A HASU parent is running a May Holiday Club with Jubilee-themed art and cooking at Harris Academy Sutton on Tuesday 31st May 9am - 4pm. Information and booking here:


Well done to the team of HASU staff who completed the Marsden March today, raising money for a worthy cause.


Last night the Year 7 and Year 10 Rounders Teams both won their games against Overton. Well done all! Here’s a photo of the Year 7 team.


Alice B in 7H2 has collected over 1000 bottle tops! Well done Alice. All donations welcome, big or small. We’re collecting until 24th June.


It’s House Art Week at HASU! Well done to all the students who joined our Big Draw at lunch today. It continues tomorrow at lunch and it would be great to see everyone get involved!


A pupil who is joining HASU in September plays for a local football team that has just won a Surrey Girls league title 🏆⚽️. They are currently recruiting Year 7 girls and are looking to expand the number of teams. Contact details are in the picture.


On Thursday 12th May, students in Year 9 and Year 10 will be having their second HPV injection. Parents do not need to complete a new consent form - the NHS will use the previous one.


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Our Summer Term begins on Saturday at - come and join the fun in !


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Our Harris Academy project has also been recognised by this week, winning both the RIBA London Award 2022 and RIBA London Sustainability Award 2022. is the UK’s first Trust certified secondary school. 🔗


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It’s been a week full of good news for sustainable design! Yesterday we saw two pioneering projects win awards - Bicester Eco Business Centre for the UK’s first zero carbon/Passivhaus Plus office and for the UK’s first Passivhaus secondary school 🎉


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: Duke of Edinburgh Practice Walk at Box Hill completed..well done Y10! A big thank you as well to members of staff who gave up their time to help out!


More photos from today’s DoE practice expedition


Our Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh participants are on their practice expedition today. Group 1 has reached the top of Box Hill!


Congratulations to Elvis C (Year 7) and Arqish P (Year 9) who were awarded Best in School for their fantastic entries into the MEM maths challenge.


Our Year 9 Harris Experience students enjoyed a trip to Christie’s today.


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💫We are pleased to announce that Sutton has been shortlisted for two Awards!💫 📍'Net Zero Place of the Year' 📢'Real Estate Project of the Year' for The winners will be announced in May. You can read more about these prestigious awards below 👇


We look forward to welcoming students back to school tomorrow. Gates open at 8am and students must arrive by 8.25am. There are no enrichment clubs after school this week. Key dates for the first half of the summer term were published in our Spring 2 newsletter.


Interested in playing cricket this summer? Cheam CC have an open morning on 17th April.


Our Spring 2 newsletter was published today. It’s packed full of photos, news, achievements and student reviews.


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Thank you so much for this. It makes us really proud that Billy is your first pupil with Down syndrome, he loves

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There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. - Jacqueline Kennedy

Literacy is the most basic currency of the knowledge economy- Barack Obama

At Harris Academy Sutton (HASU) we believe that every student is entitled to a curriculum that both develops their literacy and gives the opportunity to develop a lifelong love of reading and writing. We aim to ensure that every student attending our Academy has the literacy skills and experiences that they need to successfully access and enjoy our ambitious, broad, balanced, culturally rich curriculum.

We aim for every child to leave our Academy a lifelong reader, able to write, speak and listen effectively, with fluency, accuracy and enthusiasm. Proficiency in literacy is an essential means by which students access the curriculum, and develop their understanding of their place in our world. Moreover, literacy is fundamental to preparing today’s students for the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow.


Our Provision:

At HASU, we promote and develop literacy across six strands:

  • Promoting reading for pleasure
  • Supporting less able readers
  • Embedding reading within the curriculum
  • Teaching academic vocabulary
  • Developing students’ oracy
  • Developing students’ writing

Literacy is central to great teaching, and all staff receive regular training on how to best teach literacy and provide opportunities for students to develop their reading, writing and oracy. Academic vocabulary is explicitly taught in all subjects, using strategies that incorporate practice and rehearsal to best embed new learning powerfully.

More information can be found about our provision in our Literacy Policy which can be found in the Teaching & Learning policies area. Below, we have highlighted just parts of our broad and vibrant provision:

Drop Everything & Read (DEAR)


Every child should be encouraged to be a reader. Through our DEAR programme, all students take time during every day to read for pleasure. Through this, we seek to normalise reading for all students irrespective of their background or current reading ability, and encourage every young person to cultivate their love of reading.

