29/01/2015 Secondary League Tables Roundup
In a tough year for GCSE figures nationally, the Harris Secondary Academies produced a number of notable successes. In particular, schools across the Federation continued their drive to offer the most academic qualifications and ensure achievement for all students.
Within the Harris Federation, achievement of students eligible for the pupil premium was above the national average for all schools. Students who speak English as an additional language were supported to match the performance of all our students, outdoing the national average for EAL students achieving five or more good GCSEs including English and maths by more than 10 percentage points.
When equivalent qualifications such as BTECs are excluded, 62% of Harris students are achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and maths. This is a rise of more than a percentage point on last year and comfortably surpasses the national average of 53%.
In terms of individual successes:
Harris Academy Chafford Hundred topped the table for Thurrock and re-affirmed its place as a leading school locally and nationally. 93% of students gained five or more good GCSEs including English and maths. 87% of those eligible for the pupil premium achieved the same measure.
At Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich, which received its first results, 71% of students gained five or more good GCSEs including English and maths. The Academy’s EBacc proportion is already better than the national average.
Harris Academy Purley placed second amongst state-funded schools in Croydon. 79% of the Academy’s students are achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and maths, whilst the percentage achieving the EBacc more than trebled.
Also in Croydon, the proportion of students meeting the EBacc measure at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace was once again more than double the national average, at 55%.
There was a substantial rise of 14 percentage points in the headline measure for Harris Academy Upper Norwood, which joined the Harris Federation just over a year ago. The proportion of students achieving the EBacc at sister school Harris Academy South Norwood rose to 35%.
Harris Academy Falconwood’s results improved by three percentage points in a year when the school was once again rated ‘Outstanding’.
There were also strong climbs (of at least nine percentage points) in the proportion of students meeting the EBacc measure at Harris Academy Beckenham, Harris Academy Bromley, Harris Academy Morden and Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich.
10/01/2015 London Teacher Careers Fair 2015
Our Primary and Secondary Academies are holding a Careers Fair on Saturday 31st January 2015 between 10am and 3pm.
We are looking for NQTs, experienced Teachers and Senior Leaders. There are also opportunities for graduates looking to qualify and train as teachers within our schools through our Schools Direct Programme.
The event offers an informative introduction to the Harris Federation and is a fantastic opportunity to discover more about the career opportunities we can offer at each of our Primary and Secondary Academies in and around London. Browse the stalls, find out more about the individual Academies and meet the principals. Enjoy some refreshments and chat with teachers and students.
On the day, there will be:
Keynote speeches from leaders in education
Careers in teaching workshops
Teacher Training introduction sessions
Q&A with our expert panel
Recruitment and job application advice
Mock interviews / feedback for Graduates, NQTs and future leaders
An opportunity to meet and speak with some of our students
Tea and coffee will be served throughout the day. We very much look forward to meeting you.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to request further information.
The Careers Fair will be at the Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London Bridge, SE1 9DD (nearest tube station is London Bridge). Click here for directions.
Careers in Teaching Workshops
We are hosting a selection of innovative teaching workshops delivered by specialist practitioners across primary and secondary in key areas of classroom practice which include:
PLEASE NOTE: Pre-registration is now closed. There will be workshop spaces available on the day, entry will be on a first come first serve basis. We very much look forward to seeing you.
Lessons from Shanghai: A deeper understanding of what is meant by variation, see examples of variation and will contrast these examples with the way questions are presented in some well-known UK textbooks (pre-registration is now full).
Using discussion in the classroom to share ideas and perspectives (pre-registration is now full).
Primary & Secondary
Keynote speech from Sir Dan Moynihan and Q&A with our expert panel (pre-registration is now full).
Acting the Part: How acting can help you deliver engaging lessons that support behaviour for learning (pre-registration is now full).
Read Write Inc (pre-registration is now full).
Literacy across curriculum (pre-registration is now full).
Primary & Secondary
Introduction to teacher training, all you need to know about how to train to teach (pre-registration is now full).
