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26/05/22

Today was World Day at HAPU! We celebrated with cultural activities including language lessons, world cuisine tasting and even dance classes! Many attended school in cultural dress. Thank you to the students who helped organise the day and to staff who ran sessions! https://t.co/1vUhHJM3SH

23/05/22

On Saturday Ethan competed for in the 4x100m relay at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. He ran the 4th leg and received the baton in second place and did what Ethan does best - WIN! He finished nearly a second ahead and helped set a season best of 43:03 🥇 https://t.co/qhmQPmIEQm

17/05/22

On Monday evening, the Academy hosted the regional finals of the Jack Petchey "Speak Out" Challenge! Talented students from across the borough spoke about topics important to them. Chidi delivered a talk entitled, 'A man thought he could be.' View it here: https://t.co/f0RLHOHO8y

17/05/22

On Monday three Y7s competed in this term's South Quadrant Cook Off at HASN! The students had 1 hour to produce a three-course meal with the theme 'The Queen's Jubilee'. Merton were *crowned* the winners, but as you can see the dishes looked (and tasted) amazing! https://t.co/QiYQl0rFi5

10/05/22

TfL have announced bus strikes in south London on May 11th, 16th and 17th. Buses in Croydon, Thornton Heath, Streatham and Brixton are among those affected. Please keep these strikes in mind when planning your journey to and from school! 🚌 https://t.co/tYXF8Gt0Ca

09/05/22

After a competitive game that went into extra time, our boys managed a 5:4 win against St Joseph’s on Friday. Their next game will be the final! Good luck! ⚽️ https://t.co/KiH8tRQVB6

06/05/22

Earlier in the week, our students met with author Simon James Green, who came to talk about the process of having his novel 'Noah Can't Even' published. His novel deals with 🏳️‍🌈LGBT+ themes and Simon was overwhelmed by the way our pupils support and promote equality and diversity https://t.co/11NzYrCOPz

05/05/22

PE had the pleasure of taking Y7 and Y8 teams to the Croydon Athletics Relay Championship. The Y7 girls were just beaten on the line for a podium finish. The Y8 boys competed in a final against Trinity, HCACP, Tenisons and Oasis to finish 1st and be named Croydon Champions! 🥇

05/05/22

It was great so see our students so engaged in rugby training yesterday. The session was led by a coach from the Matt Ratana Foundation and will get the players ready for our game against Lanfrac! 🏉 https://t.co/PCXfE8aSJy

28/04/22

Our amazing Year 8 football team managed a 5-2 victory over Clapham in their semi final yesterday. The boys will face either Harris Academy Riverside or East Dulwich in the final! Goals courtesy of Raff, Kahlan and Judah! ⚽️

20/04/22

Our latest Newsletter is available from our website: https://t.co/FJsf6qaA69 https://t.co/YkfWoFDIOo

14/04/22

The issues in the Academy kitchen have been rectified. Hot and cold meals and snacks will be available from Tuesday 19th April.

03/04/22

We've cooked our dinner and pitched our tents. We're now enjoying the sunset ☺️ https://t.co/F2djV2M9ZQ

01/04/22

Our Silver Duke of Edinburgh students have set off for a weekend of walking around Ashdown Forest on their practice expedition. It's a bit chilly! 🏕️💨 https://t.co/nV3FjbqDce

01/04/22

Earlier in the week we posted about Gardening Club being busy planting crops before the break. We are now excited to announce https://t.co/zdHtqQI6yK has granted us £1,994 to go towards our gardening project! We're eager to share what we use this amazing sum for next term! 🚜🥕🥔 https://t.co/2urCBAcRsd

31/03/22

A letter regarding Year 11 Prom and intervention sessions has been published on our website: https://t.co/dgSRmX7JeG

30/03/22

⚽️ Our newly formed Y7 girl's football team are having a busy year. Not only have they competed in a Croydon Schools tournament AND the U13s league, they also played a Y7-8 competition against some very tough opposition and were excellent throughout. Well done girls! https://t.co/vqCrYk8hlp

30/03/22

A letter form the Principal has been published on our website: https://t.co/k1YZYIWMa5

30/03/22

Our Year 7 rugby team returned to Riddlesdown for another friendly. Previously, we had a smaller group and had to borrow players, but this time we were able to play as our own team. We came up against a Riddlesdown side that had more experience and only lost by one try 8-7 🏉 https://t.co/ImWzwH1GjT

30/03/22

Despite this year's hot weather coming to an end 😅 Gardening Club took to the allotment for the final time this term to get their shooting potatoes in the ground. The club has planted a variety of vegetables and look forward to a September harvest 🚜🥔🥔 https://t.co/oSJAeJVbQo

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Curriculum Overview

Vision

The Harris Academy Purley (HAPU) curriculum aims to develop reflective and resilient learners and will offer students a breadth of learning experiences with an emphasis on meaningful and deep engagement within the subjects. The curriculum is designed so that students, regardless of starting points, will thrive in an educational environment where the rigours and demands of the different subjects are embraced and taught in a supportive manner without compromising the academic challenges needed for success at all key stages. An emphasis on links with other subjects will help develop a student’s contextual and intertextual knowledge and understanding of the curriculum.  

