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Jo Young

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Katherine Cumberbatch

Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich

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Academy Information

Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich is an 11-18 school for 1000 girls, with mixed Post 16 provision which is shared with Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich. The Academy benefits from a large site, with expansive grounds and superb facilities. 

Harris Girls' East Dulwich offers a wide ranging and rigorous curriculum, offering our pupils a vast array of opportunities both within and beyond the academy to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of the world around them. We believe strongly in the development of fully rounded individuals, and our academy values of 'character, courage and conscience' exemplify our commitment to both the academic and personal development of our young people.   The Academy has been judged by Ofsted to be 'Outstanding'.

We believe that our responsibility is to offer excellent provision that meets the needs of all those with whom we work. We are proud to be an inclusive, multi-cultural community providing inspiration and vibrancy, safety and support. When we talk about our community, we mean our students, our staff, our students’ families, our governors, those who work with us and those who live in our surrounding area.


Academy Ethos

Our academy values are 'Character; Courage and Conscience.' We want our students to be aspirational; we want them to think about what they want to do with their lives, to explore the world and think about where they fit into it, what they can get from it, and, most importantly, what they have to offer the world. We expect everyone to make a positive and tangible contribution to the school community. 

We therefore try to give students as many different experiences and opportunities as we can – to broaden their horizons so that they begin to really understand and engage with different cultures, ideas and countries.


Why Work at Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich

HGAED is a great place to work. At a time when there is so much attention, deservedly so, on teacher wellbeing and workloads, we are committed to ensuring our staff have work-life balance by reducing unnecessary admin work and meetings. We dedicate time and resources to staff wellbeing and development, ranging from NPQSL qualifications to meditation and teacher hacks such as whole class feedback to reduce workload. We are looking for staff who share our commitment to developing themselves personally as well as professionally, who are open to feedback and development and share our vision for our whole community. We believe very strongly that education can be transformative for all. We’d love you to be part of the transformation of our students’ lives.

The staff here at HGAED are supportive, ambitious for our students, and happy.

Our Head of Art, Clare, writes "The students are astute, funny and thirsty for life. They are invigorating and I really love teaching them! They keep me on my toes. But what I most appreciate working here is that we work in a climate where all ideas are encouraged, no matter how impossible they may seem, and I have seen some fantastic dreams come into being, the art gallery, the debate cake sessions and the research centre all starting to gain momentum. Not many schools would take such risks and I truly value being listened to and challenged to go beyond what I think I can do. This school is not for the faint hearted but it's also the place to be if you are up for being innovative and thinking beyond the classroom walls".