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23/08/19

Fantastic science results across the Harris Federation – of students taking triple science, 62% got Grade 7+ in Biology and 65% in Physics and Chemistry https://t.co/2q00qKaDqN

23/08/19

Thanks to , 115 students got a GCSE in Mandarin yesterday – with well over half getting a Grade 7 or higher! https://t.co/55tP17g9gO

23/08/19

Well done to every Harris student who got GCSE results yesterday – you got 1,245 ‘super’ Grade 9s between you - a truly amazing achievement! Thank you to all students, staff and parents. https://t.co/g8yZBjDIjn

23/08/19

34% of our students achieved the Ebacc yesterday – significantly higher than last year’s national average, which was 24%. Well done and thank you to all staff and students. https://t.co/8Jgq9gb3Zl

22/08/19

Retweeted From Martin Whelton

Top pupil achievements at - an outstanding comprehensive in Pollards Hill that consistently performs well each year. https://t.co/i2HlH62xj3

22/08/19

Retweeted From G E N E V I E V E

So proud 💜 https://t.co/GglfI5IzVE

22/08/19

Retweeted From Harris Peckham

GCSE success at Harris Academy Peckham. Please follow this link to our website for more details: https://t.co/HozBtoLSaZ https://t.co/8w9ZsWMTPj

22/08/19

Retweeted From Evening Standard

: Top marks for London in tough new GCSEs https://t.co/6apADeN959

22/08/19

Retweeted From Harris Peckham

HAP in the press! https://t.co/nTfCwJhCWU

22/08/19

Retweeted From Naomi Ackerman

It was amazing to meet them and see so much happiness! https://t.co/tesLFBosnX

22/08/19

Tears of joy at this morning captured by the Congratulations to all students and staff on their fantastic results 👏 Many thanks to for visiting the girls as they opened their results: https://t.co/K5R1DvYQqK https://t.co/6BwejdxlGF

22/08/19

Retweeted From Harris Federation Chinese

Congratulations and well done to all students collecting their results for the Chinese GCSE today! More than 100 students across have opened doors to fantastic opportunities for their future. 👏👏

22/08/19

Congratulations to all at on their superb today. A special mention goes to Viktoria, who achieved a Grade 9 in all 11 of her subjects - a remarkable achievement. https://t.co/8VFFPIKSPl

22/08/19

Retweeted From Southwark News

Gabriela was among those toasting success after scoring full marks on her English Literature papers - congratulations all! https://t.co/20TcuTTKhm

22/08/19

Retweeted From Harris Invictus

Harris Invictus Academy Congratulations to Year 11, on their GCSE results. First ever students at Invictus, celebrating our first ever set of results. The students have done remarkably well. A fantastic achievement for Invictus. . https://t.co/fpWmfK0LnD

22/08/19

Retweeted From HarrisBeckenham

GCSE success at Harris Academy Beckenham: Student and staff at Harris Academy Beckenham are celebrating today after achieving fantastic GCSE results. https://t.co/JUzealos8l https://t.co/8qiDpyMsrJ

22/08/19

Retweeted From HarrisBoys'Academy

Congratulations to our students on their superb GCSE results! “I want to congratulate every one of our outgoing Year 11 on their exceptional results which reflect their hard work and commitment to their studies." Mr Groves, Principal. Find out more https://t.co/FbUw1wX7IF https://t.co/XlQr7dVCzL

22/08/19

Retweeted From Harris Garrard

Our students are celebrating some excellent results today! “I want to congratulate our Year 11 on these fantastic results, which indicate the enormous progress they have made during their secondary education." Mr Everitt, Executive Principal. Find out more https://t.co/rEZl4950vW https://t.co/uQcbH7UKyr

22/08/19

Retweeted From Harris Bermondsey

of every student on this GCSE results day as nearly a third of girls win a ‘super’ Grade 9 🌟

22/08/19

Retweeted From Romford Recorder

GCSE results: Harris Academy Rainham on cloud nine after Year 11s scoop 93 Grade 9s https://t.co/fdqzWwpwtW

  • August 23, 2019 Fantastic science results across the Harris Federation – of students taking triple science, 62% g...
  • August 23, 2019 Thanks to , 115 students got a GCSE in Mandarin yesterday – with well over half gettin...
  • August 23, 2019 Well done to every Harris student who got GCSE results yesterday – you got 1,245 ‘super’ Grade 9s...
  • August 23, 2019 34% of our students achieved the Ebacc yesterday – significantly higher than last year’s national...
  • August 22, 2019 Top pupil achievements at - an outstanding comprehensive in Pollards Hill that...
  • August 22, 2019 So proud 💜 Read more
  • August 22, 2019 GCSE success at Harris Academy Peckham. Please follow this link to our website for more details: ...
  • August 22, 2019 : Top marks for London in tough new GCSEs 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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