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Student home testing kits have been issued today for twice-weekly testing. It's vital that tests continue over the holiday and results are logged. Thank you. Details at


21 boys from Year 10 voluntarily came in early for extra this morning. They’re not letting a lockdown slow their learning! Great effort from Mr Gayle and our boys.


Comments like this really make our day🙂 "Your parent communication is outstanding. You take time out of your busy days even if it’s just to say he’s doing well. This is of huge benefit. Thnk you all for your hard work and the support you’ve given my son."


Thank you to everyone who attended our online event on Tues. And for the feedback! "As parents, your enthusiasm and the school's approach this week is really appreciated and it is encouraging that both the Yr 7 Head and Principal found time to participate." :-)


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Brilliant feedback from today’s session with the boys as part of our Positive Communication programme. Today we explored the meaning of success and the characteristics of successful people. Excellent behaviour, great conversation and fantastic learning. 💪


Boys in Yrs 7-10 have sessions in class today, to tie in with World Awareness Week. We've put up posters around the school, to highlight and celebrate both the challenges and strengths that autism can bring. Find out more at


We're holding awareness events this week, to tie in with World Autism Awareness Week, and highlight and celebrate both the challenges and strengths that autism can bring. Find out what's happening


No better way of being global citizens than by having from all over the world to learn with. This week we received responses from Longman Memorial Prep School in The Gambia and our students couldn't believe they wrote back!


We're holding autism awareness events at our school in March to mark . Find out more about what's happening.


Vocabulary matters at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich –


Students have been exploring how the world of work is evolving. In a survey they voted for the following as the top three skills they will need: creativity and problem solving; teamwork; and the ability to adapt and learn new skills.


No problem, there's lot of detail about our careers programme on this page of our website


Hi there, during PHSE lessons we collated ideas on the key skills etc and then followed up with a Microsoft Forms questionnaire which students completed afterwards


For , our boys explored different options that they can pursue after finishing school. We did a quick survey and most students expect to go on to university (76%) and a growing proportion are considering an apprenticeship (24%).


Several of our boys were pictured in the last week in an article about students returning to school. It's been such a pleasure welcoming them back!


The March edition of our student periodical, The Whole Shebang, is out now. This issue is on the theme of - with articles and poems by students in Year 9. In partnership with . Download your copy at


Student wellbeing will be on your minds this week with students returning to school. Click on the link below to read Bedrock's tips on supporting student wellbeing and learning at the same time.


Vocabulary matters at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich –


Boys have been finding out about different universities through the university webinar series. Full details of future webinars at


For our boys are learning about virtual work experience opportunities through .

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Posted on December 12th 2016

Trip to Downing College, Cambridge

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Thirty four of the academy's most able cohort in years 9 and 10 travelled to Cambridge University for a taster day at Downing College. They were given a tour of the grounds and learned about the college's traditions and key influences.

Pupils were then given an admission talk offering advice on options at university, including Cambridge and Russell Group universities. This included:

  • Work hard to get the best GCSE grades you can
  • Prepare for when you have to choose your A-levels to make the best choices
  • Find and explore a topic or subject of interest
  • Demonstrate a clear interest in research and reading you have pursued outside of the classroom.

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Once the canteen had been thoroughly investigated by each and every student, one of the current PhD students led a session on Ice Age: A Man Made Climate Change. This provided the group with challenging material, statistical analysis and new terminology, all of which the pupils had to decipher. Although this was a stretch above the academic levels the pupils have been accustomed to, the pupils managed to engage with the speaker and all used this newly acquired content to form discussions which impressed the Cambridge staff.

The tour around the city and other college sites demonstrated the sheer size and impressive characteristics of the university. The tour guides highlighted the various backgrounds, personalities and interests that can be found at the sites and how the university is open to all. "There is not just one type of ‘Cambridge’ person - you can find anyone who likes the same things as you here", was one message.


The university has the most amount of clubs and societies in the country, with room for students to set up their own. The city tour revealed some more historic places and events within the world of research. The students here are studying alongside the world's leading experts, in buildings where the scientific community had been rocked by discoveries such as the  Watson and Crick's double helix DNA strand and Sanger's molecular structure of insulin, along with many others.

The three hour journey back through traffic did not hinder the students' spirits. A lot of the students moved from not believing Cambridge to be a realistic option for the future, to having a clear focus on additional research proposals for when they are ready to apply. Cambridge thanked the group‘s involvement throughout the day and we would like to thank both students and staff for representing the high standards of the academy.

Mr Metcalfe, Teacher of Physical Education, Extra-Curricular Coordinator, Most Able Coordinator

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