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Letters regarding our end of term arrangements are now on our website:


Our Parent Voice have sourced some fantastic prizes from local businesses for the Winter Raffle! Tickets are available everyday until Tuesday 19th! Parents/carers welcome to enter!


We're having a Christmas Jumper day on 19th December... time to dust off your best (worst) festive knitwear!


A lot has gone on this week, ranging from a Black History Month Celebration to a trip to the Royal Opera House! Read all about it:


Fantastic Black History Celebration concert. Great performances by our students.


Remember to get your tickets for Thursday's concert! Tickets will not be available on the door...


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Looking for a Design & Technology Technician role? Apply now


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Year 1 really got a feel for the Great Fire of London, when they set fire to the Tudor Houses they had made on Friday.


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given 'outstanding' rating by Ofsted


Purley school given 'outstanding' rating by Ofsted


Following a 'no notice' Ofsted inspection in September, we "maintain the high standards" identified in our previous 'Outstanding' inspection!


Our Sixth Form Open Evening starts at 5pm. Talks and tours will be available. We hope to see you there!


Our Sixth Form Open Evening is on Thursday. Students will finish at the end of Period 6 rather than Period 7 that day. Letters sent home.


Harris Academy Purley tops the performance table for pupil progress in Croydon!


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New performance data puts as top performer in for pupil progress


BBC News - ParentPay website unavailable for school meal payments


The Iceland Trip has landed and is on it's way back to the Academy. ETA is 3.45pm.


The Iceland trip is all on board and ready to depart Keflavik Airport. However, we are slightly delayed & will update periodically. EZY8508.

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.

Action Research

All staff across the academy complete an Action Research project over the academic year. The aim is to improve an aspect of the individuals practice. Staff choose the focus for their project in consultation with their line manager. There are a number of structured sessions run throughout the year to guide staff through the process including: selecting a focus (an area of practice which needs improvement), identifying research questions, clarifying theories and conducting a literature review, collecting and analysing data, reporting results, and taking informed action. In the second half of the summer term (SU2), staff present their Action Research projects in the main academy hall in the form of a gallery walk. This provides all staff with the opportunity to read and comment on each other’s projects, and take away further ideas to improve their own practice based on evidence that is contextualised and relevant to the academy.

Examples of topics from this year include:

  • Quality of written feedback
  • Pace of lessons
  • Student leadership
  • Rewards systems in lessons
  • Student engagement
  • Improving literacy
  • Using effective questioning to improve progress
  • How to improve exam techniques
  • Differentiation
  • Increasing the significance of Citizenship across the school
  • Using data effectively
  • Quality of tutor time provision
  • Strategies to challenge the more able
  • Theories of learning
  • Assessment for Learning strategies
  • Engaging SEND students in practical subjects
  • Increasing the attainment of MA students
  • Stretch and challenge
  • Project Based Learning to improve engagement and progress
  • Use of enterprise skills
  • Increasing the significance of Literacy across the school
  • Improving language skills through technology
  • Strategies to increase fluency in MFL
  • Targeted writing to accelerate progress
  • Behaviour management strategies
  • Promoting independent learning
  • Increasing the significance of Numeracy across the school
  • Increasing problem solving skills

Next academic year we are looking at staff working in small groups to research Academy priorities such as the embedding of Enterprise Skills within lessons, in addition to individual research projects on areas of personal interest.

Page Downloads

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Action Research Presentation MCH 29th Nov 2016 Download
Action Research Proposal Form 29th Nov 2016 Download