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.

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Cross-Curricular Strands

The Cross-Curricular Strands are HAMD’s way of integrating different key skills across all subjects.  The skills for each strand are planned for in the teaching of all students. Each strand has a logo which identifies when a lesson component is developing skills in this area.

We pledge that we will ensure that:

Every student will know what the six strands are and be able to recognise the logos

Every teacher will model the qualities and skills attributed to each strand

Every lesson will promote the strands that are relevant to the topic being taught

The pastoral programme will provide students with the opportunity to reflect on topical social issues affecting our local, national and global community 

The enrichment programme will provide students with the opportunity to develop life skills outside of the classroom and to develop as individuals, team players and leaders

Each strand has a Strand Leader:

EAL – Mrs Wolanin

More Able –  Mr Bushay

Harris Experience –  Mr Bushay

ICT across the curriculum – Mr Wilson

Literacy – Miss Allicock

Numeracy – Miss Low

SMSC & PSHE – Mr Stewart


The Academy’s assembly programme is planned around thematic topics to ensure that all aspects of SMSC are covered. To support the topics covered in each faculty‘s assembly, the assembly leader will provide a SMSC based activity to complete in tutor time; these activities will develop reflection and communication skills in all students.

The Academy’s termly enrichment programme is vast and diverse; our students have a range of activities to choose from to develop cross-curricular skills including Young Interpreters, Artists in Residence, Duke of Edinburgh and Leadership Awards.

The Academy provides regular opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom. As well as curriculum specific trips and competitive sporting fixtures, students are provided with opportunities to experience the Arts and learn about different cultures.