Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.


Higher Education Opportunities

In weeks that lead up to the Year 11 Raising Achievement Evening on Thursday 13th September it seemed appropriate and purposeful for Year 11 students to focus on the Higher Education opportunities that are available. The sessions are designed to help them make their final decisions about which pathway they plan to follow and give them invaluable advice about to successfully tackle what is largely considered to be the one of the most difficult transitions in education.

These sessions were supported by some of our sixth form prefects who were on hand to answer questions and provide first-hand experience of this next step in their education; what are they aiming for? We hope that they learnt a great deal form the sessions and now are able to intelligently reflect on their choices and if necessary make appropriate changes. I look forward to enthusiastically welcoming many of you into the new sixth form cohort in 2017!


Harris Higher Education Programme Booklet

The Harris Higher Education Programme Booklet can be downloaded below.  The aim of this new booklet is to remind Year 11 students about some of the key points about university education and other options and to take you through the Harris Sixth Form application process.  It is written for Year 11 students, parents and the wider family as well as tutors and staff.


Mock Interview Sessions

The Academy runs mock interview sessions for Year 11 and Sixth Form students each year.  The students have the opportunity to sit down with representatives from external agencies and businesses and discuss their plans for the future and what they feel they can offer prospective employers.  Below are images from this year's sessions.


STEM Careers Day at UCL

Each year, UCL hosts a Careers Day for Year 10 and Year 11 students, with the aim of introducing students to new and exciting careers in STEM subjects. STEM subjects include the fields of Science, Medicine, Engineering and Finance and the event is a fantastic opportunity for our students to talk to representatives from each of those sectors.

Participants can expect to learn what it takes to start a career in each field and how universities such as UCL can help them to achieve their goals. We will continue to give our students the opportunity to attend this event, as we believe it offers a valuable insight into fields young people may not otherwise get the chance to experience.


UCAS Report

In the 2015/16 Year 13 cohort, out of the Harris Federation Purley had:

  • the joint highest % of students per entire cohort that were placed at university (83%)
  • the joint second highest % of students who applied to UCAS going to Russell Group universities (16%)
  • by far the highest % of students going to their first choice universities (75%)