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Jack delivered a fantastic speech at the Speak Out Challenge regional finals this week! Several teachers from our English department went along to support him throughout the evening!


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Students attended a special assembly on Eating Disorders this morning, delivered by Phoebe from the SLAM team (South London and Maudsley). For further information, head over to:


This afternoon, the RAF popped in to help launch the 'rocket cars' students have been designing as part of


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Students at are taking part in Games Force training. Thank you the students loved learning the roles and responsibilities when delivering a competition.


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Our celebration of British Science Week got off to a 'flying' start with a Birds of Prey display by for our Year 7 and Year 8 students!


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Year 9 Football team came from 3-1 down against Quest Academy to draw the match 4-4. In extra time Harris Purley were victorious 6-4, onto the semi finals.


Students enjoyed a trip to Cambridge University last week. Maybe some students will want to visit again after Sixth Form?!


Today, students have been voting for the Young Mayor of Croydon...


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Year 7 student getting the opportunity to participate in a hip hop dance session


Staff and students arrived in some amazing costumes for World Book Day this year! How many can you name?


Head of MTV's Talent and Music division Anna Karatziva, came in to talk to some of our students about the music and media industry


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Our Year 8s are enjoying a Design & Technology trip to today!


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Tomorrow's Year 7 Football match V has been postponed due to the snow. It is now next Tuesday (6th March). It is a league and cup double header!

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.

Work Experience

As part of our careers programme, we provide Year 10 students with the opportunity to take part in Work Experience.  Participation is not compulsory, but represents the possibility for students to engage in a week long experience that could provide a valuable insight into the world of employment.

There is a cost of £49 per student to participate, (£25 for students eligible for Pupil Premium).  This is to cover the cost of the legally required health and safety checks that must be completed before a student can attend a placement.  This also covers the cost of any support needed to help students find a suitable placement.  The academy has employed Southwark Education Business Alliance (SEBA), to provide this support.  They are also providing training sessions for the students, the first of which took place prior to half term.  

2018 Deadlines
Complete the online survey Friday 9th March 2018
Make the £49 payment (£25 for Pupil Premium)  Thursday 29th March 2018
Complete the Work Experience Booking Form Friday 20th April 2018
Arrange an interview with your employer April / May


The Process

If students wish to take part in the week, the following steps need to be completed by the deadlines above.

  1. Complete the online survey by clicking here.
  2. Make a payment via ParentPay of £49 (£25 for students eligible for Pupil Premium).
  3. Complete the Work Experience Booking Form, which you can download from the bottom of this page.
  4. Arrange an interview with your work experience employer.

As soon as your Work Experience Booking Form is returned, the Academy will make contact with your prospective employer to confirm the placement and to send them relevant documents.


How to Find a Placement 

A work placement is your opportunity to spend a period of time outside the classroom, learning about a particular job or area of work.  It can help you decide on your options for after Year 11 and will give you the opportunity to develop and show evidence of vital skills such as self-confidence, communication, independence and a variety of others, depending on what kind placement you do.  

What types of Work Experience Can I do? 

Most of you will be expected to find you own placements. Think about what do you want to do.  What are your favourite subjects? Ask for help making a list of related jobs.  If you start looking in time you will be able to find a suitable placement. 

English: Newspapers, Libraries, Press Officer, Teacher, Solicitors, Advertising, TV & Film, radio 

Maths: Banking, Accountancy & finance, Engineering, Meteorology   

Geography: Environmental services, Development organisations, Charities, Politics 

Family is often a good source for finding placements.  Do your parents/guardians do something you are interested in? How about your brothers and sisters or your aunties and uncles?  Do you already know anywhere you may like to work? e.g. a shop that you like, or an organisation you pass on the way to school?   

Go to and search for a local business in the field of work you would like to do.

For example, you could search for "solicitor" in "Croydon". Give this a try!

Yell Website

You could also try where you can research job roles and sectors, un-to-date industry insights, job opportunities for subjects you are studying and more.


Tips for a Successful Placement  

Make a list of 10 places you would like to apply to.

Call or visit them and ask if they have work experience opportunities.  For example: “Hello, I’m enquiring about the possibility of organising a work experience placement with you from 2nd July.

If they offer work experience, they will tell you what to do next.  Remember, competition for work experience can be really tough, so you'll need to make the right impression when asking them.

Be selfish. Don’t ask for you AND a friend; employers are unlikely to want a group of friends hanging out at their business. You will also come across more confident and keen if you are asking just for yourself.

Page Downloads

Title Date  
WEX Template Letter to Employers 28th Feb 2018 Download
Work Experience Booking Form 2018 26th Feb 2018 Download
Work Experience FAQ 27th Feb 2018 Download