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10/06/21

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There's always a huge range of jobs to do on the farm! https://t.co/BQ0Czb2M7Q

10/06/21

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An epic hike to the top of Skirrid - fantastic achievement team! https://t.co/gEtLvWsU47

09/06/21

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Planting flowers for a wedding in September! We hope the bride and groom have a lovely day and enjoy seeing the flowers in bloom. https://t.co/jQUXUh5UQv

08/06/21

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Made it to the top! Aiming high and with determination and courage achieving success. Looking forward to our first full day at Jamie's Farm! https://t.co/1KdyJOKsL9

07/06/21

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Arrived at Jamie's Farm and having our welcome meeting. Preparing to be farmers for the week! https://t.co/CVgdXbZe78

05/06/21

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Great to see so many students hard at work today at the table tennis half term camp. 🏓 https://t.co/xWwS3SJwiy

28/05/21

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Ecstatic to complete our incredible DofE Bronze Practice expedition. Great effort from the three teams! 👊💪 https://t.co/lUkUIGWPTY

28/05/21

The HCACP newsletter for May 2021 is now available https://t.co/Kt7Wm74upw https://t.co/ppz8n2Ldug

28/05/21

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All smiles for another successful day on our DofE Bronze Practice Expedition https://t.co/3akRODrdvk

28/05/21

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Delighted to have the first athletics meet in nearly 2 years today. Nice to see that the sprinters have not lost it. A clean sweep in the 100m today. Well done Kacey, Ava and Gift. https://t.co/W0cVcrl0NJ

28/05/21

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Great to see our fantastic and courageous year 9 students on their DofE expedition! We are really proud of your commitment! - Ms Owusu & Ms Feilden https://t.co/ypbOhr4Ltp

27/05/21

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Made it to our campsite at Frylands Wood! https://t.co/yQVNkDuSMu

27/05/21

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All this week Croydon University Hospital are running a walk in vaccine clinic Come along for your first dose of -19 vaccine if you are: - Over 30 - A frontline health/social care worker - AND haven’t had your first vaccine dose yet 24- 31st May, 8am-7pm, Shirley House https://t.co/hfTQTBIiXW

27/05/21

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We're running a walk-in clinic at the Phoenix Community Centre on Friday 28th May from 4.00pm -7.00pm. If you're over 40, a frontline health & care worker, or in an 'at-risk' groups & haven't been vaccinated, you're welcome to attend. No appointment needed. https://t.co/VISuB6vm9v

27/05/21

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Another hard fought win on the road for the basketball academy against our good friends from The Norwood school. https://t.co/cOUOUacZNc

25/05/21

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Today it was the turn of the Yr8 boys football and girls rugby teams to get back to business. Thank you and for the fixtures. https://t.co/10zLLkD9Rw

25/05/21

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The year 7 girls and 8 boys basketball teams were in action tonight. 2 fantastic team performances. Thank you and for the fixtures. https://t.co/DVsqIV0qj0

25/05/21

Year 10 Updates from HCACP. Work experience and Mock exam timetable. https://t.co/MdvsT983x2

22/05/21

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Our campsite in Frylands Wood. Time to get packing away soon! https://t.co/qqZ8pUlrq2

22/05/21

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Cooking pancakes for breakfast on the trangia stoves! Getting ready for another successful (and hopefully sunny) day on our Bronze practice expedition. https://t.co/yLlWBk88kc

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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 the 21st century.

HACP051We 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 and the high quality implementation of that curriculum; we ensure it is knowledge rich and is both broad and balanced regardless of demographics and 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.


HACP079Our 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 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.

HACP093Year 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.

HACP014The 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.


HACP073Character 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.