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21 February 2018Countdown to offer dayI am delighted to inform you that excellent progress is being made in preparation for opening in Whatley Avenue in September 2018. We will be making our formal admission offers on 1st March 2018 but until then, please find an update below: Academy Curriculum Harris Academy Wimbledon will have an academic curriculum with plenty of opportunity for enrichment and extra-curricular activities. All Year 7 students will be able to choose from our enrichment curriculum on a Tuesday afternoon where they will be able to take part in a variety of fun and engaging activities which will help them develop new skills. Learning will be at the heart of the academy and hard work and commitment will be recognised through an exciting rewards system. More details about our curriculum and extra-curricular activities are available on the website: www.harriswimbledon.org.uk School Day The school day will start at 8.30am and finish at 3pm. On Tuesdays all Year 7s will remain in the academy until 4pm for their enrichment curriculum and they will also be encouraged to sign up for a further extra-curricular activity on Wednesday or Thursday until 4.30pm. Whatley Avenue Feasibility work on Whatley Avenue is now complete and I can assure you that Whatley Avenue will provide a great start to your child’s secondary education. As well as general classrooms, there will be a Science laboratory, Music room, Hall for Drama/PE, Art/DT room and brand new kitchen/dining facilities. The whole building will be wireless with plenty of access to laptops for ICT work. The courts at Joseph Hood Recreation ground are being converted to provide a three court multi use games area (MUGA) and will have facilities for netball, basketball and tennis. The field will be available for football and cricket. There will be changing facilities at Whatley Avenue and then a short walk to the recreation ground. New Building – September 2020 I am pleased to say that Bowmer and Kirkland have been appointed as the contractors for designing and building the new academy. They are currently involved in the pre-application stage with Merton Council in preparation for a full planning application and consultation which will begin in March 2018. At that point, all of the designs and drawings of the new building will be available for you to view. In tandem with the development of the buildings we are beginning to recruit teachers for the new academy which will grow year by year. The Harris Federation has a strong track record and there is a great deal of interest in teaching at Harris Academy Wimbledon. I am confident that we will be able to recruit excellent teachers who will be able to deliver outstanding teaching and learning for your children. We will be holding a meeting for parents and pupils on Wednesday 7th March at 6.30pm for everyone who receives offers for September 2018. The meeting will be held in the school hall at Joseph Hood Primary school (adjacent to the Whatley Avenue site), Whatley Avenue, Raynes Park, London SW20 9NS. We anticipate there will, as usual, be substantial movement after offers are made so if you do find yourselves on the waiting list and are keen to come to the academy, please make sure you contact us as soon as possible. All of the information you need regarding the waiting list and how to accept an offer will be sent to you on 1st March. In the meantime, if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Joanne Larizadeh Principal Designate
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: http://harrisfederation.org.uk/204/education-performance.
9 October 2017Great turnout at open evening sessions for Harris Academy WimbledonThere was a full house at this week’s open evening sessions for prospective parents of Harris Academy Wimbledon. Parents watched presentations on the plans for the new school building, which will open in High Path in 2020, and heard more about the exciting curriculum for Year 7s, who will be the academy’s very first students next September. Principal Designate, Jo Larizadeh said: “It was wonderful to meet so many prospective parents and carers and their children last night. There has been a great deal of work going on behind the scenes preparing the curriculum, timetable and teaching for the new academy and it was great to be able to share that with families who are interested in applying. “Although the academy will start its life in temporary accommodation, we will have all the resources and facilities we need to deliver a broad, challenging and engaging curriculum for our first year 7s – and be ready to transfer smoothly across to our amazing new building when it is ready. “Being part of a school at its inception is a great experience. Our first students will be the role models for the future and set a trail for others to emulate. I’m delighted that so many local families might want to join us.” Parents or carers who could not make the open evening can still find out more about how to apply.
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.
30 January 2017Introducing our School News AppWe understand the importance of keeping you up to date with the very latest school news, events and information. In addition to the wealth of information available on this website, we’ve just launched a new mobile App, designed to keep you connected, wherever you are. How the App benefits you: The latest updates, as they happen Stay informed of urgent announcements, delivered instantly to your phone via push notifications. Keeping you connected View recent news articles, photo galleries and social media in real time. Helping you stay organised Download upcoming events to your personal calendar and set helpful reminders. Keep track of letters home Instantly access recently posted general school letters. All your links in one place Visit school related sites direct from the App. The easy way to get in touch Contact the school at the tap of a button, or complete our useful enquiry form. Download the App for free: Visit the App Store or Google Play and search for ‘Harris Wimbledon’. To receive important information and announcements, go to the settings menu on the top right of the App and ‘Allow school notifications’. We hope you enjoy using our new App.
25 January 2017Harris success in new league table of academy trustsThe Department for Education has published a table comparing the performance of multi-academy trusts, including the Harris Federation. We are pleased to say that Harris performed exceptionally well at primary and at secondary. At primary, the table was based on the Key Stage 2 tests from last summer. Children at Harris did very well. Out of 95 multi-academy trusts included in the research, Harris was one of only six where the progress of children was ‘significantly above average’ in all three areas that are tested: reading, writing and maths. At secondary level, the Department for Education used a new measure called Progress 8, which calculates the progress made by students in eight key subjects. The Harris score was third highest on the list, out of 47 multi-academy trusts included in the research. Credit for these results goes to the pupils at Harris schools, their teachers and of course all parents who have encouraged and supported their children so well. Congratulations to everybody involved.
9 September 2016Independent research highlights successThe success of Harris academies has been highlighted in three separate sets of independent research released this week. DfE: Performance Tables for Multi Academy Trusts We have been recognised as a ‘top performer’ in primary and secondary education in the Department for Education’s first set of performance tables comparing MATs in England. We are one of just three MATs to be recognised as a top performer across both primary and secondary education. The others are Outwood Grange and Tapton. Sutton Trust 'Chain Effects' This is the third annual report in a series that reviews how well disadvantaged students achieve in academies. The researchers find that as well as outperforming the national average for the attainment of disadvantaged students, Harris academies also outperform the London average which is higher. They highlight that the Harris Federation is one of ‘a handful of chains (that) have performed consistently and significantly above the mainstream average for attainment across the last three years’. Education Policy Institute In their first report, this new education think tank compares the performance of MATs and Local Authorities. The Education Policy Institute says: ‘At primary level the Harris Federation is the highest performing school group in England – the improvement it has made is equivalent to pupils making around one and a half times more progress than average’.
28 April 2016Harris Federation tops new academy trust league for school improvementData experts Watchsted have ranked the Harris Federation first out of 26 sponsors for improving Ofsted outcomes in schools. The analysis, which you can read about on the Schools Week website, included all of the major academy trusts. In their research report, Watchsted say: “The data shows that the Harris Federation has improved its sample of 14 schools by a total of 28 grades. This gives an average improvement of two grades per school, indicating that Harris is effectively adding value to (i.e. improving) its academies.” THE DATA SHOWS THAT THE HARRIS FEDERATION HAS IMPROVED ITS SAMPLE OF 14 SCHOOLS BY A TOTAL OF 28 GRADES. THIS GIVES AN AVERAGE IMPROVEMENT OF TWO GRADES PER SCHOOL, INDICATING THAT HARRIS IS EFFECTIVELY ADDING VALUE TO (I.E. IMPROVING) ITS ACADEMIES. To read more about the performance of our 37 primary and secondary academies, please click here.