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20/09/19

Next week, 50+ student representatives will attend the Harris Climate Emergency Conference delivered by During the two days they will be working together to develop a action plan to bring back to their individual schools https://t.co/rFrPGB131y

20/09/19

Retweeted From Economist Foundation

Next week we'll be delivering a two day Climate Emergency Conference to 50+ student representatives from across . They'll take on the and develop a climate action plan to take back to their schools.

19/09/19

Congrats. Have a great campaign! https://t.co/yqv1PdMoEF

18/09/19

Retweeted From HarrisBeckenham

We are prepared and very excited to meet all our prospective students very shortly! https://t.co/lGchDHjond

18/09/19

Retweeted From Harris Purley Way

We are proud to share the news that our recent Ofsted inspection graded the academy as OUTSTANDING in ALL areas! https://t.co/a9ADAcfDoI

18/09/19

Retweeted From Harris Academy Ockendon Sixth Form

Welcome to HAOC Sixth Form. Our intention is to provide all our students with a first class education and amazing life experiences. We will provide the opportunities for your child to flourish in education, work and life. Follow us to stay up-to-date with our journey. https://t.co/fTvs0JZZ1X

18/09/19

Congratulations to all on their 'outstanding' Ofsted rating. https://t.co/fNwqBmB3Fv

18/09/19

Retweeted From Harris Peckham

All of our Year 7 students were given their own instrument today! We are so excited to be working with MiSST (Music in Secondary Schools Trust). What a great start on our violins, cellos, flutes, clarinets and trombones! hapmusic🎶 https://t.co/WzGvY7nlOS

17/09/19

Retweeted From HarrisBeckenham

We are looking forward to warmly welcoming all Y6 students to our Open Evening tomorrow. Come and explore and experience all our exciting subjects and opportunities on offer. The Principal's speech and Academy tours will be available throughout the evening. https://t.co/lATqERuaaC

16/09/19

Retweeted From Harris Careers

Harris Invictus Academy Croydon is currently looking to appoint a Director of Assessment and Data Systems to join its team of specialists. Does this sound like you? Then Apply Today! https://t.co/EnBlYnN5On

16/09/19

Retweeted From Harris Bermondsey

of our wonderful new Year 7 ! https://t.co/9f1qr1Chhq

16/09/19

Retweeted From HABE Sport

🚨 JUST A REMINDER ALL NETBALL TRIALS ARE TOMORROW 🏐 MEET AT THE SPORTS HALL AT 3:10PM. MUST HAVE YOUR INDOOR PE KIT AND TRAINERS 🚨

15/09/19

Retweeted From Harris Peckham

Music students in Year 10 & 11 had a great time at the Bach at ! A great outing for the Peckham Baroque Appreciation Society 🎻 🎶 https://t.co/y8Yn0zSllu

15/09/19

Retweeted From Southwark News

If your child is looking for a secondary school check out our guide Open days for tomorrow Monday 16 are Harris Peckham , Sacred Heart look through the guide to find all the dates https://t.co/ivc9sG4wFx

15/09/19

Retweeted From Harris Bromley

This weeks 'must read book' is a timeless, witty and enchanting novel about growing up. https://t.co/XmcertVbaF

15/09/19

Retweeted From HAB Enrichment

We’re very of our year 7 students who have thrown themselves into . Some students attended five clubs last week! Our enrichment schedule is on the ‘How We Learn’ section of the website https://t.co/0nDPzqQv9R

15/09/19

Retweeted From Harris Garrard

When leaders are so dedicated they turn up to performances on Sundays! Thank you Mrs Harrowell -#learningchangeslives https://t.co/oVa7IWEss6

15/09/19

Retweeted From Harris Garrard

The Garrard Choir already in London for the festival! Come and join us- free entry at the Scoop! 1pm https://t.co/mbhcf6QQ56

13/09/19

Retweeted From Harris Bermondsey

Heyaballe, Ibtisam and Heyabel completed the very challenging UCL Sutton Scholars programme recently - an exciting range of visits, events and opportunities that will help them achieve top university places. We're of you! Find out more https://t.co/ENORJw9Hrb https://t.co/TT1h3Kfwqj

  • September 20, 2019 Next week, 50+ student representatives will attend the Harris Climate Emergency Conference delive...
  • September 20, 2019 Next week we'll be delivering a two day Climate Emergency Conference to 50+ student representativ...
  • September 19, 2019 Congrats. Have a great campaign! Read more
  • September 18, 2019 We are prepared and very excited to meet all our prospective students very shortly!
  • September 18, 2019 We are proud to share the news that our recent Ofsted inspection graded the academy as OUTSTANDIN...
  • September 18, 2019 Welcome to HAOC Sixth Form. Our intention is to provide all our students with a first class educa...
  • September 18, 2019 Congratulations to all on their 'outstanding' Ofsted rating. Read more
  • September 18, 2019 All of our Year 7 students were given their own instrument today! We are so excited to be working...
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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