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26/05/22

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! https://t.co/1vUhHJM3SH

23/05/22

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 🥇 https://t.co/qhmQPmIEQm

17/05/22

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: https://t.co/f0RLHOHO8y

17/05/22

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! https://t.co/QiYQl0rFi5

10/05/22

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! 🚌 https://t.co/tYXF8Gt0Ca

09/05/22

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! ⚽️ https://t.co/KiH8tRQVB6

06/05/22

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 https://t.co/11NzYrCOPz

05/05/22

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! 🥇

05/05/22

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! 🏉 https://t.co/PCXfE8aSJy

28/04/22

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! ⚽️

20/04/22

Our latest Newsletter is available from our website: https://t.co/FJsf6qaA69 https://t.co/YkfWoFDIOo

14/04/22

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

03/04/22

We've cooked our dinner and pitched our tents. We're now enjoying the sunset ☺️ https://t.co/F2djV2M9ZQ

01/04/22

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! 🏕️💨 https://t.co/nV3FjbqDce

01/04/22

Earlier in the week we posted about Gardening Club being busy planting crops before the break. We are now excited to announce https://t.co/zdHtqQI6yK 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! 🚜🥕🥔 https://t.co/2urCBAcRsd

31/03/22

A letter regarding Year 11 Prom and intervention sessions has been published on our website: https://t.co/dgSRmX7JeG

30/03/22

⚽️ 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! https://t.co/vqCrYk8hlp

30/03/22

A letter form the Principal has been published on our website: https://t.co/k1YZYIWMa5

30/03/22

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 🏉 https://t.co/ImWzwH1GjT

30/03/22

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 🚜🥔🥔 https://t.co/oSJAeJVbQo

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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 Officer 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, Ms 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.