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All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Welcome to Harris Academy Wimbledon

Having spoken to many local families and listened to what they want in a school, we are now able to open admissions to the academy as a brand new co-educational school for the High Path area. Harris Academy Wimbledon will be an outstanding place to learn. It will provide an excellent education in an innovative, inclusive and happy environment.
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30 November 2017Countdown to the opening of Wimbledon's newest schoolWimbledon parents have until 31st December to apply for a place at Wimbledon’s newest secondary school. Harris Academy Wimbledon will open in Whatley Avenue next September. Work will soon commence to convert the Adult Education Centre into a well-resourced, smart and comfortable temporary academy for the first two years, while the new school building in High Path is built. Whatley Avenue will have excellent classrooms and specialist facilities to deliver the academy’s relevant, exciting and engaging curriculum from day one. The new academy is part of the Harris Federation, a charity run and led by teachers, which already runs 44 successful schools in and around London. Many local families have already applied for one of the 120 places available from next September. The closing date for applications is 31st December 2017.  Principal Designate, Jo Larizadeh said: “It is always exciting to be involved in a new school from the very beginning and I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting parents and students at local primary schools to tell them about the excellent education we will deliver from Day One at Harris Academy Wimbledon. “The accommodation we will use for the first two years will be comfortable and well-resourced. Those first students will have the undivided attention of our teaching staff and lead the way for the following students as we move across to our new building in 2020. “Meanwhile the Harris Federation has been working with an architect to design and plan a school that the whole community can be proud of. We intend to announce the contractor who will build the school very shortly. “This year, applications to Wimbledon Academy are not currently part of the borough-wide admissions process so our closing date is 31st December 2017. I would encourage any parent who is still unsure about their school choice to take a look at what we have to offer. Harris Academy Wimbledon will be an excellent local school and this is an opportunity to be there right from the very beginning.” Parents can also download a free ‘Harris Academy Wimbledon’ app to receive up-to-date news and information on the new academy. Notes to Editors You can find out more about Harris Academy Wimbledon on this website. For Harris Academy Wimbledon’s first year of operation, applications will not be through the common application form completed for Merton secondary schools. There will be a separate application form on the academy’s website to apply for a place. Parents must complete that form to be considered for a place. Harris Academy Wimbledon is part of the Harris Federation, a not-for-profit charity led and run by teachers.  There are 44 Harris primary and secondary academies in and around London. Every Harris academy so far to have been inspected by Ofsted has been rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ – with the majority ‘outstanding’. Information about the educational performance of Harris primary and secondary academies is available here:
10 April 2017New Principal Designate appointedWe are very happy to announce that we have appointed our Principal Designate. Joanne Larizadeh is currently Associate Headteacher at the “outstanding” (Ofsted) Glenthorne High School. She will be working alongside our Executive Principal, Lee Mallin. Joanne said: “I am thrilled to be appointed as Principal Designate of Harris Academy Wimbledon. Building and developing a new school with the local community is a real privilege and one that I look forward to with passion and enthusiasm.  “When it opens in 2018, our academy will provide an outstanding education in an innovative, inclusive and happy environment. As well as promoting high levels of academic achievement and encouraging full participation in a range of extra-curricular opportunities, we want to support our students to make decisions wisely, ready for the challenges they will face as adults. “Having worked in the leadership of outstanding schools for fifteen years, I am passionate that school should be a journey of discovery.  My aim is for all our students to progress their personal interests and develop new skills and passions across a broad range of activities. I want our enrichment programme to help foster a spirit of aspiration, resilience and joy in learning. “I understand the challenges of modern life and will ensure the opportunities at Harris Academy Wimbledon support your children to become self-confident adults who lead enriched, happy and fulfilled lives, able to make a contribution to their own community and society as a whole. “I look forward to meeting and working with you in the future.”
5 April 2017Harris Federation - Education PerformanceHarris academies are widely recognised for the consistently high standard of education they provide.   We have summarised the latest data below – if you have any questions or would like further information, please feel free to get in touch.    Secondary Harris avg. National avg. Progress 8 +0.46 -0.03 Attainment 8 5.38 4.85 Proportion of students achieving Basics 70% 59% Proportion of students achieving EBacc 35% 23% Primary Harris avg. National avg. Proportion of pupils at expected standard 71% 53% Proportion of pupils at high standard 7% 5%   The majority of Harris academies inspected by Ofsted are ‘outstanding’ and the others are all ‘good’:  19 of our inspected academies are ‘outstanding’ and 10 are ‘good’. Our academies are three times more likely to be ‘outstanding’ than schools nationally. Of 20 academies that joined us because they had previously been considered to be failing, 12 have become ‘outstanding’ and the other eight are ‘good’.    In their 2016 performance measures for Multi Academy Trusts (MATs), the Department for Education said that:  At secondary, our Progress 8 score was the third highest of any MAT, with the trusts in first and second place running just five and three academies each (compared to 16 Harris academies considered by DfE analysts).  Our primary academies were ‘significantly above average’ in all three performance measures: we are one of just six out of 95 MATs to have achieved this.     Closing the gap between groups of pupils is part of the core mission of the Harris Federation: Consecutive reports by academic researchers at social mobility charity the Sutton Trust have concluded that we are among the top academy trusts for improving the prospects of disadvantaged pupils.  Nationally, Progress 8 for disadvantaged pupils was -0.38 in 2016. This compares with +0.41 at Harris, showing that our disadvantaged pupils achieved more than a grade higher in six of their GCSEs than they would have done on average elsewhere. Lower ability pupils are five times more likely to achieve the English Baccalaureate with the Harris Federation than they are nationally. Not only do disadvantaged children in Harris primary academies outperform disadvantaged children nationally, they also outperform non-disadvantaged children: 64% of our Year 6 pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds met expected standards in reading, writing and maths in 2016. This compares to 60% of all non-disadvantaged children in the country and just 39% of disadvantaged children.    Of 11 Harris primary academies with Key Stage 2 results in 2016, eight had been placed in Ofsted failure categories before joining our Federation. But: Every Harris primary academy outperformed its local authority average for the percentage of pupils meeting expected standards in reading, writing and maths.  71% of Harris primary children met expected standards overall (this compares to a national average of 53%).    In 2016, all 17 Harris secondary academies achieved positive Progress 8 scores: Progress 8 at Harris was +0.46, compared to the national average of -0.03. Put into context, this means that every Harris pupil achieved about a grade higher in four GCSEs than they would have done on average elsewhere. Locally, Harris academies topped the Progress 8 league tables in five of the nine boroughs we had schools in. Four Harris academies were in the top 1% of schools nationally. Progress 8 at Harris Academy Battersea was 1.14, the highest of any school in London and the fourth highest in the country.    Harris secondary pupils are achieving success based on a core curriculum of academic subjects:  In 2010, the average English Baccalaureate score for the secondary schools (including predecessor schools) that now make up the Harris Federation was just 7%.  This was five times higher in 2016, at 35%. The national average is 23%.  15% of Harris sixth formers won places at Russell Group universities in 2016. Increasing numbers are also winning places on the most competitive apprenticeship programmes: last summer, these included KPMG and Bain.  At Harris Westminster, 23 sixth formers – 10% of the year group sitting A Levels in summer 2017 –have received offers to study at Oxford and Cambridge.  
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