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23/10/20

As part of our school celebration, we created a video with a few students from our community sharing what they love about their cultural backgrounds. Please view our video... Cultural heritage https://t.co/NfDuJNz3WR via ENJOY! https://t.co/exYB2iQu1K

21/10/20

Retweetd From Trauma Informed Schools UK

Every child with and ACE (adverse child experience) needs a knight. That knight can be you. Just one emotionally-available adult in a child's school career can make all the difference. We can make a difference, you can make a difference.... https://t.co/xD5SQB1W1R https://t.co/qRWZzb7dNT

21/10/20

Young Gifted And STEM is an organisation to improve the engagement of Black and Minority Ethnic students with STEM subjects. On Sat 24th October Harris Invictus Academy Croydon will be hosting the launch event aimed at 14-18 year olds. Register here! https://t.co/nW4x6d0McG https://t.co/s4LzCqSpeh

17/10/20

Retweetd From HABE Sport

HABE SUPER SUNDAY! Each week a different department will set a challenge - team PE went first.. Get any ball from any sport into a bin as far away as possible, how do you think we did? Tweet your video's or send to b.judd.org.uk https://t.co/MmOPlnxOzj

15/10/20

Please view the latest correspondence we have received from the Local Authority regarding Covid 19. https://t.co/UFgwVXgEjB https://t.co/Y6gR0HXGD2

15/10/20

First student commission meeting of the year, Mrs Warnock, Mr Christopher and the student commission discussed 4 main points: COVID, Conduct, Homework & Thinking Hard, a new education system our school is implementing. Created very positive discussions and feedback. https://t.co/5jUnPyerW1

14/10/20

Celebrating BHM. https://t.co/ugrjRg9Ea5

14/10/20

HABE celebrates Black History Month exhibiting examples of outstanding artwork! https://t.co/3W78Tten81

13/10/20

# Oxbridge •Thu 15th Oct – Medicine/Oxbridge applications to be submitted to UCAS •Wed 14th Oct – Medicine/Oxbridge applications to be submitted to HEA •Tue 13th Oct – Medicine/Oxbridge applications to be submitted to HABE Sixth Form Team

12/10/20

Retweetd From HABE Sport

Another excellent turnout for year 8 boys football training this evening https://t.co/Veml6dfzRk

12/10/20

Competition time! History-Research David Olusoga and re-design a front cover for his book Black and British. Explain your re-design in 200 words. Refer to at least three historical details from black British history. Email- Ms Hussein l.Hussein.org. https://t.co/nMBnJNhsv0

12/10/20

BHM - Competition time for all HABE students! PE- Send a video of yourself showboating a skill or trick shot in any sport/activity. To enter email- Mr Shone g.shone.org.uk. https://t.co/QhH33NeUu7

12/10/20

BHM - Competition time for all HABE students! English- Create a poster of a key black figure exploring their importance (Deadline Fri 16th Oct). To enter email- Ms Valente l.valente.org.uk https://t.co/lanOzDFfrP

12/10/20

Retweetd From Secret Headteacher

If you’re a parent, drop your kid’s school a line to tell them they’re doing a good job. It’ll mean the world when they find it on Monday morning.

09/10/20

Calling Y12! Introducing K+ Kings College London programme. completely free and offers a programme of events, activities and academic workshops created to help support your university application and more! Apply here https://t.co/I5GJrw10OA Deadline - Friday the 23rdOctober https://t.co/q2vqdvi1A2

09/10/20

BHM - celebrating key figures https://t.co/62iXWC95DR

08/10/20

Celebrating people from every background and culture! “We are changed by what we see. Just as we are changed when we are seen” .

07/10/20

Celebrating Black History Month... https://t.co/F9emu63iWh

06/10/20

Celebrating cultural cuisine during Black History Month! https://t.co/4dBSGuctdz

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

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Sutton

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Westminster

Curriculum Overview

The overarching aim of Harris Academy Beckenham is to end the cycle of poverty and disadvantage: ambition and aspiration dictate the model of our curriculum.

Our founding principle is that all children are equal and there is, therefore, equity of entitlement to knowledge for each of our students and their families. We aim to improve the life chances for all students and accelerate social mobility. This leads our vision.

