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13/01/21

Thank you. We have now cancelled our orders for food parcels and will be issuing vouchers moving forward, including this week. We will look into last week.

07/01/21

Retweetd From Graeme Smith

Even better today 9️⃣0️⃣% of students attending lessons online or in school 5️⃣0️⃣ more devices given to students so they can work at home. 💻 https://t.co/FxL5yhGD4t

07/01/21

Retweetd From Graeme Smith

✅ Thank you and well done to the 86% of students. attending online lessons yesterday . ✅ Thank you for parent support. 💻 If there are issues with IT access or equipment, please contact the Academy. 🆘 We are here to help.

06/01/21

Retweetd From Graeme Smith

Students working hard in school and at home thanks to nearly 200 devices we’ve distributed in the last 48 hours. Herculean effort at https://t.co/oI7j8m33Mr

06/01/21

Congratulation to PC Uzun on his recognition in the New Years Honours list. Proud to have you working with us . https://t.co/fjuxutZULv

06/01/21

We are reviewing the statement from relating to vocational exams. We will communicate with those due to take exams this month later today. Thank you for patience.

30/12/20

We will contact parents and carers in the next 48 hours following today’s government announcement. Thank you for your patience and support.

11/12/20

Retweetd From Graeme Smith

Well done to 8A and 7J for winning our first “Dedication Week” and enjoying a movie and popcorn afternoon as their reward.

04/12/20

Important update for parents from ... please take 5 minutes to watch. Parent guidance for coronavirus https://t.co/8GqHHVFPUW via

04/12/20

Retweetd From Graeme Smith

Some lovely year 7 work in Art today ... Students learning about Matisse and layering. https://t.co/fAiSh2Nskf

04/12/20

We are pleased to announce that our uniform shop is now able to accept contactless payments. https://t.co/ZKDoWnwwSB

18/11/20

Retweetd From Graeme Smith

Reminder that if any student at has these symptoms they should not attend school, you should inform us and book a test immediately. https://t.co/zfmxaErEOb

15/11/20

Retweetd From Graeme Smith

Happy Diwali to all in the community who are celebrating. https://t.co/bdWubYml80

15/11/20

Thank you to parents for support this half term. Remember you must NOT send your child to school with symptoms of coronavirus (a persistent cough, high temperature and/or loss or change of taste or smell). Together we protect our Academy community.

10/11/20

Retweetd From Sam Johnson🌈

Great online session today on in with hope the students of enjoyed it! https://t.co/uSnzCuGORL

15/10/20

Huge thank you to our catering team who have worked together to create food from all over the world this week as part of 🇯🇲🇳🇬🇹🇿 https://t.co/HG1oYYQxy3

15/10/20

Retweetd From Amanda Dewinter

Fantastic interviews with staff and Y11 pupils on , thoughtful, informative and very well presented! https://t.co/2x8vsVRXfu

15/10/20

If you're in Year 6 or Year 5 and missed our online open events last night, you can hear from Mr Smith and Mrs Raggett here. https://t.co/u5UBvvQZUE

15/10/20

Proud of our Year 11s discussing on last night. https://t.co/xSMFVZsgG6

14/10/20

📅 The secondary application deadline is just two weeks away. 🖥️ Sign up and join us to hear more about our fantastic Academy at our online open event later today. https://t.co/daOztwOPxS https://t.co/8g4HRj8X7A

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Our Curriculum Vision and Principles

Curriculum Vision

The curriculum is at the heart of a school’s purpose and our curriculum reflects our core values, 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 effectively designed 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 is purpose enacted.  It seeks to find harmony between the four broad philosophies of what is education 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).

How we organise our curriculum

Years 7 to 8

In Years 7 to 8, students study a broad and balanced range of subjects.  National curriculum content is carefully tracked to ensure that pupils have covered all areas of non-statutory KS4 subjects by the end of Year 8.  Longer lessons than in many other schools permit deeper learning and allow students to develop their skills.

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.

Year 9

For the current academic year (2019-2020), students choose 2 subjects to study in greater depth in Year 9.  This has been a deliberate decision , supporting students to experience subjects at greater depth in Year 9, addressing legacy issues and effectively preparing them for GCSE study in Year 10 and 11.  These are studied in addition to the core subjects of English, maths, science, languages, humanities, PSHE and physical education.

We are currently reviewing our Year 9 offer for September 2020.

Years 10 and 11

Options are structured in such a way to allow pupils a free choice.  At the end of Year 9 students can make two subject choices in addition to the core curriculum offer of English, maths, science, languages, humanities, PSHE and physical education.  Students may choose to continue studying subjects they chose in Year 9 or they may opt for a different subject, that reflects the diversity of the GCSE curriculum.

This ensures equity of delivery, with all pupils having equal access to subjects. The options are designed to support the needs of the students at Harris Academy St John's Wood and to meet the needs of our local context. Students are offered a mixture of practical and academic subjects from all areas of the curriculum (including new subjects they will not have studied before). This model also ensures that students have access to a wide range of progression routes to the next of their education.

Years 12 to 13

Students admitted to the sixth form at Harris Academy St John's Wood have access to a wide range of Level 3 pathways, including Academic, Vocational or a mix of both.  Where students have not achieved at least a Grade 4 in English or maths, they will be supported through a rigorous programme during Year 12.  For full details of our sixth form curriculum, please visit the relevant section of our website.