Harris Experience Advanced
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.
Year 12 Harris Experience Advanced student Crystal Palace: 'At first I was unsure about applying for Oxford but the Harris Experience gave me the tools needed to reach my potential. The staff were always happy to help me with my application and just talk about the whole process. It's been ideal for me!'
The programme is aimed at our most academic students who have achieved outstanding grades at GCSE or who prove themselves to be making outstanding academic progress early in Year 12 and maintain this throughout their sixth form life.
Year 13 Harris Experience Advanced student Purley: ‘The Harris Experience Advanced offers many opportunities such as taster courses and summer schools. As a result of this, I have received great offers from Russell Group universities. Definitely worth it.’
The programme comprises several whole group sessions; constant academic tracking; trips and masterclasses; university visits; subject-specific societies to support academic stretch with subject specialist guides; an Oxbridge programme; a medic/dentistry programme; weekly bulletins and follow-up on a wealth of academic opportunities outside of school; guidance on writing very competitive applications to Russell Group universities; interview practice and advice; learning mentors for Oxbridge.
Year 13 Harris Experience Advanced student Beckenham : ‘If I said that the Harris Experience Advanced helped me greatly it wouldn't serve the programme enough justice. I'm honest when I say that the programme gave me such a significant insight into further education as well as support that it almost made me feel like a cheat.’