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22/06/17

Well done to for their fantastic Ofsted result - 'outstanding' across the board. https://t.co/oaKd6jhWaa

21/06/17

Retweeted From Harris Kenley

It's another hot day! Please remember hats, water bottles and sun cream today, especially years 1, 3 and 4, who have PE scheduled for today. https://t.co/iQHSx8dKTJ

21/06/17

Retweeted From Harris Purley

135 amazing Year 7 & Year 8 students received a CREST award in recognition of their work in last term's STEM project https://t.co/Rv93tNu4Jr https://t.co/N36dc7ed2a

21/06/17

Congratulations! https://t.co/8UngweD7mD

21/06/17

Retweeted From Harris Experience

Really fantastic start to our ST13 Summer School! Here are some of our students learning about how language shapes us - really fascinating! https://t.co/5YrtZR5BYc

21/06/17

Retweeted From Harris Experience

Fascinating discussion about organ donation at our Summer School - a room full of bright future scientists! https://t.co/Gs8VKZ7wZu

15/06/17

Retweeted From HarrisBoys'Academy

Thanks to for inviting our boys over to learn how an auction house work, and examine some jewels! https://t.co/7A9dDxcxki

15/06/17

Brilliant Ofsted result for - 'outstanding' in every category. https://t.co/T560aA8TXR

14/06/17

Retweeted From HarrisSchoolDirect

Interested in a career change? Visit our website to see a list of our open subjects and apply via UCAS today-1TZ! https://t.co/IG8FJ8nOlD

14/06/17

Retweeted From Harris Benson

Lovely to see so many reception parents attending the phonics session. #RWI https://t.co/4BwshcAHx1

14/06/17

Retweeted From WORDfest 15.07.17

GRAFFITI ARTIST WANTED! Do you know a budding young Banksy? Or a graffiti artist who'd like to come and graffiti LIVE during WORDfest? https://t.co/EPvwKLAM5a

14/06/17

Retweeted From HABE Parents Forum

Exciting times as our new school is taking shape! Also preparations for our 3rd Wordfest are in full flow! https://t.co/APUTgGgLqe

14/06/17

Retweeted From Harris Careers

Learning Resources Centre Manager required .Apply now https://t.co/NnJd3fefYb https://t.co/zCQA8PdfQo

14/06/17

Retweeted From HABE Sport

Click to find information on our exciting fundraiser taking place next month! https://t.co/RssP7w5YOj

14/06/17

Retweeted From Harris Fed Languages

Amazing performance from students at the https://t.co/fXhKO615Xx

14/06/17

Retweeted From Harris Bromley

Some amazing practical's going on in Mr Rigby's class last week with Y10. https://t.co/qv7DfRmAvq

14/06/17

Retweeted From HPA Orpington

Today in assembly we thought about whether it is okay to always treat people the same. https://t.co/4SJwqbAI4x

11/06/17

Retweeted From HAGR Performing Arts

year 13 BTEC students auditioning for their Night of the Creative Arts! Final list up on Monday p5! https://t.co/w0Ssffi61T

11/06/17

Great Teachers - thank you so much! https://t.co/2edwXdCiRU

11/06/17

Retweeted From Harris Experience

While pupils have been tackling exams, we've been planning lots of activities for our Y12s/9s/10s. Can't wait! Watch this space!

  • June 22, 2017 Well done to for their fantastic Ofsted result - 'outstanding' across the board. R...
  • June 21, 2017 It's another hot day! Please remember hats, water bottles and sun cream today, especially years 1...
  • June 21, 2017 135 amazing Year 7 & Year 8 students received a CREST award in recognition of their work in last ...
  • June 21, 2017 Congratulations! Read more
  • June 21, 2017 Really fantastic start to our ST13 Summer School! Here are some of our students learning about ho...
  • June 21, 2017 Fascinating discussion about organ donation at our Summer School - a room full of bright future s...
  • June 15, 2017 Thanks to for inviting our boys over to learn how an auction house work, and examine s...
  • June 15, 2017 Brilliant Ofsted result for - 'outstanding' in every category. Read more
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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