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31/03/2015 Success of disadvantaged students earns £100,000 prize
~ Harris Academy receives prestigious award for helping all students achieve ~
Harris Academy Chafford Hundred has won a £100,000 prize in the finals of the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards.
Earlier this year, the Academy had received an initial £5,000 based on the outstanding achievement of students from low income backgrounds. This qualified the school for the finals of the competition, which evaluates how well schools across the country use the Pupil Premium to help their students succeed.
The Pupil Premium is additional funding that schools receive to help them raise the achievement of disadvantaged students and close the gap between them and their peers. It is also used to offer wider enrichment activities such as sporting and cultural trips and visits that provide inspiration beyond the classroom.
Last year, 87% of students eligible for the Pupil Premium at Harris Academy achieved five or more good GCSEs including English and maths. This compares to a national average of just 37%.
The Academy’s award was presented to Principal Nicola Graham by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and the Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb.
Following the ceremony, Nicola Graham said:
“It is wonderful for our students to receive such high-profile recognition of their fantastic achievement, along with the staff who tirelessly support them. We are adamant at this school that all young people can succeed, regardless of background. Whilst we will celebrate this award with students now, we are even more excited to work with them to invest it in ways that help them reach new heights.”
The Harris Federation’s Chief Executive, Sir Dan Moynihan, said:
“This is an exceptional achievement for Harris Academy Chafford Hundred, which in so many ways is a beacon school for the region and a model for schools across the country. Its commitment to success for all is unwavering. Congratulations to Nicola Graham, her team and their superb students.”
27/03/2015 Academy students partner with prestigious think tank
~ Sixth Formers work with world-class academics ~
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Year 12 students from three of the Harris Federation’s Academies in South London are benefitting from access to world-class higher education through a pioneering year-long partnership with think tank the Legatum Institute.
The venture – the first of its kind for 16 and 17 year olds – includes the opportunity to take part in a series of eight lectures and roundtable seminars on The History of Capitalism. These are being delivered and attended at the Legatum offices in Mayfair by world-leading academics from universities including Oxbridge and Harvard.
The lucky Sixth Formers from Harris Academy South Norwood, Harris Academy Merton and Harris City Academy Crystal Palace are part of Harris Experience Advanced, a unique cultural and academic enhancement programme for the most able students across the Federation. They were selected based on their excellent GCSEs and classroom performance.
The prestigious year-long partnership began on January 15th 2015 with a lecture on Rome’s Economic Revolution (147-30 BC) by Oxford University’s Philip Kay. The following week, students returned for a roundtable discussion on the lecture with Dr Kay and a select group of academics and Legatum researchers.
Next on the agenda was a lecture by David Abulafia, Professor of Mediterranean History at Cambridge, which focused on the role of merchants from the middle ages in fostering the roots of global trade. At the ensuing seminar, students heard Dr Abulafia expand on and answer their questions surrounding its key themes. Following the discussion, Dr Abulafia praised the Harris Experience students, saying:
“I would like to thank the students for their excellent questions; particularly perceptive and quite challenging really.”
The lecture and seminar course will ceremonially conclude in December 2015, with each Harris Experience student being awarded a certificate by the Legatum Institute.
Henry Langdon, Harris Experience Programme Coordinator, said:
“This partnership offers an exceptional boost to our students’ studies and higher education goals through exposure to a wide breadth of challenging debates and topics in economic history, steered by wonderfully inspiring scholars.
“And it is a pioneering example of the mutually beneficial links to be forged between schools and research institutions looking to broaden their impact whilst benefitting from the input of younger perspectives too. We are thrilled to be working with the Legatum Institute.”
Hywel Williams, acclaimed historian and Senior Advisor at the Legatum Institute, said:
“Harris Experience Advanced students have responded enthusiastically to this opportunity. They demonstrate an ability to absorb new information about the past and an appreciation of the ways in which history shapes our present world, whilst the seminar discussions to-date show keen minds at work during the opening phase of this venture. We are delighted that they have joined us for the series.”
