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25 August 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 Academy Sutton’. We hope you enjoy using our new App.
11 July 2017Latest news from James Fisher, Principal Designate, Harris Academy SuttonLast Week, the council received planning permission for the amazing new building which will house Harris Academy Sutton from September 2019, within the exciting development of the London Cancer Hub. Opening in 2018 in well-resourced temporary accommodation, Harris Academy Sutton will be an outstanding place to learn from day one. With places for 195 students in our first year, this is a chance to join us at the beginning – and for your child to benefit from the undivided attention of our teachers and a well-considered and easy transition between primary and secondary school. Harris Academy Sutton will be run by the Harris Federation, a not-for-profit charity led and run by teachers, which has nearly thirty years’ experience of running successful primary and secondary schools in and around London. Due to the school’s unique location, Harris Academy Sutton will place a special emphasis on the teaching and learning of science in all its forms. In addition to all of the opportunities presented by our location, the Harris Federation employs a team of specialist science teachers who help our academies ensure students are taught science imaginatively and engagingly. The team has built links with London’s top universities and medical schools so that students have access to a huge variety of experiences and opportunities. Come and find out more We’ll be holding Open Evenings in the autumn for families who are interested in applying for a place. The dates will be on our website soon. Applications for Harris Academy Sutton can be made through the local authority co-ordinated admissions form. If you have any questions or would like to know more please contact email@example.com
3 May 2017New Principal Designate appointedWe are pleased to announce that we have appointed our Principal Designate. James Fisher is currently Head of School at the “outstanding” (Ofsted) Chobham Academy, which is part of the Harris Federation and based in the Olympic East Village. He said: “I am thrilled to be appointed as Principal Designate of Harris Academy Sutton. Building a new school in the heart of this community is a truly unique opportunity and I am determined that our new academy will flourish as it forges links with the London Cancer Hub and the wide range of local communities on our doorstep. “September 2018 will see our academy set out to deliver a balanced and exciting education in a modern, innovative and welcoming environment. Our students will have access to a full range of specialist facilities designed to promote high levels of academic achievement both during and outside of the regular school day. “Specialising in Science and Enterprise, Harris Academy Sutton will encourage students to develop an inquisitive nature and the resilience to deal with new challenges, which are the hallmarks of the scientific method. We will also recognise the role that lateral and creative thinking plays in developing young minds, and support this through an inspiring and forward-thinking approach to our delivery of the arts. “As an experienced school leader of the ‘outstanding’ (Ofsted) Chobham Academy, I am passionate about working with young people as they look to develop character and personality alongside their academic achievement. My vision is one in which all our students work hard to fulfil their own dreams and develop new skills and interests as they progress through the academy - and into society as happy, self-confident adults. “I look forward to meeting and working alongside you in the future.”
5 April 2017Harris Federation - Education Performance Harris 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.
25 January 2017Harris success in new league table of academy trusts The 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.
20 January 2017DfE performance measures for multi-academy trusts The Department for Education has published new data about how different schools are performing at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4. This includes an analysis of multi-academy trusts (MATs). The data is based on the performance of schools in 2016 SATs and GCSEs and all Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) with more than three schools open for at least three years have been included. Harris academies performed exceptionally well, building on our strong results in previous years. The DfE’s key findings in relation to the Harris Federation are set out below. Key Stage 2 (KS2) We were one of 95 MATs included by the DfE. 10 Harris primary academies were included in the data – all those which were in their third academic year or more by 2015/16. There are three performance measures: our children’s progress in Reading, Writing and Maths. In Reading, the score across our group was 2.5. This was the sixth highest score of the 95 MATs included. In Writing, our score was 3.6, the fourth highest score. And in Maths, our score of 3.3 was also the fourth highest score. The DfE consider us to be performing ‘significantly above average’ in all three measures. The Harris Federation is one of only 6 out of 95 MATs to have achieved this. Key Stage 4 (KS4) We were one of 47 MATs to be included in the DfE’s analysis. 16 Harris secondary academies were included in the data – as with primary, only schools open for three years or more by 2015/16 were factored in. The Progress 8 score across the 16 Harris academies was +0.42. This was the third highest score of any MAT, with the groups featuring first and second running five academies and three academies each. It is worth noting that because schools have not been included if they were less than three years old last summer, Harris Academy Battersea has not been factored in to the DfE’s analysis. At 1.14, its Progress 8 was the highest of any Harris academy. Its success has been noted by the Evening Standard and Guardian among others. The DfE consider our Progress 8 score to be ‘significantly above average’ – we are one of just 11 MATs to achieve this.
17 January 2017Harris Teacher Training rated 'Outstanding' All of us at the Harris Federation are thrilled and delighted that the qualification programme we provide for trainee teachers has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. We were first accredited to provide the training in 2014. All of our trainees are either graduates or people who have decided to change careers in order to become teachers. This year, we are training almost 150 people to become successful primary and secondary teachers. Inspectors visited 10 Harris academies, where they spoke to our trainees and observed them teach. As well as commenting on the ‘high calibre’ of our trainees, inspectors found that our training ‘consistently secures outstanding outcomes’. Once trainees are qualified, inspectors found that their first year in the profession is ‘extremely well supported by leaders and trainers so that the transition from trainee to teacher is highly professional.’ Our teacher training team recently made a short video introducing our extremely varied but universally talented and ambitious trainees. Watch it on www.harristraintoteach.com. Rachael Hare, Head of Harris Initial Teacher Education at Harris said: We’re incredibly proud of the exceptional quality of our trainees and alumni. Principals often feed back that graduates from the programme are uniquely well-prepared and far in advance of their peers, starting their NQT year highly confident in their teaching ability and experts in terms of subject knowledge, inclusion and behaviour management. It is a tremendous credit to our dynamic, talented trainers and mentors that our initial inspection has resulted in a judgement of Outstanding in every category. Our exceptional training team, subject mentors and academy staff work closely in partnership to ensure the strongest of outcomes for our beginner teachers, and therefore the children in our schools.” If you are considering training to teach in 2017/18, visit www.harristraintoteach.com for information about the kind of candidates we are looking for and details of how to apply.
14 November 2016Schools Minister Praises Harris Federation Success Schools minister Nick Gibb MP praised the Harris Federation in his recent speech at the Freedom and Autonomy for Schools - National Association (FASNA) autumn conference. The schools minister spoke about the ability of successful academies to “consolidate their success and spread excellence across the country”, citing the Harris Federation as an example of this: Take Harris Academy Battersea with a provisional Progress 8 score of 1.15, one of just 7 schools to achieve that level of progress for its pupils. This school is providing life-changing education to its pupils. But the pupils of Harris Academy Battersea are not the only beneficiaries. Other schools that are members of the Harris Federation are also benefiting from sharing resources and expertise with this leading school. He also spoke about tapping into “the knowledge and expertise of this country’s world leading universities and independent schools”, using Harris Westminster Sixth Form’s Oxbridge success to demonstrate what can be achieved: The Harris Federation, in collaboration with Westminster School, set up the Harris Westminster Sixth Form. Earlier this year, the school announced it sent 7 pupils to Oxbridge. We want to see more examples of this sort of partnership. He commended the Harris track record and the interconnected structure of the Federation: Sir Daniel Moynihan and the Harris Federation team are rightly proud of the record of having only received ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ Ofsted judgements in their academies. This is testament to the hard work of the teachers and headteachers in those schools, and it is also evidence of the power of schools sharing what works. Schools adopted into the Harris Federation are provided with curricula and school systems that have been proven to work. You can read the full speech here.
8 July 2016Independent research highlights Harris success The 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’.