The Harris Federation is a successful, highly collaborative and enterprising group of academies with nearly 30 years’ experience of education in and around London.
Our 44 primary and secondary academies educate some 32,000 pupils, and Harris is recognised for setting standards of excellence through an innovative and collaborative approach that enables us to meet the high expectations of these students, their parents, our staff and our communities. Every Harris academy is different. Individual Principals and senior leadership teams have the freedom to set their own curriculum and way of doing things. However, they all share a commitment to give their young people an excellent education within a happy, caring and supportive environment.
Facts and figures
As of September 2017:
Nearly 4,000 teaching and support staff
44 academies: three all-through, 19 primary, 21 secondary and one sixth form
67% of all our academies rated 'Outstanding' (compared to 20% nationally), with the rest judged as 'Good'
83% of inspected Harris secondary academies rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted
As the top-performing Multi-Academy Trust in the country, we offer access to unrivalled professional development and a supportive community of academies, Principals and mentors to help develop and progress your career.
Our focus is on transforming schools in London, some of which have been failing for generations, into exceptional places of learning. That means that when you work at a Harris academy, you are playing a part in something very important – giving children the freedom and the opportunities to choose their own futures.
Our transformations are also about creating great places to work for teachers, leaders and support staff. At Harris, you will always be encouraged to innovate, to try new things and to do what suits the education of the children and teenagers we serve. We have a culture of sharing best practice and finding ways to say yes for what works best for you in your academy, department or classroom. We believe there is no better place to grow your career.
Culture and Ethos
We want every child in London to have the best possible education, enabling them to fulfil their potential and decide their own future.
Closing the gap between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers has always been a core mission of the Harris Federation. We have transformed standards in schools that had, in some cases, failed for generations before joining the Harris Federation. Social mobility is the Holy Grail for the pupils we serve. The key to their futures is a high quality education.
We look for inspirational educators and leaders who are committed to transforming lives and who share our belief that every child has the potential to do well.
The people you will be working with will support and motivate you in achieving your career ambitions. Our exceptional teachers, support staff and leaders come from a wide range of backgrounds, but they all share a deeply-held commitment to give our students an outstanding education in an inspiring and happy school environment.