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This week we had the chance to gain perspective on navigating the ongoing pandemic as an inner-city school. Click below to read our insider piece with Principal Peter Groves from . 👉


Congratulations to George (Year 7) and Micah (Year 8), winners of our Competition. George's poem (right) was inspired by Michael Morpurgo's 'Private Peaceful' while Michah took his inspiration from Iago. Well done boys! Find out more


Student historians from HBAED are working with Montaz Marche from on a presentation which will be displayed before a panel of notable historians at Ironmongers Hall (pictured). A fantastic opportunity! Montaz was very impressed with how much our boys are learning. So are we!


This exhibition pavilion designed by students at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich won the architecture competition in Feb. Now you can see a 3D version. The pavilion shows the manipulation of the earth by human hands. Watch and marvel!


You could not be more welcome!


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WOW. You've really pulled out the stops for us today. We could never say thank you enough.


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Over 100 of our boys have been rewarded for their consistently good conduct at special breakfasts with Principal Mr Groves this week. Our boys' conduct has remained excellent this term, with 25,836 points awarded by staff. Well done boys! Find out more


We are proud to be an anti-racist school and stand united: changing minds and changing lives by being


Supporting anti-racist education every day at . Solidarity with and working to make lasting change


Year 11... don't miss this one!


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Dear students, we hope you have a restful half term from Fri. If you have any emotional concerns or worries over the holiday, remember you can get support from . It’s free, safe and easy to use. Watch the video below to find out more


We're continuing our tradition of Principal’s Breakfasts as part of our programme this year, even though this year they must be in year group bubbles and socially distanced, of course. Find out more at


6th Form Virtual Open Evening, Weds 14th Oct, 5.30pm. Find out how our Sixth Form can help you take the next step towards university, apprenticeships or work. Sign up for this LIVE online event at


"I’m happy that our school has taken the time to talk about this week in lessons and that we can wear stickers today too." Daniils


This comment from one of our former Year 11 boys has brought a tear to the eye... "Thank you so much for everything the school did to support me and my classmates. The school was like a family to me and I will really miss it."


"As boys, I feel that it’s important to talk about ," says Che. All this week we've been raising awareness of the struggles and sometimes hidden issues surrounding . Our teachers and boys are proud to support and .


This made us happy🙂 . A comment sent to us by a local resident: "I just wanted to say how nice it is to see the boys back. It is nice to see them around, chatting and laughing to each other and giving off a nice positive energy around them."


Music industry executive gave an inpiring talk to Year 10 today on the importance of and in helping to realise your ambitions. A big to Mr Lyn from all our boys! Find out more


To kick off , 30 of our students interviewed Baroness Wheatcroft of . They asked a range of probing questions around equality & diversity, raising achievement, global warming, the police and gender. Very proud of our boys' professionalism...

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FAQs - Year 7 Guide to Starting at Harris Boys’ Academy

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the Academy.  In this guide we have included a great deal of useful information.

Remember, you should NOT come to the Academy and should stay at home if you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact our attendance line as soon as possible.

When will I be coming to Harris Boys’ Academy?

Students in Year 7 start on Friday 4th September. We have allocated a full day just for Year 7 so that we can dedicate the whole day to make sure that you are familiar and comfortable with the plans we have put in place and participate in a Transition Day experience.


Start Date

Arrival Time

Entry Gate

Dismissal Times & Gate

Year 7

Friday 4 Sept


Student Gate on Peckham Rye

14:45 - Student Gate of Friern Road

Do I need to wear uniform?

All students must wear full HBAED uniform. The uniform includes black trousers that must be school trousers. Chino or jean style trousers are not permitted. It is also important that you also wear the correct shoes. These must be black leather shoes that can be polished. As autumn and winter approach can I also remind you that HBAED students wear a plain dark coloured coat. Camouflage style coats are not permitted.

The Harris School bag is also part of our daily compulsory uniform. Please also remember that you should not have decorated your hair or eyebrows with any designs/cut-always or non-natural dyes. If you have a query, Please check our uniform and equipment policy if you would like examples of acceptable uniform and further information.

We are aware that there have been some delays with uniform, if this is the case please arrive on Friday 4th September in black trousers  white shirts and black school shoes (no trainers or patch pockets on trousers). As there have been unavoidable delays with some of the uniform items we have a large number of new ties here so please don’t worry about which colour to get. We will be able to swap your tie for the right colour.

Face coverings - updated government advice

Our local area Southwark, is not a local intervention (lockdown) area therefore, in line with the government guidance, we will not be making the wearing of face coverings mandatory in school.

At HBAED we have strong control measures which mean that masks are not necessary at this time. These measures include:

  • Separation of year groups at all times with demarcated teaching zones, staggered timetable, break and lunchtimes
  • Every student being in a consistent mini bubble with fixed seating
  • Stringent hygiene and respiratory controls including regular hand washing/ sanitising, and enhanced cleaning
  • Social distancing across the Academy when not in bubble.

However, we understand that some students will feel more comfortable wearing a face mask in the corridors and communal areas and we are very happy for them to do so. Likewise, staff will also have the option of wearing masks in communal areas and corridors.

