Welcome to
Harris Academy South Norwood

Welcome from the Principal

Sam Hainey

Sam Hainey - Principal

The Academy is for girls and boys aged 11–19 including a Sixth Form working in Federation with  other Harris academies. Our examination results have increased rapidly and we have achieved many accolades including this year being identified by the DFE as the best school in the country for our type of intake from KS2 and also being invited by Boris Johnson to become an inaugural member of the London Gold Club.  We play a key role within the Harris Teaching School in leading leadership development work for senior leaders in primary, special and secondary schools. We host many visits from other schools keen to find out the secrets of our success. We have a 21st Century building equipped with the most up to date technology and resources that will inspire every student in their learning. The facilities are amongst the best in the world, creating a purposeful ethos of Business and Enterprise from the very first day the students arrive.

Our Academy is an active part of the community. We have a strong commitment to seeking and valuing the views of parents and carers who have formed an active parent council to share in the development of the school. I believe we can further develop the work of the Academy together, as a beacon of excellence for girls and boys at the very heart of its community.

The Academy is Outstanding. Developing the very best teaching and learning alongside a culture of high expectations is essential for every student. Our curriculum is innovative, rooted in academic rigour and we have excellent teachers who will inspire your child to maximise their full potential. The core purpose of the academy is to ensure that every student achieves highly, gaining examination success that will give them every opportunity to be successful citizens of the 21st century.

We offer a dynamic and personalised curriculum, delivered through an ethos of enterprise. Our teachers create a learning environment that is exciting and motivating for every student. Our students are taught how to learn and are expected to share in the responsibility for their learning, they are encouraged to think creatively and they are expected to complete schoolwork and homework to the very best of their ability. We expect the highest standards of positive learning behaviour.

The Academy is a caring community. Students are given excellent opportunities to gain confidence as they grow into young adults. We want every single student to fulfil their aspirations and to go on to lead happy, thriving and successful adult lives.

Sam Hainey
Principal