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02/06/20

Retweeted From Malcolm Drakes

Big shout out to the incredible estates teams, the site managers and cleaners: door handles and bannisters constantly wiped, sanitisers filled, desks wiped down, signage completed! Smooth running of school results from hard work behind the scenes.

02/06/20

Retweeted From Malcolm Drakes

after a very successful return to school yesterday it is great to see front page recognition of the Harris teams’ hard work in getting pupils back to school as soon as possible. At home time pupils came out enthused by their first day back 👏 https://t.co/mQVnJeb45m

02/06/20

Retweeted From Amanda Dewinter

‘If you believe it’ll work, you do everything to make it work’ Such a positive approach. Thank you to all the teachers around the country who are making happen. Well done ⁦⁦⁩ ⁦⁦https://t.co/0USDgvkWPO

01/06/20

Retweeted From Sian Griffiths

Is it time to go back to school? The heads making extraordinary plans to open to 2 million primary school pupils today & the parents overcoming anxieties to send children in. Loved talking to for this podcast https://t.co/mkOTmWZ0gf

01/06/20

‘Back to School for the Class of 2020’ Harris Primary Academy Purley Way on the front page of today’s Evening Standard https://t.co/29YRhu2BnB

01/06/20

Retweeted From Harris Primary Academy Kenley

We were so pleased to see some of our EYFS, Y1 and Y6 children back at the academy today. We have missed you all lots and can’t wait to see you all again tomorrow 👋🏼 We are glad our parents feel reassured that safety and happiness are our priority! https://t.co/1x42VGjkRc

01/06/20

Retweeted From HPACR

Today we had the ITV News crew filming our reopening for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Well done to the amazing team at HPACR for all the hard work that has gone into the reopening of the Academy. https://t.co/bbwiKVQ2SN

01/06/20

Retweeted From ITV London

Temperature checks, sanitiser stations and areas out of bounds: Pupils getting to grips with new school rules https://t.co/iPGQdJguAQ https://t.co/mFvwmaOKLN

01/06/20

The Evening Standard visited Harris Primary Academy Purley Way this morning with lots of photos at this link https://t.co/TJbfLuFRK1 Thank you to the brilliant team at

01/06/20

Fantastic work by Harris Primary Crystal Palace staff to get their school ready for today. ITV London did some filming there this morning, when a parent told them "I'm really happy that everything is safe for my daughter to come back now." https://t.co/dUYRutZZCi https://t.co/8aunbxXv6m

01/06/20

“Most headteachers have had what reopening would look like in the back of their minds ever since the lockdown" Interview with Nicole Liddicoat, Head of Harris Primary Merton in today's Financial Times https://t.co/YOB6V98PKy

01/06/20

Retweeted From G E N E V I E V E 🇯🇲

This afternoon, at 4pm onwards! Spreading inspiration, Science, STEM, this afternoon on the TL! 🌟Please share with any young people in your networks! ❤️ https://t.co/Yhi4Ky8M2f

01/06/20

“If you start off with the mindset that this is going to work, then you just do everything to make it work.” Interview with Sam French, Exec Principal of , in The Times, about the preparation that went into reopening her school today. https://t.co/nPCcCwTkcI

01/06/20

Retweeted From HPA Philip Lane

Look at our amazing Reception bubble showing us all that they know how to stay 2m apart… and everyone said it would be difficult! Not this bubble! Well done folks https://t.co/m4DXdu66BO

01/06/20

Retweeted From HarrisColerainePark

Welcome back those of you coming to school tomorrow. We’re ready for you! And we’re ready to keep you safe. https://t.co/2xYpMQYyLP

01/06/20

Retweeted From Harris Primary Academy Purley Way

We’re looking forward to welcoming our Reception and Year 1 children today. We’ve missed you so much! https://t.co/0G78lQO6D6

31/05/20

Retweeted From HPA Philip Lane

All ready to welcome you all back. Safe at school! https://t.co/ZzNEclcVqt

29/05/20

Retweeted From HPA Philip Lane

The weekly NEWSLETTER can be found on the school website follow the link below. If you want to be on the direct mailing list please email info address. Summer 1 week 5 https://t.co/AYTRGP8LZJ https://t.co/Wc137RI0M3

29/05/20

Retweeted From HPACR

WELL-BEING WEDNESDAY: This week, meet The Rock, whose superpower allows him to smash negative thoughts and feelings and leave them behind. https://t.co/1wqofrWOES

29/05/20

Retweeted From Harris Primary Academy Purley Way

We have prepared a video for the children and parents returning to school on Monday. Please watch it so that you know what to expect. https://t.co/svoEHEyH04 https://t.co/eCsLcGphxD

  • June 2, 2020 Big shout out to the incredible estates teams, the site managers and cleaners: door ha...
  • June 2, 2020 after a very successful return to school yesterday it is gre...
  • June 2, 2020 ‘If you believe it’ll work, you do everything to make it work’ Such a positive approach. Than...
  • June 1, 2020 Is it time to go back to school? The heads making extraordinary plans to open to 2 million primar...
  • June 1, 2020 ‘Back to School for the Class of 2020’ Harris Primary Academy Purley Way on the front page of tod...
  • June 1, 2020 We were so pleased to see some of our EYFS, Y1 and Y6 children back at the academy to...
  • June 1, 2020 Today we had the ITV News crew filming our reopening for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. W...
  • June 1, 2020 Temperature checks, sanitiser stations and areas out of bounds: Pupils getting to grips with new ...
Matt Britt

Matt Britt

Assistant Director, Primary Education

"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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