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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

13/10/20

Retweetd From HarrisSchoolDirect

Applications for 2021-22 are open!! 🥳 https://t.co/7IMqGdEk6L

07/10/20

Retweetd From ChildrensBookProject

This amazing org initiated a crowdfunder on our behalf this summer & enabled us to gift 100s of these incredible books by black authors to & . Further books from them going to next week. We couldn't be more grateful. https://t.co/lMcujxKp81

07/10/20

See what life is like at by watching our new video: https://t.co/EI2SAEqo3n

07/10/20

📺 Visit our virtual tour page to find out what life is like at ... 🖊 Register for your place at our online open evening. https://t.co/K7VCvhZ7Tb

29/09/20

Please check our website for an important update from the Principal. https://t.co/xVnRRE1iRr https://t.co/Hl0mthrEZO

21/09/20

Retweetd From Construction Youth

In our Carbon Challenge session ways to make projects more environmentally friendly! Thank you to the from , & for giving real life examples & students about your roles! https://t.co/sEZTvIXUlG

15/09/20

Retweetd From Sam Johnson🌈

Great session on ‘Sustainable Design in Construction’ with Year 7 students at , facilitated by - thanks everyone, hope the students enjoyed hearing more about this important subject 🏗 🍃👷🏻‍♀️ https://t.co/2wgYKWCNIr

10/09/20

Retweetd From Graeme Smith

I have just walked round a school full of students learning supported by outstanding educators. It’s great to be back at

09/09/20

Year 11 have just beaten Year 7 into second place, with nearly 97% attendance today. What fantastic and in their GCSE year. https://t.co/9P8hU6TJmV

09/09/20

Students showing their and from Day One! https://t.co/9P8hU6TJmV

07/09/20

Proud of our new Year 7 cohort today (96% attendance), and our biggest year 12 cohort. Brilliant support from staff and understanding by students as we work together to keep our community safe.

06/09/20

It’s Year 7 and Year 12 ONLY tomorrow. Year 7 enter on Marlborough Hill and Year 12 on Finchley Road.

06/09/20

Don’t forget the arrangements for this week. Working together we can keep our Academy community safe. https://t.co/IOrecRWazY

04/09/20

Details for students next week can be found in the letter sent home yesterday. Parents should read this carefully so we can welcome our community back safely. Full letter available here: https://t.co/74fAfmTdR3 https://t.co/qA6rJLuLRl

26/08/20

We will be sending out further information about our reopening plans to parents by email next week. We can’t wait to see our students again!

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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.