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Head of Academy

Charlie Comerford

Harris Academy Battersea

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About Harris Academy Battersea

Harris Academy Battersea is a mixed state secondary school serving a truly comprehensive community in the heart of London. We are an Ofsted ‘Outstanding' school with a track record of delivering fantastic outcomes year on year for our students.

In 2023, Ofsted visited the academy and judged us as remaining ‘outstanding', commenting on our “highly ambitious curriculum”, the “exceptionally high quality of education” provided and noted that “behaviour in the school is very strong”. Nevertheless, we are extremely ambitious for our school and as we seek to continue to grow and develop, we are looking for more brilliant people to join us.


Vision and values

The development of our students academically, personally and professionally is at the heart of everything we do at Harris Academy Battersea. Our values of Knowledge, Integrity and Resilience embody the qualities we seek to promote and expect to see in our young people. 


Our curriculum

Harris Academy Battersea offers a broad, academic and challenging curriculum founded on six key curriculum aims:

  • To develop deep, long-lasting knowledge
  • To develop students into accomplished readers, writers and orators
  • To provide experiences within and beyond the classroom that enrich learning and ensure students can make informed choices about their futures
  • To equip students to challenge injustice in all its forms
  • To enable students to understand how they learn
  • To support students to reflect on their choices and values to improve themselves and their community

These aims underpin all elements of our curriculum, and we see our core academic curriculum and wider personal development curriculum as intrinsically linked. All staff at the academy contribute to the personal development of our students through their roles as tutors and through their contributions to the wider life of the academy.


Why work for us?

A thriving school can only function with fantastic staff, and our vision is to make teaching at Harris Academy Battersea both enjoyable and sustainable. The wellbeing of staff underpins every decision we make, and we seek to ensure that every member of staff can enjoy a work-life-balance enabling them to bring their best to work each day.

At Harris Academy Battersea, professional growth and development is central to our mission. Our professional development motto is ‘improve, not prove' and leaders are relentlessly focussed on supporting staff in getting even better through a wide range of internal and external training opportunities.