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Welcome from the Principal: Mrs J Larizadeh

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Harris Academy Wimbledon. We are a brand-new co-educational secondary academy set up to provide an excellent, well-rounded education for local children in Wimbledon. We welcomed our first Year 7 students in 2018 and we will grow year on year, eventually serving children ages 11-18. Our academy is an outstanding place to learn, providing an innovative, inclusive and happy environment for our young people.
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16 September 2018Principal's BlogYear 7 have had a fantastic first full week at the Academy.  I am delighted with how they have settled in; they are eager to learn and are being supportive of each other.  In tutor time, the students discussed their community code of conduct and I have put their ideas together below: I will wear my uniform with pride and be smart at all times I will be polite and take responsibility for the way I talk to people in the local community I will offer my seat to those less able to stand and keep noise to a minimum on public transport I will walk sensibly on the pavements and cross the road using crossings or traffic lights I will use positive language with my friends I will always use litter bins for my rubbish I will make a difference to others by being kind  They are going to finalise their code of conduct in tutor time this week.  In addition, each tutor group is going to vote for their House Leaders who will form our first Student Council.  The students can stand for the leadership roles by writing a short speech on how they will represent their tutor group.  Each tutor group will vote for who they think will best represent them at the first student council meeting. Friday saw our first football trials.  We had 58 girls and boys attend; they shared their enthusiasm, energy and skills with each other, making it almost impossible for Mr Riches to pick the teams for the first matches.   Everyone who shows regular commitment to sports clubs will get an opportunity to represent the academy at some point during the year.  Hard work and commitment will always be rewarded at Harris Academy Wimbledon. I wish you an enjoyable week.
9 September 2018Principal's BlogHARRIS ACADEMY WIMBLEDON OPENS ITS DOORS TO ITS FIRST STUDENTS   On Thursday, the brand new Harris Academy Wimbledon opened its doors to its first ever students.  I am extremely proud to be leading an ambitious new academy and it has been a pleasure to welcome our first Year 7 students this week. The students arrived with a mixture of excitement and nerves, looking exceptionally smart in their brand new school uniform.  In our first assembly I spoke to them about our motto ‘Make a Difference’ and how they can make a difference to their own lives and the lives of others around them.  In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Dumbledore says the following: ‘It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities’ This central message of the Harry Potter series is what I want the students to think about and act on.  I know our students already have a variety of abilities - we have budding leaders, sportsmen and women, mathematicians, journalists, lawyers and much more – but I want the students to make the right choices to maximise their abilities, to work hard and to be kind. Next week brings the first full week of the school timetable and the students will need to be organised, ensuring they bring in the correct books and equipment to school.  Tuesday sees the launch of our exciting enrichment programme and during the week they will begin to find out about all of the extra-curricular activities they can be part of. I wish you all a very successful and enjoyable week.
19 July 2018HARRIS ACADEMY WIMBLEDON OPENS ITS DOORS TO WELCOME ITS FIRST STUDENTSLast Wednesday, Harris Academy Wimbledon opened its doors to welcome its first intake of Year 7 pupils for an induction day. The first cohort of students, who come from 38 different primary schools, spent the day getting to know their new classmates and teachers. Harris Academy Wimbledon is currently full for Year 7 but if any prospective students would like to make a late application for a place on the waiting list they can apply directly through the academy’s website. An open evening for prospective students and their families will be held on Tuesday 25th September with additional open mornings taking place in early October. More information can be found at Harris Academy Wimbledon’s website. 11 year old Jaye, who will be joining the academy in September, said: “I am really, really looking forward to learning and making new friends at Harris Academy Wimbledon. I've been thinking about after school activities and the student council and it would be an honour to do those very special things.” Jo Larizadeh, Principal of Harris Academy Wimbledon, said: "It has been fantastic to meet our first Year 7 pupils and to introduce them to our staff team. Our building is looking absolutely brilliant and it is great to be so close to finally opening. After lots of hard work, I know that when the first day of the autumn term comes we will be ready to provide an excellent education for Year 7 children.”          
