Felix, Year 10, reports on our Student Council's visit to a Neurodiversity Conference hosted by Southwark Schools Learning Partnership . Read Felix's report at


Zain, Year 10, reports on his visit to the newly opened campus of the Access Creative College in Whitechapel, where students made an app, sang, learned about careers in gaming and graphic design and much more. . Full story


Students were blown away by the sound of a live orchestra during their visit to . They listened to Ravel, Stravinsky and Rossini and got the chance to meet the orchestra and ask lots of questions too. Fantastic! Lots more music news at


Year 12 and visited Queen Mary's University London for a day recently. They loved their day of lectures, with question and answer sessions, as well as a campus tour. A really insightful experience into what life at university is like.


Congratulations to our latest Bronze Badge award winners. You have to earn 175 Harris Points to receive your Bronze lapel badge. Pupils receive positive points for embodying HBAED values such as exemplary manners and consistent hard work. Well done boys!


Felix, Year 10, has been nominated for the BAFTA Young Game Designers award after teaching himself new programming skills from tutorials on YouTube. Read full story at


Harris Dulwich Boys welcomed five schools from across Southwark to compete in the annual KS3 basketball Olympic-style 3 vs 3 tournament. Our Yr 8 students represented the school with great pride. Congrats to St Thomas the Apostle College for winning the event!


Former student Alfie talks about his early STEM career at . "My key responsibilities are procuring and raising infrastructure orders for the contractors who work for Network Rail, but I'm learning about all aspects of planning." Find out more:


Surely day 2 of can’t be even better? Wrong! Gulfoss.


Photos of our students enjoying the stunning landscapes of Iceland on day two of our Geography field trip. The day finished with a visit to the spectacular Seljalandsfoss Waterfall where the boys were able to walk behind the waterfall. More pics at


This Summer, eight students embarked on a four-week expedition to Kenya with , working on community projects such as building a school and beach conservation. Read Caleb and Stanley's diary at


Students Anishan and Adam fly a Cessna 152 as part of a ten-month training programme with Fantasy Wings. Each year we work with Fantasy Wings to enable three students to learn more about careers in aviation and experience flying. More


Our GCSE Drama students loved their visit to to see 'Red Pitch' by Tyrell Williams. "Seeing how a play can use such a unique stage setup to tell a compelling story was truly inspiring." More at


Surrey County Cricket Club is encouraging students applying for sixth form studies in September 2024 to apply for the Club’s new Sixth Form State School Cricket Programme. Details at


Our Gardening Club has had a bumper crop of tomatoes and peppers. A  special shout-out to Dominic, Year 9, for helping with the harvest!


Visit our academy and meet our staff and teachers. Open Evening, Thursday 28th September, 5pm-7pm. Drop-in mornings from 8.45-10.30am on Mon 2nd Oct, Tues 3rd Oct and Weds 4th Oct. We look forward to welcoming you. Details at


We are pleased to announce that all students can now get a free bowl of porridge from 7.30 am to 8am. Available free from our canteen!


“I am so proud of our students for what they have achieved in their GCSE results. They are so resilient and really deserve the success. Thank you to everyone involved in the Academy - staff, parents and, of course, our fantastic students." Chris Brett, Head of Academy.


Students at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich are celebrating an incredible set of GCSE results this year. The students have achieved great outcomes and have surpassed the last standardised results of 2019 in their attainment and progress. Full story


First Silver DofE groups finish at Birling Gap in the South Downs National Park and venture onto the beach!

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Careers & Enterprise

Careers education is about inspiration and aspiration as much as advice.

The world has changed greatly in the last 20 years with many people working in jobs today that simply didn’t exist when their parents left education. The idea of a ‘job for life’ has disappeared. What’s important is to recognise these exciting new opportunities that are available and to gain the knowledge, skills and expertise that will enable you to work in those areas.

Read the latest careers news from Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich.

The Gatsby benchmarks are at the heart of the careers programme at Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich. These are eight benchmarks covering different areas of quality career curriculum (see below).

Our lead person for careers at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich is James Allison,, tel 020 8299 5300. Download our Personal Development (Careers Education Guidance, Enterprise) Policy from our Teaching and Learning page.

Virtual work experience opportunities

Speakers for schools logo verticalWork experience is what will make you stand out from the crowd and will help you land your dream career. It can help to build you CV and helping you discover which career could be right for you.

Click on the links below for some fantastic virtual work experience opportunities:

Please speak to Mr Allison, Mr Zaman or the 6th Form pastoral team if you want to find out more about any of these opportunities. 

