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26/07/21

The Department for Education is supporting catch-up programmes and fun activities for all children and young people in England. Find out more at https://t.co/JsMuvGETvg

23/07/21

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! https://t.co/M7hrVPhDiR https://t.co/rKbUE1NIhO

19/07/21

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! https://t.co/s31l7VwtYQ

17/07/21

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!' https://t.co/Rj2Z441v4p

13/07/21

50 of our top students have won £10 Amazon vouchers! Well done and keep working on your development. is for life! https://t.co/0hd00tFDxa

08/07/21

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 :-) https://t.co/9y2CQllLAT https://t.co/WttakFEkS7

02/07/21

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 https://t.co/9y2CQllLAT https://t.co/gINnIOGSoi

30/06/21

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 https://t.co/pKuKJkgwlO

30/06/21

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?! https://t.co/xNud2Dwsil

30/06/21

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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: https://t.co/Y9n0arUmxe

30/06/21

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! https://t.co/INnbkG7MF8

29/06/21

The boys in our club are preparing for their final showcase in July. Harris Boys - full of talent! https://t.co/RjUDtReaf4

29/06/21

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! https://t.co/YeBwTXkO2X

23/06/21

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. https://t.co/9y2CQllLAT https://t.co/CtqiNIxKDQ

23/06/21

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!🙂https://t.co/d34kzTvTuZ

16/06/21

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Aged 14 – 19 and live in Southwark? Passionate about the issues that matter to you? Stand as a Youth Parliament candidate for your school, youth club or local area. Find out more and apply before 25 June https://t.co/n7ZJsDInNw https://t.co/3xXBODp9aR

16/06/21

This was a great session for our boys. Thank you 😃 https://t.co/zyFLjWI78l

16/06/21

This was a great session! Thank you .

14/06/21

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 https://t.co/AABjILEtyc https://t.co/550VMnkWYv

11/06/21

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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 👏👍 https://t.co/HZjCVUFiDR

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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 3rd 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.


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 sometimes there might be some delays with uniform, if this is the case please arrive on Friday 3rd 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.


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 3rd 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 3rd  September and that you will receive your full timetable on Monday 6th September 2021.


Where will I have my lessons?

Your lessons will hold in your classes depending on the various subjects to your classes.


How will I enter the Academy?

On Friday 3rd September, you will enter the Academy grounds via the student gate on Peckham Rye. Once you have entered you will 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 3rd 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 safe way.


What time will I start and finish?

 will arrive at the Academy either at your allocated time or no more than ten minutes earlier. Gates will open at 7.30am and line up for Year 7 will start at 8.10am so students need to arrive in the Academy before this. If you are early you will need to wait outside.

*Note enrichment and early finish Friday for staff CPD 

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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 6th  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 20minute break and 45 minutes lunch time. During these times you will remain in your year group allocated area 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/sanitise hands before eating
  • Students are to remain in year group area
  • 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 of 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 the guidance.

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