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An exceptional education for local children

Your child’s education We are a Junior Academy for local children aged 7 – 11. Our belief is that children thrive when they are happy and feel valued.

At Harris Junior Academy Carshalton (HJAC) we believe in a simple and fundamental philosophy. We want our school to be a calm and caring learning community in which everyone feels safe, happy and valued. We give each child all the time and attention that they need to develop their reading, writing and maths skills. We then build on this by providing the children with creative and vibrant learning experiences through which they will develop a love of learning, an ability to think independently and a desire to be the best they can be. We want our children to leave HJAC as confident and successful learners, who understand themselves and are responsible in the way they conduct themselves. We want them to possess the skills and attitudes to make the most of future opportunities and contribute to their local community and beyond. We recognise the importance of developing a strong partnership with parents, carers and the local community so that we can all provide the children with strong support and clear guidelines for success. Aliki Constantopoulou, Principal


Happy in the classroom There are more than 300 lively young minds at Harris Junior Academy Carshalton. Our staff build on the children’s learning from infant school to support each child to be the best they can. This section of our prospectus describes the type of education your child will receive at our school.


Every lesson is creative The aim of our teachers is always to deliver lessons that children enjoy and feel motivated by. We believe that all lessons should be creative, not just arts subjects. We want all of our pupils to be confident readers, writers and mathematicians. Our teachers make sure these areas, as well as the rest of the National Curriculum, are taught in ways that engage the natural sense of curiosity that children have. Consequently, children become eager, confident pupils who understand the joy of learning and are well prepared for academic success.

High standards in every classroom With each week, term and year being so significant in a child’s life, consistency is particularly important in their Primary education. As part of the Harris Federation, which has its own training school for teachers, our staff receive outstanding professional development to make sure that standards are consistently high in every classroom.



Children treated as individuals Each child is taught in the way that suits them best and we step in quickly if a change is needed. For some children, this might involve one-to-one support if they are finding something difficult. For others, it could mean they are given a greater level of challenge in order to stretch them academically. As a parent, you are always welcome to discuss your son or daughter with us at any time. Pupil progress reports are sent home every term. We welcome children of all abilities and want them to enjoy school and thrive. For children with special needs, one of our first steps is to work with their parents and other specialists to create a plan for supporting them.

Our Literacy specialism We chose Literacy as our specialism because we believe that effective reading, writing and communication underpin all learning. An emphasis on developing reading and writing fluency is our focus in Years 3 and 4. For those children who need help with their reading, bespoke phonics teaching – both individual and in groups – is available to accelerate their progress. By Years 5 and 6 the teaching emphasis is on high-level comprehension skills so that children can access more complex texts across the curriculum. All children are encouraged to read for pleasure and take books home.

All such plans are reviewed, and amended where applicable.



Happy outside the classroom There is always time at our school for children to think, to play, to discover and wonder. This section of our prospectus describes our approach to helping our pupils to become well-rounded, resilient and confident. Hobbies, skills and experiences Our teachers and other staff seek to discover and nurture at least one special talent within each child. Music, dance, art and sport all feature within our extra-curricular activities. Trips and visitors to school help make the curriculum relevant for children. Theme weeks, focussing on subject areas, such as the arts or writing, give the children more time to engage in particular subject areas. Residential trips provide the children with new and memorable experiences.

Every pupil has a friend

Healthy and tasty meals

We want the Academy to feel friendly and welcoming and we always make sure that every pupil has at least one friend. Our children are taught to respect each other and their teachers.

Our school lunches and other snacks and meals are healthy as well as tasty. Pupils may bring in packed lunches if they prefer.

There is a zero tolerance approach to any type of bullying.

Traditional standards of behaviour

Wrap-around care At Harris Carshalton we are able to provide Breakfast Club and After School club on site. Both clubs are well organised and fun.

Our Academy is relaxed and comfortable but pupils know that good behaviour is expected of them. Children are frequently praised and rewarded for trying their best and for making the right choices.


A Federation of Academies Our academy is run by the Harris Federation, a not-forprofit charity with nearly 30 years’ experience of running happy and successful primary and secondary schools in and around London. The Harris Federation has an exceptional track record with academic progress far greater than the national average. Every Harris academy so far inspected by Ofsted is rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, with the majority rated ‘outstanding’. The founder and Chairman of the Harris Federation is Lord Harris of Peckham. His vision of delivering happy and successful education is brought to life by an excellent team of teachers and leaders. As well as joint working between the teachers at our academies, there are many shared experiences for our students. These include federation-wide sports days at the National Sports Centre; Harris Experience, a unique programme that readies our most able students for life at top universities; and inter-academy events such as oneto-one reading partnerships between our primary and secondary schools, World Maths Day and Debate Mate. You can follow the Harris Federation on Twitter: @HarrisFed.


Admissions Each academic year, we have 90 places available in Year 3. If we are oversubscribed, children with a statement of Special Educational Need that names the Academy will be given places first, followed by Looked After and Former Looked After Children. Children who already have older brothers or sisters here followed by those who live closest to the Academy will be prioritised next.


Camden Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 2NS T. 020 8647 7324 Email.


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Harris Junior Academy Carshalton Prospectus  

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