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Most Able Students
With students at Harris Academy Purley from Year 9 onwards taking part in Harris Experience, we are thrilled that The Times newspaper has published an article and editorial praising the programme.
Harris Experience, which has been running since 2013, broadens the academic, social and cultural experiences of some of our most able students to give them outstanding preparation for life at some of the country’s top universities.
You can find letters about Harris Experience trips on our Letters Home page (use the category filter).
Most Able Display Boards
Each subject area has a Most Able display board, which shows examples of work that has gained top marks in that subject. Photographs of those display boards can be viewed in the Page Gallery below.
Gifted & Talented Challenge Day
Sayma Rahman and Akash Karthigaiselvan, two of our Gifted & Talented students, were part of the overall winning team at the South West London G&T Science and Technology Challenge Day and have subsequently progressed on to the Southern Challenge Final at Queen Mary's University, Mile End Campus at the start of January 2017.
Challenge Days have been running for several years and have involved students from across the country competing in mixed school teams, on three practical applied science and technology-related challenges.
Wednesday Afternoon Lectures
Wednesday Afternoon Lectures (formerly Thursday Afternoon Lectures) are delivered by staff or students on a range of extracurricular material – from the structure of the human kidney to an introduction to philosophy and ethics. We encourage students to attend these sessions at each week in our Business Breakout area.
Priyan Sudra recently delivered an engaging lecture on the statistics, causes and treatments for cancer. Read more.
Sutton Scholars Programme
Sutton Scholars is the flagship programme offered by the Sutton Trust to support highly able students for a minimum of two years with attainment-raising and enrichment activities, delivered through leading universities. Year 11 student Shardaé Malcolm recently graduated from this programme and these are her thoughts:
My Time as a Sutton Scholar
Nine hundred and seventy-five days of secondary school, three hundred and ninety studying for those A-Levels; then what? University? For most of us we don’t realise University is a part of the journey as much as it is a destination for some, and the paths we take right now, in year 10, will help lead us into higher education and the world of work. I can confidently say I am no longer “most of us”, which I owe to the UCL Sutton Scholars and Horizons GCSE programme*. Over the course of the past two years, I've had countless opportunities to engage with undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students alike. Attended lectures given by experts in neuroscience, comparative literature, the disciplines of engineering, Disney, and Anthropology– just to name a few. Armed with this newfound knowledge, my pen as my sword I’ve slain essays, debates, speeches and more. Stayed in student accommodation, friends next door. Kate, my student mentor, has shown me what University has to offer and proved to us all getting there won’t be a bother if we’re willing to put hard work and determination above all other.
Direction. I've mentioned it before. You need it on this journey but which way do you go when unsure of your destination? It doesn't really matter, as long as you enjoy the ride. What I'm trying to say is, don’t make the mistake that so many before us now contemplate. Medicine, Engineering, Dentistry, Architecture– a handful of fields which would require a vocational degree. The rest require transferrable skills. There are 210+* available degree courses at UCL alone. If you’re unsure of what career path you wish to follow, dare to explore, stand by what you love and know.
Sociology, Politics, Social Anthropology; not your standard Maths, English and Science. Subjects most won’t hear of until Sixth Form options roll around or it’s time to fill out that UCAS applications. Subjects which now kindle curiosity within me, which I owe to the UCL Sutton Scholars and Horizons GCSE programme.
I can confidently say, I know in what direction I am headed. Towards University. Towards not just a job, but a career.
I'm on the right path.