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16/01/20

A few of the motte and bailey castles built by our very own historians. Huge amounts of effort have led to some great models! https://t.co/nfduwaKNt8

09/01/20

Hard work is rewarded! These students have earned 30 subject stickers for effort in class and are now enjoying a celebration breakfast with Mrs Larizadeh. Well done! https://t.co/9GxwJ8OWJ1

03/01/20

Happy New Year to all! A polite reminder that students will be expected in school on Tuesday at the normal time. Please make sure they have all their kit and equipment. Enrichment lessons will be taking place as per a normal Tuesday.

19/12/19

Incredible creativity, teamwork and community spirit on show - the Christmas Door competition will be a tricky one to judge this year... https://t.co/JSa91S5QAx

18/12/19

STEM Enrichment: The students created their own game of operation! https://t.co/xpbUR9NgZ0

17/12/19

Progress being made on the new build! We can start to see it taking shape... https://t.co/iYWOpU0Ieq

13/12/19

Thank you for informing us of the behaviour of some of our children. We will endeavour to ensure they understand and respect the values of our society.

13/12/19

The Year 7 Autumn Celebration was a huge success! Well done to all those who took part. A huge thank you to Mr Walsh and Miss Allen for organising the performances and to the WPA who provided delicious mince pies https://t.co/xUhU8wDoop

10/12/19

Year 8 are expanding their minds by examining the human body in all its wonder! https://t.co/yKhKKXGFqM

09/12/19

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Well, what do you know... 😀 The wish wall at Body Worlds, Piccadilly https://t.co/CjppOc5pUj

09/12/19

Year 8 Biologists enjoying the awe-inspiring exhibits ⁦https://t.co/HgAKYKFjBC

09/12/19

Guided tour to learn about the Normans ⁦https://t.co/O6bOAAp5bT

09/12/19

Year 8 exploring the nervous system ⁦https://t.co/4291WxIAtS

09/12/19

Great view of the White Tower https://t.co/XmHSzqjDgv

09/12/19

Enjoying the displays in the White Tower https://t.co/1Fhn7lcfyd

09/12/19

Arrived safely for our tour of the Tower of London! https://t.co/AFDo7DEvWz

07/12/19

Year 8 engineers demonstrating their designing, constructing and programming prowess at the First LEGO League. https://t.co/sSaHlQS561

06/12/19

Great seats at the . Our Year 7s are anticipating a great performance! https://t.co/SR5VdX2pT2

27/11/19

The House Chess Competition is under way... the focus is intense! Chess clubs runs every Wednesday lunchtime, where beginners can learn how to play, or experienced players can learn advanced chess strategy. https://t.co/rN9LoVTmSv

25/11/19

Our History Detectives extracurricular club - currently researching Merton Priory as part of a National Archives initiative led by Miss Trapani. https://t.co/OubDeKFEQH

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7 October 2018Principal's BlogI believe music supports young people in their emotional development, helps them develop their imagination and intellectual curiosity, and gives them a range of transferable skills to support them in the development of their other school work.  Consequently, we have launched our music taster lessons where every student gets the opportunity to have a lesson in an instrument with a professional music teacher.  The students have embraced the lessons with enthusiasm earning them many compliments from the visiting teachers.  There are more taster lessons in the next few days. We have our book fair in the library this week and it would be great to see everyone buying a book.  For every book purchased, we get a free book for the library.  In addition, we are launching our ‘donate your favourite children’s book’.  If you would like to donate your favourite book, we will put a dedication from you in the book for everyone to read. Congratulations to all of the students who represented the Academy at cross country on Thursday.  All of the students finished in the top twenty and Reece has qualified for the next stage of the competition.  We have three football fixtures this week involving 39 different students – I am very proud of the dedication the students are showing in all of their extra-curricular activities. 7Blue have been busy practising their assembly ready to perform on Friday to their parents and the rest of Year 7. This will be followed by a coffee morning for 7Blue parents. We mustn’t forget the work all the students are completing in their lessons.  We had two busy open mornings this week welcoming over one hundred visitors.  They all visited at least two lessons and commented on the students’ focus, concentration and enthusiasm for their learning.   I wish you an enjoyable week.
30 September 2018Principal's BlogCongratulations to Callen, Lucrezia, Ellie, Lara, Zoha, Emmerson, Inaya, Raulis, Pearl and Basan who have been elected by their peers to be the first members of the school council.  They all wrote a few sentences about their achievement and Pearl said “School council is a complete honour.  I love it.  I’ve found something I love to do and I finally feel like I belong”.  In their first meeting, the school council discussed the names for the houses and have decided that they will be named after famous historical figures who have lived in Wimbledon and the surrounding area.  They will now liaise with their class to decide on the name for each house.  Watch this space for the announcement. We will announce the senior prefects this week. On Tuesday, we had Prospective Parents’ Evening and welcomed 650 visitors to the Academy.  All Year 7 stayed behind to help with the evening and I am very proud of them all; they were polite, informative, enthusiastic and received compliments from all our visitors. Emmerson, Inaya and Reuben spoke confidently in the talk giving information about our enrichment curriculum, extra-curricular activities and transition programme. Mr Riches picked 14 students to represent the academy at the first football match against Trinity School.  Even though they lost their first match the team played with enthusiasm and skill. Taio was man of the match. This week we will be celebrating National Poetry week.  We have our first pastoral meeting for parents and the inaugural meeting of the Wimbledon Parents’ Association (WPA).  We would love to see all of the parents at both events.  Please email reception@harriswimbledon.org.uk to reserve your place. Homework is now being set every day.  Please support the students by checking what homework they have and ensuring they complete it by the deadline.  Remember the library is open and staffed every day until 4.30pm for students to complete their homework. We have two open mornings this week and have inset day on Friday.  The Academy is closed on Friday which gives the students plenty of time to do some excellent homework. I wish you an enjoyable week.
23 September 2018Principal's BlogThe students have settled in well completing their second week at the Academy. In assembly on Monday, I talked to them about their dreams and aspirations explaining to them that all of us need to think about what we want to do in the future.  Dreams and aspirations tell us something about ourselves, what we can become in the future and where we are heading.  It is important for the students to have dreams and aspirations and I explained to them that these will grow, develop and change as they grow up.  Miss Pocock will be talking to all the students this week about their individual dreams and aspirations.  I had a great conversation with a student who dreams about being a doctor and she spent some time researching into the profession and what she needs to do to achieve her dream. The students launched themselves into the array of extracurricular activities on offer at the academy.  It was fantastic to see them dancing with Shaun Dillon, our resident professional dancer; sharing their creative talents in our set design club and demonstrating great skills in Hockey, Netball and Football.  My week ended bumping into the students from the Latin Culture Club preparing for European day of languages which we will be celebrating on Wednesday.  The students were full of enthusiasm, joy and a love of languages as they explained to me the quiz they had been preparing.  It was 4.30pm on Friday and they were not in any rush to go home. This week is a busy week for the Academy.  We have prospective parents’ evening on Tuesday from 5pm – 8pm.  Students will finish at 12.20pm so we can prepare for the evening; they need to be back at 4.30pm ready to show parents around or help out in different subjects.  School will start one hour later on Wednesday so the gates will open at 9am with the bell going at 9.25am. I wish you an enjoyable week.  
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 info@harriswimbledon.org.uk 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: info@harriswimbledon.org.uk. 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: info@harriswimbledon.org.uk.