About 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.

The Harris Federation is a successful, highly collaborative and enterprising group of academies with nearly 30 years’ experience of education in and around London.

The Harris Federation is the leading large Multi Academy Trust in the country for primary and secondary education. We have built a proven track record in school improvement through rapid transformations, and we look for talented individuals who want to help transform education in London, and create exceptional places of learning.

Harris is a Federation and not a chain; each academy is different, reflecting the particular aspirations and leadership style of its Principal. We are recognised for transforming the life chances of the children that we educate.

Our vision is that Harris academies work collaboratively in sharing school improvement strategies, and support one another as part of the wider Harris Federation. It is clear that our academies benefit from working collectively, which creates a powerful tool for raising standards. 

Facts and figures

As of September 2018:

  • 32,000 students
  • Nearly 4,000 teaching and support staff
  • 47 academies: three all-through, 19 primary, 23 secondary and two sixth forms
  • 76% of all our academies rated 'Outstanding' (compared to 21% nationally), with the rest judged as 'Good'
  • 95% of inspected Harris secondary academies rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted

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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