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21/01/20

It's not too late to apply for September 2020. https://t.co/fIkH1oA4b4

21/01/20

What our report said about our sixth form provision (November 2019): - Wider opportunities provided in the sixth form are exceptional. - Excellent role models. - Well crafted curriculum. - Almost all students to higher education, many to TOP universities. https://t.co/CY5EbL7ETn

21/01/20

Still time to apply for our OUTSTANDING sixth form provision ( November 2019) https://t.co/zSvGEnABDw

20/01/20

Retweetd From HASJW Bball Academy

Great win for U14 girls basketball team, who went up against Paddington Academy in a Westminster league game today. We are still undefeated winning 5 out 5 games. https://t.co/mt8E073OWn

20/01/20

Retweetd From HarrisSchoolDirect

If you want to our team will be at on Tuesday 28th January 5pm - 7pm! We can answer your questions about our course, funding, eligibility, placements anything else you need to know! Book tickets here: https://t.co/UU3tMXmSZh

17/01/20

Retweetd From Graeme Smith

Thrilled that three of our "outstanding" sixth form students have had offers from Universities this week. https://t.co/AOgScria7t

16/01/20

Retweetd From James Handscombe

19 Harris Westminster students have Cambridge offers. Congratulations to all 44. https://t.co/EFznx6FG5D

16/01/20

Retweetd From James Handscombe

25 Harris Westminster students have Oxford offers this year (a school record). Cambridge still trickling in but also looking good. https://t.co/ROZixY1Jqy

15/01/20

Students' behaviour in our recent report described as "impeccable". Reflected in the grade received for Behaviour and Attitudes. https://t.co/h54W6Sgyp7

15/01/20

More from our recent report ... Standards of behaviour are given a high priority ... behaviour expected and got. https://t.co/Ne4vqaZQi5

14/01/20

Not to be outdone, here’s some of what produced in this evening’s session https://t.co/zzWEErUbnW

14/01/20

Not missing out ... and departments taking part in our session on subject knowledge. https://t.co/cAD5qM868E

14/01/20

, and & departments engaging in the first of our teaching principles (subject knowledge) at tonight’s CPD session. https://t.co/nNqDO8vH9N

14/01/20

Some of our Year 7 students are working together in a week at ⁦ https://t.co/7CUcY9C0Y1

10/01/20

Some highlights from our ⁦⁩ report published this week. https://t.co/B4p1s2Klzq

09/01/20

Retweetd From Amanda Dewinter

Congratulations , a fantastic achievement! May the school continue to build on its huge success in 2020 and beyond.

09/01/20

Retweetd From Louise Martin

Completed my second placement of through . Great staff, superb students, thoroughly deserved. Bravo! https://t.co/aaqfDCg901

08/01/20

We are proud to share the outcome of our recent inspection. We are a “good” school with “outstanding” behaviour and attitudes, and sixth form. to students, parents and staff. More here: https://t.co/qGr5Yb8CD9 https://t.co/nUYHoHdtjF

19/12/19

Retweetd From Graeme Smith

We break up for Christmas tomorrow, so here's some of my reflections at the end of my first term at https://t.co/aXhRNmnXyu https://t.co/TiLVpxnRv2

19/12/19

Retweetd From HASJW Bball Academy

Great away win for 6th form basketball team as they now progress to 7-3 record in the beating Three Rivers Academy 58-53 https://t.co/K61MNpQfiP

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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.