HABE's Careers Fair is taking place on Friday 8th July to introduce our students to employers in order to inspire them in making the best decisions for their careers. We need guest speakers from industries such as retail, baking, hospitality, entertainment and Medicine.


They managed to complete 5 miles in an 1hr 45 in the heat and walked up the steepest of hills, but that did not stop the students. We have now raised £730 for Save the Children, and the Diversity Group members are over the moon with how their teamwork and hard work has paid off.


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are you thinking about becoming a teacher? Our experienced and friendly team will be available at Harris Girls Academy East Dulwich Wednesday 18th May 4 - 5pm. Tickets are free and available here


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The Performing Arts team are pleased to announce our talent show - Harris Academy Beckenham Extravaganza (HABE) Wednesday 25th May. Please come along to support the arts- Tickets can be purchased from a member of the PArts team


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Musical students had an amazing afternoon singing show tunes at our Show Choir Workshop - producing an amazing sound! Keep your eyes peeled for the next workshop in May! 🎼


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It was a great pleasure to be with you all - so impressive. As Lord Harris said, children only get one education so we need to make it as good as it can be. Thanks for all you do to make that a reality.


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Can you sing, rap, dance, act, juggle? If yes, the Performing Arts department want you to audition this coming Wednesday, 27th April 3.15-4.30, for our upcoming talent show!! 🎭🎼


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SO proud of our Year 11 students today and their performances for the GCSE PE Moderation 👏🏼


Great to hear our year 10s are securing some great WEX placements, from a solicitors office, to a professional football club! Please contact the Academy if you have a business that could place one of our Year 10 students from 11-15th July.


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Well done to staff at who are truly going the extra mile to support one of their students... On Thursday 21st April they will be completing a 36-mile night walk to raise funds for and 👏 ✍️


Well done to our very own Lily & Evie who have been shortlisted for the international Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year! Lily has had 4 photos shortlisted, and Evie has had 1 photo shortlisted – we wish both of them the best of luck for the final!




Some great cooking in 'the hub' last week with Mrs Young!


Triple Science Debate: "Life would not long remain possible in the absence of microbes" As part of Science Week we organised a debate on the role of microbes in life on Earth, challenging students to think about positive and negative implications of Microbial life.


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The eco-seating team smashed the day; Morden


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The Last Dance with the Year 11 Netball Team this afternoon 🏐 had them since year 7 and tonight they played their last netball game together 💔 it’s been a pleasure coaching you all and watching you all develop over the past 5 years!


Good luck to Miss Carvall who will be joining in London's charity event. This campaign focuses on raising money for young homeless people. if you wish to donate to this cause, click the link down below: ⬇️⬇️


We are still looking for the perfect person to join our team here at Harris Academy Beckenham as a part-time Food Technician. If you're interested, or you know somebody who might be, let us know!

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WORD - Writing Like An Expert

Writing Across the Curriculum

All subject areas will plan two-weekly opportunities for extended writing specifically related to their curriculum requirements, so students can hone written expression and collate a portfolio of excellence. This is critically marked and assessed under a success criteria applicable to each subject area. A target and student action is set to be completed in response to the marking. All students are expected to engage with the feedback through their student action. This is to help collate the mastery skill of writing like an expert.

Subject specific extended writing

Students are trained to produce high quality written texts across a range of genres, manipulating language to suit complex purposes, forms and audiences. Teachers have access to high quality models at GCSE through the recall of papers each year, and at KS3 through the sharing of best practice at federation subject strand meetings. Teachers have been trained in the research based strategy of deconstruction and follow a specific process to engage students with modelling and ensure mastery of subject specific writing skills, such as the passive voice in humanities. Extended writing is marked every two weeks using the Academy wide coded marking system and is regularly re-drafted so that students can hone their craft over time. Where there are common spelling misconceptions to be focused on, teachers have been trained in active strategies following the MAD process, employed to ‘Motivate’ students, ‘Activate’ their working and long term memory and enable them to ‘Demonstrate’ their knowledge of spelling over time. Faultless technical accuracy will be expected and teachers adapt their pedagogy to ensure that this is achievable for all students. The emphasis has been on using reading throughout the academy to shape form and purpose of writing in each individual subject area.

What Writing Looks Like in a Lesson

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  • Every lesson across the Academy is expected to begin with a Knowledge Retrieval to test the student’s knowledge and ability to write about certain aspects of their learning within a subject area. This allows an opportunity for teachers to address any misconceptions in not only pupil knowledge but the competence of their writing.
  • There are several opportunities embedded into lessons across the Academy to ensure maximum impact on writing skills. This includes strategies such as Cornell Notes, Word of the Day, Outcome Tasks and Knowledge Summary. Every teacher is trained and devices a plan to teach various aspects of writing within their lessons.
  • At the end of every lesson is an opportunity for students to use their knowledge and understanding of the lesson and produce a piece of writing. This all contributes to the steppingstones on becoming an expert at writing across the Academy.
  • The expectation is uniform throughout all key stages in the Academy

Writing in the Sixth Form

Developing student's reading and writing skills is integral to success at Post-16. Students partake in rigorous extended writing activities which is embedded in each Sixth Form lesson to ensure the development of these vital academic skills.

By placing an emphasis on students’ written ability, students are able to further consolidate the subject content which is established in Lesson Prep. Each lesson incorporates a challenging exam-styled question where students are challenged to develop their subject knowledge and synoptic links between topics.

Our home learning consists of a Lesson Prep tasks, individual research, strengthening tasks focused on prior learning, and exam application. This is set as weekly home learning and displayed on the website under the relevant subject headings. This is further reinforced in class to build on Lesson Prep which allows for further consolidation and improved understanding of written technique.

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