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All 27 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.
The vast majority of our Academies have come from extremely challenging starting points in terms of performance and standards. Now they are outperforming the national average and are oversubscribed by an average of four applications for every place available.
9 Harris Academies have already been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted – just under three quarters of those so far inspected. This track record is unmatched by any other education body.
We are delighted and proud that:
- Since opening, each Harris Academy has increased the proportion of students getting five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths by 35 percentage points.
- We have sustained GCSE improvements every year since opening.
- Based on pure GCSEs (i.e. without GCSE equivalents factored in), 60% of Harris students got five or more A*-Cs including English and Maths in Summer 2013. This is 9 percentage points higher than the national average of 51%.
- Students eligible for Free School Meals and Looked After students scored 67% 5A*-C with English and Maths. This not only outperforms the national average for these students, it outperforms the national average for Year 11 students as a whole.
- By Summer 2011 every Harris Secondary Academy had hit and surpassed the government’s 2015 floor target of 50% of students achieving five GCSEs including English and Maths. This was sustained in summer 2013.
- 18% of students passed the English Baccalaureate up from 8.8% in 2012. This figure is above the national average of 15%.
- In Mathematics 80% of students made the 3 levels of progress expected by the Government (in 2012 the national average was 69%). In English 77% of students made 3 levels of progress (national average was 68% in 2012).
- This summer, the average 'A' Level grades achieved at the Harris Federation Sixth Form were A,A,B with many students winning places at Russell Group universities including for Medicine, Maths and Law.
No Harris Academy is academically selective and we have an expectation that children from all backgrounds can achieve when their school has the support and resources in order to help them:
- 45% of our students come from households where the income is low enough to entitle them to Free School Meals (the national average is 26.7%). As the table below shows, at Harris Academies they are vastly outperforming the national average for FSM students and very close to outperforming the national average for all students.
2012 National Average
|Outperforming the National Average|
|5 A*-Cs inc English and Maths||
|5 A*-Cs inc English and Maths (pure GCSEs)||
|5 A*-Cs inc English and Maths - FSM students||67%||36%||+31%|
|3 Levels of Progress in English||77%||68%||+10%|
|3 Levels of progress in Maths||80%||69%||+13%|
|5 A*-Cs in any subject||92%||83%||+9%|
|% improvement since opening (5A*-C inc English and Maths)||35%||-||-|
|% rated as 'Outstanding'||69%||21%||+48%|
What others say: recent quotes
"The best Academies — like Lord Harris’s chain in south London — are now taking over schools parents used to shun and turning them into magnets for talent.” - Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education
“Harris Academies... are a byword for quality and excellence.” - Lord Adonis, Minister for Schools, 2005-08
“(Harris Academy South Norwood) has got the same type of challenging students who used to attend (its predecessor) Stanley Tech up to 80 per cent. They’ve achieved this with an absolute pig-headed determination that every single one of them has it within them to succeed. That’s the culture they have created.” - Councillor Tim Pollard, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Learners at the London Borough of Croydon