Future Pathways

We make sure all students can access careers information so they can make informed decisions about their future pathways.

All students in years 11 and 13 will receive an annual appointment with our Careers Advisor but any student at the Academy can request an appointment by contacting Mr Allison

All students at the Academy also have a Unifrog account which allows them to access labour market information, create post-16 and post-18 destinations short-lists and access their personal careers records.

Year 10 options

During Year 9, students will have the opportunity to select their options from our broad and balanced curriculum to continue their education with us. However, there are other options available that students may wish to consider. Options locally include Mulberry UTC and The Brit School. See the table below for more information.

Post-16 options

You can leave school on the last Friday in June if you'll be 16 by the end of the summer holidays. You must then do one of the following:

  • stay in full-time education, for example at school, sixth form college or further education college
  • start an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering while also doing part-time education or training

Please see here for more information

Post-18 options

There are a lot of options to choose from at 18. What’s right for you will depend on your situation and the career or job you have in mind. Please see here for more information

Future Pathways table

Courses available

Name of institution

Web Address

Open Mornings/Evenings



Southbank UTC 

See website for more details 

Year 10 Options and Post-16

The Brit School

See website for more details

Year 10 Options and Post-16

Mulberry UTC

See website for more details


Harris Professional Skills

See website for more details

Post-16 and post-18

Southwark College 

See website for more details

Post-16 and post-18

Lewisham College 

See website for more details

Post-16 and post-18

London South East Colleges (LSEC) 

See website for more details

Post-16 and post-18

Apprenticeships- Various 




Higher Education- Various 



Click HERE to download our Year 11 Higher Education programme booklet

Download our guide to Unifrog

Unifrog is a careers platform where you can easily explore your interests, then find and successfully apply for your best next step after school.

Download our Guide to Unifrog, including how to log in and an introduction to how it works. Unifrog will help you to explore your key interests and what career paths you can take to reach your goals. Sign in to Unifrog at

Gatsby 1 - A stable careers programme

We are committed to providing a varied programme of activities for all students from Year 7 to 13 and beyond. Various careers-related opportunities are provided via a number of different methods such as assemblies, tutor time programme, theme days, careers interviews, career-based interest guides and websites, trips to employers and universities, and visiting speakers.

Our students also benefit from attending careers fairs, having direct support with university/sixth form applications, student finance, CV advice, and we offer particular support for DSEN students. The focus is to provide activities and events that meet the needs of the individual students and thus will incorporate independent and impartial careers guidance to support career and option choices, raising the aspirations of individual students and equipping them with the necessary skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding.

Harris Boys' Academy utilises the expertise of the Harris Federation Careers Advisor who works in the Academy in G.34 each Monday and supports students on a regular basis either during drop in sessions as well as for booked appointments. These sessions can be either 1-2-1, or completed in a group.

We evaluate the impact of our careers programme through the use of student and parent voice alongside feedback from key stakeholders such as The Careers and Enterprise Company, Investors in Careers and the Harris Federation Careers Team.  Through our commitment to achieving the Quality in Careers Standard, we are constantly evaluating the impact of our careers programme in order to achieve the best outcomes for our students.

We also recognise that parents/carers come from many different work backgrounds and can also contribute to helping our students make informed decisions. Therefore, if you are able to offer some time to deliver an occupational talk, host a stand at our annual careers fair, or are able to take a student for a work experience placement we would really welcome you contacting us at

Provider Access Policy. This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997. The Provider Access Policy can be downloaded from the Teaching & Learning page.

In line with the Baker clause, our academy gives students access to other FE colleges and training providers from years 8-13 to discuss non-academic routes that are available; this includes main Harris Federation events like Next Steps, where colleges and training providers are encouraged to attend, as well as academy initiatives guided by the careers link and the careers adviser.

In addition to this, the Harris Careers Website outlines all of the Post 16 options. Students also have individual and guided access to Unifrog from Year 7 which offers additional impartial information on an ad hoc basis. This outlines all educational routes that they may wish to consider.

Pupil entitlement. All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:  

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point  
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events 
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests. A provider wishing to request access should contact Jamie Allison, Assistant Principal, Telephone: 020 8299 5300, Email: 

Premises. The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team. Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Resource Centre, which is managed by the school librarian. The Resource Centre is available to all students at lunch and break times.

Opportunities for access. A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers:  

Below is an overview of our careers programme for Years 7-13.


