🎉Congratulations to both and on maintaining their Outstanding Ofsted judgments following recent inspections!Read more about their success here:


Very happy to be featured in this week along with following both our Ofsted 'Outstanding' ratings. We're incredibly proud of our staff and students and it's lovely to have our success celebrated!


Year 12 and 13 students were treated to a talk about economics (and careers) by Chief Economist Peter Arnold . "Peter's talk has encouraged me to pursue a career in economics," said Imran. "I look forward to learning more about the macroeconomic policies in my course."


We had fun last week celebrating our recent Ofsted 'Outstanding' Award with students. We were very proud of the way our students conducted themselves during the visit. They were a true credit to themselves, our Academy and their families.


Get your tickets for our latest school production, Bugsy Malone, 13th and 14th March 2024. Tickets available on ParentPay from 19th February. Don't miss!


We are thrilled to announce that our student, Sebastian, has emerged as the winner in the Southwark Regional Final of Jack Petchey's Speak Out Challenge. A compelling and persuasive performance indeed!


Our Art Prefects have had their second workshop with ceramicist Marie Tricaud. Students fired their ceramics in the kiln and applied coloured glaze. We experimented with colour and different painting techniques, finishing with beautiful results


Younes, Lawrence, Artur and Chowdhury competed in the Year 7 Spelling Bee earlier this week, taking on challenging words such as onomatopoeia, armageddon, connoisseur, fluorescent, leprechaun, garrulous and haemorrhage. A superb effort from our team!


Urban Plan delivered a great urban development workshop today. Year 10 students were split into five 'development companies' and had to show industry professionals why their team should gain the opportunity to develop a new town centre.


On Friday we held a special rewards breakfast for all the boys who helped with our Winter Showcase music concert at the end of last term.It was the largest amount of students we have had in one concert, so well done everyone. Our next event is Bugsy Malone in March!


Our debating team made waves at the recent competition held at Sydenham High. Twelve of our best debaters rose to the occasion, demonstrating their eloquence and critical thinking. Judges praised their poise and respectful engagement with their opponents. Well done boys!


Ofsted have again found our academy to be 'Outstanding'. A huge thank you to our excellent team of staff who work tirelessly to provide our students with the very best learning opportunities. Thank you so much😃. Read more


Our Chess Club enjoy a friendly tournament with six keen players from . The event was held in the school library, where 15 players competed in a series of matches. Great sportsmanship and camaraderie. Watch out for a Chess Competition!


We were delighted to welcome our sponsor, Lord Harris, to Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich last week. It was inspirational for many of the students to meet Lord Harris and hear his passion and enthusiasm for our academy.


Sixth formers attend a PwC graduate scheme event for Black students recently, organised in collaboration with . The event catered to Black A-level students in years 12-13 aspiring to attend top-tier universities. Read more


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!

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Posted on June 18th 2019

Exploring Careers in the Arts at the Barbican Centre

Year 9 BTEC Performing Arts students took part in a Creative Careers Day at the Barbican Centre this week, as part of HBAED Careers Week.

The day started with students touring the impressive 1970s brutalist concrete building to get a feel of the variety of spaces on offer, including theatres, concert halls, cinemas, art galleries and gardens.

They then visited the current Interactive Artificial Intelligence exhibition, which explored AI from classical golem characters to today’s development of facial recognition data and robots which can copy your every move. Aibo, the robotic dog (pictured), was a big hit with our students and Jordy would definitely have liked to take him home.

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Meeting Barbican employees

Students then met with a panel of young Barbican Arts Centre employees (including Patrick O'Sullivan, Technical Apprentice, below centre) who discussed their roles within the organisation ranging from creative learning assistant, involved with leading tours and helping to run workshops, to technical support, marketing and theatre assistants.


Their message was to be determined and follow your dream, especially if you want to act or perform yourself. Working in an inspirational and well-connected arts environment can be an invaluable stepping stone as well as a career in its own right, they said.


“I was impressed to learn that the UK arts industry is one of the fastest growing in our economy today and there are good opportunities," said Joshuah, Year 9.

Job shadowing

Two departments, Theatre and Audience Experience, then hosted our students for the remainder of the day. The boys shadowed members of staff within the departments, asking questions and producing video bites explaining the work of each department, the variety of roles within them, and the skills and possible training needed for different jobs. These will be used by the Barbican Marketing department.


For Peter the highlight of his day was being shown around the theatre and seeing the set being built. “It was amazing!”, he said.

The Audience Experience Department ensures that all visitors to the centre have a safe and enjoyable visit. Our students interviewed the Box Office Manager, security team, premises staff and even saw the resident gardener and bee keeper in her protective suit!

“I learnt about so many different jobs, rather than just the usual ones,” said Shakquone.

If you’d like to see what the Barbican Arts Centre has to offer, sign up online for the free Young Barbican scheme which gives 14–25 year olds discounted access to fantastic art and entertainment as well as exclusive events and creative opportunities.

Ms Mead