Our strategic intent - we are aiming to:

  • Provide rich and varied contexts for students to acquire, develop and apply a broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills, to encourage a desire for lifelong learning 
  • Achieve the best possible progress for all by encouraging each subject to select and sequence their content in a way that enables our students to master the vocabulary and knowledge of their subjects from the foundation stages and onwards 
  • Enable all students to develop their creativity and talents to the full, including celebrating and being successful in learning a modern foreign language 
  • Personalise our curriculum ensuring it is flexible and appropriate, preparing students for the world of work 
  • Promote students' self-esteem, confidence, and mental and emotional well-being  
  • Enable students to understand and model fundamental British values/SMSC in their everyday lives and as a global citizen 
  • Ensure that no teaching or interaction with students promotes any particular political or preferred ideology. 

The key values underpinning our curriculum intent:

  • Meaningful and deep engagement with subject content 
  • Knowledge and vocabulary as the foundations for subject skills  
  • Personal development supports academic development 
  • Literacy and numeracy knowledge and skills are vital to personal and academic success. 

These values will be achieved by:

  • Students being fully involved in their learning at all stages and by engaging with their teachers to assess and improve their knowledge, vocabulary and skills 
  • Parents and carers being actively involved in working with the Academy to support their child's academic progress, through consistent and regular communication and full involvement in the advice and guidance process at all stages 
  • Teachers being experts in their subjects, planning and delivering their curriculum in line with expectations, meeting the individual learning needs of their classes 
  • Subject leaders ensuring high-quality and coherently sequenced schemes of learning and resources are in place to support lesson planning and delivery at all key stages   
  • Senior leaders and governors leading the way in reviewing the curriculum and supporting everyone to experience an outstanding curriculum

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 to Year 9)

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is followed by students in Years 7, 8 and 9. Following their admissions tests for the Academy, Year 7 students are banded into X and Y bands with top sets, middle ability sets and lower ability sets in each band.

In this way stretch and challenge as well as additional support can be given to all students allowing teaching to be as closely matched as possible to students’ needs and to ensure all students make the best possible progress.

Regular assessments every half term means that progress is reviewed and students are able to move up or down sets within their banding

Subject

Periods

Minutes

English Language

2

100

English Literature & Drama

3

150

Maths

5

250

Science

4

200

Physical Education

2

100

Languages (French or Spanish)

3

150

Geography

2

100

History

2

100

RE*

1

50

Computing

1

50

Citizenship

1*

50

Music

1

50

Art

2

100

DT & Food

2

100

PSHE & Careers

Tutor x2

100

Total

30

1500

* denotes fortnightly


Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and Year 11)

The Key Stage 4 curriculum is followed by Years 10 and 11. The Academy offers a wide range of academic and vocational courses. All students are given subject options advice, guidance and make their choices during the spring term in Year 9.

Most students will follow an Ebacc Pathway enabling them to study a range of academic core subjects as well as individual choices. The Academy tries as far as possible to cater for all subject choices within the timetable, but if only a small number of students express a preference for a Key Stage 4 course it may not be possible to offer the course. Some subjects may also be oversubscribed, in which case students will be selected according to their aptitude and Attitude to Learning.

Subjects

Periods

Minutes

English Language

3

150

English Literature

3

150

Maths

6

300

Science

6

300

Physical Education

2

100

Languages GCSE

3

150

Humanities

3

150

Open Choice 1

3

150

Open Choice 2

3

150

RE

1*

50

Computing & ICT

Integrated

-

Citizenship

1*

50

PSHE & Careers

Tutor x2

100

Total

32

1500

* denotes fortnightly


Key Stage 5: Year 12

The outstanding curriculum offer reflects the academic ability of the cohort and prepares students well for tertiary education.

Block A

Block B

Block C

Block D

Biology

Art and Design

French

English Literature

Computing

Chemistry

Government & Politics

Mathematics

Sociology

Economics

Mathematics

Media

Business / History

Geography

Physics

Photography

CTEC Business

CTEC Business

Psychology

CTEC Sport

CTEC IT

Health & Social Care

Spanish

 

 

 

Health & Social Care

 

 

CTEC Media

WJEC Criminology

 

* denotes a double period lesson    ± denotes a single period lesson


Key Stage 5: Year 13

Typically students will study 3 subjects for 6 lessons a week.

Block A

Block B

Block C

Block D

English Literature

Business

Biology

Art & Design

Geography

WJEC Criminology

Computing

Chemistry

Government & Politics

French

Economics

History

Mathematics

Mathematics

Photography

Psychology

Media

Physics

CTEC Business

Sociology

Spanish

Health & Social Care

Health & Social Care

Further Mathematics

Health & Social Care

 

CTEC IT

CTEC Business

CTEC Sport

 

 

CTEC Media

* denotes a double period lesson    ± denotes a single period lesson

If you would like to find out more information on any of our subjects, please visit our Subjects pages, where you will find course information and contact details for the Head of Subject.

MCAS

My Child At School (MCAS) is an online platform parents and students can use to see what homework has been set by teachers. Login details are provided when joining the Academy.