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20/08/19

Here are some of our brilliant students heading to and this year. Many are the first in their family to attend university and all have beaten extraordinary odds to get there. We are so proud of them and wish them every happiness and success. https://t.co/HJt7DF572H

19/08/19

We're so proud of all our Sixth Formers on their . Great to see them taking their next steps - whether that's university, an apprenticeship or employment. We can't wait to see what they do next. Here's a round-up of all their successes: https://t.co/I713jYXeX7 https://t.co/ooYTrgebv6

16/08/19

Retweeted From CROWN OUT NOW 👑

The Stormzy Scholarship in partnership with Cambridge University is now open for the second year running. To be eligible for a 2019 entry applicants must be of black heritage and be holding an unconditional offer. Applications must be submitted no later than 1st September 2019 🙏🏿 https://t.co/05maZL47UH

16/08/19

Retweeted From Cambridge University

Second year of scholarships announced for students this October. https://t.co/DT36igEPBm

16/08/19

Retweeted From HarrisBeckenham

Harris Academy Beckenham are celebrating after receiving fantastic A Level results this week! These have helped them secure places at a number of top universities and vocational courses. https://t.co/n5wQuzSrpR https://t.co/glX1RFAgOr

16/08/19

Retweeted From Girton College

🎉Congratulations Esther👏- we look forward to seeing you in October! https://t.co/2kEVVFVYPx

16/08/19

Congratulations to Esther from who is to study English at - good luck Esther! https://t.co/5YxOtQg5KJ

15/08/19

Retweeted From Harris Chafford Hundred

A Level students achieve record success! 😁 https://t.co/22JWigRxfx https://t.co/Q9udvnlp7t

15/08/19

Retweeted From Harris Bermondsey

Huge congratulations to Chantoi, who goes to ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ to read Ancient and Modern History following a superb set of results today. https://t.co/t4zaZWWIER

15/08/19

Congratulations to student Daniel who has gained an amazing 7 A* grades and is off to to read Maths. He's going to be speaking about his fantastic achievement on the later this afternoon https://t.co/OmeZfhakxQ

15/08/19

Retweeted From James Handscombe

18% of grades at A* 27% of student A*AA or better 8 students with A*A*A*A* (or Pre-U equivalent) Great day for Harris Westminster Students. Congratulations all. https://t.co/coX8fBumcY

15/08/19

Retweeted From Harris South Norwood

Sawida & Eliana have done brilliantly to gain acceptance to study Pharmacy at & Medicine at | the future of clinical health of UK in great hands https://t.co/imtVjLZzMy

15/08/19

Congratulations to all 2,000 students collecting A Level results at our academies today 👏 Here's a roundup of our results so far: https://t.co/I713jYXeX7 https://t.co/P58gViVkha

15/08/19

Retweeted From Harris South Norwood

Head of Academy, Ms Landman proud as punch of her student Stephanie and her dream apprenticeship with after securing ABB at A Level. A career in HR beckons https://t.co/rIwWPmZSJQ

15/08/19

Retweeted From Naomi Ackerman

Met inspirational young people this morning! Congrats to all https://t.co/BIzKcctHlA

15/08/19

'Iraq refugee's daughter to study at Oxford' Congratulations to the two students featured in today's . Both are off to study Medicine - Zahra from is going to and Sehal from is off to https://t.co/yGi9NfNxvC

15/08/19

Retweeted From Harris Purley

Our Sixth Form students collected their fantastic A-Level and CTEC results today! Congratulations! 🎉 https://t.co/CXrBeoP0kS

15/08/19

Retweeted From Harris City Academy

Well done to Emily who has secured an apprenticeship in Data Analysis with ⁦ https://t.co/piMmHY8Fr0

15/08/19

Good luck to Kimberley is off to to read Economics and Iris who is for Geography https://t.co/YYI89rsF0Q

15/08/19

Retweeted From Harris Westminster

Ben is heading to Imperial College to read Biochemistry with a set of excellent results https://t.co/1nkSNKvlnb

  • August 20, 2019 Here are some of our brilliant students heading to and this year. Ma...
  • August 19, 2019 We're so proud of all our Sixth Formers on their . Great to see them taking their...
  • August 16, 2019 The Stormzy Scholarship in partnership with Cambridge University is now open for the second year ...
  • August 16, 2019 Second year of scholarships announced for students this October. Read...
  • August 16, 2019 Harris Academy Beckenham are celebrating after receiving fantastic A Level results this week! The...
  • August 16, 2019 🎉Congratulations Esther👏- we look forward to seeing you in October!
  • August 16, 2019 Congratulations to Esther from who is to study English at
  • August 15, 2019 A Level students achieve record success! 😁 Read more Read more
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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