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03/06/20

For this week's assembly, reflects on events surrounding the death of George Floyd in the US. We are resolute in our condemnation of racism and discrimination in all forms. Our response to this cannot and must not be tokenistic. https://t.co/HSfVKSYoZ8

20/05/20

Retweetd From Graeme Smith

On , I'd like to thank all staff at (not just teachers) for their utter professionalism and dedication at what is an exceptionally challenging time. https://t.co/IasybdEnUw

14/05/20

Latest news on our plans for phased reopening for Years 10 and 12 can be found here: https://t.co/OilHUZ2oN9 https://t.co/MFCI6Wkjdq

12/05/20

This week's assembly is on VE Day, and has been prepared by Ms Oliver. https://t.co/vixU8xi7cG

06/05/20

Retweetd From Harris Fed Languages

Exciting and unique opportunity for an inspiring Secondary Teacher of Arabic at in London https://t.co/Ap09nZZqyZ

06/05/20

Retweetd From Graeme Smith

Food parcels packaged and ready to send to our most needy pupils with thanks to our partners at https://t.co/z0LPWx4IPe

05/05/20

The latest letter to parents from ... https://t.co/AplLfQnVfi

05/05/20

Our assembly this week comes from Mr Snell. He's asking "what did Isaac Newton do in lockdown". https://t.co/XxQ2zFNQSS

03/05/20

Retweetd From Micon Metcalfe

Coronavirus: Violinist Benedetti offering free online music tuition https://t.co/5NqhfftfL2

01/05/20

Fantastic maths work completed at home by Tiffany in Year 8. Thanks to Ms Lay for sharing. https://t.co/r4uFh6zNIw

28/04/20

Our Principal, has recorded an assembly for all members of the Academy community. You can view it by clicking on the link here: https://t.co/6GYNXKK0AY

28/04/20

Retweetd From Soarpoints

How do you get the top jobs? Brilliant real life job help and tips for interview practice & reality by Marco Bertozzi VP for Europe | courtesy of | schools and students loving it I know

28/04/20

Year 8 are reading "The Walled City" by as part of home working. Bunny has prepared some fantastic research to help understand the context of the novel. Thanks for the nomination Ms Spiegelberger. https://t.co/4JVc8vQg1F

27/04/20

Retweetd From Harris Federation

“Curriculum content is hugely important, but it must be underpinned by emotional wellbeing – without that, not a great deal of curriculum content will be absorbed.” Stephen Trask, from our Computer Science team, looks at how virtual schooling is going at Harris

27/04/20

Some fantastic creative work from Nia in Year 8. Thanks to Miss Kramer for sharing. https://t.co/d9eynz7Qyn

26/04/20

Just round the corner from our school is the tomorrow they share one of their stunning concerts | Monday 7:30pm ~ enjoy https://t.co/I6Euo5ByNu

24/04/20

Retweetd From Graeme Smith

Students at this week have been learning and presenting about the Incan empire. Fantastic learning and efforts. Thanks to Ms Sliti and Mr Brown for supporting this week. https://t.co/onzP738vW8

23/04/20

As we approach the start of Ramadan, we’d like to wish all those in our Academy community who will be observing and celebrating https://t.co/kjGMAAvmCM

22/04/20

Ms Dawes wanted to share this fantastic artwork in their GCSE sketchbooks from Eftela and Mali - some lovely work. https://t.co/D8OioX9RGL

22/04/20

Well done to Hari in Year 9 who is converting a palette from his garden shed into a planter with a little help from Mr Syed. We can't wait to see the finished version! https://t.co/ewbQkVgf8H

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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.