By combining Science and Enterprise as our specialisms, we have created a vibrant, innovative learning environment in which the concepts of discovery, innovation and ground-breaking achievement can flourish.

As well as embedding an enriching, challenging science curriculum, comprising personalised pathways to a range of qualifications, we encourage our students to adopt a systematic, precise and logical approach to their academic studies.

HarrisBeck28This is partnered with a resourceful, inventive and resilient, ‘can do’ attitude to guarantee high achievement. Our ethos centres on the crucial skills of Resilience, Reflectiveness, Resourcefulness and Reciprocity; learning attitudes and skills which will empower our students to become the best that they can be while at the Academy and beyond.

Our ambition for all students is to Aspire, Discover, Achieve, and this underpins our mastery-inspired curriculum.

The central place of knowledge within the curriculum is explicit within our Academy. The inventive design of our curriculum and the high-quality implementation of that curriculum are integral to what we do as an individual Academy and as a vital part of Harris Federation.

The purpose of our Academy is revealed by the curriculum we provide and the quality of the teaching that delivers our knowledge rich curriculum.

Our curriculum, then, becomes a deliberate and explicit guarantor of equality as we work to close the limits to opportunity that exist in society. We ensure all our students have access to a broad and balanced body of knowledge regardless of demographics and starting points. To this end we have worked as a collaborative Multi Academy Trust. We harness the expertise from within Harris Academy Beckenham, working in collaboration with the consultants and network strands to develop a relevant, challenging and rich curriculum model. Whilst we offer personalised pathways for our learners at each key stage, all students have equal access to a broad and diverse curriculum.

The high expectations we have of each teacher includes the directive to drive forward this mission to expand opportunities for all young people in areas of deep disadvantage. Harris Academy Beckenham bases its drive and ambition on our ethos of 4Rs: Resilience; Reflectiveness; Resourcefulness and Reciprocity to create challenging and stimulating lessons and activities as part of our academy curriculum. Our enrichment curriculum provides a further extension to our students’ learning, providing opportunities to further consolidate the 4Rs as well as enhance every child’s cultural capital.


Statement of principle

Aspire. Discover. Achieve.

HarrisBeck17We aim to provide all students with opportunities to access and engage with the best possible curriculum, but also to help students comprehend that while knowledge is powerful it is also insecure, contested and evolving. We encourage our students to see themselves as enquiring learners who help to build their own sense of their place within their educational world.

We secure concepts in English and Mathematics throughout every phase and this acts as a gateway to acquiring core knowledge in a rich range of subjects such that we develop students’ expertise within those individual subject disciplines.

Our curriculum pivots on WORD (Writing, Oracy, Reading Development), with every teacher dedicated to raising the levels of eloquent, accurate and confident communication of every student.

An enriched vocabulary enables a better understanding of concepts and ideas and we facilitate access to knowledge beyond our students’ ordinary daily experiences. We do this by expanding their cultural capital and the breadth of their vocabulary.

Children are exposed to a variety of texts both fiction and non-fiction, a wide range of creative arts and thoughtfully planned learning outside the classroom. We recognise that “the curriculum” is not just a timetable and that engagement in co-curricular opportunities is encouraged at every stage through everything from the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Harris Experience, Federation Sports Day and the events that give platforms for all our students’ talents.

Students in Year 7 and 8 are now following a three-year Key Stage 3 curriculum, meaning that GCSE and other vocational options will be taken at the end of Year 9. This is a change from previous practice and has been made in light of our new knowledge rich curriculum and the increasing demand of the new GCSE specifications. This means we need to ensure every child has mastered and understood all of the key concepts in each subject area prior to choosing their Key Stage 4 Option choices.


For further information about the curriculum, please contact Mr Williams at: info@harrisbeckenham.org.uk.

Year 7 Curriculum Overview

Year 7 will follow the new 3 year KS3

All students will study the following number of 80 minute lessons per week:

  • 3 English
  • 3 Mathematics
  • 3 Science
  • 2 Physical Education
  • 1 Religious Education
  • 1 History
  • 1 Geography
  • 1 Art and Design
  • 1 Drama
  • 1 Music
  • 2 French, Spanish or Mandarin

Students will engage with IT through all subjects areas; using the internet for research, for extended writing, presentations and in the production of tables and graphs.

