Felix, Year 10, reports on our Student Council's visit to a Neurodiversity Conference hosted by Southwark Schools Learning Partnership . Read Felix's report at


Zain, Year 10, reports on his visit to the newly opened campus of the Access Creative College in Whitechapel, where students made an app, sang, learned about careers in gaming and graphic design and much more. . Full story


Students were blown away by the sound of a live orchestra during their visit to . They listened to Ravel, Stravinsky and Rossini and got the chance to meet the orchestra and ask lots of questions too. Fantastic! Lots more music news at


Year 12 and visited Queen Mary's University London for a day recently. They loved their day of lectures, with question and answer sessions, as well as a campus tour. A really insightful experience into what life at university is like.


Congratulations to our latest Bronze Badge award winners. You have to earn 175 Harris Points to receive your Bronze lapel badge. Pupils receive positive points for embodying HBAED values such as exemplary manners and consistent hard work. Well done boys!


Felix, Year 10, has been nominated for the BAFTA Young Game Designers award after teaching himself new programming skills from tutorials on YouTube. Read full story at


Harris Dulwich Boys welcomed five schools from across Southwark to compete in the annual KS3 basketball Olympic-style 3 vs 3 tournament. Our Yr 8 students represented the school with great pride. Congrats to St Thomas the Apostle College for winning the event!


Former student Alfie talks about his early STEM career at . "My key responsibilities are procuring and raising infrastructure orders for the contractors who work for Network Rail, but I'm learning about all aspects of planning." Find out more:


Surely day 2 of can’t be even better? Wrong! Gulfoss.


Photos of our students enjoying the stunning landscapes of Iceland on day two of our Geography field trip. The day finished with a visit to the spectacular Seljalandsfoss Waterfall where the boys were able to walk behind the waterfall. More pics at


This Summer, eight students embarked on a four-week expedition to Kenya with , working on community projects such as building a school and beach conservation. Read Caleb and Stanley's diary at


Students Anishan and Adam fly a Cessna 152 as part of a ten-month training programme with Fantasy Wings. Each year we work with Fantasy Wings to enable three students to learn more about careers in aviation and experience flying. More


Our GCSE Drama students loved their visit to to see 'Red Pitch' by Tyrell Williams. "Seeing how a play can use such a unique stage setup to tell a compelling story was truly inspiring." More at


Surrey County Cricket Club is encouraging students applying for sixth form studies in September 2024 to apply for the Club’s new Sixth Form State School Cricket Programme. Details at


Our Gardening Club has had a bumper crop of tomatoes and peppers. A  special shout-out to Dominic, Year 9, for helping with the harvest!


Visit our academy and meet our staff and teachers. Open Evening, Thursday 28th September, 5pm-7pm. Drop-in mornings from 8.45-10.30am on Mon 2nd Oct, Tues 3rd Oct and Weds 4th Oct. We look forward to welcoming you. Details at


We are pleased to announce that all students can now get a free bowl of porridge from 7.30 am to 8am. Available free from our canteen!


“I am so proud of our students for what they have achieved in their GCSE results. They are so resilient and really deserve the success. Thank you to everyone involved in the Academy - staff, parents and, of course, our fantastic students." Chris Brett, Head of Academy.


Students at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich are celebrating an incredible set of GCSE results this year. The students have achieved great outcomes and have surpassed the last standardised results of 2019 in their attainment and progress. Full story


First Silver DofE groups finish at Birling Gap in the South Downs National Park and venture onto the beach!

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Key Stage 3 – Years 7-9

Key Stage 3 is where our students learn the foundations of knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to become experts in their subjects.

Key Stage 3 is as broad as we could make it, with students having the opportunity to study 14 different subjects. 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 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.
  • To challenge students and measure achievement in Key Stage 3, we have robust, standardised, externally set and moderated assessments alongside our own Assessment for Learning departmental tasks.
  • 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 and put in place further support where required.
  • We have subject specialists teaching in all classes at both key stages.

Students have 25 hours of lessons and an additional 45 minutes each day for Co-Curricular work which is delivered through our Form Time programmes.

Transition from primary to Key Stage 3

At Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich, we believe that a successful transition from primary to secondary school sets the foundation for students' academic and personal growth. We are dedicated to ensuring a seamless journey for our Year 7 students. We have strong partnerships with local primary schools and comprehensive support to foster a smooth transition and empower our students to thrive.

Building strong connections with local primary schools: We believe that working closely with local primary schools is crucial for a smooth transition. We have strong partnerships with numerous primary schools in our area and have designed our Year 7 curriculum to build on what they learned in during Year 5 and 6. This helps us ensure that there are no gaps in students' knowledge and that their learning continues seamlessly as they move from primary to secondary school.

Supporting the decision-making process: To help families make informed decisions, we offer various activities and events before Year 7 enrolment:

  • Presentations at primary schools: We visit primary schools to share information about our school's values and programmes. We want students and their families to understand what we offer and feel excited about joining our community.
  • Prospective Parents' Evening: We organise an evening where parents can visit our school, meet our teachers, and learn more about our curriculum, support systems and extracurricular activities.
  • Morning drop-In sessions: We invite prospective students to spend time at our school during regular classes. This way, they can experience our friendly atmosphere, meet current students, and get a sense of what learning is like here.
  • Year 6 taster sessions: We organise special sessions where Year 6 students can try out different subjects and get a taste of secondary school life. They participate in interactive lessons and make new friends, which helps them feel more comfortable about transitioning to Year 7.

Supporting Year 7 students' transition: Once Year 7 students join our school, we provide comprehensive support to help them settle in and succeed:

  • Induction Day: We dedicate a day at the beginning of the autumn term specifically for Year 7 students. They participate in fun activities, get to know their form tutors, and become familiar with our school layout.
  • Extended break and lunch: During the first week, Year 7 students enjoy longer breaks and lunch periods. This gives them extra time to relax, socialise, and make new friends, creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, whilst also giving them time to work out the layout and procedures of the playground and canteen.
  • Baseline testing: We assess each student's skills and abilities at the beginning to understand their needs. This helps us tailor our teaching and provide appropriate support to ensure they have a smooth start.
  • Nurturing relationships: We introduce Year 7 students to their Head of Year and members of the Welfare Team who will support them throughout their journey. These caring adults are always there to offer guidance, answer questions, and provide encouragement.
  • Enrichment opportunities: We offer a variety of after-school clubs and activities to help students explore their interests and develop new skills. These opportunities provide a sense of belonging and encourage friendships among Year 7 students.
  • Parental Support Evening: We organise an evening where parents can learn about important topics like literacy, numeracy, technology, and student well-being. This helps parents understand how they can support their child's learning and wellbeing at home.

By working closely with local primary schools and providing a range of support activities, we aim to ensure a smooth and successful transition for our Year 7 students, setting them up for a positive and rewarding secondary school experience.

Mr CooperThese are just some of the steps we put in place to try and ensure a smooth transition from primary to secondary school.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Cooper directly at 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.