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

What makes Harris different?

As the top-performing Multi-Academy Trust in the country, we offer access to unrivalled professional development and a supportive community of academies, Principals and mentors to help develop and progress your career.

Our focus is on transforming schools in London, some of which have been failing for generations, into exceptional places of learning. That means that when you work 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. At Harris, you will always be encouraged to innovate, to try new things and to do what suits the education of the children and teenagers we serve. We have a culture of sharing best practice and finding ways to say yes for what works best for you in your academy, department or classroom. We believe there is no better place to grow your career.

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.

Closing the gap between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers has always been a core mission of the Harris Federation. We have transformed standards in schools that had, in some cases, failed for generations before joining the Harris Federation. Social mobility is the Holy Grail for the pupils we serve. The key to their futures is a high quality education.
We look for inspirational educators and leaders who are committed to transforming lives and who share our belief that every child has the potential to do well.
The people you will be working with will support and motivate you in achieving your career ambitions. Our exceptional teachers, support staff and leaders come from a wide range of backgrounds, but they all share a deeply-held commitment to give our students an outstanding education in an inspiring and happy school environment.


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