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26/11/21

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. https://t.co/5uE4vtJgQM

24/11/21

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!

23/11/21

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.

22/11/21

Retweetd From Danny Dalton

Thank you for the warm welcome I received today when delivering ZAP workshops to Years 7 & 8’s. A fantastic start to https://t.co/UZcSwkiequ

18/11/21

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.

17/11/21

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.

17/11/21

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! https://t.co/mLxme8dnmi

11/11/21

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 https://t.co/vsVwkIAgBV

11/11/21

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! https://t.co/WbeEnepaEz

09/11/21

We welcomed Lesley Urbach from https://t.co/LGP9zl0mJx to the Academy last week. Lesley spoke to our students about her family's experiences during the holocaust. https://t.co/lXq62awRCH

08/11/21

Retweetd From Superdad Damo

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

08/11/21

Following on from our successful Year 11 Raising Achievement Evening, here are some recommended revision books for our GCSE students: https://t.co/6iCyT8m1ML

11/10/21

We are running Intervention Sessions for our GCSE students over the half term break. Please see our most recent letter for details: https://t.co/k1YZYIWMa5

04/10/21

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!

01/10/21

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.

23/09/21

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. https://t.co/qJoQsPNU7M

22/09/21

Open Evening is tomorrow from 16:30! Please reserve a seat at our Principal's Address using the form below. Further information is available on our website. https://t.co/6XiI1FjBth https://t.co/ueCseX1CJg

17/09/21

Open Evening 2021 is on 23rd September from 16:30. Please visit our website for more information and to book a seat at our Principal's Address: https://t.co/6XiI1FBcRR https://t.co/1nwg4VZ2Um

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Central Office

Bexley

Bromley

Clapham

Croydon

Greenwich

Haringey

Havering

Merton

Newham

Southwark

Sutton

Thurrock

Wandsworth

Westminster

Values and Ethos

HAPU is an outstanding, vibrant, mixed school for students aged 11- 19 with specialisms in enterprise and sport. 

We are ambitious to build on the outstanding success of the Academy thus far, already a well-established centre of academic, artistic, sporting and technological excellence. 

We teach students from diverse backgrounds, cultures and abilities and enable them to make exceptional progress both academically and in their wider personal development.

Our passion and expectation is that each and every student who joins Harris Academy Purley achieves and exceeds their ‘potential’.  We want our students to be inspired and engaged in their learning, developing strong ambition and resilience to succeed.  In all aspects of school life we emphasise the traditional values of respect, integrity and self-discipline.  These underpin our entire philosophy. 

Our students join us for a seven year journey, with the expectation that they will continue their education into our Sixth Form. 


Learning, Excellence, Unity, Integrity

Learning and Achievement. This is our core business – students learning and leading to outstanding achievement.  We expect students to learn in every lesson and to make progress from whatever their starting point may be. 

Excellence and Resilience. We aim for students to attain excellence in all aspects of their school life. We want students to achieve the very highest standards academically in the creative & performing arts; technology and in the sporting arena. For students to reach the very highest standards they must develop resilience. Resilience means encountering challenges and learning to persevere and bounce back when they fail.  To ensure we develop this resilience means we must ensure students are genuinely challenged in all aspects of school life.

Unity and Diversity. HAPU is a very diverse academy. 75% of our students come from an ethnic group other than White British. Additionally we have a wide range of students from different social, religious and financial backgrounds. We aspire for students to learn and enjoy what real unity is and that they make a meaningful contribution to the academy and external community unity – whether it be their Tutor group, House, year, whole school or external community. In contrast to this desire for unity, we also seek to see and encourage genuine diversity. We value the individual and respect the unique talents and approaches that they bring to the Academy. 

Integrity and Respect. These two values underpin our entire philosophy.  Integrity means ‘doing the right thing, even when someone isn’t looking’.  A school community motivated by integrity and embodying a true understanding of respect and care for others is a successful school.


Vision

  • To be the top performing academy in the top performing Federation
  • To deliver an outstanding curriculum that prepares students for their future learning and careers
  • To be identified as one of the top comprehensive schools in the country for progress and relative attainment
    • Progress 8 of +1.0
    • Attainment of +80% Grade 5 to 9 E&M
    • To eliminate the PP v NPP gap
    • Eliminate gender performance stereotypes
  • To have record levels of student, parent and staff satisfaction
  • To be the school of first choice in the community

British values

The academy supports and delivers a firm commitment to developing and upholding British Values. 


Democracy

We have our own Student Voice made up of elected Form reps as well as Head Students. Students are taught in a variety of ways including tutor time, assemblies and in subject specific content about the importance of democracy.


The rule of law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the academy or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout all aspects of academy life. Students and parents are taught the value and reasons behind our rules, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. We have talks from the Community Police Office team to students on the rule of law.


Individual liberty

Students are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for students to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education.  Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and tutor lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.


Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Harris Academy Purley is situated in an area which is greatly culturally diverse and we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the student and staff body. Our RE, assemblies and tutor teaching reinforce this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes.


Curriculum

Within the wider curriculum and its delivery we expect all students irrespective of gender, ethnic origin or beliefs:

  • To participate in PE lessons.
  • Female students in all years can be taught by male PE teachers
  • All students are expected to take part in PE, Art, Music and Drama lessons
  • Students will be taught in mixed gender groups in all other subjects
  • To participate in wider activities and discussions, for example, during tutor time, that uphold British values
  • To show tolerance of different faiths and beliefs, including Christianity.

Radicalisation and extremism

The academy believes and actively supports the view that all students should be protected from radicalisation and extremism. Our approach to this is in line with the Government’s CONTEST strategy (the counter terrorist strategy) and PREVENT (stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism).

Radicalisation is the process by which people come to support terrorism and extremism, and in some cases participate in terrorist groups. Extremism is the vocal or active opposition to the fundamental British values in bullet points above.

Our 100% commitment to safeguarding student welfare means we are vigilant to monitoring vulnerability to radicalisation including:

  • Family tensions
  • Sense of isolation
  • Migration
  • Distance from cultural heritage
  • Experience of racism or discrimination
  • Feeling of failure

Any concerns must be reported to the Designated Safeguarding Officer, Miss Dixon who will make a referral using the “Channel” referral form.


A cross-curricular approach

We deliver a cross curricular approach to the delivery of SMSC, including British Values

  • via current affairs – regular discussion sessions once a week centred on a topic in the news such as Extremism
  • via assemblies – regular sessions run centred on a theme that links to British Values, for example, Human Rights and Freedom
  • via tutorial activities that encourage the exploration and application of British Values
  • via student leadership – actively voting in academy elections to elect posts of responsibility
  • via Religious Education – predominantly Christian but exploring beliefs and values of other faiths including multicultural celebrations.
  • In subjects where we map how other subjects deliver knowledge and understanding of key concepts that link to British Values.