In line with our We CARE Ethos, pushing ambition to enable all students to aspire is part of everyone’s role at school. Every student at Hatch End High School is encouraged and supported to set their sights high and broaden their ambitions, regardless of their background or individual circumstances.

We promote high aspiration through a diverse range of events, speakers, mentoring, parental engagement initiatives and visits to universities and businesses.

At Hatch End High School, a range of school leaders put in place initiatives aimed at raising aspirations, for example, Heads of Year, Heads of Department, Student Support Workers as well as the More Able Co-ordinator.    Their role is to ensure that all students focus on achieving their potential by equipping them with the necessary tools to do so. Students are encouraged to set their own ambitious goals but also to develop an awareness of their own obstacles and how they can overcome them. 

Below are two examples of events that may take place as part of the programme. 

Brilliant Club

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 working with PhD tutors on a specific supra-curricular course in either the Science or Humanities’ disciplines.   Through regular contact with a university tutor, students complete an extended written assignment on their chosen 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, the effects of nutrients on disease. Hatch End High School was the first school in Harrow to take part in the Brilliant Club.

High Profile Speakers

“The Apprentice “ Winner – Sian Gabbidon was invited to speak to our Year 10 and 12 Business Studies students.  Sian is a British businesswoman, fashion designer and media personality.  Sian spoke about her journey in winning The Apprentice and being a business partner to Lord Sugar.  Her powerful motivational message left our students inspired and focused on their passion to turn ideas into successful businesses.  Furthermore, she spoke about how she needed to acclimatise her original business from swimwear to loungewear fashion due to the pandemic, and being a successful entrepreneur reinvested any profits into properties and shares in well-known companies. 

There are many more over the year which will be advertised accordingly.


Mr D Rowan-Robinson                                

Assistant Headteacher, Head of KS4