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14/10/19

Well deserved - congrats! https://t.co/ysOfmkA2PA

14/10/19

Retweeted From Harris City Academy

Sixth Form Open Evening Tuesday 15th October from 5pm - 7pm. We look to welcoming prospective year 12 students with their parents and carers

14/10/19

Retweeted From Harris Purley

Our Sixth Form Open/Options Evening is this Thursday! https://t.co/pHDGTeBlVe

14/10/19

Retweeted From HarrisDulwichGirls

Year 7 parents’ evening is on Thursday 17th October 4.30-6.30pm. Your daughter should be making short appointments with her teachers ahead of the meetings. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact info.org.uk

12/10/19

Retweeted From Harris Fed Languages

Great to see 150+ teachers together at the annual conference! These are the passionate teachers helping increasing numbers of students get access to MFL and providing a “liberation from insularity & an opening to other cultures” https://t.co/w9DInQW9gg

11/10/19

Retweeted From 📝 Emma Sheppard 📖

Difficult not to be proud of working with such amazing students in an organisation that literally gives them the platform to shine like this https://t.co/GMo3AiSzBE

11/10/19

Retweeted From Harris Sutton

An article about our lovely school in the Sutton Guardian ‘Harris Academy Sutton opens new £40million building’ -> https://t.co/kph3Gdq0en

11/10/19

Retweeted From Harris Fed Languages

Great to see! Thanks to facilitators, our enthusiastic teachers and https://t.co/Ivx4YSk94F

11/10/19

Retweeted From Graeme Smith

Wonderful to hear the massed voices of students and staff. https://t.co/kFJncwaDgA

11/10/19

Retweeted From Harris Peckham

Our fantastic student singers and musicians Harris in Harmony https://t.co/8MawhLOahv

11/10/19

Retweeted From Harris Wimbledon

32 students to Oxbridge, 25 from Harris Westminster and 25 studying medicine & dentistry https://t.co/smYXRQ18dO

11/10/19

Retweeted From Afia Ahmed

'Britain has the highest rate of single parent poverty out of all the EU countries'. Harris Peckham + have now introduced a FREE nursery hub with 51 weeks of childcare, three meals a day, and 50+ hours a week of child care. Now THAT is https://t.co/yYoxYLNm8V

11/10/19

Retweeted From 📝 Emma Sheppard 📖

sponsoring 30 FT nursery places (+ 3 staff places) at the new nursery in Peckham so that families can have completely free childcare provision. That’s pretty amazing https://t.co/cIvKksYVnG

11/10/19

Retweeted From Harris Primary Academy Kenley

we are opening a free nursery in Peckeham! We change lives! Every child! Everyday! https://t.co/Hxd8twWShI

11/10/19

Retweeted From Soarpoints

Sir Dan Moynihan outlining his principles to help young people and subvert the Inheritance of Immobility - Harris academies transform lives https://t.co/3MRyAxIwkO

11/10/19

Retweeted From James Handscombe

“Fixing the education disadvantage gap is what we are for - and it’s a battle.” Dan Moynihan emphasizing the moral centre and compass of the Harris Federation.

11/10/19

Retweeted From Harris Benson

If you believe you can achieve! One of our amazing teachers at Harris. Such an inspirational start to the day! https://t.co/QRzDcumaxF

11/10/19

Retweeted From HarrisSchoolDirect

What a fantastic way to start our conference - by celebrating and his successes! Jamie trained with us last year. Go Jamie! https://t.co/YyvMNBcboV

  • October 14, 2019 Well deserved - congrats! Read more
  • October 14, 2019 Sixth Form Open Evening Tuesday 15th October from 5pm - 7pm. We look to welcoming prospect...
  • October 14, 2019 Our Sixth Form Open/Options Evening is this Thursday! Read more
  • October 14, 2019 Year 7 parents’ evening is on Thursday 17th October 4.30-6.30pm. Your daughter should be making s...
  • October 12, 2019 Great to see 150+ teachers together at the annual conference! These are the passi...
  • October 11, 2019 Difficult not to be proud of working with such amazing students in an organisation that literally...
  • October 11, 2019 Annual Federation Conference. Read more Read more
  • October 11, 2019 An article about our lovely school in the Sutton Guardian ‘Harris Academy Sutton opens new £40m...
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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