Midhat Haque, a Harris Experience Advanced student from Harris Academy Merton, said:
“I think for me, the best thing is that this experience has definitely broadened my knowledge. Going to these lectures makes me consider things I hadn't thought of before, and it is nothing I'd hear about in everyday life as well. They have made me feel more aware of economics’ breadth and historical roots and the seminar discussions have built my confidence to pursue my goal of reading the subject at a top university.”
The Legatum Institute is an international think tank and educational charity, based in London, which researches the themes of revitalising capitalism and democracy.
The first lecture can be viewed here: http://www.li.com/events/rome-s-economic-revolution
25/03/2015 Harris Academy Bromley wins national GCSE award
Harris Academy Bromley will receive a national award which recognises it as one of the best schools in the country for students’ academic progress.
SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers Network, recently undertook an in-depth analysis of official Department for Education data on all state-funded schools in England and identified Harris Academy Bromley’s success.
The Academy has qualified for an SSAT Educational Outcomes Award for being in the top 10% nationally for progress made by students between their Year 6 SATS results at primary school and their GCSE results at age 16.
It has been invited to receive its award at a celebration in London on 12 May.
David Astin, Principal of Harris Academy Bromley, said:
“We are delighted that the excellent progress our students make during their time with us has been recognised. No matter what their starting point when they arrive here we believe that, with hard work and dedication, each and every girl at this school should achieve.”
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:
“Harris Academy Bromley should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement. They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students. There is so much good practice that this school could share.
“These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at Harris Academy Bromley, and show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person.”
24/03/2015 London students invited to try for Rugby Scholarships
~Rugby Academy opening this August in association with London Irish~
~Sixth Formers will play top level sport alongside lessons~
Teenagers across South London are being invited to apply for scholarships with a brand new Sixth Form Rugby Academy based at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace.
The Harris Rugby Academy, opening this summer for students joining Year 12, will offer a professional experience for student athletes through a partnership with London Irish RFC and the English Rugby Football Union (RFU).
Students who apply to the Harris Sixth Form at the Harris City Academy Crystal Palace site, which is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, and are successful at the Rugby Academy’s trials will be offered a full scholarship.
The scholarship includes:
Elite coaching from London Irish RFC;
Regular matches at a senior stadium;
Professional playing analysis and tracking;
A full match kit, training kit and presentation kit;
Team transport on game days.
Rugby Academy scholars will also have access to London Irish match tickets, stadium tours and employment and training opportunities.
Dr Hilary Macaulay, Principal of Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, said:
“This is a wonderful opportunity for any current Year 11 students looking to combine their academic Sixth Form study with a taste of elite professional rugby. We are really interested in developing student athletes who can work hard in class and play harder on the pitch to show that top rugby is not the preserve of independent schools.”
Chris Spedding, RFU Community Coach, said:
“This is an extremely exciting chance to join one of the fastest growing Rugby Academies in the country. Since working with them I have been extremely impressed with the professionalism, talent and drive to take rugby at the Academy to an elite level.”
Students interested in finding out more about the Rugby Academy and registering for trials run by London Irish on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st March at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace should visit www.harrisrugby.org.uk.
24/03/2015 Harris Academy students gain insight into cultural and economic life of Rye Lane, Peckham in LSE workshop
A researcher from LSE gave students from Harris Sixth Form an insight into the work of social scientists at a workshop focusing on the economic and cultural life of Rye Lane, Peckham, yesterday (Wednesday 18 March, 2015).
To read the full article on the LSE website, please click here.
|A researcher from LSE gave students from Harris Sixth Form an insight into the work of social scientists at a workshop focusing on the economic and cultural life of Rye Lane, Peckham, yesterday (Wednesday 18 March, 2015).
Dr Suzanne Hall, assistant sociology professor at LSE, visited Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich as part of LSE’s Research Festival which aims to get people outside of academia interested in and debating issues raised by social science research.
Dr Hall used Rye Lane as a lens to explore issues of social change, including migration and urbanisation, with a group of 15-20 Year 12 students from Harris Girls’ and Harris Boys’ Academies East Dulwich and Harris Academy Peckham.
The students were introduced to Dr Hall’s LSE Cities research project ‘Ordinary Streets’ which found that Rye Lane is home to independent traders from over twenty countries of origin, with over a quarter of the traders speaking four languages or more. Rye Lane Town Centre hosts 2100 formal businesses and 13 400 formal jobs. Trade on the street is diverse and intense, with some sub-divided shops having the same rental value per square metre as shops in Knightsbridge.
