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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

15/02/24

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

09/02/24

Thrilled to have Bold Voices at our school today! They inspired Year 10 with their mission to fight gender inequality. A big step towards empowering our students to challenge and change the world. 📚🗣️ pic.twitter.com/lTJWdrrkvY

08/02/24

Really great to hear about some fantastic happening at HASJW - over 550 of our students have met their Bedrock targets every week since September and an incredible 96% have been using it regularly this year. Special shout out to 8X/En1 who lead the school! 📖✨

08/02/24

Our Year 10 Harris Experience students are live at the Royal Opera House, captivated by La Bohème! 🎭🎶🎻An enriching day out as they absorb this magnificent performance. pic.twitter.com/0JPOopoais

08/02/24

Our Year 10 Harris Experience students are live at the Royal Opera House, captivated by La Bohème! 🎭🎶🎻An enriching day out as they absorb this magnificent performance. pic.twitter.com/0JPOopoais

08/02/24

We're so proud of all of our schools across the Harris Federation 🎉 these stats from HASJW are absolutely incredible 👏 https://t.co/vnL5AZab3R

08/02/24

We're so proud of all of our schools across the Harris Federation 🎉 these stats from HASJW are absolutely incredible 👏 https://t.co/vnL5AZab3R

07/02/24

Thanks to the generous support from Harris Federation & Adventures Away From Home, 30 eager Year 7 & 8 students set off for an unforgettable outdoor adventure at Avon Tyrell! 🌲⛺ pic.twitter.com/bkjk0dbAVi

07/02/24

Really great to hear about some fantastic happening at HASJW - over 550 of our students have met their Bedrock targets every week since September and an incredible 96% have been using it regularly this year. Special shout out to 8X/En1 who lead the school! 📖✨

06/02/24

Huge excitement at HLAW tonight as our performing arts company perform night 1 of ! pic.twitter.com/QkcIhFDeag

06/02/24

Huge excitement at HLAW tonight as our performing arts company perform night 1 of ! pic.twitter.com/QkcIhFDeag

06/02/24

Braving 45mph winds to measure pebbles! Enough to blow the away!! Future climatologists & beach experts! Geography Field Trip for 6th Form with Harris Academy Tottenham pic.twitter.com/uXmd3alz27

06/02/24

Braving 45mph winds to measure pebbles! Enough to blow the away!! Future climatologists & beach experts! Geography Field Trip for 6th Form with Harris Academy Tottenham pic.twitter.com/uXmd3alz27

31/01/24

Exciting morning hosting our first Y11 into Y12 transition breakfast with the Principal & 6th Form Team. 🥐📚 Great to see our Y12s sharing wisdom with Y11 students! Looking forward to welcoming the new 6th formers this summer!🌟#JulyTransitionWeek pic.twitter.com/hhiymLLtpD

31/01/24

Yesterday, we journeyed to the Globe with our students for 'Othello'! Sixteenth-century Venice came alive in modern-day London. A spectacular evening of drama, deceit, and iambic pentameter. 🎭📚 pic.twitter.com/ZkmBq1k0sQ

31/01/24

Yesterday, we journeyed to the Globe with our students for 'Othello'! Sixteenth-century Venice came alive in modern-day London. A spectacular evening of drama, deceit, and iambic pentameter. 🎭📚 pic.twitter.com/ZkmBq1k0sQ

31/01/24

Exciting morning hosting our first Y11 into Y12 transition breakfast with the Principal & 6th Form Team. 🥐📚 Great to see our Y12s sharing wisdom with Y11 students! Looking forward to welcoming the new 6th formers this summer!🌟#JulyTransitionWeek pic.twitter.com/hhiymLLtpD

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Curriculum

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.

For further information about the curriculum, please contact Vice Principal Laura Lewis by contacting the Academy office on 0207 722 8141 or via email at Laura.Lewis@harrisstjohnswood.org.uk.

Curriculum Organisation

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 as the Academy, 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.

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.