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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.

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Modern Foreign Languages

As a Languages department, we strongly believe that it is our moral duty, beyond the specific requirements of our curriculum, to afford all students the opportunity to learn another language and about its associated cultures. This is especially pertinent in an increasingly polarised society, both nationally and globally.  

Students at Harris Academy Purley will not only learn a new language, but they will learn to recognise speakers of Spanish and French outside of Spain and France and, in turn, learn about the historical circumstances in which languages have spread. In representing the true diversity of the languages we teach and their unique historical contexts, we aim to encourage curiosity and foster a well-rounded understanding of the world, as well as challenge stereotypes, prejudices and preconceptions.

Our curriculum aligns with the Aims and Subject Content of the KS3 National Curriculum and GCSE Subject Content. The curriculum is designed to promote communication at all stages by providing many opportunities for students to understand and respond to the language in its written and spoken forms. We aim for all of our students to gain confidence in communicating messages effectively, confidently and spontaneously, whilst also acquiring linguistic proficiency progressively through spaced repetition, revisiting key themes with greater depth and activating long term memory using retrieval practice as a core element of the lessons.

Nevertheless, beyond considerations of the curriculum, we aim for our language classrooms to be a place where all pupils feel they belong. We believe that in MFL, we are uniquely placed to celebrate students’ linguistic diversity and skillsets. We endeavour to support students in achieving formal accreditation for the many home languages spoken within our academy, from Polish to Guajarati.

Our MFL curriculum is a five-year course taking students on a linguistic, cultural and thematic journey, aiming to liberate our students from insularity, be inquisitive and open their minds to appreciate the linguistic and cultural diversity around them. Through our practice we also recognise and encourage skilled linguists to explore the most academic aspects of language learning, thus preparing them for study in further or higher education.