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Thank you to all the students, parents and carers who attended our very busy Year 8 into Year 9 Options Evening!


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A reminder that it is our Year 8 into 9 Options Evening this evening for students and parents/carers. We look forward to seeing you from 17:30!


conducted an impromptu search of all of our students using metal detecting ‘knife arches’ this morning. The search was in response to recent headlines concerning knife crime, but was not prompted by anything specific to our Academy. No illicit items were discovered!


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Brilliant day Met ys 7,8,9 & 10 with Secrets of the Henna Girl. Bright confident pupils eager to learn and ready to question about Thank you for inviting me 🙂


Our next Parent Voice meeting will take place tomorrow (5th March) from 18:30 until 19:30. All parents and carers of our students are welcome to attend the meetings. They are an ideal opportunity to provide feedback to our Leadership Team and Principal


A huge thank you to distinguished author Sufiya Ahmed for coming in and talking to our students today!


Wishing Harris Academy Purley and South Norwood students a safe and pleasant trip to Austria today! If you'd like to keep up with the action on and off the slopes, follow: (also on Instagram)


A little reminder that Friday 15th is an INSET day!


Term Dates for the next academic year are on our website:


Our dedicated Art department are running 3 trips to the Tate Modern every week for the next couple of weeks to ensure all of our Year 7 and Year 8 students get a chance to experience the artwork and culture the gallery has to offer!


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A Parent/Carer Voice meeting will take place this evening at 6.30pm until 7.30pm in the Sixth Form Study Area. It is open to all parents and carers of students at the academy. Refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!


Some of our students have requested the team photos from our recent Athens tour, here they are!


Students are hard at work creating some tasty treats for this evening's Christmas Concert @ Harris Academy Purley


This week we welcomed back the team from to teach our students more about the engineering cycle. This is part of a programme to promote STEAM subjects in schools!

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Posted on February 5th 2019

Mock Trial Experience

On 4th February, Harris Experience students attended a Mock Trial set up by The Lawyer Portal at Harris Academy Bromley.

The morning was spent discussing the British legal and court system and legal careers. The students were then taught debating skills and engaged in ‘the great British biscuit debate’ with custard creams coming out on top. After break the students were introduced to a case study and assigned roles such as defence lawyer, prosecution lawyer, victim, witness, usher, judge, jury. They discussed the case and planned the arguments they would make if they were involved in the real trial.

After lunch all the students were invited into the hall for the real mock trial where some from each school were selected to play the roles. The students really rose to the challenge and special commendations to Emma for taking part in the full mock trial and conducted herself fantastically in front of Harris Experience students and their teachers from a number of Harris academies. The students wrote the following reviews of the day:

Emma: The trip to participate in a mock trial was interesting. We did a fun practice debate on biscuits to practice rebuttal and our persuasion skills followed by time to prepare and analyse the case information given to us. The trial itself was heated and exciting with good arguments and a good range of difficult questions in the cross examination of the witness and victim. The jury came to a fair decision based on the principal of conviction only if they believed the defendant was guilty ‘beyond reasonable doubt’.

Heer: I enjoyed the trip to Harris Girl’s Academy Bromley for the mock trial day and we learnt about the English legal system, participated in a mock trial. I really liked the final trial and the preparations we did as a group earlier in the day. Overall it was a fantastic day to be a part of and something I would like to do again if given the chance.

Nathaniel: Today we were taught all of the basics of British law and a crown court trial. It was a good learning experience and opened my eyes to the jobs and opportunities available in a legal career or working in the court justice system.

Ms Garner, Most Able Coordinator