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Our Year 10 GCSE Drama students were taken to a live theatre production of Boys from the Blackstuff by James Graham in preparation for next year's Live Theatre Review. For many of them, this was their first time seeing live theatre, and all thoroughly enjoyed the production.


Anyone for tennis!



Group A coach 1 on their way to Rootd Adventure for a night of camping! Some very excited students this morning!#year7trip


Some of our year 9 students had the opportunity to visit The London Eye for a DT Trip on Friday, students were thoroughly engaged, even those who were scared of heights. A fun day looking and discussing local landmarks and architectural designs within central London 🎡



We have had all the tunes tonight at HABE and the kids have loved it! Please come and collect your child at 8pm - DJ Shone


A big thank you to DJ D, our very own inhouse DJ.


HABE's first ever Year 7 Disco is well underway, with everyone absolutely loving it! - DJ Shone


The Catering Team celebrating England's win.


Our new year 7 parents and students turned up in their hundreds on Monday and Tuesday as we hosted our parent information evening/induction day. The students were amazing! We now look forward to our next transition event: HABE Summer School ☀️ 📚


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Changes to child benefit for 16-19 years. Parents need to take action now.



Stella, our local Beckenham Cat decided to pay Mrs Hall a visit today.


HABE The book fair is here!To buy books, students fill in a wish list to take home. Parents pay for books using a QR code or go to Students bring completed wish list back to school to receive books. Book tokens also accepted.


🚨 TALENT SHOW 2024 🚨 Tickets are on ParentPay for our 2024 Talent Show - £6 per person. Tuesday 2nd July from 5pm (art exhibition) talent show acts to start at 6pm. Performances from the PE, Art, Drama and Music departments 🖼️


HABE Impact day for Year 8 students, with First Aid being taught by some of our amazing PE team, Ms Jaymes & Mr Stokes. All students learnt the basics of First Aid and even got to try out what they had learnt on each other!


HABE welcomed author, performance poet & rap artist to perform for year 7 students today, they loved his poems & inspirational stories about growing up in London & Nigeria. Later, a group of year 8 & 9s enjoyed Karl’s workshops so much that they all produced their own poems!


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Ethics, Identity & Religion

Through our Ethics, Identity and Religion curriculum, our mission is to ensure that our students leave Harris Beckenham as confident global citizens, equipped with the knowledge, skills and character they need to succeed personally in the future, and the empathy and understanding of others to help create a kinder future for all.

For further details of the Ethics, Identity and Religion curriculum please see the documents at the bottom of the page or contact Ms J. Goulds.

Our overall goal is for our students to develop into mature well-rounded individuals that think about who they are outside of the classroom. The skills they learn through Ethics and Identity as well as our character curriculum are transferable and will help them in whatever path they choose in the future. 

Our Personal Development Curriculum has, at its foundation, a structured programme of lessons of 80 minute duration that are timetabled for years 7, 8 and 9. Character Development Days enhance this programme and extend the learning for year 10 and 11 students. In addition, all students have a weekly 40-minute lesson of PSHE that helps to prepare them for life beyond the school.  

Through our Ethics, Identity and Religion curriculum, our students study discreet modules of RE, Citizenship and PSHE. Our Ethics and Identity curriculum teaches students to study the key narratives of various worldviews and major world religions.

Learners apply these beliefs and values to local, national and global topics to stimulate learning. The curriculum includes engagement with local places of cultural and spiritual significance through our character development days and students are exposed to a variety of diverse role models and external speakers. This aids them in gaining a shared human understanding, fostering their spiritual development in the search for meaning and allows them to become religiously and theologically literate. We aim to support students to develop their own beliefs and values so that they can respect the religious and cultural differences of others and contribute to a cohesive and compassionate society.

In Ethics, Identity and Religion, learners will reflect on their own beliefs about the world around them, equipping them with the skills of decision making and problem solving. They will use higher order thinking and hone written and oral skills to develop lines of enquiry and evaluate the significance of beliefs and values. These skills will allow learners to become more tolerant, open-minded and considerate of ideas different to their own.

Students explore theories around growth mindset and develop that within the classroom, something that will serve them across all of their other subjects. We explore emotional intelligence in depth, normalising feelings and providing students with the language and tools to navigate different situations, as well as strategies to look after their mental health.

Alongside our curriculum, we hold regular character development days, on which the normal timetable is suspended to make way for specialist sessions delivered by teachers, visiting professionals and outside agencies, enabling us to take a deep dive into important topics. Through our character development days we aim to provide students with rich, engaging and wide ranging experiences and opportunity to meet role models with diverse career and life experiences.

Students explore theories around growth mindset and develop that within the classroom, something that will serve them across all of their other subjects. We explore emotional intelligence in depth and give students the language and tools to navigate different situations, as well as strategies to look after mental brain health.

Overarching concepts of our Ethics, Identity and Religion curriculum

The following points outline the concepts of the curriculum.

  • To explore the importance of Identity (their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these)
  • To support students in building healthy relationships in all settings and to educate students to safely and compassionately communicate with each other in all their relationships: professional, personal and intimate.
  • To support students in having a healthy (including physically, emotionally and socially) balanced lifestyle (including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest, spending and saving and diet)
  • To support students to manage risk (identification, assessment and how to manage risk rather than simply the avoidance of risk for self and others) and safety (including behaviour and strategies to employ in different settings)
  • To prepare students to ensure that our young people acquire the social, civic, and intercultural competences needed for active and successful participation in society.
  • To appreciate and strive for Diversity and equality (in all its forms)
  • To ensure students have knowledge of their rights (including the notion of universal human rights), responsibilities (including fairness and justice) and consent (in different contexts)
  • To teach students how to manage Change and build resilience (the skills, strategies and ‘inner resources’ we can draw on when faced with challenging change or circumstance)
  • To teach students about power (how it is used and encountered in a variety of contexts including persuasion, bullying, negotiation and ‘win-win’ outcomes)
  • We provide students with knowledge of their rights and role within our democratic governmental system and empower them to participate in governmental processes.
  • To ensure students acquire core knowledge and understanding of the beliefs and practices of the religions and worldviews which not only shape their history and culture but which guide their own development.

Ethics is led by a strong team of staff, who encourage students to be curious and challenge their preconceptions. All lesson content is taught in an objective manner and is adjusted to meet the needs and requirements of the particular age group being taught. Ethics, Identity and Religion is not designed to implement a particular political, religious or ethical viewpoint on students, rather it is designed to offer knowledge of religion, government and health in order for students to make up their own minds on these topics. Students can therefore explore the lesson content without being taught that there is one “right” set of beliefs or ethical behaviours.