Students will not be able to wear their face mask in classrooms. This is based on current evidence and the measures that schools are already putting in place, such as the system of controls and consistent bubbles, the current government guidance states that, ‘face coverings will not be necessary in the classroom even where social distancing is not possible. Face coverings would have a negative impact on teaching and their use in the classroom should be avoided.’ Should a local lockdown be implemented we will, of course review our guidance.

All students and staff wearing face masks must bring in a resealable bag for storing them during lessons and meal times. In line with guidance, face masks must be put in a resealable plastic bag while eating, or upon entering or leaving a classroom. Please note that it is vital that face coverings are plain, appropriate and worn correctly; they must cover the nose and mouth and should not be worn below the chin or exposing those areas of the face mentioned above. 

Please do speak with your son/daughter about the rules covering face masks, and the expectations of the Academy that masks are used correctly and safely. You can read the latest government guidence HERE.

IMG 061 copyWhat do I need to bring?

You will need to bring the blue Harris rucksack suitable for schoolbooks, this is where you can keep your water, packed lunch, PE Kit etc.

Please note that you do not need to bring any equipment as this will all be provided for you. Each student will have allocated their own personal learning equipment including pens, pencils, ruler, pencil, sharpener etc.

What lessons will I have?

On Friday 4th September, after a welcome session delivered by your tutor and an assembly led by the Principal, you will follow your normal timetable of lessons. This means you will get to meet a selection of your teachers and start your learning journey straight away. Please note that you will not need your PE kit for Friday 4th September and that you will receive your full timetable on Monday 7th September 2020.

Where will I have my lessons?

In your lessons, you will be in a year group bubble. Where possible, you will remain with the same students, in the same class, at the same desk all day, this is to reduce the risk of infection.

Year 7 classrooms are located on the third floor and this is where most of your lessons will take place.

How will I enter the Academy?

On Friday 4th September, you will enter the Academy grounds via the student gate on Peckham Rye. Once you have entered you will wash your hands and be directed to the Year 7 area. You will then need to line up in the allocated area for Year 7s, but don’t worry as there will be lots of staff on hand to help you find your way.

You will then be taken in single file to your classroom where you will remain for the day with the exception of breaktime and lunchtime.

If you are being dropped off, your parent/carer MUST NOT leave the vehicle.

We are aware that this is a big day for both you and your parents/carers and that also for many of you, it is the first time you have been to the academy. To acknowledge this for Friday 4th September ONLY, we have put measures in place for parents/carers where arriving on foot/public transport to drop you off at the entrance and then leave in a socially distanced way.

What time will I start and finish?

You will arrive at the Academy either at your allocated time or no more than ten minutes earlier.

If you are early you will need to wait outside; In order to facilitate hand washing you will have a staggered start and different year groups.  Year 7 students  come in through the Friern Road Student Entrance







Start Time






Dismissal Time






IMG 058What will happen at break and lunchtime?

We are pleased that for the first day only we will provide all students with lunch. We do suggest that you bring an additional bottle of water or juice ( not fizzy drinks) in case the weather continues to be very warm.

From Monday 7th September, you will be able purchase a hot meal at lunchtime so please ensure your ParentPay account is kept topped up. Students who are in receipt of free school meals will receive their lunch in the normal way. Please also feel free to bring a packed lunch and a bottle of water if preferred.

Year 7 students will have a 30minute break and lunch time. During these times you will remain in your year group bubble but will have access to the playground and the canteen.

How can I protect myself from Covid-19 whilst I am at school?

You MUST remain socially-distanced from staff and students at all time.

You will be expected to wash/sanitise your hands frequently and it will be required at the following times:

  • After coming into school
  • After sneezing or coughing
  • Before and after handling or eating food
  • After going to the toilet.

How should I get to school?

Where possible you must walk or ride a bicycle. If this is not possible and you need to use public transport you must maintain social distancing and follow TfL guidance on wearing a face covering. If you are concerned about this, please speak to your tutor or a member of staff.

You must travel alone or with siblings; you are not permitted to wait for friends or meet friends and you are expected to go straight home at the end of the day


IMG 041Student expectations (guidelines)

The following outlines what students must do while at the Academy:

  • Arrive to the Academy at your allocated time only
  • Students will wash hands before entering the academy building
  • Students will wash/sanitise hands before eating
  • Students are to remain in their bubble at all times
  • Maintain social distancing where appropriate and possible
  • Students will avoid using shops before or after school

We operate a ‘not seen and not heard’ system for mobile phones, so that students are able to carry mobile phones at the Academy in readiness for an NHS Track and Trace App to help control the virus.

What will happen if I do not follow the new rules?

We know that most you are excited to start in your new school and meet some of your teachers.  We have had to put new rules in place to keep everyone safe and it is important we all follow them. We will go through all of the expectations with you in more detail,  however parents/carers please do also read our behaviour policy

What else do I need to know?

Over the next week you will receive a welcome call from the Year 7 team. The purpose of this call is for you to speak to one of your Year 7 teachers and for you to have an opportunity to ask us any questions you may have after reading all of the guidance.

Remember to keep checking the website for any further information. We look forward to meeting you all!