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!


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 🥇


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:


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!


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! 🚌


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! ⚽️


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


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! 🥇


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! 🏉


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! ⚽️


Our latest Newsletter is available from our website:


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


We've cooked our dinner and pitched our tents. We're now enjoying the sunset ☺️


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! 🏕️💨


Earlier in the week we posted about Gardening Club being busy planting crops before the break. We are now excited to announce 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! 🚜🥕🥔


A letter regarding Year 11 Prom and intervention sessions has been published on our website:


⚽️ 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!


A letter form the Principal has been published on our website:


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 🏉


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 🚜🥔🥔

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At Harris Academy Purley we believe numeracy is one of the most important life skills

We ensure that our students are able to develop their understanding of cross-curricular Mathematics. Numeracy is the foundation of mathematics, and as such the concepts learnt in school are necessary for understanding more advanced mathematics, such as quadratic equations, statistical analysis and calculus.

Modern life is increasingly digital, presenting us with more and more numerical data. Although computers and calculators can carry out many of the necessary calculations for us, we need to know which order to enter the numbers, and whether the answer we get is reasonable. Numeracy skills are those you need to do a job (for example, using spreadsheets, calculating invoices) or to be an engaged citizen (for example, making sense of statistics reported in the media). Numeracy is also the ability to perform simple number calculations - a subset therefore of wider mathematics.

Did you know?

  • Maths helps your child continue with his/her studies in other subjects;
  • Maths A level keeps options open when applying to university;
  • Approximately 90% of graduate jobs require a high level of digital skill;
  • Maths graduates have the lowest levels of unemployment;
  • Maths is used extensively in some of the best paid jobs: Finance – accountancy, banking, actuarial work; Computing – software, internet, telecommunications; Engineering – manufacturing, surveying, architecture

What can you do to support Numeracy at home?

At Harris Academy Purley, we work hard to support your child’s Numeracy development in all subjects and we would welcome any time you could devote to this at home.

It would be useful if you would also:

  • Show them how we use Maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this
  • Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop Maths skills; If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together
  • Don't shy away from Maths if you didn’t like it at school. Try to find new ways to enjoy the subject with your child
  • Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy
  • Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost
  • When taking transport, work out the journey times and encourage them to plan journeys together

Numeracy Action Plan


Action/Strategy What is required? Timescale Key dates Who is responsible?
Tutor Time Implementation of Numeracy materials at Tutor Time - KS3: Focus on Computation fluency and KS4 on financial Numeracy.

Tutors to be using / FDs and PDOLs monitoring use.

Evidence in student tutor books

September 17th Dec/ 11th Feb / 22nd July (learning walks / lesson observations/ book scrutinies / data reports / staff and student feedback) IJO / HPE
Numeracy Intervention Club for Year 7 Extra support for students below the standard required to be secondary school ready List of students and extra learning to begin – Wednesdays 3.00pm to 4.00pm. Parents of all students to be contacted December   OLO / ANE
Numeracy Logo Numeracy Logo to promote maths in real life scenarios Use of Logo, across interdisciplinary subjects to help support embedding of Numeracy in subjects other than maths. December   IJO / DSL
Numeracy Learning Walks Teachers to be assessed and supported in delivering lessons that help to stress real life applications of Maths and highlighting Numeracy Careers Numeracy walk proforma Teacher strengths and weaknesses gathered, best practice supported and shared December   ANE / ALT
National Numeracy Day 2022 (May): Whole School focus on Numeracy:

Follow the national programme where students are engaged in numeracy related activities throughout the day. Students also enter for national prizes.

Follow the national programme where students are engaged in numeracy related activities throughout the day. Students also enter for national prizes.

May   All Staff / ANE
Numeracy Display 2022. Timeline: Numeracy Day May 2022. Numeracy Display 2022. Timeline: Numeracy Day May 2022. Numeracy Display 2022. Timeline: Numeracy Day May 2022. May   HOD / IJO / ANE
Numeracy Display 2022. Timeline: Numeracy Day May 2022. Numeracy Display 2022. Timeline: Numeracy Day May 2022. Numeracy Display 2022. Timeline: Numeracy Day May 2022. November   IJO / LPE


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