Think Harris

We believe that teachers need the freedom to teach brilliantly, the development to grow as learners and the leadership and support from an organisation solely focused on education and run by people who have worked in schools and understand teaching and learning.
SIR DANIEL MOYNIHANChief Executive

The Harris Federation is a successful, highly collaborative and enterprising group of academies with almost twenty five years’ experience of education in and around London.

Our network of academies is setting standards of excellence through a highly collaborative and enterprising approach that enables us to meet the high expectations of our students, their parents, our staff and our communities.

Our academies are all located within a relatively short commute of each other. This means we can share resources and knowledge, working together with on-call support from the Harris Federation.

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:

  • 30,000 students
  • 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

What makes Harris different?

The focus of the Harris Federation is on transforming some of the most challenging schools in London into exceptional places of learning.

That means that when you accept a job 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. We believe there is no better place to grow your career, with our outstanding development opportunities, support from inspirational colleagues across our network, and a generous benefits and rewards package.

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.

We are looking for driven, dedicated people who share our belief that every child has the potential to do well. When people like this work together, anything is achievable.

The people you will be working with will support and motivate you in achieving your career ambitions. Our exceptional teachers, staff and leaders come from a wide range of backgrounds, but they all share a passionate commitment to give our students an outstanding education in an inspiring and happy school environment.

We will give you the opportunity to innovate, to try new things and to do what suits the education of the children we serve. We share best practice and always look to identify what will help you do the best possible job in your Academy, Department or classroom, and what will help you nurture your career.

Hear from our Chief Executive, Sir Daniel Moynihan

Hear from Sir Daniel Moynihan, Chief Executive, to understand what we look for in teachers and what we expect them to help achieve for the children at out Harris Academies.

When any of us choose to become teachers I think we do so for three major reasons: we love our subject and want to inspire others to share this; we want to pass on our enthusiasm for learning to the next generation; and we believe that a good education is the greatest means of helping establish a fairer society where everyone has the opportunity to make the most of their lives.

When we created the Harris Federation we did so in order to improve the life chances of young people in and around London. Lord Harris, having grown up in Peckham and been forced by his family circumstances to leave school at 15, was clear that our focus must be on taking on the most challenging schools in London and turning them into exceptional places of learning where everyone – staff and students – thrives.

We believe that teachers need the freedom to teach brilliantly, the development and training to grow as learners themselves and the leadership and support that comes from an organisation that is solely focused on education and is run by people who have worked in schools and understand teaching and learning.

As we grow, we are delighted to welcome new and experienced teachers into the Federation each year, as well as the support staff that help our academies to thrive. We support our staff in their learning and our CPD is regularly described as ‘outstanding’. All of us within the Harris Federation continue to grow our expertise and share it with each other.

Any prospective staff wishing to tour one of our academies are warmly welcome to do so. We look forward to meeting you.

Thank you for taking the time to view our website. 

Sir Daniel Moynihan Ed.D, M.A.B.Sc. (Econ)

Chief Executive

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