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Harris Academies
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.

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Curriculum Overview

The curriculum will be rich, diverse and personalised to ensure every student achieves his or her true potential. We believe every student should be stretched and challenged through a balanced, rigorous and demanding curriculum.

During Key Stage 3 we place appropriate emphasis on the core subjects – maths, English and science – but we also believe in the importance of the humanities, languages, PE, music, art and performing arts subjects in the welfare and development of our students. In Key Stage 4, students will study a core curriculum of English, maths and science and will be able to choose from a range of subjects from humanities, languages, the arts and technology.

We will offer acceleration, extension and enrichment to challenge our more able learners and will provide excellent intervention programmes for students who require extra support.

Homework will provide opportunity for research, independent learning and reflection. Through homework, students will be able to consolidate previous learning, gain valuable practice of key skills and concepts, and prepare for future learning. A homework timetable will be published to ensure that homework from different areas is spread across the week.

More Able Learners

More able learners will be offered a varied and challenging curriculum that is tailored to suit their needs and to give them the best possible opportunity to gain a place at a leading university at the end of Year 13. The most able learners will be provided with the very best opportunities to broaden their knowledge and understanding in all subjects.

As a Harris academy, we will also be a part of Harris Experience, a programme designed for the most able students from Year 9 onwards. It exposes them to a range of cultural experiences that take their learning well beyond the curriculum. Recent examples range from learning the art of auctioneering at Christie’s to attending a day of lectures at the University of Oxford.


Students will be rewarded for excellent work and contributions to the school using Harris Points. The system will be designed to motivate students to achieve their full potential, both in class and through extra-curricular activities.

Harris Points will be recorded and students will be able to accumulate points in order to be awarded milestones.

There will be an opportunity for celebration for all students through a number of different events which will share students’ success and show pride in their achievements.