Harlington Upper School

Central Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Location: Central Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 13 - 18 years

About Harlington Upper School

Harlington Upper School has a long tradition of academic excellence and is the highest performing upper school in Bedfordshire in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Exam results in 2019 were again excellent with a  superb 75% of all students gaining Grade 9 – 4 in both English and Maths.

Our most able students performed amazingly well in their GCSE’s with 57% of students gaining English and Maths GCSE at grade 9-5. Our Progress8 score was 0.18.

We know there is more to a successful education than exam results. Our extra-curricular sport, music and performing arts are second to none and our unique ‘community’ atmosphere is the basis of our excellence.

The school received an Ofsted inspection on 15 March 2018; the first since 2013. We were delighted to receive a very positive report which confirmed Harlington continues to be a “good” school and that students make strong progress in all areas. 

We have a unique location in Mid Bedfordshire. We are placed in the heart of a rural environment, surrounded by large scale agricultural farming, yet most of the population has strong urban links, with proximity to the developing Milton Keynes area, being one mile from junction 12 of the M1, and by having a train station with commuter routes to London and the Midlands.

Why work at Harlington?

The school was awarded the Wellbeing Award for Schools in 2019.  The report from the award verifier said: 

  • Harlington Upper School is an inclusive and aspirational school and one in which wellbeing is embedded in the ethos and culture. Leaders believe that wellbeing is fundamental to the academic success of the students.
  • A high importance is placed on developing positive relationships between all parts of the school community.
  • Staff feel well supported by senior leaders and appreciate the empowering level of professional trust and autonomy given to them. 
  • Staff access a wide range of CPD opportunities allowing them to progress their careers and meet the needs of the students. For example, recent training on ACE, attachment and mental health has increased staff confidence and skills in supporting vulnerable students 
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Address: Goswell End Road, Harlington, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 6NX, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1525 755100
What people say about us

We could not decline the opportunity for our daughter to attend the best school in Bedfordshire

- New Year 9 parent

I have a great and positive team around me. People always have time to offer support.

- Staff - 2019

I really like the relationship between students and teachers as everyone gets on really well and it is really easy to speak to them if you need to because you feel well supported

- Student - 2019

If changes are proposed, the school is good at ensuring everyone is involved properly and fully consulted and informed

- Staff - 2019

There is a clear line management structure and line managers are excellent, good and professional.

- Staff - 2019

I think Harlington is a very positive place to work and I feel valued as an employee. My line manager regularly tells me if he thinks I am doing well.

- Staff - 2019