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20/09/18

“I like school dinners on Wednesday because we have roast,” Five Year 7 new starters including from tell us how they are settling in at secondary school. Read what they say at https://t.co/t7gfDQxibe. Open evening tonight (20 Sept) 5-7pm https://t.co/T9DJ3MzilC

18/09/18

Retweetd From SINCE 9/11

Last week, British 9/11 survivor, Janice Brooks visited as part of our Survivor Stories project. Read more about her talk with the Sixth Form pupils on the school's website: https://t.co/rcOEwKBaGe https://t.co/MbUmrkYFuq

12/09/18

Report in on 9/11 survivor Janice Brook's visit to our academy https://t.co/hnGUpm1gIV

12/09/18

9/11 survivor Londoner Janice Brooks gave students a moving account of her escape from the 84th storey of Two World Trade Center in 2001. “It’s an extraordinary thing she's doing by coming here,” said sixth former Georgie. Thank you Janice. Read more https://t.co/rag2ctPbRZ https://t.co/53c8lZJIxD

11/09/18

Come along to our open mornings and evening this 20-26 September to meet our students and teachers and discover what makes our school special. Full details https://t.co/dnVXILnj28. We look forward to welcoming you. https://t.co/vUKbhYjIpG

10/09/18

Retweetd From Ambassador Johnson

Londoner Janice Brooks was working on the 84th floor of Tower 2 when the plane struck. She survived, but lost 61 of her colleagues. On Fri, Janice visited w/ to share her story so that we . Take a moment to read this: https://t.co/RqAKxhgsBw https://t.co/z2DiR1ARqd

04/09/18

Retweetd From Harris Careers

We're looking for a Manager . Find out more and apply now: https://t.co/xUOulSkUYu https://t.co/ydocxIaMS7

23/08/18

Our boys have again achieved outstanding GCSE results, including our best ever Attainment 8 score. Well done boys... We told you all the hard work would be worth it. Were we right, or were we right? Full story https://t.co/NM4ReLxYfN https://t.co/9jW5qQNkhh

19/07/18

We built a rocket in Science lessons during Cultural Horizons Fortnight. See it in action at https://t.co/uMH1I48LNY. And we made survival equipment so we can survive on a desert island (should we get stuck on one over the hols). Read a full report https://t.co/t5Es3EjQMF

19/07/18

During Humanities lessons, boys learned about the highs and lows of the reign of Elizabeth I by creating a board game. "You have just robbed a Spanish ship. Have another go." https://t.co/y9rUWFRJh7

19/07/18

Two days at Downe Activity Centre included fun activities to develop skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership and also conquering fears. Boys climbed a 30 foot pole, but could they make the jump at the end?! https://t.co/UIgcgaatXZ

19/07/18

Cultural Horizons Fortnight included trips to , and local museums too. Over 400 boys went on trips during the two weeks. https://t.co/urwZ3D6Boi

19/07/18

Our ‘Viva Espana’ days celebrated culture, and to raise boys' global horizons. And they made these rather impressive traditional pinatas (animal figures) too... https://t.co/vITjaR9Hmc

19/07/18

It's been Cultural Horizons Fortnight here, with boys getting involved in loads of engaging creative, cultural activities and trips to end a great school year... Read a full report at https://t.co/t5Es3EjQMF https://t.co/7S68QArJtk

18/07/18

"Could you please pass on our thanks to all those who have been involved in our son’s education. I am certain that he will achieve what he needs to for the next step in his education and that is in no small part because of the professionalism and hard work of HBAED staff." Parent

18/07/18

"I'm just emailing to say how impressed I was with the manners of one of your pupils (I'd guess year 9 or 10) who opened the shop door and held it open for me to leave. It was polite and considerate and I felt compelled to email." Local resident

18/07/18

We're getting some lovely messages from parents as the end of year approaches. Thank you soooo much. "To all the staff at HBAED... You are brilliant. Thank you for all your help in turning our son into a sensible, responsible and kind young man." Parent

18/07/18

Our athletes came third in the most competitive ever Sports Day last week, with a record medal haul. Well done boys! There's a great feeling of pride in our community for your fantastic achievement. Full results at https://t.co/NS7ihVNAqI. Take a bow! https://t.co/qHnPI0WKb9

18/07/18

"I feel really proud of myself." Well done to all 51 boys recognised for their exceptional achievement at our Celebration of Success Evening 2018. Full report and pics at https://t.co/OpiqauKv1p https://t.co/iU22obGQLn

17/07/18

Thanks Diego for the batch of cakes you made to say to our teachers. Much appreciated by Mr Ingham! Teachers like ... https://t.co/Fx8Wu9qQSO

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Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 is the bedrock and the foundation for our students to be successful when they leave Harris Boys’ Academy. By getting Key Stage 3 right, the transition to Key Stage 4 is much easier for students.

We apply the following principles when devising and constructing our Key Stage 3 curriculum.

  • Key stages 3 and 4 are equally important and we do not devote staff resources to one at the expense of the other.
  • We avoid spilt classes (ie classes with two teachers) at all costs.
  • We liaise with our feeder primary schools to identify what students have already learned, to ensure we do not repeat unnecessary content and keep the curriculum challenging and engaging. Download our transition curriculum analysis for 2017-18, based on research of our feeder schools, which shows the topics most and least covered by our feeder schools in the subjects of Maths, Science, English, History, Geography, RS ad Music.
  • To challenge students and measure achievement in Key Stage 3, we have robust, standardised, externally set and moderated half-termly tests.
  • We place equal emphasis on literacy and numeracy.
  • Intervention (ie extra teaching for students who need it) is as important for Key Stage 3 is as for Key Stage 4. We track each student and each class for progress. We do not use national curriculum levels to track this progress. Learning hubs have their own Key Stage 3 intervention nights.
  • We have subject specialists teaching in all classes at both key stages.

Transition from Year 6 to Key Stage 3

The transition from primary to Key Stage 3 in secondary school is a big step and we do everything we can to make this as smooth as possible.

In addition to transition meetings for individual students who may require additional help with the transfer process, we have a clear plan for both parents and students to ensure support at every step. 

The support we offer includes:

  • Presentations at primary schools prior to your applications
  • Prospective parents’ evening
  • Morning drop-in sessions to see the academy during curriculum time
  • Year 6 taster sessions

Once students have joined us

Once students have joined Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich and have started their first year with us, we also:

  • Review information from the primary school for each student to ensure we have a full picture of their prior experience.
  • Have a day just for Year 7 at the start of the autumn term, to enable them to become comfortable in their new environment
  • Have extended break and lunch for Year 7 students in the first week
  • Carry out baseline testing to ensure the correct support is given to every student relative to their learning needs
  • Introduce students early on to hub leaders, including Assistant Principal, Directors and Behaviour for Learning Leaders
  • Offer extra-curricular clubs to support individual students who may be finding the transition process unsettling
  • Offer a Parental Support Evening covering topics such Literacy, Numeracy, ICT and Welfare

These are just some of the steps we put in place to try and ensure a smooth transition from primary to secondary school. You can find more detail in our primary transfer map 2017-18

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Ben Bray directly at b.bray@harrisdulwichboys.org.uk.  For new parents, we would also like to invite you to join our Parent Voice team. 

For further information about admissions please refer to our admissions page.