Welcome to Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich
Sixth Form education at the Harris Girls’ Academy is a unique and rewarding
experience for students who are serious about preparing themselves for their future.
Our provision combines the benefits of a small provision
where individual support is available to all with the breadth of opportunity
available through our close links with the whole of the Harris Federation Post 16 partnership.
We work in very close partnership with Harris Boys’ Academy, just a short walk across the park from us. Between us, we offer brand new, top quality facilities in a wide range of subjects alongside outstanding teaching, support and curricular opportunities. With both academies rated as Outstanding by Ofsted, this is the ideal place for students who are keen to learn and equip themselves for both university and the workplace.
Students at Harris Girls’ Academy are offered many chances to explore the world, engage with other professionals, grow as citizens and prepare themselves for university. Our links with a number of universities, charities and partner professionals mean that we are well placed to offer our students exposure to a wide range of employment and study opportunities. Just recently, a group of sixth formers spent time in Uganda working with paramedics and presenting an ambulance to a remote rural community.
We want all our students to succeed and our systems allow us to monitor student performance very carefully and ensure that one to one support is provided when needed. Teaching groups are small and additional intervention in place to ensure that every student is helped to achieve their high targets.
If you have something to gain from this environment, we look forward to working with you at Harris Girls’ Academy.
Sixth Form is a transitional stage between compulsory education and life in employment, higher education or training. You are therefore expected to take far more responsibility for your own learning than in Year 11. The Federation expects a high standard of conduct and a professional appearance, and looks for the development of good working relationships with tutors and teaching staff.
In general, the aims of the Federation with respect to its Sixth Form are as follows:
- To encourage high academic standards and to enable each student to achieve his/her full potential.
- To encourage and maintain personal high standards in work, conduct and presentation and to foster an acceptance of individual responsibility in this respect.
- To place every student on a programme of study appropriate to his/her ability and needs.
- To allow every student individual freedom wherever possible, in order to prepare him/her for planning his/her time at University or for entry into employment.
- To provide all necessary guidance with regard to entry to Universities, Colleges of Higher Education or employment.
- To encourage every student to take a full and active part in the life of the Federation and to contribute to its leadership.
A First Class Learning Environment.
To encourage success students are provided with a high quality, very well maintained and technologically advanced environment.
The Harris Federation Sixth Form provides this and so much more. Together, our facilities include:
- Purpose built Sixth Form blocks
- A business style environment rather than a typical school environment
- Suites of state of the art Science Laboratories
- Music technology rooms
- A mixing studio and radio station
- A fully equipped drama studio & theatre
- Video editing and multimedia equipment
- Fully equipped high specification design technology areas
- Modern Art & Design Studios with ICT equipment
- Multiple ICT suites equipped with the very latest technology
- An Academy-wide Intranet
- Modern Language laboratories
- Well stocked learning resource centres
- Beauty therapy suite
- Industrial Catering Education facilities
- A Construction Centre
- All weather sports pitches and much, much more!
Studying within the Harris Federation
To ensure that every student maintains a good standard of work throughout his or her time at the Federation we provide a number of support activities.
Supported Private Study
This is supervised in the Study Bases where students are expected to work quietly. These sessions help students to organise themselves and make space for social activities at other times.
Monitoring and Target Setting
Each student is set a series of personalised target grades based on their past academic performance. Achievement against these targets is compared to actual performance on a regular basis. Where current achievement is below the target, a series of study strategies are agreed to close the gap. This process ensures that students are focused throughout their course, that they remain well motivated and retain a sense of realism about their academic performance and possible career options.
The Tutoring System
Every Sixth Form student will be part of a tutor group with an assigned tutor who has responsibility for overseeing students’ progress. Deciding on academic targets, discussing progress and working on applications to university or college are undertaken in conjunction with the tutor. In addition, there is a Sixth form Co-ordinator who has overall responsibility for the welfare of students and a Deputy Co-ordinator whose main responsibility is the academic progress of students.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
In Sixth form PSHE, students concentrate on issues of direct relevance to their work and future. Time is spent on developing study skills, in working on careers guidance and in preparing students for the move into higher education or into employment.
Financial Assistance and Education Maintenance Allowance
There is a full range of travel and other grants available to students who are eligible for them. Full details can be obtained from our Finance Office which is open every day during term time. Students whose parental income falls within certain boundaries are entitled to a bursary. Full details will be available during enrolment.
Our post 16 results were also very positive this year and we’re delighted to see that each year more students are choosing to continue their studies in our sixth form.
Our post 16 students achieved an average grade of Distinction* (the highest possible grade) in our vocational offer in ICT, with distinctions in health and social care, media, and sport. Our A level students all secured their preferred destinations for university and we look forward to seeing excellent progress scores for A level when we get our full A level ‘value added’ report later in the autumn.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich directly.