20 April 2018Update on DevelopmentsWe are now full for September 2018 and I am looking forward to meeting our first cohort of students at Harris Academy Wimbledon. It has been a busy few months and I am pleased to announce that we have now recruited all of our teachers for September.  I am delighted with all of the appointments and am confident they will teach exciting and engaging lessons that will support all students to make excellent progress. Please find enclosed a summary below: Mr Walsh: Vice Principal, teaching Music and Drama Miss Pocock: Director of English Mr Rutter: Teacher of Mathematics Miss Bolt: Teacher of Science Miss Turner: Teacher of History and Geography. Miss Ortega: Teacher of Spanish, Latin and French Miss Kent: Teacher of Art and Technology Mr Riches: Teacher of PE and Dance All of the teachers will be delivering our unique personal, social, health, cultural and religious curriculum and ICT will be delivered across the curriculum.  As we finalise the plans for the curriculum and enrichment, we will publish more information on the website.  Alongside the recruitment of teachers, we have been busy putting all of the finishing touches to the designs for Whatley Avenue.  The construction company have started and are making excellent progress in getting everything ready.  Parents of our first cohort of students will be able to look round at the induction evening on 4th July. We will be holding induction interviews for all the new students during the week of 18th June and parents will receive an individual appointment time in May.  At the induction interview, we will provide parents and children with a range of information including how to buy the school uniform. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions via Mrs Larizadeh Principal
10 March 2018Director of English AppointedWe are delighted to announce that Sarah Pocock has been appointed as Director of English.  Miss Pocock is currently Head of English at an outstanding school in South East London.  As well as leading English, Miss Pocock will lead the Humanities curriculum, literacy and our programme for More Able students.   "I am utterly overjoyed to have been appointed as Director of English at Harris Academy Wimbledon and cannot wait to welcome our first cohort of Year 7 students in September. I became a teacher because I thought I could make a difference in young people’s lives and I still believe this six years later. I truly believe that education is transformative and so I am thrilled that I have the opportunity to support and guide our students on their exciting journey to becoming driven, successful and engaged members of society.   I love teaching English because it’s special – it gives students a voice. It allows me to show students that their words and the words of others are the most powerful tool they possess and one that can change the world. That’s why I am happy teaching my students anything from Emma Watson’s ‘He for She’ speech to Shakespeare or Harper Lee as I want to give them access to the best possible literature available. English is about truly understanding humanity and the many varied and wonderful perspectives within the world. For me it is the most fascinating subject – every time we study a text I thought I knew inside out and back to front a student will always find an original and different interpretation of the text that both challenges my own perception and inspires me to look at the text in a new way.   I hope our new Year 7s will fall in love with English just as I did when my Year 7 English teacher handed me a copy of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’."
6 March 2018Vice Principal Appointed A great deal of work has been going on to get ready for the opening of Harris Academy Wimbledon in September and I wanted to update you on the latest developments. In addition to the work you may have noticed taking place at our temporary home in Whatley Avenue, I am delighted to announce we have appointed James Walsh as the academy’s new Vice Principal.  Mr Walsh joins us with over 10 years’ experience of teaching in an outstanding 11-18 comprehensive school in South West London.  He is presently an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for the academic achievement and care of Key Stage 3 students which means he is highly qualified to support and guide the academy’s first Year 7.  He is also a Designated Safeguarding Lead with responsibility for pupil support, wellbeing, mental health and the development of the tutor time programme. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with our very first cohort of Year 7 students and I look forward to guiding them as they start on this new and exciting chapter of their lives and the beginning of their journey into adulthood.  At Harris Academy Wimbledon, we will provide outstanding pastoral care for every pupil whilst fostering an inclusive, safe, and supportive culture within the year group. Our high expectations of all students will mean that your child will have access to an outstanding learning experience where they can develop, grow, and achieve their full potential.  I will personally make sure that every student is encouraged to participate in the variety of enrichment and extra-curricular activities on offer. Alongside this, I will make sure that every pupils’ talent is realised, appreciated, and developed so that they go on to become successful, well rounded young people. I look forward to working in partnership with you to ensure that your child’s transition to secondary school and their time at Harris Academy Wimbledon is a success.” James Walsh There will be an opportunity to meet Mr Walsh at our parents’ and pupils evening on Wednesday 7th March at 6.30pm, which 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 In the meantime, if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email: Joanne Larizadeh Principal
6 March 2018Harris Academy Wimbledon gets final sign off from the GovernmentHarris Academy Wimbledon has been approved for a funding agreement with the Government.  The new secondary academy, which will be located in High Path from 2020, will open this September for Year 7 pupils in well-resourced temporary accommodation in Whatley Avenue, while its brand-new school building and state-of-the-art facilities are constructed. The academy was given the go ahead by the Government in 2016 and today it was announced that the Secretary of State for Education has agreed to enter into a funding agreement with the Harris Federation, meaning that the academy has the final sign off to open its doors to the first 120 pupils this September. Jo Larizadeh, Principal Designate of Harris Academy Wimbledon, said: “We are all absolutely thrilled to hear the news because this legal document is the final step; the Government’s formal commitment that we will open as planned. “It is a clear sign that the Department for Education believes we are ready to offer an excellent education to Wimbledon families. Offers for the first ever places at Harris Academy Wimbledon have gone out to parents via email and post and everything is now in place for us to start to deliver the high standard of education here in Wimbledon that Harris academies are known for.”  “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.”  Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said:  “Merton is a great place for families and we’ve seen a record number of students apply for a place at one of Merton’s secondary schools, which are the best for progress in the country. The opening of the Harris Wimbledon school in September 2018 has been essential in us being able to meet that demand for school places and the new school will mean we can continue to educate future generations of Merton children in a Merton school. Our business-like approach has meant that despite being a complex project involving multiple sites across South Wimbledon, we have been able to keep progress on track and ensure the new school opens in September 2018 before moving to its new site in 2020.” Parents who want to find out more about the academy should go to / or contact the academy via email:
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: 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: 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:
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