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01/12/21

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! https://t.co/A8hVOyN0G4

29/11/21

Our Year 12 students are encouraged to complete the Senior Prefect application form on our website: https://t.co/1RECF4ayL1 https://t.co/AsAQaCHLkv

26/11/21

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. https://t.co/5uE4vtJgQM

24/11/21

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!

23/11/21

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.

22/11/21

Retweetd From Danny Dalton

Thank you for the warm welcome I received today when delivering ZAP workshops to Years 7 & 8’s. A fantastic start to https://t.co/UZcSwkiequ

18/11/21

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.

17/11/21

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.

17/11/21

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! https://t.co/mLxme8dnmi

11/11/21

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 https://t.co/vsVwkIAgBV

11/11/21

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! https://t.co/WbeEnepaEz

09/11/21

We welcomed Lesley Urbach from https://t.co/LGP9zl0mJx to the Academy last week. Lesley spoke to our students about her family's experiences during the holocaust. https://t.co/lXq62awRCH

08/11/21

Retweetd From Superdad Damo

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

08/11/21

Following on from our successful Year 11 Raising Achievement Evening, here are some recommended revision books for our GCSE students: https://t.co/6iCyT8m1ML

11/10/21

We are running Intervention Sessions for our GCSE students over the half term break. Please see our most recent letter for details: https://t.co/k1YZYIWMa5

04/10/21

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!

01/10/21

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.

23/09/21

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. https://t.co/qJoQsPNU7M

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.

Central Office

Bexley

Bromley

Clapham

Croydon

Greenwich

Haringey

Havering

Merton

Newham

Southwark

Sutton

Thurrock

Wandsworth

Westminster

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

5

250

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