Primary & Secondary
How to write a stellar application and top tips for interviews (pre-registration is now full).
Primary & Secondary
Lesson Planning for Outstanding learning (pre-registration is now full).
9/01/2015 Harris Academy Coleraine Park Tops Pupil Progress Tables
"Pupils develop faster than at any other sponsored primary Academy in the country"
"Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park is the best primary school in Haringey for pupil progress"
The Department for Education has rated Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park as the top sponsored primary Academy in the country for academic progress made by pupils between the ages of seven and eleven.
Most children at the Academy, which was rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted last year, speak English as a second language. Despite this, they are learning more quickly and successfully than in other sponsored Academies to achieve well in their Year 6 SATs.
The progress measure, which is used to rank all schools, is known as ‘value added’. Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park achieved a value added score for 2014 of 103.1, which is significantly above the expected progress score of 100.
Alongside its national achievement, the progress of pupils at the Academy last year was ranked as the strongest of any primary in Haringey. It opened in 2012 alongside the nearby Harris Primary Academy Philip Lane, which also performed impressively to be ranked fourth in the borough for pupil progress with a value added score of 102.1.
“We are delighted to be recognised as the top sponsored primary Academy in the country for the progress made by our pupils. Many of our children start the Academy speaking very little English. However, our unrelenting focus on high expectations, confidence building, creative learning and an extended curriculum have ensured these results. This was a school with a history of underachievement but every member of staff here now works tirelessly to realise our motto of achieving ‘exceedingly, abundantly, above all we can think or imagine’.”
Joanne Taylor, Executive Principal of Harris Academy Coleraine Park
“Many congratulations to all staff and pupils on this exceptional accomplishment. Along with Joanne Taylor and the Governing Body they have brought about rapid improvement in the quality of education at the school, which is now rightfully recognised as outstanding.”
Sir Dan Moynihan, Chief Executive of the Harris Federation
5/01/2015 'Good' Ofsted Report for Harris Academy Morden
Harris Academy Morden has been rated as a ‘Good’ school by Ofsted in its first inspection.
The academy joined the Harris Federation just two years ago, replacing Bishopsford Arts College which was rated ‘Inadequate’ by Ofsted.
Inspectors visited the academy for two days in early December and found it to be ‘Good’ overall. The academy’s leadership and the behaviour and safety of pupils – two of the four categories looked at by Ofsted – went one better and were deemed to be ‘Outstanding’.
In their report, inspectors said:
“Students achieve well in most subjects. The progress students make in English and mathematics has risen significantly.”
“Students are raising their aspirations for their future academic achievements and personal development. For example, many more students now see further education as a realistic prospect.”
“The range of subjects studied is outstanding. It promotes and sustains students’ academic achievement very well.”
“The academy encourages excellence beyond the classroom. It provides a very wide range of extra-curricular activities, enrichment opportunities, trips and visits.”
“Students’ behaviour in lessons and around the academy is outstanding. They work hard and concentrate very well in lessons.”
“Leadership at all levels, including that of the governors, senior and middle leaders, is outstanding.”
The Ofsted report also noted that “the academy is very effectively supported by the Harris Federation in making and sustaining this improvement from the predecessor school” and that “students who reflected on the changes that have taken place since the academy started… commented that students now want to be in lessons and to work.”
The leadership of Principal Lee Mallin was praised as “fundamental in bringing about rapid improvement”. Mr Mallin said:
“We are very pleased with this feedback on our very first Ofsted inspection as an academy. Our students and staff have worked extremely hard in the last two years and it’s great for us to be rewarded with two ‘Outstanding’ judgements in what is a very strong report. Our priority now is to consolidate this success and ensure we become ‘Outstanding’ in all four categories as soon as possible.”
Sir Dan Moynihan, Chief Executive of the Harris Federation, said:
“Congratulations to everyone at Harris Academy Morden. Mr Mallin and his staff have delivered relentless improvement to make this a place where students now genuinely want to learn, and this is evident across the report.”
Download the Harris Academy Morden report.