Catmose College, UCC and Oakham School are delighted to announce that plans for their academic sixth-form free school, Harington School, have been approved by the Department for Education.

Harington will provide a rigorous A-level academic education, focusing on the core subjects, for 300 local pupils (150 intake per year).  It will offer a high quality sixth-form provision to students from the local area, including those from Catmose College, Uppingham Community College and Casterton Business and Enterprise College.

The School will offer a curriculum designed to develop individual and academic potential, opening the doors to the most prestigious universities.  Students will also be given the opportunity to extend their learning, for example by completing the Duke of Edinburgh award, viewed favourably by higher education providers.

Jan Turner, Principal of Uppingham Community College, states that ‘This is extremely exciting news for all the young people of Rutland and will provide an outstanding opportunity for future generations to come.  I am delighted that the Department of Education has recognised the need for this provision and the strength of the team that will work together to ensure its success.’

Stuart Williams, Principal of Catmose College, comments “This is the fruition of seven years of commitment and determination by the schools in Rutland to raise the aspirations of our post-16 students and offer them a high quality academic sixth form that will allow them to go on and attend our best universities.”

The bid team have now entered the next stage, the pre-opening phase, which will see a rapid development of their plans. 

Representatives from the bid team will be attending a launch event in London on 16 October.  Following that we will release further details, including how to apply for a place.

People are invited to support the School and stay abreast of developments by liking the School’s Facebook page  Regular updates of key events will also be posted on their website, where people can also register to be added to the mailing list: