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01/08/22

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It was wonderful getting to hear from , a former alumni from , who gave a fantastic speech to HABR and HEA students on Friday. Students asked her some really interesting questions to which she gave very thoughtful responses. We are very grateful! https://t.co/vh9s3zRpNt

01/08/22

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Some exceptionally lucky and very engaged Y12 HEA students from a range of academies are currently benefitting from an outreach and shadowing day at the global investment firm . We are delighted on behalf of these students, who will participate in an excellent day! https://t.co/udwavey3pw

01/08/22

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We were incredibly fortunate this Tuesday to have the esteemed figure Fiona Hill come speak at . She gave students a fascinating talk on her life and career. They were left very inspired, asking plenty of questions. We are thankful to her for taking the time to talk! https://t.co/ETwQjseJyX

01/08/22

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Thanks and for organising a great workshop and tour of the Globe. Our year 10 had fascinating discussions about Lady Macbeth after we left. https://t.co/9LtASmFYi2

01/08/22

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Wonderful to have the foreign affairs specialist Fiona Hill addressing students from across the Harris Fed this evening - telling her story of how she went from one of the ten poorest performing schools in England to advising three US presidents https://t.co/snWP8BDSxY

01/08/22

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Delighted for the HEA team to have taken part in the first annual Y11 Raising Aspirations event last night, presenting to HCACP Y11s on the benefits of staying at Harris for sixth form - including the HEA. We hope to work with many of last night's attendees in September! https://t.co/YV1rv77rHB

01/08/22

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It was fantastic to see so many aspiring doctors, vets and dentists at our annual Medicine Conference last Friday! A hugely impactful event for our students. Thank you to for hosting us and to Dr Marshall-Andrews for an inspiring talk about alternative healthcare! https://t.co/QWFdpFzKDP

11/11/21

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Sixth Form Open Evening * An opportunity to find out about what we can offer you * Presentations by the sixth form team at 5pm & 6pm * 'Subject Marketplace' where you can speak to our team of experienced Level 3 teachers We Look Forward to Welcoming You! https://t.co/WhmV7TpbsH

11/11/21

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Sixth Form Open Evening This VIRTUAL event will go live on the Academy website on Thursday 11th November at 5.30pm. https://t.co/m81J9h3Plh

09/11/21

Sixth Form Open Evening This VIRTUAL event will go live on the Academy website on Thursday 11th November at 5.30pm. https://t.co/m81J9h3Plh

09/11/21

Sixth Form Open Evening * An opportunity to find out about what we can offer you * Presentations by the sixth form team at 5pm & 6pm * 'Subject Marketplace' where you can speak to our team of experienced Level 3 teachers We Look Forward to Welcoming You! https://t.co/WhmV7TpbsH

09/11/21

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Date for your diaries! ***Our VIRTUAL 6th FORM Open Evening will go live on the Academy website on Thursday 11th November at 5.30pm***

12/10/21

https://t.co/WHkxL1WHZT We have more coming up Merton : 14th Oct 5pm-7.30pm Purley : 14th Oct 5pm-7pm Bromley : 4th Nov 4pm–5.30pm - Internal students 5.30pm–7pm - External students Beckenham : 11th Nov (virtual) from 5.30pm Invictus : 11th Nov 4.30pm-7pm

11/10/21

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Sixth Form Open Afternoon 12.10.21 This event is for Internal Students and will take place on Tuesday 12th October from 3.30pm for students. Parents are invited to attend a Sixth Form presentation at 5.00pm. https://t.co/in4jmWdXhJ

08/10/21

Our Application for September 2022 entry is now OPEN! https://t.co/AMtFjIFrkc

08/10/21

Next week we have two more We really enjoy meeting with prospective students Find out more here: https://t.co/nqo97g1LKZ https://t.co/g2VDhZbab7

08/10/21

Next week we have two more We really enjoy meeting with prospective students Find out more here: https://t.co/nqo97g1LKZ https://t.co/gH59iD1nSm

Harris 6th Form Alumni Return to Speak About Learning and Life at Top Russell Group Universities

