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27/05/24

Our latest newsletter is now available on our website, covering a busy Half Term 5! https://t.co/tHaLz2Zqie.

15/05/24

Congratulations to our four Sixth Form students who successfully secured IGY Scholarships! 🎉Your commitment to innovation and academic excellence mirrors the pioneering spirit of the world's greatest innovators. We can't wait to see the great things you achieve! 🌟 🎓 pic.twitter.com/FMGElC2w2M

14/05/24

📚 Exam Season Has Begun! 📚We want to wish all students the very best in their exams. As you continue on this journey, embrace your potential and show the world what you're capable of. We are proud of each one of you! ⭐#ExamSeason pic.twitter.com/0VZAsxBysf

09/05/24

Coding Club's using Minecraft to teach programming at the moment - excellent turnout today as they write code to create a castle pic.twitter.com/JwvILzuXpU

02/05/24

Great parent session with GamCare this evening looking at the complexities of gaming and gambling for our young people. One parent said “really appreciate you offering this session: makes it easier for us parents navigating the complexity of these matters”

24/04/24

Our Student Ambassadors have proudly participated in The Diana Award's Anti-bullying Programme today, demonstrating their commitment to foster a kinder, safer and more inclusive community. 🌟 A huge thank you to The Beaulieu Park School for being such great hosts! pic.twitter.com/PRSvvUinyi

19/04/24

🎉 What a fantastic Eid Celebration Event we had today! A massive thank you to everyone who joined us, creating a truly joyful atmosphere and warm community spirit. A special thanks to Unitas Communications for their generous contribution. 🌟#EidAlFitr2024 pic.twitter.com/dCU32Eo9pg

19/04/24

We begin our community celebrations Eid Mubarak! pic.twitter.com/V9M27V2BVh

08/04/24

Recruiting now! HATO prioritises excellent behaviour systems, so that teachers have the freedom to teach. Check out the positions available below. Deadline 11/04/24https://t.co/ZAbTSYU8rd

26/03/24

It was great to welcome families of Year 13 vocational students to the academy tonight to outline the roadmap of the crucial last few weeks of coursework and exams. Nearly there! pic.twitter.com/urXrOGetlq

08/03/24

From dawn's first whistle to noon's vibrant buzz, our HASJW girls embody the football dream! 🏆 Today showcased skillful dribbles & thrilling goals ⚽ pic.twitter.com/Vzqx9PXxsB

08/03/24

We were lucky to hear from lots of inspirational women, and the careers panel and tour were a great chance to hear the backgrounds of those working in tech and their advice for our girls. It has given them lots of motivation - thanks to all who made it a special day! (4/4) pic.twitter.com/xtdXiTzCvJ

08/03/24

...We then had a chance to try some of the exciting tech that Microsoft are developing, such as generative AI coding tools and augmented reality headsets. Minecraft was even used to teach about responsible AI! 💻🎮 (3/4) pic.twitter.com/EJktN6IxK8

08/03/24

We started with an inspirational speech by , which highlighted some remarkable innovations by women that were not given due credit in their time. The current stats are still sobering - yet the optimism in the talk really motivated our girls and set up the day (2/4) pic.twitter.com/Of9IBh69Nk

08/03/24

Rise and shine! 🌟 The HASJW Girls are out on the field, kicking off their day with a football session before school. Passion, dedication, and drive in every move. Here's to breaking barriers and making every goal count! ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/ds2L5mVYj8

05/03/24

Proud to support our sister school and the Headteacher of Primary Emily Smith. Please do sign up, every little helps. https://t.co/fx5W3cagNZ

04/03/24

Our Year 12 and 13 IT students were very lucky to get to spend today at the legendary . We had a tour of Lord's, learned about The Hundred's digital marketing strategy, and did a rebranding exercise. Thanks to for making it happen!🏏 pic.twitter.com/nx232UdhHZ

26/02/24

Today's the first day of mock exams for our Year 11 cohort. Plenty of flash cards being swapped at lunch and friends testing each other on the content - really good to see. Tomorrow is English Lan, DT, and Biology! ✏️ 🎓 pic.twitter.com/XyVU1i4ybr

20/02/24

Can you spare £10Crowdfunding to support children and their families at Harris Academy Tottenham. on JustGiving https://t.co/wRRiEQJEAI

16/02/24

We've been shortlisted in the Trust Collaboration category in the MAT Excellence Awards for our partnership with the , encompassing all curriculum subjects across all 32 secondary schools!Watch our video case studies: https://t.co/gkLUgUnl42 pic.twitter.com/GXpWQvBl46

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Curriculum Vision & Principles

The curriculum is at the heart of a school’s purpose and our curriculum reflects our core values of Dedication, Determination, Destiny. 

At Harris Academy St. John’s Wood, we recognise that improving educational outcomes is the biggest way we can positively impact our students’ futures. We take the term ‘educational’ in its most broad sense: this means more than just a set of results. It includes a child’s intellectual development, social and emotional development, citizenship and responsibility, happiness and success.

We hope that this vision is ‘lived’ in the way teachers develop the curriculum and the way students experience it. We want a curriculum that is designed effectively and implemented, that is true to subjects’ core content and concepts, develops a love of lifelong learning, and creates beautiful work, expertise, fascination and wonder. 


Curriculum principles

Our curriculum seeks to find harmony between the four broad philosophies of what education is for: personal empowerment; cultural transmission; preparation for citizenship; and preparation for work.

