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Thank you to for our Christmas tree! We take hundreds of students to Frylands Wood Scout Outdoor Centre each year. They are raising funds for the centre through a charity tree sale!


Our Year 12 students are encouraged to complete the Senior Prefect application form on our website:


Our Year 7 netball team continued their winning form with a dominant win over Archbishop Lanfranc. The team worked exceptionally well together and showed excellent sportsmanship, including encouraging and supporting the opposition.


Our Year 8 football team returned to their winning ways last night, with a emphatic 8:2 win over Trinity. The boys dominated from start to finish and even had a little left in the tank at the end! Raffael was MOTM, controlling the game from the middle. Well done!


Our Year 7 and Year 8 netball teams made their debut last night against Orchard Park. Both teams left victorious, showing excellent team working skills and determination. A great start for both teams! Well done.


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Thank you for the warm welcome I received today when delivering ZAP workshops to Years 7 & 8’s. A fantastic start to


Year 8 played their third National Cup fixture this week. The boys were fantastic, coming from behind to lead 2:1 with a minute to go. A questionable penalty caused the game to go into extra time and eventually penalties, which unfortunately led to our first defeat.


This evening's Year 8 fixture at Kingdale has gone into extra time. Students are expected to return to the academy at the later time of 16:30.


On Tuesday our Y7/8 girls football team attended their first tournament of the year. They played 5 tough games against local schools and showed tenacity and courage, resulting in some excellent results! Highman's Highlight® was a fantastic goal by Diorella. Well done girls!


We were honoured to have our very own Mr Gurung lay a wreath in today's assembly. Mr Gurung served for over 18 years in the British Army, stationed in countries as far afield as Hong Kong and Nepal


Massive congratulations to the students who took part in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge yesterday. They were all fantastic and it was tough to choose our 5 finalists!


We welcomed Lesley Urbach from to the Academy last week. Lesley spoke to our students about her family's experiences during the holocaust.


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Twitter I have been invited into today to give a talk on my journey, business and the importance of health and fitness. I am both excited and extremely nervous!! Wish me luck


Following on from our successful Year 11 Raising Achievement Evening, here are some recommended revision books for our GCSE students:


We are running Intervention Sessions for our GCSE students over the half term break. Please see our most recent letter for details:


This week our Year 7s are going on trips to Frylands. A letter has gone out detailing everything you need to know. Have a great time!


Year 8s played their first ever football match representing the Academy yesterday. They played Archbishop Tenison's and came away with a 7:2 win! Well done to the squad and to Nyle, who was named Man of the Match.


Open Evening is this evening! Our gates will open at 16:30 and will close at 19:00. Local parking restrictions are in force, so please plan your journey accordingly! We can't wait to meet you.

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.

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Teaching & Learning

At Harris Academy Purley we aim to provide outstanding teaching that meet the needs and aspirations of all students, promoting a view of learning as a shared responsibility and resulting in both rapid progress and high attainment.

It is the goal of the academy to move from being an outstanding school to an exceptional one, recognised in London for its consistent and significant performance and to be the first choice for local parents.  

Exhibits understanding of both the curriculum and subject

Excellent teaching ensures that learners have a deep understanding of their subjects, with the ability to understand underlying issues and connections – it is not mechanical, or performative. Moreover, students have an overview of the curriculum and how the different topics and skills integrate. 

It is especially important that externally examined year groups have a clear understanding of examination structure and rubrics to enable them to deploy their learning effectively, but this understanding should be built into KS3 teaching, where appropriate, under the new 1-9 structure. 

Balances and integrates skills and knowledge

A strong distinction between skills and knowledge misunderstands how student learn; whilst clearly there is variation between subjects and individual lessons, students at the concrete operational stage require a clear context in which to apply their practical and examination skills and knowledge is retained more effectively when it is applied. 

Is characterised by high expectations

Outstanding learning means that students should surpass the progress and attainment suggested by national targets. Excellent teaching therefore requires challenging expectations, with objectives that 'teach to the top'.

Scaffolds independence

In combination with high expectations excellent teaching differentiates so that all types of learner can access and succeed. It is important that support retains challenge, so that learners are guided but that their learning activities are still meaningful. Teachers should work closely with support staff to ensure that students with SEND have their needs met whilst ensuring that the student is fully engaged. The outcome is the learning, not the activity.

Builds through sequences of lessons 

Excellent learning and teaching is sequential, building throughout the academic year and courses. Pace, challenge and engagement are essential ingredients to outstanding lessons, but should not be at the expense of deeper understanding and long-term retainment of knowledge. The current OFSTED inspection framework correctly identifies that learning is not episodic and that the occasional 'fire-work lesson' for an observation rarely best serves the needs of students. 

It is critical that teachers, especially curriculum managers, ensure that schemes of work, learning materials, literacy, assessment and feedback documents are of good quality and, where possible, standardised to maximise accessibility to students and consistently high standards across subjects and faculties. 

Makes effective use of assessment & feedback

Appropriate assessment and feedback will vary across age and subject, but outstanding assessment will have high levels and accuracy and reliability with outstanding feedback enabling students to make rapid progress. Excellent assessment & feedback is never performative – it should inform the planning of teaching and be a learning experience for the student. 

Formal marking is time-consuming and inevitably results in trade-offs:

Excellence practice in your teaching depends on getting the correct mix for your subject and student age group e.g.: 

Younger students will benefit from higher frequency and lower quantities of feedback as retention of the skills and knowledge is our priority and they struggle to assimilate large quantities of written feedback – it may in fact be demotivating. 

Where pieces of work are extended, such as a Year 13 Humanities essay, the quality of the insight in the feedback is more often key to them cracking the problem. Skills activities benefit from regular practice, whereas recall of knowledge is more indicative of the quality of learning and revision.   

Clarity of the instruction, practice of the assessment skills and modelling of high quality answers, in combination with effective structuring of revision, can all reduce wasteful assessment where the teacher uses valuable planning time correcting avoidable errors. 

Better to ensure students give their best effort first time than endlessly correct.

Is shared throughout the Academy

Some of the most effective learning occurs when students collaborate together – whether this be through group work, buddying relationships, or other peer to peer learning opportunities. This builds the value of scholarship and establishes the Academy as a community of learning. 

Similarly, as a learning organisation it is essential that we spread the excellent practice of our teaching and support staff. It is all out shared responsibility to develop and challenge our colleagues, and all benefit when skills and insights are shared democratically, not hoarded. We will unashamedly celebrate the success of our outstanding learning and teaching and those who actively contribute to sharing best practice.

Annual Harris Federation Conference

Over 4,000 staff attend the annual Harris Federation conference at ExCel London. Over 65 training sessions are offered to our staff, ranging from topics such as 'Thriving Classrooms' to 'Staff Leadership'.


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