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Shammah-Michael, Year 9, has won our competition for his 'Gear 4', a cracking work of strong narrative pace and purpose, making good use of his knowledge of classic titles. Great work! Read Gear 4 at


Forty boys from Year 7 were highlighted in their reports as showing an excellent attitude to learning. These boys were rewarded with a celebratory Principal's Breakfast with Mr Groves today. A fantastic start to their education at HBAED!


The University of Kent today explored with our Sixth Formers the benefits of going to university. Students learned about single honours and joint honours, and the academic, social and career benefits of attending university. Thank you to for coming along!


Riot Act visited to perform a safety presentation to some of our Year 7 students recently. The boys greatly enjoyed the theatrical performance and learnt all about how to navigate the city safely and securely. Big thanks to for coming along!


Watch a film about how out students got to design a pavilion for COP26. The pavilion was designed by the boys following a two-day workshop at Grimshaw Architects and shows a deconstructed dome pulled apart by the symbolic hands of humanity.


A big thank you to the inspiring Ernest Boadu of for visiting and speaking to our Sixth Formers about their future pathways. “He is a role model who we can look up to and relate with from his experiences." Rohan, Year 13


Our recent Awareness Event has really helped increase understanding of ADHD around our school. Read more at


We're very proud of our students who designed a pavilion for COP26. Seeing how our curriculum has real-world impact and relevance is incredibly inspiring for students.


Adam receives our first Bronze Badge of the year from Mr Cooper, for the number of Harris Points he has earned. There will lots more Bronze Badges awarded this year but Adam is the first. Well done!


Alassane, Adam, Syria, Getty, Gethin, J’Dore and Max pictured with Mr Ingham. Each week students are nominated by tutors for 'doing the right thing all the time' that week and receive a free breakfast, gift voucher and certificate. Great work!


Thank you to local entrepreneurs Erenti and SK for coming in to inspire our Year 11s. The boys learned about the two entrepreneurs' journeys to success and about what's involved in running a business.


Each week we nominate boys for 'doing the right thing' that week. Winners get a free breakfast, gift voucher and certificate. Mr Ingham celebrates with our latest winners - Altana, Jeremiah, Prajenthan, Theo, Austin, Adam, Denzel, David and Abdulahi


Very proud of our boys who won prizes in the Sam King Windrush Awards, which invited children to write short stories about the men and women who travelled on the MV Empire Windrush in 1948. Well done Nate and David! Details and winning stories at


Well done and good luck in the next round! We look foward to meeting again!


We're very proud of our students who helped to design this pavilion for , built by and , and showing the hands of humanity pulling apart a dome. More at


A pavilion designed by students at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich is being built for . Designed in a project with and , the design shows the hands of humanity pulling apart a dome, showing our impact on the planet. More at


Year 11 - looking for past papers and other revision resources, in preparation for the mock exams after the holdiday? Find them all at


Boys in Years 7-9 were honoured today at a Principal's Breakfast for coming in the top 40 for both 'Attitude to Learning' and 'Attainment' in the summer assessments. Great work everyone!


Black history is everyone's history. This month we are marking and adding extra events to the many already integrated within our curriculum, celebrating Black history. Read more


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Posted on October 19th 2021

Physics Construction Industry Trip for Sixth Formers

A group of Year 12 and Year 13 A-Level Physics students went on a site visit to tour a modern construction project around the corner in Honor Oak Park, built by Beam Development.

We were given a tour by Daniel Grimshaw, an award-winning design and construction specialist who has worked on premium residential projects for over 15 years in and around London.

After making sure we were safe by putting on our hi-vis and hard hats, Daniel gave a tour of the building site and explained how the building was designed using modern and eco-friendly construction techniques and technologies.

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The green project had a ground source heat pump which is an efficient way to store energy to heat and cool the building. He told us it works like a reverse fridge that takes the energy from the ground and then compresses it and decompresses it to create heat.

Conserving energy was a real focus of the building and Daniel told us about passive houses which require no heating or cooling. The building had a system that recovers heat from the air as it leaves the house through ventilation which is then stored as energy that can be used to heat the house at other times. Ventilation is required for nearly all new houses because they are so well sealed that ventilation is needed for fresh air and that “fresh air feeling”.

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After the tour was finished, we had a chance to ask Daniel questions including questions about soundproofing, soils, foundations, and solar panels on the roof. It was interesting how lots of sectors and science disciplines come together to innovate in the construction industry and the amount of engineering and mechanics which happens behind things that we take for granted in modern construction.

There are a lot of career paths in modern construction, engineering, and design; no matter how small an innovation or part, there are loads of opportunities that are derived from construction and design. Overall, we gained a new understanding of how construction and materials have been evolving into a more eco-friendly sector and the impact of new technologies on the health of our environment. Modern construction is about a multitude of different diverse people who come together to create an interesting structure and many of us were interested in what career opportunities construction might have to offer in the future.

After the trip, Leon in Year 12 wrote: 'From the short trip, my understanding of building work has developed significantly, from how to produce an eco-friendly building to the idea of moments and seeing how the physics is applied in real life - for example how to make sure the mass of the property isn't overcome by the overhung section of the house.'

Wesley, Year 13, Physics Subject Ambassador

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