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21/09/21

A new way to sign up for after school clubs and enrichment https://t.co/HtkWKmwPmx https://t.co/KFa5lD1Dvr

20/09/21

Year 7s explore the parts of a microscope observing cells. https://t.co/i3sSxVappn

16/09/21

Our Year 11 students are excited to be doing practicals again in their natural environment. https://t.co/cPJ8VGZgHM

16/09/21

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The basketball and rugby academy teams finally get their season underway today. Thank you and for hosting us. https://t.co/11lVKTIsks

09/09/21

Mr Kameni hits a six launching the new HCACP Cricket Club. Every Thurs after school. https://t.co/NtpU0SIpdG

08/09/21

There's never been a better time to study mathematics. Mr Kameni is running a Hegarty weekly competition with amazing prizes available for our top students. https://t.co/JWH60VFWnN

07/09/21

Chef Mat and his team return to serving lunch the old fashioned way...at a table, in the canteen. What is the secret to Chef Mat's outrageous roasted cauliflower? https://t.co/Hfhtn1WjI6

04/09/21

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Teams two and three have just arrived! Four days and three nights hiking across the Welsh mountains completed! Fantastic achievement from all students to complete their DofE Gold Qualifying Expedition! https://t.co/T3rLAugmcE

03/09/21

Looking forward to welcoming our new year 7s and year 12s this morning!

02/09/21

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Second team climbing to the highest point in mid-Wales, at 752 metres above sea level. Heading to their campsite now. https://t.co/kVn1xpGPiK

02/09/21

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First team arrived at the summit of Plynlimon and descending to camp. https://t.co/QpoygGWbxb

02/09/21

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Third team have summitted an incredibly windy but sunny Plynlimon mountain. https://t.co/j9lNQzq2ed

01/09/21

Good luck!!

01/09/21

Retweetd From HCACP DofE

Up early and with rucksacks packed, our three DofE Gold teams have now set off on their qualifying expedition. Four days and three nights ahead, hiking over the Welsh mountains to the coast at Borth! https://t.co/VLAY9yoFDU

29/08/21

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... and at the finish! An epic three day DofE Silver Qualifying Expedition completed! Huge well done to all three teams, conquering the Seven Sisters coastal path today. https://t.co/RP0RWZW3z4

24/08/21

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Good morning campers! A beautiful sunny morning at Merrylands eco-campsite. Students getting ready for day two of their DofE Silver Qualifying Expedition. https://t.co/RzTr3Y5UEA

23/08/21

Retweetd From HCACP DofE

Off to the south coast we go! Starting our DofE Silver qualifying expedition in Uckfield, Sussex. Destination after three days: Birling Gap. From countryside to seaside, let's go teams! https://t.co/cpbtkePI1q

13/08/21

Retweetd From Kinetic Foundation

Congratulations to all our students who got their A Level results this week at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace. Big thank you to the fantastic teachers for their hard work last 2 years and who played their part in the successful results day - Proud moment! https://t.co/wcNlLVP9SY

12/08/21

Thank you to for hosting Summer School - we learnt so much and had a great day! https://t.co/oTpKQPtFOU

Harris Academies
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Curriculum and Purpose

At Harris City Academy Crystal Palace our aim is ‘All Can Achieve’. Through our curriculum, we ensure that every student is able to reach their absolute best, regardless of their background or ability.

We aim to improve the life chances for all students and also, therefore, the local community within which they live. The intent of our curriculum is to give all the necessary foundations for success by helping students develop knowledge and attributes necessary and relevant to achieve success as global citizens in the 21st century.Harris cpa  044

We expect our students to achieve their individual best academically and to develop the self-confidence and sense of purpose necessary for success in a highly  competitive global society. Students achieve their best through our comprehensive curriculum which focusses on powerful knowledge and through the high quality implementation of our curriculum; we ensure it is ambitious, knowledge rich and is both broad & balanced regardless of demographics or starting points.

The high expectations we have within the Academy drive opportunities for all of our young people. We are proud of the community in which we are located and we draw on our understanding of this to create challenging and stimulating lessons and activities as part of our curriculum.

Each subject has its own curriculum document which has been developed by our subject specialists. We have high expectations of subject knowledge from teachers so  there is a commitment to providing regular, high quality, subject-specific training for all teachers during the year. All our teachers are encouraged to be researchers into their own subject discipline.

Harris City Academy Crystal Palace sits within the Harris Federation and this makes us collaborative. This collaboration of subject specialists and researchers means our students benefit from the very highest quality in teaching and the most powerful knowledge. We harness the expertise from within the Federation's academies, across primary and secondary phases, to develop a challenging and rich curriculum model.


Statement of principle

To provide all students with opportunities to access and engage with the best that has been thought and said, but also to help students comprehend that while knowledge is powerful it is also insecure, contested and evolving. We encourage our students to see themselves as scholars.