Posted on: 09/12/2015

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Inducted onto the programme in the Harris Upper Norwood Hall in October, our HEA Year 12s returned to the same venue on the 9th of December to hear from five Harris 6th Form alumni now studying at Cambridge, UCL, Exeter and King’s College. Curated and delivered by Future First (who are helping us gather and mobilise the vast number of Harris 6th Formers now at top universities and employers across the UK), this event was arranged to give our new Year 12 cohort a wealth of insight and advice on how to choose, successfully apply for and, thereafter, thrive at a Russell Group university – from peers a few years ahead on the journey.

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The session began with each of the assembled HEA alumni – Michelle Sebele (Medicine, King’s College London); Hannah Meah (English Literature, UCL); Sophie D’Souza (Psychology, University of Cambridge); Sarah Akinsola (Drama, Exeter University); & Fatima Hussein (Education Studies, UCL) – introducing themselves to the group and giving a brief summary of their academic journey from where their audience was sitting to where they were at university, before focussing on the first topic for discussion: ‘which factors did you base your university choices on’.

Our Year 12s heard how a wide-range of factors influenced their peers’ choices: location (whilst some wanted to escape to a totally different part of the UK; others preferred a short tube journey from a regenerative Sunday roast or cuppa); size of town (London’s night-life and 24/7 pulse trumping the sleepier rhythms of the likes of Durham and Cambridge for half the group); and societies on offer (with UCL tipping the scales for Hannah due to its film society’s eminent alumnus; Christopher Nolan, director of Dark Knight and Inception). Yet, whilst contrasting motivations informed these extra-curricular and practical factors, consensus centred on the importance of picking universities that offered strong academic reputations, courses which fired their particular curiosities and a name that caught the eyes of employers. ‘Russell Group universities, in other words’ declared our host from Future First, Amy Finch – the knowing but reserved hum which received this revelation indicating a tag our HEA Year 12s were familiar with but not that knowledgeable about, yet.

Amy, consequently, asked the group to discuss their expectations and preconceptions of Russell Group universities (including Oxbridge) in small groups, which they then posed to the alumni. A variety of questions on what sort of students they shared their courses with; how much time did they have spare to pursue extra-curricular interests; and how hard was life on a student budget were then levelled at the panel.

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All on the panel seconded Sophie’s point on the need to combine hard-work in class with a healthy range of super-curricular reading to meet the grade-requirements and broader intellectual appetite top universities wish for in their applicants – a convenient segue-way into the final topic of discussion for the day: ‘Getting In’.

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The concluding slide of the presentation featured a calendar outlining the students’ key preparation targets were for the rest of Year 12: research universities and visit them in-person during Open Days; begin building up and recording super-curricular experiences in their preferred subject area; draw and reflect upon these in their personal statements over the summer holidays. All of which were underlined as crucial preparatory steps to ensure they hit the ground running in Year 13, with Oxbridge and Medicine application deadlines in mid-October and final UCAS submissions for other courses and universities at the beginning of January.

Our wonderful alumni then left the stage to a huge round of applause (and a few follow up 1-to-1 questions) before students proceeded to register their preferred subject areas with the HEA team; thus ensuring relevant super-curricular opportunities can now reach their inboxes into the new year.

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As a final task for the day, the students grouped themselves by their preferred subjects and crafted a short response to a question designed to introduce them to the sort of knowledge-base and on-the-spot reasoning skills coveted by top Russell Group universities. The quality of the ensuing presentations bringing an encouraging close to an eye-opening and insight-rich afternoon for all involved.  

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To learn more about the aims and goals of the Harris Experience Advanced and to find student feedback please visit our page on the Harris Federation website: http://www.harrisfederation.org.uk/65/harris-experience-advanced

If you would like to keep up-to-date with all ongoing Harris Experience Advanced happenings, you can find us on twitter as well: https://twitter.com/HFexperience

Click here to read a recent article on the Harris Experience Advanced and the Harris Experience in The Times.

And click here to read The Times’ editorial about our programme.