Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.


What is Aimhigher?

This national campaign encourages young people to think about the benefits and opportunities stemming from Higher Education (HE), especially young people from families with no tradition of HE.

Higher education can open up new career options and help any student find their dream job. What’s more, students will be immersed in a subject that they love, have new experiences and meet new people. The Aimhigher programme is there to help make more people aware of what HE is all about. 

How are Aimhigher target groups identified?

Different projects have different target audiences. The Academy identifies target groups of students of specific gender, age, ethnicity and background to raise achievement in under achieving groups; these students will be invited to focused events to support their progress and raise their aspirations. Other events will work with a larger, more varied group to give information, guidance and reinforce routes to HE and more prestigious careers.

Who are our Aimhigher partner universities?

Goldsmith University


Kingston University


London South Bank University


Roehampton University


St Mary’s University College


Surrey University


Examples of activities we do in partnership with our partner Universities:

This year, students from Year 9 and 10 have had the opportunity to visit different universities in order to get a taste of university life and find out more information about the pathways they could follow.

A group of Year 10 Media Studies students attended the BIMA Digital day at Kingston University, where they participated in a range of workshops and met with industry professionals.

Year 9 students attended the Aimhigher conference at Goldsmiths University of London, where they took part in an inspiring workshop led by the actress Katie Lyons, amongst other fun and exciting activities.

Year 10 students attended the Aimhigher conference at London South Bank University, where they began to explore potential pathways to their future and discussed their options with Student Ambassadors.

In July 2014, selected students from Year 7, 8 and 9 will visit several different universities as part of Aimhigher week. In this week, there will be a number of activities related to Higher Education for students to participate in.