Autumn Term 

Spring Term 

Summer Term 

Unifrog- Sign-up and What are Skills Session 


Careers Assemblies 


Unifrog- Careers Interests Session 


SSLP Careers Workshops 


Careers Assemblies 




Enterprise Club 


Careers and Your Future- PSHE Session 


Financial Literacy- PSHE Session 


Gatsby 5: Employer Assembly 

SSLP Careers Workshops 


Careers Assemblies 


Unifrog- Careers Exploration Session (Careers Library Treasure Hunt) 


Gatsby 5: Employer Assembly 


SSLP Careers Workshops 


Careers Assemblies 




Baker Clause Talk 1- Amazing Apprenticeships- What is an apprenticeship? 


Enterprise Club 


Digital Literacy- Active Citizens Day  


Unifrog- Activities and Competencies Bingo 


Enterprise Skills- PSHE Session 


Accessing Labour Market Information- PSHE Session 


SSLP Careers Workshops 


Careers Assemblies 

Unifrog- Subject Library Treasure Hunt 


SSLP Careers Workshops 


Baker Clause Talk 2- UTCs and the Brit School 


Careers Assemblies 

Gatsby 5: Employer Assembly 


Careers Evening 


SSLP Careers Workshops 


Careers Assemblies 




Work Place Visits 


Enterprise Club 


KS4 Options Event 


Unifrog- Building your CV (Activities) 


Active Citizens Day- Employability Skills 


Employment and Financial Management- PSHE Session 


Importance of savings and budgeting- PSHE Session 


SSLP Careers Workshops 


Careers Assemblies 


Work Place Visits 



Virtual Work Experience Opportunities 


SSLP Careers Talk 


Careers Assemblies 


Entrepreneurship Talk for BTEC Enterprise Students 


Unifrog- CVs and Cover Letters 


Unifrog- Personality Quiz 


External Careers Speaker 


Work Place Visits/Work Experience- Preparation 


Oxford University Trip 


Careers Evening 


SSLP Careers Talk 


Careers Assemblies 




Baker Clause Talk 3- Amazing Apprenticeships: post-16 apprenticeships and T-levels 


Careers Launchpad- PSHE  


Consumer Protection and Rights- PSHE Session 


Employment Rights- PSHE Session 


SSLP Careers Talk 


Careers Assemblies 


Gatsby 5: Employer Assembly 


University/FE Visits 



Post- 16 Evening 


Baker Clause Talk 4: Future Options post-16 Assembly (UTCs & Colleges) 


Post-16 Careers Adviser One-to-ones 


CV Writing- PSHE Session 


Personal Statements- PSHE Session 

Post-16 Careers Adviser One-to-ones 


Apprenticeships Presentation 


Unifrog- Apprenticeships 


Careers Evening 


Careers Assemblies 


Gatsby 5: Employer Assembly 





Post-16 Application Support Programme  


Post-16 Taster Sessions 





Small group sessions: future education, training and employment options 


Baker Clause Talk 5: Post-18 Apprenticeship Options  


Unifrog- Post 18 Choices and Planning 


Gig Economy- PSHE Session 


Understanding Pay- PSHE Session 


Virtual Work Experience Opportunities 


Skills London 2023 Excel Trip 


Careers Assemblies 


Enterprise Club 


Small group sessions: future education, training and employment options 


Assembly on school leavers programmes and summer internships 


Work and Career, Employment Rights and Responsibilities 


Unifrog- Goal Setting and Geeking Out 


Student Bank Accounts- PSHE Session 


Managing Debt- PSHE Session 


Careers Evening 


Baker Clause Talk 6: Post-18 Not going to Uni Career Options- Employment, Training and alternative qualifications 




Careers Assemblies 



HE/Apprenticeships Fair Tottenham 


University Visits 


Wok place Visits 


Work Experience 


Unifrog- Apprenticeships, Personal Statements and MOOCs 


Careers Assemblies 





Small group sessions: HE and higher apprenticeship applications 


STEM Physics Construction Trip 


Post-18 Careers Adviser One-to-ones 


Unifrog- Applications 


University Talk 


Brokerage Employability Skills Workshops 


Employment Rights and TUs- PSHE Sessions 


Workplace conduct- relationships, promotion, harassment- PSHE Sessions 


Next Steps Options- PSHE Sessions 


Baker Clause Talk 5: Post-18 Apprenticeship Options  


Careers Assemblies 





Small group sessions: school leavers and higher apprenticeship applications 


Post-18 Careers Adviser One-to-ones 


Unifrog- Assessment Centres; Managing Stress and Anxiety 


Savings and Budgeting- PSHE Sessions 


Pensions and Debt- PSHE Sessions 


Promoting Personal Brand- Social Networking- PSHE Sessions 


Careers Evening 


Baker Clause Talk 6: Post-18 Not going to Uni Career Options- Employment, Training and alternative qualifications 




