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From the 7th to the 9th May, 12 lucky Year 10 & 12 students took part in an Architecture workshop lead by the 3.09 Collective; a group of young architects aiming to open doors for students from diverse backgrounds into the world of Architecture and Urban Planning.


Maya attended an awards ceremony at City Hall this week for being a Runner Up in her age category in the Mayor of London's Fourth Plinth competition. Maya's artwork 'Women's Journey' will remain on display to the public at City Hall. Well done Maya!


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We had an amazing 1st day starting our programme , facilitating young people in the built environment who are underrepresented in the industry


Congratulations to Charlie for coming 3rd in the Murrayfield ice skating compeition this weekend! Charlie is also competeting in Aberdeen on the 20th-21st May... Best of luck!


We now have some wonderful new seating and picnic tables in our quad area!


Transition Evening is from 7pm tomorrow (Wednesday 24th April 2019) and will end around 8pm. Please let us know in advance if you would like to drop younger children off in the crèche while the talks are going on:


Year 7 students have been taking part in a STEM challenge with Mr Dauban in Design & Technology today!


Letters for our End of Term and Start of Term arrangements are now on the website:


Purley, South Norwood, Palace and Beckenham Y11 Media students are attending a special workshop at to prepare them for their upcoming exams!


A group of our students were invited to Accenture's 'Decoded' workshop to improve their teamwork and communication skills. Accenture work with some well-known companies including Google and New Look, fixing their technical issues. The students had a great time!


The issues with our Virgin line have now been resolved. Email and telephones are working once again. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused!


Unfortunately our network issue are continuing this morning. Staff emails are currently affected. Reception have a temporary telephone installed for urgent calls using the main academy number. This line may be busy!


Eco Club, led by Miss Buckley, continues to do great work in recycling the plastic bottles our students get through each week. All of this would have ended up in landfill if these students didn't do such a great job!


We are currently suffering from a network outage, which is affecting our telephone system and email. You can still use our address for urgent messages. We hope to have this issue resolved soon.


Our Jack Petchey Speak Out finalists delivered six amazing speeches to their peers this afternoon. Topics ranged from hidden disabilities to battling depression. After careful deliberation, Freya was crowned the winner and will go on to the next stage of the competition!


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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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