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Alongside the DEAR programme, fortnightly Register, Read, Respond sessions for all Year Groups train students in reading both fiction and non-fiction short texts with their peers, fostering their ability to access a wide range of texts beyond their own reading books.

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Bedrock Vocabulary


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We recognise that in order to fully engage with the challenge expected in curriculum texts, writing and oracy, students need to master a range of ‘tier two’ vocabulary. To ensure this we have embedded Bedrock Vocabulary, a computer-aided vocabulary development tool, for all students. Academic, high leverage vocabulary is explicitly taught through fiction and non-fiction texts online and students are then expected to apply their knowledge to pieces of writing to demonstrate their learning. Students undertake lessons as part of their homework and their progress is carefully monitored and tracked by their English teachers. Bedrock regularly assesses students’ vocabulary development, ensuring that each student is accessing a programme tailored to their needs and ability.

Engagement with Bedrock at HASU is fantastically high and we are so proud of our students’ commitment to developing their reading skills.

Literacy Interventions and Support

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For those less able readers, including those with SEND the Academy has established a clear, graduated programme of reading and phonics interventions that enable these students to access appropriate supportive provision to help them make progress in their reading. This provision is jointly led by the SEND and English teams, and draws on a variety of specialist and trained staff.

In 2021-22, our Literacy Support programme includes:

  • Read Write Inc Phonics
  • Lexia Literacy
  • Hackney LIT programme
  • HASU Literacy Support groups (which include a variety of school-led provision such as paired reading)

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The HASU Library

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Our beautiful Library takes centre stage in the heart of the Academy, open to all students throughout the day as a space to read, work, access IT, browse and borrow books and engage with our fabulous Librarian Ms Lock. Our Lord Harris Reading Room provides a comfortable, tranquil space for students who wish to focus on their reading.

At Key Stage 3, regular Library Lessons ensure that all students are inducted into and feel comfortable within the Library. These sessions are run jointly between the English team and our Librarian.

The Library is stocked with an array of fiction and non-fiction, with regularly changing themed displays and recommendations.

More information about the HASU Library can be found on its own page here.

The HASU Library Twitter account can be found here.

Our Librarian, Ms Lock 

Our Librarian, Ms Lock, is excited to support all of our students in their reading!

Celebrations of Reading, Writing and Speaking

Literacy remains high on the agenda throughout the Academic year, promoted through whole-school celebration of calendar events including:

  • World Book Day
  • Performing Arts Week
  • World Theatre Day

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Other calendar events such as Black History Month and Holocaust Memorial Day are accompanied by reading challenges.

Alongside these ‘marquee’ events, termly reading competitions and initiatives are run by the Library team to encourage and celebrate reading. Recent examples have included our ‘Extremely Cosy Readers’ photo competition and ‘Cover re-creation’ challenge. Winning entries can be seen throughout the Library and beyond. 

Reading Challenges

Our team of Literacy Champions are central to keeping reading for pleasure at the heart of everyday life in the Academy. Pupils apply and are appointed as Literacy Champions, with each year group playing a part in promoting our reading culture through promoting challenges and competitions as well as supporting with the everyday organization and running of the Library. Roles include:

  • Year 7 Librarians
  • Year 8 Reading Ambassadors
  • Year 9 Reading Mentors
  • Year 10 Reading Leaders

On DEAR days during tutor time, Reading Mentors and Reading Leaders in Year 9 and 10 spend time in the Library reading with pupils lower down the school for Paired Reading sessions. These Literacy Champions are trained in ‘Before, During, After’ reading strategies and work as reading role models for the pupils they are paired with in Year 7 and Year 8.

Monitoring and assessment of student Literacy

On entry to the Academy, all students’ literacy skills are assessed by:

  • NGRT reading tests
  • Lucid extract reading tests
  • KS3 baseline assessments (subject specific).

In addition, less able readers (as identified by these measures, and/or as flagged during the primary transition process) receive an additional phonics screening conducted by the SEND team. This information is then used to provide targeted literacy intervention and support for those who need it.

Alongside this baseline testing, all students will annually take an NGRT reading test, to assess their progress in reading specifically. Students’ writing and speaking skills are assessed through the curriculum as part of ongoing formative and summative assessments. This data collectively allows us to track students’ progress and reading age over time, and provide personalised support.