Careers Assemblies 



Workshops- school leavers and higher apprenticeship applications 



Post-18 Careers Adviser One-to-ones 


Gatsby 2 - Learning from career and labour market information 

We understand that all students need to prepare themselves for progression through learning and education into adulthood. We aim to prepare students for life after school along with providing information on the ever-changing future, occupations and progression routes to sixth form, college, university or work/apprenticeships, as appropriate. All Year 8 -13 students can access the latest labour market information through their Unifrog account. Students also have access to to access the latest career and labour market information.

At Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich we monitor trends in the economy to ensure that our curriculum and careers programme enable our students to be successful when they enter the world of work and to ensure that they develop careers that will enjoy and gain fulfilment from through their lives.

We produce regular labour market reports which provide students with the information they need to make informed choices. The reports look at, for example, current employment rates, possible future trends for job growth and average salaries. You can download our latest labour market and economic information report at the bottom of this page.

Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich understands that all students need to prepare themselves for progression through learning and education into adulthood. We aim to prepare students for life after school along with providing information on the ever-changing future, occupations and progression routes to sixth form, college, university or work/apprenticeships, as appropriate.

Economy strand


Academy consideration

Changing employment structure

It is estimated that today’s leaver will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38


Students need to be prepared for change  and how to cope with it

Change in economy type technology and knowledge base

The top ten most in demand jobs did not exist five years ago


Preparing students for jobs that do not exist yet

Change to skills based economy focused around technological development

Total employment in the UK could grow by around 3 million over the next decade, with the total number of jobs reaching almost 37 million by 2025


Curriculum opportunites

Increased exposure to STEM activities

Changing employment opportunities

The UK will need more than a million new engineers and technicians by 2020, but despite the skills shortage women still account for less than 10 per cent of the sector’s workforce.


Curriculum opportunities

Increased exposure to STEM activities

Change in employment structure

Sharp decline in skilled and semi-skilled manual roles. 400,000 will disappear by 2020- down to 16% of total jobs


Teaching of employability and adaptability skills

Preparing for new jobs and the processes you go through

Change in employment structure

Two million extra jobs by 2020 in higher skilled, white collar occupations e.g managers, professionals etc.  Will account for 46% of all jobs in UK


Higher qualification entry points

Dealing with competitiveness

Developing cultural capital

Increased qualifications needed to access higher paid jobs

By the time we reach 2020, 40% of all jobs will require a degree

(Educational Excellence)

Curriculum choice

Options process

High achievement in related

Gatsby 3 - Addressing the needs of each pupil

At Harris Boys Academy East Dulwich we support students to explore different careers pathways and options through our Careers Launchpad programme. Careers Launchpad is delivered through our PSHE programme and our students benefit from frequent visits from employers, employees and entrepreneurs who lead the sessions.

At Key Stage 3, Careers Launchpad seeks to help our students explore a variety of different Career Paths, helping students to understand their options as well as challenge any misconceptions they may hold about different employment options. You can see links to some of our Careers Launchpad PSHE and Assembly sessions below.

At Key Stage 4, students have increased opportunities to engage directly with employees and employers through our PSHE programme as well as careers-focused Personal Development Days.

All Year 11-13 students also have one-to-one careers interviews with an independent Careers Advisor. Students also receive Careers Guidance in Year 9 prior to picking their options choices in Year 10.

Students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) are given extended appointments with our Careers Advisor, the SEN team and parents, to help ensure successful progression onto the next steps.

In addition, all Year 8-13 students will have their own careers portfolio on their Unifrog account where they can access their careers record and track the advice they have been given.

Gatsby 4 - Linking curriculum to careers

At Harris Boys Academy East Dulwich, we believe it is vital that students can connect what they have learnt in school with the knowledge and skills required in the workplace. 

Teachers in their lessons frequently connect the topic being studied to the knowledge and skills required by employers.  Through our extended curriculum, which includes form time, assemblies, extra-curricular clubs as well as trips and visits, students have been able to hear from and meet local employers.  Please see below for some examples of ways in which our students have been able to connect their subject knowledge with the world of work.

