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16/01/18

Retweeted From Borough Of Sutton

Work begins on the new building for Harris Academy Sutton https://t.co/ajU0CJqSUR https://t.co/BJrF7Tq4mv

16/01/18

Retweeted From Croydon Advertiser

A huge new secondary school is being built in Sutton and it will open this year https://t.co/AmIFWI7DBl

16/01/18

Work has started on the new building for Harris Academy Sutton https://t.co/nc8KRTWohh

15/01/18

Retweeted From Sutton Council

A new £40 million secondary school on the site of one of the UK’s most significant regeneration projects, The London Cancer Hub, is set to create the next generation of young scientists. https://t.co/TBbPDuNtFM https://t.co/2tSRngnMfn

15/01/18

Retweeted From HPA Philip Lane

We are delighted to announce that Michael Foale CBE, the British-American astrophysicist and former astronaut, will visit the academy on Friday 2nd February 2018. Stay tuned for more information coming very soon. https://t.co/n3HsxujAEh

15/01/18

Watch: video on the start of building work for the new Harris Academy Sutton building https://t.co/HugRRIpP4i

13/01/18

New site is close enough to a number of Harris academies with strong A-level offers that pupils will be supported to move should they wish to https://t.co/kSTDzSdYcz

12/01/18

Retweeted From Croydon Advertiser

Here’s what happened after a Croydon school banned energy drinks https://t.co/uoMCebIAbM

12/01/18

Retweeted From SURREY

Here’s what happened after a school banned energy drinks https://t.co/aio7TNZDqR https://t.co/DLm08ZOJzZ

12/01/18

Retweeted From Ian Brownhill

Ever wondered what school governors do? A fantastic opportunity to find out with - I'm in my fourth year, our governing body is a hugely diverse range of individuals https://t.co/wIcf2mN0Kq

10/01/18

. students help kick off campaign to ban the sale of energy drinks to children https://t.co/1mjpEWCgqk

10/01/18

students helped kick off new campaign against the sale of high caffeine energy drinks to children. https://t.co/1mjpEWCgqk

10/01/18

students took part in new campaign to ban sale of energy drinks to children https://t.co/1mjpEWCgqk

10/01/18

Students at take part in latest campaign to ban the sale of high caffeine energy drinks to children: https://t.co/lXvZzUgerH

07/01/18

Retweeted From James Handscombe

I wrote a piece about the need to fill students' lives with beauty for the TES that came out of the conference in October. https://t.co/ArZmUvzLAP

07/01/18

Retweeted From Harris Careers

Will you be looking for your first role as an in 2018? Look no further! Apply for an NQT position : https://t.co/RJmRoA6RbK https://t.co/6wn4VzYC9e

06/01/18

Retweeted From Tes

. says under 16s should be banned from buying energy drinks in his new campaign . Do you agree? https://t.co/iVSgYA48Cl

06/01/18

Retweeted From Louise Martin

Proud of our students talking to and tonight. Energy drinks are https://t.co/ZaMAboZglS

06/01/18

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  • January 16, 2018 Work begins on the new building for Harris Academy Sutton Read more Read more
  • January 16, 2018 A huge new secondary school is being built in Sutton and it will open this year Read more
  • January 16, 2018 Work has started on the new building for Harris Academy Sutton
  • January 15, 2018 A new £40 million secondary school on the site of one of the UK’s most significant regeneration p...
  • January 15, 2018 We are delighted to announce that Michael Foale CBE, the British-American astrophysicist and form...
  • January 15, 2018 Watch: video on the start of building work for the new Harris Academy Sutton building
  • January 13, 2018 New site is close enough to a number of Harris academies with strong A-level offers that pupils w...
  • January 12, 2018 Here’s what happened after a Croydon school banned energy drinks Read mor...
Matt Britt

Matt Britt

Executive Principal of Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred & Harris Primary Academy Mayflower

"My own calling into teaching was inspired by some very special teachers."

When I was studying for my A levels in Solihull, I worked in two local primary schools, including with a truly inspirational teacher who helped build my confidence and completed my education as a person. At 18, I volunteered with disadvantaged pupils in London, opening my eyes to the wider world. Later, an amazing socialist politics teacher opened my thinking again and challenged my prejudices and narrow mindedness.

All of these factors combined to make me a better person and to develop a passion for teaching. I applied to study at the University of Warwick and once I'd graduated in 1991, I launched my teaching career at Bellenden Primary School in South London.

I joined the Harris Federation in January 2014, taking on Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred before opening the new five-form entry free school, Harris Primary Academy Mayflower, in September 2014. In September 2016, I also became the Executive Principal of Harris Primary Academy Orpington. This is an exciting new challenge as we attempt to turn around the performance of a predecessor school which has been requiring improvement since its 2014 inspection.

In addition to this, I have been working to support the Principals and staff at Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace and Harris Primary Academy Philip Lane in 2015-16. I have loved being part of these successful and vibrant academies.

I love the collegiate feel of being part of the Harris team. Sabeena Hasan, our Regional Primary Director, and Sir Dan, our Chief Executive, are nationally renowned school and system leaders and the support we receive is second to none. 

Before joining the Federation, I heard some negativity about the accountability of working for Harris, but I have never worked with a stronger, more supportive team. Of course, we expect the best for every Harris pupil, but we are all very much in it together. When things have gone well, I have been asked to share the best practice and it has been celebrated, and when things haven't gone as well the support I've had from colleagues and the Harris team has been heartfelt and incredible. This is not a place for hero leadership; it is most definitely a sustainable and hugely collaborative approach.

I love knowing that I am part of the most successful academy chain in the country and I love the fact that the support for business management, project management, HR, recruitment and ICT leaves me free to focus on the business of leading teaching and learning. Even though I am responsible for three primary academies I do have a good work life balance. This is due in no small part to the Harris approach.

The three academies I lead have some fantastic strengths. Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred has vibrant displays and the work in pupils' books and Early Years Learning Journals is exemplary in terms of presentation and quality.

Harris Primary Academy Mayflower is set in an inspiring new building. The vision for the academy of “Excellence. Every Child. Every Day.” is brought to life through the core values which underpin the behaviour and teaching and learning approaches.

If you are applying for a position at any of these academies, you should come with an open mind, a willingness to embrace change and receive feedback, and a good sense of humour. Be prepared to put your heart and soul into shaping the very best education for each of our pupils but be prepared to learn and grow every day too. Even if you're just thinking about working for a Harris Academy, do pay us a visit – we are always willing to show visitors around.

Teaching at Harris gives you a chance to learn your trade with the best academy chain in the country and supported by an incredible team of gifted educationalists with a track record of success. Why would you look anywhere else?

My top three qualities when looking for a teacher:

  • Someone who is open to reflective practice and will grow and develop, whilst embracing change and improvement.
  • Someone who can communicate well both when speaking and in writing.
  • Passion for the job and someone who has done their research about me and the academies before coming to interview.

 

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