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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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In Music, Students should leave each key stage with the skills and the knowledge they need to be lifelong music learners. The intention of the music curriculum at Harris Academy Purley is to foster a love and passion for music making, developing the creativity and self-expression of all learners. Through musical performance on instruments, as well as singing and composing activities, students will develop their innate musical abilities and will learn how to describe and evaluate the music they are interacting with. 

Through collaboration with others as well as working independently, students will develop important transferrable skills whilst they study music. At KS3 for example, students perform in small groups using their instrument and their voice, which helps to develop their self–confidence, teamwork skills, communication, and resilience. Students interact with musical composers and works from a wide range of styles and genres and learn to critically evaluate and analyse the music they are interacting with through the language of the elements of music. The programme of study for music KS3 is also intended to bring students into contact with wider cultural, social and historical contexts, issues and situations extending beyond Britain into the wider world.  

Key Stage 4 music 

Currently we have two pathways that students can take at KS4.  

GCSE Music (AQA) 

  • Students learn to apply their knowledge and understanding of music when listening to unfamiliar extracts 

  • Students learn how to identify musical features within an unfamiliar piece  

  • Through an in-depth study of two set works, Students begin to make connections and judgments about the way a composer has used musical elements to create original ideas.  

  • Through performing on their instrument or voice, students develop skills as a soloist and as a member of an ensemble, improving their accuracy, expression and technical ability as musicians 

  • As composers, students learn how to apply their knowledge of the musical elements to create original ideas in response to a brief, and to demonstrate their composing voice through a free composition of their choice.  

RSL Music (Level 2 Music Practitioners certificate in performance) 

  • Students learn about a range of musical styles across the last century e.g. Blues, Jazz, RnR, Hip-Hop, Rock, RnB, Funk, Soul, Indie rock, electronic music styles.  

  • Students learn how to use the musical elements to analyse a piece of pop music and identify the features of the song that make it successful. Students will develop their communication skills by presenting their ideas confidently to their peers.  

  • Students develop their confidence and resilience by presenting their ideas and performing as a member of an ensemble on their instrument or voice in several different musical styles.  

  • Students Learn key skills necessary for working in the music Industry, for example using Digital Audio workstation software independently to respond to an industry brief.  

Both pathways promote involvement in and enjoyment of music at every opportunity, as performers or composers, and are intended to support the development of the creativity of students. There are opportunities to perform and attend live music events both in and outside of school, and all students are encouraged to be involved as much as possible despite their level of music learning.