines have been created and distributed to students in the school. 


“Higher a helper”



Sixth From students also volunteer to help out in the local community.  Students offer

their services and take part in a range of tasks, such as helping some of the elderly

members of the community carry their shopping, litter picking around the local parks, as

well as general gardening activities for the local residents.