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18/08/17

. star Santiago will be the first in his family to go to uni - studying Architecture . Well done Santiago! https://t.co/4yqYqBWYD2

18/08/17

Teofil from visited to talk about his results: 4 A*s. He's off to to read Physics. Amazing! https://t.co/f1tVy2tYM5

18/08/17

Retweeted From James Handscombe

Jo, Rueben and Farid also all with 4A* - great team. https://t.co/Wqav2jxDFk

18/08/17

Great to see student Samantha-Jo Onyekwere celebrating a phenomenal 4 A*s in Scroll down to see! https://t.co/fu6FqYVX3C

18/08/17

. student Teofil Aleksandrov did an amazing job on talking about his outstanding A level results. https://t.co/iPSiHPE4DF

18/08/17

Retweeted From HA Chafford Hundred

A fantastic set of results yesterday, was a pleasure seeing so many young happy faces. Enjoy university guys and girls 😁 👍🏻 https://t.co/Y5oLptVnJw

17/08/17

Great piece from the about what the Harris Federation does for students from working class backgrounds https://t.co/N4aVkhjBsY

17/08/17

Retweeted From SouthwarkYA's

Congratulations everyone ☺🎉👍

17/08/17

Retweeted From HPA Orpington

So proud of all the students for working hard and reaching their potential. We will continue to get pupils secondary ready for you. https://t.co/6u46uQ5P6r

17/08/17

Retweeted From Southwark News

Harris Academy Bermondsey just added. 100% pass rate 👍🙌

17/08/17

So proud to see coverage of our amazing students in the https://t.co/PUY0MfbF2J

17/08/17

Today's A level results are the best yet for Harris Federation https://t.co/1ZglMLwWGy

17/08/17

16% students at Harris Sixth Form achieved Russ Gp university places, outperforming nat average by 5% pts. https://t.co/1ZglMLwWGy

17/08/17

Great results from . You should be very proud of yourselves https://t.co/8UUU4vSE0D

17/08/17

Calling all Harris Y13 - have any snaps with your ? We would love to see them! 📷

17/08/17

Congratulations to everyone at - amazing results today 👏 https://t.co/7LBefkzVaY

17/08/17

Retweeted From James Handscombe

Also worth mentioning Sam's degree apprenticeship with IBM - brilliant next step! https://t.co/N75vi2RND1

17/08/17

Well done 100% pass rate across all subjects and over half of the grades achieved by students were A*-B. https://t.co/6mFXyJpsmH

17/08/17

Hard work pays off https://t.co/Eh1jlaZKxC

17/08/17

Retweeted From Harris City Academy

Huge congratulations to all our students

  • August 18, 2017 . star Santiago will be the first in his family to go to uni - studying Architecture
  • August 18, 2017 Teofil from visited to talk about his results: 4 A*s. He's off to
  • August 18, 2017 Jo, Rueben and Farid also all with 4A* - great team. Read more
  • August 18, 2017 Great to see student Samantha-Jo Onyekwere celebrating a phenomenal 4 A*s in ...
  • August 18, 2017 . student Teofil Aleksandrov did an amazing job on talking about his ...
  • August 18, 2017 A fantastic set of results yesterday, was a pleasure seeing so many young happy faces. Enjoy univ...
  • August 17, 2017 Great piece from the about what the Harris Federation does for students from working c...
  • August 17, 2017 Congratulations everyone ☺🎉👍...
Matt Britt

Matt Britt

Executive Principal of Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred & Harris Primary Academy Mayflower

"My own calling into teaching was inspired by some very special teachers."

When I was studying for my A levels in Solihull, I worked in two local primary schools, including with a truly inspirational teacher who helped build my confidence and completed my education as a person. At 18, I volunteered with disadvantaged pupils in London, opening my eyes to the wider world. Later, an amazing socialist politics teacher opened my thinking again and challenged my prejudices and narrow mindedness.

All of these factors combined to make me a better person and to develop a passion for teaching. I applied to study at the University of Warwick and once I'd graduated in 1991, I launched my teaching career at Bellenden Primary School in South London.

I joined the Harris Federation in January 2014, taking on Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred before opening the new five-form entry free school, Harris Primary Academy Mayflower, in September 2014. In September 2016, I also became the Executive Principal of Harris Primary Academy Orpington. This is an exciting new challenge as we attempt to turn around the performance of a predecessor school which has been requiring improvement since its 2014 inspection.

In addition to this, I have been working to support the Principals and staff at Harris Primary Academy Crystal Palace and Harris Primary Academy Philip Lane in 2015-16. I have loved being part of these successful and vibrant academies.

I love the collegiate feel of being part of the Harris team. Sabeena Hasan, our Regional Primary Director, and Sir Dan, our Chief Executive, are nationally renowned school and system leaders and the support we receive is second to none. 

Before joining the Federation, I heard some negativity about the accountability of working for Harris, but I have never worked with a stronger, more supportive team. Of course, we expect the best for every Harris pupil, but we are all very much in it together. When things have gone well, I have been asked to share the best practice and it has been celebrated, and when things haven't gone as well the support I've had from colleagues and the Harris team has been heartfelt and incredible. This is not a place for hero leadership; it is most definitely a sustainable and hugely collaborative approach.

I love knowing that I am part of the most successful academy chain in the country and I love the fact that the support for business management, project management, HR, recruitment and ICT leaves me free to focus on the business of leading teaching and learning. Even though I am responsible for three primary academies I do have a good work life balance. This is due in no small part to the Harris approach.

The three academies I lead have some fantastic strengths. Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred has vibrant displays and the work in pupils' books and Early Years Learning Journals is exemplary in terms of presentation and quality.

Harris Primary Academy Mayflower is set in an inspiring new building. The vision for the academy of “Excellence. Every Child. Every Day.” is brought to life through the core values which underpin the behaviour and teaching and learning approaches.

If you are applying for a position at any of these academies, you should come with an open mind, a willingness to embrace change and receive feedback, and a good sense of humour. Be prepared to put your heart and soul into shaping the very best education for each of our pupils but be prepared to learn and grow every day too. Even if you're just thinking about working for a Harris Academy, do pay us a visit – we are always willing to show visitors around.

Teaching at Harris gives you a chance to learn your trade with the best academy chain in the country and supported by an incredible team of gifted educationalists with a track record of success. Why would you look anywhere else?

My top three qualities when looking for a teacher:

  • Someone who is open to reflective practice and will grow and develop, whilst embracing change and improvement.
  • Someone who can communicate well both when speaking and in writing.
  • Passion for the job and someone who has done their research about me and the academies before coming to interview.

 

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