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Why Harington Sixth Form Free School?


Why the name Harington for our proposed sixth form?

The name Harington is synonymous with Rutland, due to being the name of one of our oldest families, from Exton; a family that supported the Royal family despite great personal cost. It was that willingess to serve others and the strong connection to Rutland that made their family name an ideal choice for a new Sixth Form designed to cater for the needs of our most able students who currently have to travel significant distances in order to access a post-16 provision that meets their needs.

We will shortly be publishing a full consultation which will include a prospectus that will outline the Harington philosophy for a Sixth Form education; its curriculum, uniform and admissions criteria. This is an exciting development but we will need the full support of the Rutland community to make it a reality.

Our plans for the next 12 months:


The current post-16 provision for our most academic students  within Rutland is poor and statistics from 2012 suggest a decline. In 2011 9.9 % of students gained  A level grades at AAB or better and in 2012 no students gained these grades, placing Rutland in the D quartile.

Students in Rutland have to search hard to access suitable provision – our Year 11 students go to over 16 different providers. Academic students have to travel considerable distances to access high quality Sixth Forms such as Kings in Peterborough and QE in Leicester. In many cases this causes stress. Alternatively they have to pay for independent schooling. This seriously disadvantages able students from low income families (transport to Leicester is over £2,000 per year). The local independent schools’ fees are beyond the reach of low and middle income families.

Catmose College and Uppingham Community College have therefore decided to put in a joint bid to open a Post-16 Free school which will provide for academically able students, with a special emphasis on those from low income families. This has been agreed upon by both governing bodies and work has begun on the prospectus which will outline the new school’s vision and ethos. Harington, an old Rutland name, has been chosen for the sixth form and a logo has been finalised, along with a uniform. Work has been completed on areas such as the curriculum and admissions, research is underway for a suitable site, although this is not essential for the DfE bid.

The New Schools Network has four windows per year in which to apply for a place on their development programme which advises on the DfE bid and provides some financial support. We are intending to apply in the January round.


  • Completion of the prospectus (end of November)
  • Support within the community for Harington through promotional resources, public meetings and events.
  • Application for the NSN development programme
  • Application to the DfE
  • Secure a suitable site
  • Establish the Governance of Harington
  • Creation and staffing of a management structure for Harington
  • Creation of policies which support the vision and ethos of Harington
  • Promotion of Harington within the community to recruit students

Want to find out more about the Harington family? Wikipedia has publish a full article on the family which can be viewed here.

harington black n white

John Harington (1539/40 – 23 August 1613), was an English courtier and politician.
Harington was the eldest son of James Harington (lawyer). Sir James Harington (c.1511–1592) of Exton Hall, Rutland, and his wife, Lucy Sidney (c.1520–c.1591), daughter of Sir William Sidney and his wife, Anne Pagenham. His family was said to have held ‘the most extensive estates in Rutland during the late sixteenth century’.
Harington was knighted in 1584. He joined the Inner Temple in 1558, and was Member of Parliament for Rutland (UK Parliament constituency) in 1571.
He was commissioner of the peace for Kesteven from about 1559 to 1593, servant to Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester in the Netherlands 1585, keeper of Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire, for Ambrose Dudley, Earl of Warwick (1588–90), High Sheriff of Warwickshire (1582-3), and knight of the shire (MP) for Warwickshire (UK Parliament constituency)|in 1586. He accompanied Mary, Queen of Scots, through Warwickshire on her way to Fotheringhay in Northamptonshire 1586, MP for Rutland in 1593 and 1601, Deputy Lieutenant of Rutland and Warwickshire during the 1590s. He was also High Sheriff of Rutland in 1594,1598 and 1602.
Sir John Harington was created Baron Harington in July 1603 at the coronation of James I of England, the first Baron Harington of Exton, Rutland. He was made guardian of James’ daughter, Elizabeth of Bohemia. The high cost of entertaining the Princess ruined him. As partial recompense Harington was granted a licence to mint the first copper farthings by the King. Princess Elizabeth married the Frederick V, Elector Palatine, to become the “Winter Queen”. Lord Harington accompanied her to Bohemia, but died on his way back in 1613.



  1. Susan Tyers says:

    As a grandmother of 2 boys at Catmose Campus, and a grand-daughter who has just left to attend QE in Leicester I am delighted to hear of this proposal. Catmose Campus has proved to be an excellent school and you are right, transport to a good sixth form college is expensive.

  2. Thanks Susan, we will keep people updated as this develops, anything people can do to spread the word and gain support will make all the difference.

  3. Henry Deane says:

    I am delighted to see that a sixth form college is being proposed for Rutland.

    We live on the Rutland/Leicestershire border and as parents of a bright precocious 6 year-old our attention has been engaged recently in planning her education journey and because of our location this has not been clear regarding KS5. I wish you all the very best and will look forward with interest to further announcements.

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