ICT careers trip to Met Police Cyber Crime Unit


Art careers trip to South London Gallery


Music careers trip to the Guildhall

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Dance careers trip to the Barbican


Science careers trip to Microsoft

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Entrepreneur Mark Segal explains connections between curriculum and world of work


Entrepreneur Mark Jenner highlights skills required for the workplace

Gatsby 5 - Encounters with employers and employees

In addition to trips to businesses we also organise careers talks at the school covering, for example, careers in technology, literature, hospitality, acting, publishing and graphic design.

We welcome outside speakers and organisations to contribute to our careers programme. Other examples of opportunities that our boys have to meet professionals from different sectors include:

An organisation wishing to request access should contact Jamie Allison, Assistant Principal, on 020 8299 5300 or Requests will be considered in line with our visiting speaker procedure within our safeguarding policy. Please speak to our Careers Leader James Allison to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

Careers Evening 2022. Volunteer speakers from medicine, law, the arts, the civil service, finance, banking, the media and many more were among the business people who came to HBAED for our annual Careers Evening.

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Sectors covered by our business volunteers on the night included marketing, banking, human resources, medicine, journalism, construction, government, computing, law and the arts.

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The boys chose who to meet at the event, based on their interests, and had 20 minute sessions so they could learn in-depth how people chose their careers, what's involved, the skills you need, and what people like and dislike about their jobs.

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Gatsby 6 - Experiences of workplace

Plan for all students in Year 10 to have work place visits and Year 12 to have Work Experience placements in Summer 2020.

This short film was produced by our Performing Arts students during a trip to the Barbican. What does a theatre department do? What sort of jobs are available? What sort of people are likely to enjoy working there. How to get started. They showed great initiative, skill and creativity in producing this clip.

Gatsby 7 - Encounters with further and higher education

We provide opportunities for students to experience what further and higher education are like, in order to inspire and excite them about future possibilities. Places visited recently include:

Year 10 trip to Imperial College London.

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Gatsby 8 - Personal guidance

All Year 11s, 12s and 13s students have one-to-one careers interviews. Pictured below: Careers Adviser Caroline Jackson arranges a careers desk in the school canteen to answer careers-related questions from boys in all year groups. “The idea was to make sure every student knows there is a careers adviser they can come and talk to at any time,” said Mr Allison, our Careers Lead.



As a result of the bespoke information, advice and guidance that our students receive the transition from Year 11 to Post 16 is exceptionally successful. The majority of our Year 11 students opt to remain at Harris Boys' Academy, seeking to continue their Post 16 education in traditional A levels, BTECs or a blend of the two.





Pupils staying in education or employment​




Total number of pupils included​




Pupils staying in education​




Further education college/other further education provider​




Harris Sixth Form​




School Sixth Form (including Harris)​




Sixth Form College​




Other education destinations​




Pupils in apprenticeships​




Pupils in employment​




Pupils not counted as staying in education or employment​




Destination unknown​




Destinations data for 2017 is based on DfE statistics and is the most recent available. The data shown for 2018, 2019 and 2020 is based on internal audits of pupil destinations and can therefore be subject to change if pupils do not complete at least two terms of study at their chosen destination.


Being an enterprise academy brings unique opportunities for the Academy to develop a culture and learning ethos that will bring innovation in teaching and learning to the heart of its philosophy.

We want our students to be “business like” and enterprising in their approach to work and how they deal with each other, teachers and visitors to the Academy.

We are also committed to ensuring that all students leave Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich with entrepreneurship relevant to the world of work, attractive to employers, and that they are well prepared to use these skills in further study and their everyday lives.

Success in a complex world

Our key aim is to have highly confident and enterprising students and teachers. Our students will be fully prepared for life’s challenges and have the drive, resourcefulness and employability skills needed to succeed in an ever-changing and complex world.

Enterprise opportunities for students

  • Active Citizens Day in Year 7 focused on developing students' Enterprise Skills
  • Two different after-school Enterprise Clubs- one for KS3 and KS4
  • Financial Literacy Club at KS5
  • Annual KS5 Economics essay competition with the Worshipful Company of International Bankers
  • 'Meet an Entrepreneur' talks.  Recent past speakers have included Meryvn Lyn, Mark Jenner, Tom Quilter and Matt Segal
  • Access to Careers talks through our work with Speakers for Schools and Inspiring the Future
  • Harris Federation Careers Fair 
  • Harris Boys Academy East Dulwich Summer Careers Fair
  • 'I want to be a.......' talks in conjunction with our partners SSLP
  • BTEC Enterprise and GCSE Business KS4 options
  • CTEC Business and A-level Economics KS5 options