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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

11/09/19

Retweeted From James Handscombe

Booking for the Harris Westminster Open Evenings is now, erm, open. If you (or a Year 11 you know) is interested in being part of a vibrant community of scholars from September 2020 please sign up and come to find out more: https://t.co/oZ5UgaUG5n

11/09/19

Retweeted From Harris City Academy

The HCACP open evening will be held on Thursday 19th September 2019 between 5.00pm – 8.00pm. Please note there will be no admittance to the Academy after 7.30pm. https://t.co/U51dLp9KC0

11/09/19

Retweeted From Harris Bromley

A big thank you and congratulations to Lydia in Year 7, who was a winner of the the Jack Petchey Award. She donated the funds to buy new books for the schools library. https://t.co/FMvbnq6RQJ

11/09/19

Retweeted From Harris Bromley

We are looking at renewing the range of literature in our library and welcome suggestions of some good novels, plays and poetry. Got some good suggestions? Please submit them to our Library Manager Mrs Short. https://t.co/DjXmO2pRbO https://t.co/XPZ3XOvyPz

10/09/19

Retweeted From Harris Careers

Harris Invictus Academy is currently looking to appoint a Library Manager to join its thriving team of specialists. https://t.co/wsgLw6GnJ8 https://t.co/KaCnlCLDS3

10/09/19

Retweeted From Bromley Times

Staff at the Harris Primary Academy, Orpington are celebrating after Ofsted rated it Good. https://t.co/LWfjIPRY4Q

10/09/19

Retweeted From HarrisSchoolDirect

It's been a fantastic start to the ! Can you spot our 250+ in the crowd!? https://t.co/RzSaneGk2o

10/09/19

Retweeted From Harris Academy Clapham

Prospective Year 7 parents and students - join us at our open events to hear and see more about us and our September 2020 opening! https://t.co/paDIzhlEvi

08/09/19

Retweeted From Harris Sutton

Prospective parents and carers are invited to attend our Open Morning on Saturday 28th September 2019. We will be open between 9.30am and 1.30pm. Further information is on our website -> https://t.co/qXLY9DYLjT https://t.co/w2jWemUClG

  • September 16, 2019 Harris Invictus Academy Croydon is currently looking to appoint a Director of Assessment and Data...
  • September 16, 2019 of our wonderful new Year 7 ! Read more
  • September 16, 2019 🚨 JUST A REMINDER ALL NETBALL TRIALS ARE TOMORROW 🏐 MEET AT THE SPORTS HALL AT 3:10PM. MUST HAVE ...
  • September 15, 2019 Music students in Year 10 & 11 had a great time at the Bach at ! A grea...
  • September 15, 2019 If your child is looking for a secondary school check out our guide Open days for tomorrow Monda...
  • September 15, 2019 This weeks 'must read book' is a timeless, witty and enchanting novel about growing up. Read more
  • September 15, 2019 Read more
  • September 15, 2019 We’re very of our year 7 students who have thrown themselves into . Some st...
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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