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Pedro, Year 9, recommends Club. "Join Mr Hodgson and co and help take care of plants from the Sizeable Squash to the Minuscule Microgreens." Mr Ingham is very impressed, and even used the spare sweet peas in his own garden!


Journalism Club boys and their families at the premiere of their very own film about mental health at The Ritzy Cinema in Brixton this afternoon. Well done year 8!


Year 10 boys enjoy a practical day last week. They had the chance to show off the knowledge they have learned throughout the year and recall practical skills from Year 9 too. Mr Ingham was thrilled to see so many 'Einsteins in the making!'


50 of our top students have won £10 Amazon vouchers! Well done and keep working on your development. is for life!


Carla Price is presented with her Lockdown Hero Teaching Award - one of several awards received by our staff in the latest Pearson National Teaching Awards. Very proud of our whole staff team :-)


Teacher Robin Sedgwick is presented with his Pearson National Teaching Award 'Certificate of Excellence' by some of our boys. We are proud to this year have four of our teachers recognised in the awards


Our Year 9 team won the apprenticeship challenge yesterday. Very proud of our boys! They left school cheering and buzzing having raised £509 for their chosen charity, Football Beyond Borders . Full story


Our boys enjoy an workshop with - using storytelling, physical theatre, poetry writing and visual art. London has lost its connecton. The local superhero ‘Empathy’, who would normally fix this, has burned out. Can our boys fix it?!


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We delivered our WYZ Money (financial literacy) workshop to a great group of Y8 students at last week. Read our article to see what the students said:


Massive congratulations to Joshua - the first boy in the academy to reach 550 Harris Points which means he has received his Gold Lapel Badge. Joshua always works so hard and makes excellent contributions in every lesson. A real role model for his year group. Outstanding!


The boys in our club are preparing for their final showcase in July. Harris Boys - full of talent!


Students in Year 8 are learning about the importance of good financial literacy with . The workshop helped our boys' improve their understanding of personal finances and develop a positive and responsible mindset to finances. The boys thoroughly enjoyed it!


We are very proud to have four of our teachers recognised in the Pearson National Teaching Awards this year. The awards tie in with National , which is for ALL staff working in UK schools and colleges.


Today is national , and you can send a card to a teacher or school of your choice using this link. We'd love to hear from you!🙂


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This was a great session for our boys. Thank you 😃


This was a great session! Thank you .


Some of our Most Able students attended Christies’ Virtual Art Seminar recently, where they had to design an art gallery and decide which works of art to present in it, and explain their choices to students from other Harris academies. Full story


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Session 9 of our 10-week programme at the amazing today. Fantastic engagement as always from the boys! Mature, focused, and a genuine desire to learn! Always nice to receive such brilliant feedback! Great work 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