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20/08/19

Retweeted From Harris Federation

Here are some of our brilliant students heading to and this year. Many are the first in their family to attend university and all have beaten extraordinary odds to get there. We are so proud of them and wish them every happiness and success. https://t.co/HJt7DF572H

20/08/19

Looking to Enrol at Harris Sixth Form? Thursday 22nd August: Internal enrolment for students from Harris Federation only. Friday 23rd August: External enrolment for new Year 12s. Wednesday 28th August: Late enrolment for students unable to attend the previous two dates.

19/08/19

Another huge congratulations to our Sixth Form students that received their A Level results last Thursday! Good luck in your future endeavours! https://t.co/MlKbbGTY2m https://t.co/XktcO5f49C

14/08/19

Good luck to our students tomorrow who are getting their !! https://t.co/9ECVzS11BD

12/08/19

Retweeted From DfE

Whether you’re deciding what to study, planning a career, or just curious, section has lots of useful advice! 👇 https://t.co/UXPChwsk2f https://t.co/o556VhXYAk

15/07/19

Retweeted From UCAS

Thought Clearing was just for people waiting for their results? https://t.co/lpgvd4zQ3Y

15/07/19

Celebrate the power of learning on ! Take control of your future and learn a new skill! https://t.co/j0JtQGox8X

14/02/19

Retweeted From Harris Sixth Form

Interested in combining study with your passion for sport? Come along to one of our trials to secure your place on one of our development programmes. For More info: https://t.co/LsX2uMnW7P https://t.co/ctRDZTB9cV

14/02/19

Retweeted From Harris Sixth Form

Interested in combining study with your passion for sport? Come along to one of our trials to secure your place on one of our development programmes. For More info: https://t.co/LsX2uMnW7P https://t.co/PjS19cqVfD

07/02/19

Interested in combining study with your passion for sport? Come along to one of our trials to secure your place on one of our development programmes. For More info: https://t.co/LsX2uMnW7P https://t.co/PjS19cqVfD

07/02/19

Interested in combining study with your passion for sport? Come along to one of our trials to secure your place on one of our development programmes. For More info: https://t.co/LsX2uMnW7P https://t.co/ctRDZTB9cV

29/11/18

Come & Meet students at our NEW Campus See What & We Can Offer - NOT TO BE MISSED! Thursday 29th November Invictus Campus - (London Road, Croydon CR0 2TB) 5:00pm to 7:30pm https://t.co/wq8OBZPlAh

28/11/18

Come & Meet students at our NEW Campus See What & We Can Offer. - NOT TO BE MISSED! Thursday 29th November Invictus Campus - (London Road, Croydon CR0 2TB) 5:00pm to 7:30pm https://t.co/hXzOZm3cWP

28/11/18

We Are so Existed to Announce our NEW Campus Come Along to the this Thursday 29 Nov See What & We Have on Offer Invictus Campus - (London Road, Croydon CR0 2TB) 5:00pm to 7:30pm https://t.co/oEPCwlJDxu

27/11/18

ITS A NIGHT NOT TO BE MISSED! So Excited To Welcome You on Thursday 29 November Harris Invictus Academy - London Road, Croydon CR0 2TB 5:00pm to 7:30pm Come & See what's on offer for your education https://t.co/KGgQ6PztR7

22/11/18

2 campuses with loads to offer - come & speak to current students and teachers TONIGHT - Beckenham Campus - (BR3 3SJ) 4.30 - 7.30pm - Bromley Campus - (BR3 1QR) 4.30 - 8.00pm See what's on offer for your education

22/11/18

Come along and see us TONIGHT @ our South Norwood Campus This is not to be missed Offering a large selection of and to suit everybody 4.30 to 7.00pm (Held @ the 'Upper' Campus) Spurgeon Road, London SE19 3UG

22/11/18

If traditional study is not for you, why not take a look at our campus TONIGHT! - Thursday 22 November - 5.00pm to 7.30pm Location: 11 Oliver Grove, London SE25 6EJ Harris Professional Skill BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE ... https://t.co/tXpMSX70Ov

22/11/18

Retweeted From HCACP PE

Another busy and successful day of sport . Wins for the Sixth form rugby, basketball and football teams. Not to forget the Yr9 football team who won 10-0 in the Surrey cup! #4/4 https://t.co/8sSRzKTAW9

21/11/18

Retweeted From Cleverbox

We're so proud to have supported with the launch of their campus. All the best with your this Thursday 22 November! https://t.co/ETRbKCJ624

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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Sophie’s experience at Cambridge proved particularly intriguing for the audience and she was quick to affirm its meritocracy – ‘it isn’t impossible to get into or study at, you just need to love your subject and work hard’ – and more than happy to bust a few myths: whilst not as socially mixed as other city-based Russell Groups Cambridge’s student body ‘reflects a broad and growing range of social backgrounds and ethnicities’, she remarked. All on the panel seconded Sophie’s third 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.