Dr Hall said: “It was an absolute pleasure to engage with students from the Harris Academies in Peckham. Not only was it great to access their insights about an area that they know well, but as curious and intelligent young people, they offer important perspectives on how the world is changing.
“High streets such as Rye Lane are the seemingly ordinary, but vital, worlds which are within a five minute walk of two-thirds of Londoners’ homes. However, their real value is often ‘invisible’ to those responsible for urban planning.
“I hope the workshop gave them a better understanding of how social science can be used in the real world – in this instance to understand streets culturally and economically so that their vibrancy can be properly valued in the planning and regeneration processes for example. If we fail to do this, we risk losing what makes ethnically diverse streets so successful to ‘cappuccino urbanism’.”
Kaniya Abubakar, Head Girl at Harris Academy Peckham, said of the workshop: “It was a really thought-provoking insight into our community. Dr Hall’s research into the immense complexity of Rye Lane’s commercial and cultural identity was particularly fascinating.”
Clement Aro, a student from Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich, said: “I was really surprised to find out that Rye Lane is as important to the London economy as the Westfield Centre in Stratford.”
The workshop was held as part of LSE’s Widening Participation Programme and also Harris’ own Harris Experience Advanced programme, which aims to enrich students’ extra-curricular learning and familiarise them with top Russell Group universities such as LSE. More broadly, the Initiative offers students a set of experiences and guidance to help build their confidence and academic profile so they can apply to university as strong candidates.
Dill Anstey, Vice Principal of Federation Sixth Form, said, “We’re thrilled to be working so closely with the London School of Economics and Political Science. One of the key features of our Harris university preparation programme is to tap into the wealth of opportunities on offer from universities. LSE, which is a world leader in this field, is of particular benefit to our more able students, who have high aspirations and a real curiosity and thirst for knowledge. Experiences like this, where they work closely with a university, give them confidence to see themselves as part of the research process and to understand the link between universities and original research. We’re looking forward to more links with LSE in the future.”
Posted: Thursday 19 March 2015
Notes to Editors
The LSE Research Festival is a series of events for the public that showcase social science research. Find out more at http://lse.ac.uk/researchfestival| https://twitter.com/LSEResearchFest|
The Harris Experience Advanced (HEA) is a Harris Federation Sixth Form initiative. It is primarily in place to prepare students to make competitive applications to top Russell Group universities as well as medical, dentistry and veterinary science schools.http://www.harrisfederation.org.uk/65/harris-experience-advanced| https://twitter.com/HFexperience|
Dr Suzanne Hall is Assistant Professor in Sociology and Senior Research Associate at the LSE research centre, LSE Cities. For more information about the Ordinary Streets project see http://lsecities.net/objects/research-projects/ordinary-streets|
Photo credit: Catarina Heeckt
23/03/2015 Hat-trick of national GCSE awards for Harris Academy Greenwich
Harris Academy Greenwich has received a hat-trick of national awards for the excellent progress and achievement of its GCSE students.
SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers Network, undertook an in-depth analysis of official Department for Education data on all state-funded schools in England and identified Harris Academy Greenwich’s success.
The Academy has qualified for two SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards for being in:
The top 10% nationally for progress made by pupils between their Year 6 SATS results at primary school and their GCSE results at age 16;
The top 20% of non-selective schools nationally for GCSE results.
It will also receive a special recognition award for its success in enabling students to fulfill their potential.
The Academy, which was rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted last year, has been invited to accept its awards at a celebration ceremony in London on 12 May 2015.
George McMillan, Principal of Harris Academy Greenwich, said:
“We are very proud of our students and staff. Their hard work and dedication to achievement for all is exceptional and it is great that SSAT have recognised this. We are delighted to be ranked amongst the top state-funded schools in the country for progress and achievement, and will use this to drive us to improve once again.”
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said:
“Harris Academy Greenwich should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement. They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving GCSE outcomes for their students. There is so much good practice that this school could share.
“These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the students, teachers and leadership team at Harris Academy Greenwich, and show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person.”
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