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17/10/19

Our Year 10's and 11's had the privilege of enjoying a brilliant performance of An Inspector Calls performed by this afternoon. It really helped to embed their learning for their GCSEs! https://t.co/VSDAQj3PQk

15/10/19

We are very proud of Louis, Year 8, whose story 'Evil' has been selected for publication in the anthology of creative writing in schools. Read it here: https://t.co/MAAih9I7FX

07/10/19

Emma, Y11, writes about a project she helped with in Uganda during August 2019, living there for two and a half weeks. https://t.co/fU0b4RLJVA https://t.co/FeeR1NFW96

01/10/19

Last Monday, 33 students visited the Oval Cricket Ground to watch vs Nottinghamshire. Watching such high level cricket has inspired our students to practise their skills on the playground and they even got some signatures! https://t.co/c5W3Ec3jjC

23/09/19

Don't miss our careers event for years 10 and 11 tonight between 4:00pm and 6:30pm. There will be a number of Post 16 educational providers exhibiting and delivering small workshops to promote their opportunities! https://t.co/UUFgHWn3Lg

20/09/19

Congratulations to the Years 12/13 sixth form team on a superb 5-0 victory against St Johns last Wednesday afternoon in their first competitive football league game this year. Throughout the game HAO were dominant, maintaining a lot of possession, creating lots of chances!

22/08/19

We are delighted to have achieved 17 of the ‘super’ Grade 9s, which are equivalent to getting an A**. A fifth of drama students achieved a Grade 9. https://t.co/RgXyWNMh6u

22/08/19

28% achieved the prestigious and challenging Ebacc qualification which means they successfully passed in Maths, English, Science, a Modern Foreign Language and a Humanities subject. This is higher than the recent national average (24%). A significant achievement for https://t.co/4jo3KPPxeh

22/08/19

Hard work pays off as 78% of students achieved a Grade 4 or higher in English this year and 67% did so in maths. The students could not have worked harder! https://t.co/pcJpfZR5QK

22/08/19

Fantastic GCSE results . 61% of students achieving basics. Well above National Average. So proud of the students! https://t.co/hXyVNE6P2W

18/07/19

The Summer Edition of The HAO Post has been delivered to students! Have a look inside to find out what the Academy has been doing this term: https://t.co/u5F6GqKHrn

15/07/19

This is the final week or the year. Please ensure that your child has 100% attendance as we will continue to learn until the end of the day on Friday. We hope you have a fantastic Summer!

03/07/19

So proud of our year 7 students for taking part in the annual Harris Federation Spelling Bee yesterday! They all demonstrated such an impressive level of intelligence and maturity 💪✍️ https://t.co/OeoGpMbum2

03/07/19

Good luck to all the cast and crew in our fantastic school production of Into the Woods tonight and tomorrow tonight! Tickets are available to buy on the door. https://t.co/b6N2xhUPyS

27/06/19

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Meditation through silent dough kneeding. What a perfect way to start the day. https://t.co/dvZK0gUe9X

26/06/19

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We love this photo looking down at our dining table this lunchtime at . 1 game of cards, 2 of uno and 3 of connect four. What better way to chill out with some brilliant students from https://t.co/duK2N5Gaxr

24/06/19

Don't miss our book fair starting on Friday in the library! 50% off all books and stationery! https://t.co/uP1L7u3fM6

20/06/19

We are excited to announce that our annual GCSE and A-LEVEL Art exhibition will be held next Thursday 27th June, 4.30-6.30 in the Art Block. We look forward to seeing you to celebrate the current GCSE and A-Level work. https://t.co/u4kz3Lsr8i

13/06/19

Fantastic effort from the 32 Y7 and Y8 students at the athletic event at Norman park yesterday. This competition has given the students the experience and confidence for the Harris Federation regional competition, which allows them to qualify for the finals at Crystal Palace! https://t.co/HMV8yGJhHR

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Posted on March 7th 2019

Students Step Into Prime Minister's Shoes at Number 10

Nineteen Harris Experience students from Year 10 and Year 9 went to 10 Downing Street recently where they had a tour of the house, a careers panel discussion and took part in a variety of activities where they stepped into the Prime Minister’s shoes.

The careers panel was chaired by the Prime Minister’s speechwriter, while other members of the panel included the Deputy Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, an Events and Visits Officer and the Prime Minister’s videographer.

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Students had the chance to find out about the panel’s varying career paths and ask them questions on their routes into Number 10. The Events and Visits Officer joined via an apprenticeship, which the students found fascinating.

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The activities included how to use an autocue, delivering a speech from the Prime Minister’s lectern (pictured above), setting up for a Prime Ministerial meeting in the White Room including setting up the country flags (pictured below) and taking a good photo of the Prime Minister.

The students found it an eye opening experience and were extremely well behaved for the whole day.

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What students said...

"10 out of 10 for the trip to 10 Downing Street. It was a very informative and intriguing experience. It taught me some life lessons, including how to join the government and the different career paths I could take. The staff were very friendly and open minded. I felt very privileged to do the activities such delivering a Prime Minister’s speech. I also loved meeting the military photographer and the Head of Internal events, who is going to send Miss Woolley information on government apprenticeships for me to read."

Rihanna, Year 10

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Brilliant. I loved learning about the history of the house and the Prime Minister and what she does day to day. Reading the Prime Minister’s speech from a lectern was my favourite activity.

George, Year 9


"I sat in the Prime Ministers seat in the White Room! I now actually want to go and work in the events team in No10. You don’t actually have to go to uni, you can get an apprenticeship. The videographer has such a cool job. We learnt about all the jobs in No10 and that the Prime Minister has a team to help her write her speeches. I thought it would be a normal house but I was surprised at how big it was inside."

Chloe, Year 10

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"I liked the trip a lot! I feel so privileged to have gone in that house and chat to all the senior staff on the careers panel. I liked using the military photographer’s camera and doing a speech at the lectern. The careers panel was so interesting to learn about how they got into their jobs. The tour was great, we got to see the staircase with all the pictures of the Prime Ministers. It was more like a museum and work place than a house. What a massive opportunity to see inside. I never considered a career in government before today! I didn’t even know where the Prime Minister’s Office was."

Sidney, Year 10

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"It was really interesting to see inside as it gave an insight into the PMs job. It showed different ways to get a good job and you don’t necessarily have to get a degree. I never thought about the effort that goes into working with the PM and the processes behind it. The house was really extravagant. I liked the staircase the best."


Sydney, Year 10

"It was so interesting to see how the staff work. Everything is so detailed. I never thought about government and now I’m actually thinking about a career in it. The activities were really good and I always wondered how an autocue worked. I really enjoyed it. That was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Leah Wilkinson, Y10

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"I liked the careers panel the best, about how they got into their jobs and the different ways of getting in to government.  It’s made me think about government more. The house was so fancy. I had no idea that so much work goes on behind the Prime Minister."

Isabella, Year 9


See lots more pictures from our memorable Downing Street trip in our image gallery.

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