Our seven whole-school principles of curriculum are: 

  • Balanced – promotes intellectual, moral, spiritual, aesthetic, creative, emotional, and physical development
  • Rigorous – seeks to develop intra-disciplinary habits of mind; powerful ways of thinking that are developed through sustained engagement with the discipline
  • Coherent – makes explicit connections and links between the different subjects and experiences
  • Vertically integrated – focuses on progression by carefully sequencing knowledge; provides clarity about what ‘getting better’ at the subject means
  • Appropriate – matches the level of challenge to a pupil’s current level of maturity and knowledge
  • Focused – seeks to keep the curriculum manageable by teaching the most important knowledge; identifies the big ideas or key concepts within a subject
  • Relevant – seeks to connect the valued outcomes of a curriculum to the pupils being taught it; provides opportunities for pupils to make informed choices

Our staff body has spent a great deal of time carefully considering what principles underpin our curriculum and why. In doing so we have engaged with the thinking of many other educators, and found Principled Curriculum Design by Dylan Wiliam highly informative (you can download this document below).

HASJW Curriculum Offer

At Harrs Academy St Johns Wood students have twenty-nine 1-hour lessons per week. Students have 6 lessons Monday to Thursday and 5 lessons on Friday. Extra-curricular activities and targeted academic interventions will take place during period 7 Monday to Thursday and period 6 on Friday. Literacy and numeracy interventions will also take place for target students during tutor time, at the start of the day, and some students will have targeted 1:1 or small group support during target lessons.

At HASJW we have designed the curriculum to have a strong academic core, with emphasis being placed on English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages. This is reflected in the curriculum time allocated to these subjects in our curriculum and supports students to develop the competencies and skills required to be successful in KS4, KS5 and beyond.  This is complemented by a wide range of subjects on offer at KS4, including the Arts, Performing Arts, Business Studies, IT and Computing and Social Sciences.

Year 7 – 9 (KS3) Curriculum Offer

In years 7 –9, students study a broad and balanced range of subjects. National curriculum content is carefully tracked to ensure that students have covered all areas of non-statutory KS4 subjects by the end of year 9. All subjects have a curriculum plan which is appropriately sequenced ensuring gains in students’ knowledge and understanding of discrete subject disciplines as they progress through the Academy.  Curriculum plans are regularly reviewed and developed by subject specialists.

Subject

Number of Hours Per Week

English

5

Mathematics

5

Science

4

History

2

Geography

2

French or Spanish

2

Religious Studies

1

Physical Education

2

Computing

1

Art

1

Design Technology

1

Drama

1

Music

1

PSHE / Careers

1

TOTAL:

29

 

Year 10 – 11 (KS4) Curriculum Offer

Students make two options choices at the end of year 9 to add to the core curriculum offer (English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages, PSHE, P.E.). The options subjects are structured to provide students with a free choice over which two subjects they would like to study. This ensures equity of delivery, with all students having equal access to subjects. The options are designed to support the needs of the students at HASJW and meet the needs of our local context.

Students in Year 10 will study either combined science or separate sciences. Students will be allocated to this following their end of year 9 assessments. 2 science lessons are allocated to each of the three sciences; Biology, Chemistry and physics with subject specialists for each science.

Subject

Number of Hours Per Week

English

5

Mathematics

5

Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics

6

Humanities: History or Geography

3

Modern Foreign Language: French or Spanish

3

Option subject 1

3

Option subject 2

3

Core Physical Education

1

Core Religious Education

Drop down days 3 per year

PSHE / Careers

Drop down sessions each half term

Further Mathematics (target students)

Additional subject – period 7

TOTAL:

29

 

Options Subjects

Subject

Type of Qualification

Art

GCSE

Design Technology

GCSE

Photography

GCSE

Food and Nutrition

GCSE

Drama

GCSE

Religious Education

GCSE

Sociology

GCSE

Health and Social Care

BTEC

Arabic

GCSE

Computer Science

GCSE

Business Studies

GCSE

Sport

Cambridge Nationals

Year 12 – 13 (KS5) Curriculum Offer

There is a broad range of subjects on offer to students at HASJW sixth form. Most students in HASJW study three subjects, with some students studying four. Each subject studied has 5 curriculum hours allocated to it, in addition to students having supervised study lessons to support them to complete the independent study that accompanies each of their chosen subjects. Students will also have two lessons allocated to extra-curricular and one lesson that is allocated to visiting speakers, UCAS, careers and EPQ. The subjects students can select are below and more information can be found on the sixth form page.

 

Where students have not achieved at least a grade 4 in English or Mathematics, they will be supported through a rigorous programme during Year 12 to support them to re-sit this / these examination(s) and achieve at least a grade 4, supporting student progression when they leave HASJW.

Subject

Type of Qualification

Fine Art

A-level

Product Design

A-level

Photography

A-level

Business Studies Double

BTEC

Business Studies

A-level

Economics

A-level

Computer Science

A-level

History

A-level

Geography

A-level

Philosophy

A-level

Government and Politics

A-level

Criminology

Diploma

Psychology

A-level

Sociology

A-level

Health and Social Care

CTEC

English Literature

A-level

Mathematics

A-level

Further Mathematics

A-level

Arabic

A-level

Spanish

A-level

Biology

A-level

Chemistry

A-level

Physics

A-level

Sport

CTEC

 

If you would like to find out more about the curriculum offered at HASJW please contact:

Laura Lewis (Vice Principal in charge of Curriculum): laura.lewis@harrisstjohnswood.org.uk 

Mark Savage (Head of Sixth Form): mark.savage@harrisstjohnswood.org.uk