For students who are behind their chronological age in literacy and numeracy, catch up will be provided within the curriculum.

Students will complete a 25 minute tutorial each day where they will cover additional PSHE, learn about British values, improve their reading and plan future career opportunities. This will be supplemented by regular drop down days to cover these aspects of students’ personal development in further detail.

The Academy is also proud to offer a rich and varied enrichment timetable of activities that take place before and after the Academy each day.

Year 8 Curriculum Overview

Year 8 will follow the new 3 year KS3

All students will study the following number of 80 minute lessons per week:

  • 4 English
  • 3 Mathematics
  • 3 Science
  • 1 Physical Education
  • 1 Religious Education
  • 1 History
  • 1 Geography
  • 1 Art
  • 1 Design and Technology
  • 1 Performing Arts
  • 2 French or Spanish

Students will engage with IT through all subjects areas; using the internet for research, for extended writing, presentations and in the production of tables and graphs.

For students who are behind their chronological age in literacy and numeracy, catch up will be provided within the curriculum.

Students will complete a 25 minute tutorial each day where they will cover additional PSHE, learn about British values, improve their reading and plan future career opportunities. This will be supplemented by regular drop down days to cover these aspects of students’ personal development in further detail.

The Academy is also proud to offer a rich and varied enrichment timetable of activities that take place before and after the Academy each day.

Year 9 Curriculum Overview

Year 9 are following a Key Stage 4 Curriculum

The number of option subjects has been increased to 4 to ensure a broad curriculum and increased opportunities for EBacc uptake.

All students will study the following number of 80 minute lessons per week.

  • 3 English (one lesson = 120 mins per week)
  • 3 Mathematics (one lesson = 120 mins per week)
  • 3 Science (one lesson = 120 mins per week)
  • 1 Physical Education
  • 1 Citizenship
  • 2 Option A
  • 2 Option B
  • 2 Option C
  • 2 Option D

Students will engage with IT through all subjects areas; using the internet for research, for extended writing, presentations and in the production of tables and graphs.

Students will complete a 25 minute tutorial each day where they will cover additional PSHE, learn about British values, improve their reading and plan future career opportunities. This will be supplemented by regular drop down days to cover these aspects of students’ personal development in further detail.

The Academy is also proud to offer a rich and varied enrichment timetable of activities that take place before and after the Academy each day.

Year 10 Curriculum Overview

Year 10 are following a Key Stage 4 Curriculum

All students will study the following number of 80 minute lessons per week.

  • 4 English
  • 4 Mathematics
  • 3 Science (one lesson = 120 mins per week)
  • 1 Physical Education (one lesson = 120 mins per week)
  • 1 Citizenship (one lesson = 120 mins per week)
  • 2 Option A
  • 2 Option B
  • 2 Option C

Students will engage with IT through all subjects areas; using the internet for research, for extended writing, presentations and in the production of tables and graphs.

Students will complete a 25 minute tutorial each day where they will cover additional PSHE, learn about British values, improve their reading and plan future career opportunities. This will be supplemented by regular drop down days to cover these aspects of students’ personal development in further detail.

The Academy is also proud to offer a rich and varied enrichment timetable of activities that take place before and after the Academy each day.

Year 11 Curriculum Overview

Year 11 are following a Key Stage 4 Curriculum

The number of option subjects has been increased to 4 to ensure a broad curriculum and increased opportunities for EBacc uptake.

All students will study the following number of 80 minute lessons per week.

  • 4 English
  • 3 Mathematics (one lesson = 120 mins per week)
  • 4 Science
  • 1 Physical Education (one lesson = 120 mins per week)
  • 1 Religious Education (one lesson = 120 mins per week)
  • 2 Option A
  • 2 Option B
  • 2 Option C

Students will engage with IT through all subjects areas; using the internet for research, for extended writing, presentations and in the production of tables and graphs.

Students will complete a 25 minute tutorial each day where they will cover additional PSHE, learn about British values, improve their reading and plan future career opportunities. This will be supplemented by regular drop down days to cover these aspects of students’ personal development in further detail.

The Academy is also proud to offer a rich and varied enrichment timetable of activities that take place before and after the Academy each day.