Harris cpa  049Our aims

The staff and governors of the Academy aim to provide a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum that provides appropriate learning opportunities for all students regardless of age, gender, cultural background, ability or special educational needs. We aim to:

  • ensure our students follow a knowledge-led curriculum with ambitious end-points, through which they know and remember more
  • ensure literacy and numeracy are prominent within our curriculum and these act as a gateway to acquiring core knowledge
  • provide a rich range of subjects (both academic and vocational) and develop students’ expertise within those individual subject disciplines
  • empower students to use an enriched vocabulary enabling a better understanding of concepts and ideas, and facilitate access to knowledge beyond our students’ ordinary daily experiences
  • expand students' cultural capital and the breadth of their vocabulary by exposing them to a variety of texts both fiction and non-fiction, a wide range of creative arts and thoughtfully-planned learning outside the classroom
  • provide a rich and extensive extra-curricular offer to support the development of our students' character and prepare them for life as balanced, happy well-rounded individuals, who can succeed
  • support students so they can develop and look after their mental wellbeing

The curriculum

Students are now following a three year Key Stage 3 curriculum. This will mean that options will be taken in Year 9 for GCSE and vocational courses. This is a change from current practice and has been made after long and careful consideration. You may be aware that the new GCSE specifications are very demanding and we therefore need to ensure that your child has mastered all of the key concepts in each subject area before taking Key Stage 4 option choices.

Harris cpa  073Year 7, 8 and 9 curriculum

All students will study:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Design and Technology (students will study resistant materials, food and computer science)
  • Drama
  • Music
  • French, Spanish and/or Mandarin (students will take two of the three)

For students who are behind their chronological age in literacy and numeracy, catch up is provided.

Year 10 and 11 curriculum

All students study:

  • English Literature and English language
  • Mathematics
  • Science (either separate or triology)
  • Core PE
  • History and/or Geography
  • French, Spanish or Mandarin (all students take at least one language in Year 9, while a small percentage drop this in Year 10)

In addition, students study two of the following:

  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Citizenship
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Food, Nutrition and Preparation
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Physical Education

Further details of all subjects can be found on our subjects pages.


Literacy 

All subjects are required to promote students’ literacy. The common requirement for all subjects states that ‘all pupils should be taught to express themselves clearly in both writing and speech and to develop their reading'.


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development

Students embed the core values of the Academy and are mindful of one another’s views, demonstrating tolerance to differences in opinions. We encourage students to be reflective learners, showing curiosity and a thirst for knowledge in order to improve as individuals. This enables them to develop holistically and become active participants in modern British life. This is a real strength in the Academy and is embedded in the curriculum through drop down ‘thematic days’ four times a year, tutor time activities, a debating programme, educational visits, student leadership, enrichment and the assembly programme.

Harris cpa  086The spiritual development of pupils is promoted exceptionally well. All students study ‘Religion, Philosophy & Politics’ at Key Stage 3, a bespoke subject in which students reflect on their own beliefs and those of others. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Sikhism are studied explicitly and other belief systems are examined through modules on ethics and metaphysics. The diversity of faiths represented in the Academy is rich, with students demonstrating respect for others' faiths, feelings and values. One of the ways this is reflected is through the Academy’s annual Carol Service at a local church and through the Academy homily during assemblies. Students learn about themselves and others through the ‘PXS’ personal extended project. All students study a full range of creative subjects at Key Stage 3 including Art, Music, Drama, Dance and Technology, allowing them to engage their imaginations and be creative in their learning.

The moral development of pupils is promoted through tutor time and our Assembly programme. A broad range of topics is investigated each year under themes which promote British values such as tolerance, respect, a moral compass and empathy. The Academy’s core values provide a shared language for talking about moral issues which is well integrated into the Academy’s vernacular. Assemblies are delivered by senior leaders, middle leaders and students as well as visiting speakers from organisations such as the Daniel Spargo Mabbs Foundation, Growing against Violence, Great Men, CEOP (a national crime agency) and a wide range of other partners. Students reflect on the difference between right and wrong, and they are equipped to apply reasoning and critical thinking skills to their own lives, based on a moral compass. All students study ethics explicitly, including different points of view about how to make ethical decisions, as part of Religion, Philosophy & Politics at Key Stage 3. Students reflect on their own moral decision-making through a focus on restorative justice integrated into our culture for learning.


Harris cpa  016Character development

Character and a shared culture are developed through the Academy’s faculty system and inter-faculty competitions. The Academy strives to offer more chances for students, enabling them to have more choices in the future. The Academy achieves this by ensuring every student feels associated with their faculty and has the chance to succeed and show resilience in failure. Each faculty has its own identity, including a bespoke crest and motto. Students develop their character within their faculties in a number of ways including:

  • Raising money for their faculty's nominated charity
  • Being a member of the faculty ‘cabinet’ and whole-Academy student council
  • Taking the opportunity to speak in public during assemblies
  • Taking part and competing in inter-faculty competitions such as debating, sporting and culture for learning points.

PHSE and Citizenship is delivered in a variety of ways including:

  • The tutorial programme
  • Assemblies
  • Thematic Days
  • Within our curriculum
  • By external agencies

Relationships and Sex Education is delivered in a variety of ways:

  • Through the relevant programme of study in Science, PE and RPP
  • Thematic days
  • The tutorial programme
  • By external agencies

You can see further detail on our personal development curriculum page.


Careers

The teaching and promotion of careers, in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks, is embedded within Academy life. This is achieved through a variety of ways:

  • The tutorial programme, with one set day a week assigned to careers
  • Weekly careers (employability skills) focus across the whole curriculum
  • Thematic days
  • Weekly 'career in focus'
  • Work experience in years 10 and 12
  • External speakers and trips
  • Annual careers fair
  • Careers mentoring (external agencies)

You can find further details on our careers page.