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18/05/22

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. https://t.co/YMSiz6nRWB

17/05/22

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. https://t.co/D4xDYhoChD

12/05/22

Retweetd From HarrisSchoolDirect

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 https://t.co/2adIjgm4Mq

11/05/22

Retweetd From HABE Performing Arts

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 https://t.co/SkhgzIYFtW

27/04/22

Retweetd From HABE Performing Arts

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! 🎼 https://t.co/uEautE7G3u

26/04/22

Retweetd From Diana Barran

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. https://t.co/GRfcVIqFTg

26/04/22

Retweetd From HABE Performing Arts

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!! 🎭🎼 https://t.co/GPewfi8Ztq

26/04/22

Retweetd From HABE Sport

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

22/04/22

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. https://t.co/5yQoZrh3Qf

19/04/22

Retweetd From Harris Federation

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 👏 ✍️ https://t.co/YPU6aWPwh0

19/04/22

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! https://t.co/Eb1KTNtVKg

29/03/22

Yummy! https://t.co/UunVyH6Tb1

29/03/22

Some great cooking in 'the hub' last week with Mrs Young! https://t.co/KDaddMx7pd

18/03/22

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. https://t.co/cdT4QmnfNP

18/03/22

Retweetd From World Class Schools Quality Mark

The eco-seating team smashed the day; Morden https://t.co/hBxxMTYUca

18/03/22

Retweetd From HABE Sport

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! https://t.co/uhi7A6L3f3

17/03/22

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: ⬇️⬇️ https://t.co/MhRCpSli1o https://t.co/5GTL4j4zqs

16/03/22

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! https://t.co/wSMDhffO4C

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WORD - Writing, Oracy and Reading Development Introduction

At Harris Academy Beckenham we are proud to have launched a brand new approach to literacy across the curriculum, called WORD (Writing, Oracy and Reading Development).

WORD skills are crucial to developing students’ ability to read and understand, write with fluency, accuracy and enthusiasm, and speak and listen with confidence and discernment.

Developing skills in literacy is about learning to use language to express, explore and communicate our thoughts, ideas and feelings with others. We do this through speaking, listening, reading and writing, and getting better at literacy means making progress in each of these areas. 

We owe it to our students to give them the very best literacy skills in order to improve their chances in life, and to enable them to succeed in whatever path they choose.

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WORD POLICY

We adopt a cross-curricular focus to promoting good literacy amongst our pupils and staff. We believe that promoting literacy is a whole academy responsibility and not just that of the English department. We also invite you to join us in developing your son’s literacy at home.   

Reading and literacy skills are the key to learning and pleasure. They open doors and allow our students to access all aspects of the curriculum, whilst improving oracy, communication and problem-solving skills.

All subject areas

Attainment of proficient communication capacity skills is vital for students to access all areas of the curriculum, and to achieve social and academic success.

Due to the vital role of WORD skills in every student’s life, staff at all levels are aware of their duty to prioritise WORD within all areas of teaching and learning. We aim:

  • To ensure that standards of writing, oracy and reading are raised throughout all key stages and across all subject areas
  • To embed WORD skills across all subject areas
  • To develop a common language of communication capability across all subject areas
  • To empower students with the capacity to use language purposefully and efficiently in a range of contexts for a range of purposes, in both oral and written form, in a powerful, convincing and accurate manner
  • To increase the range and depth of literary knowledge to create a lifelong passion for reading and curiosity of texts.
  • Our curriculum pivots on WORD with every teacher dedicated to raising the levels of eloquent, accurate and confident communication of every student, regardless of their starting point.

Senior Staff Developing Future Readers

Every member of the senior leadership team reads with students in tutor group time to emphasise the importance of reading and help promote literacy across the Academy.

 “That is why we’ve started a system where the senior team, including me, goes into tutor groups regularly to read with the students for 20 minutes.”- Ciara Warnock - Principal.

Ms Castro - Assistant Principal, reading with students.

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