Welcome from the Principal

HAM_Staff_L_Gilbert_02 - Version 2Thank you for taking an interest in Harris Academy Merton.

Harris Academy Merton offers a rare educational opportunity for students and their parents. The children of local residents benefit from the backing of proven success that is the hallmark of our sponsor, Lord Harris of Peckham. The support of the Harris Federation guarantees a traditional ethos of order and discipline alongside a commitment to excellence in the very best of contemporary practice.  The curriculum is focused on developing individual potential and preparing students for attaining success and fulfilment in life. This is achieved through a shared dedication to hard work and high expectations, through which our students develop a sense of achievement, wellbeing and self-confidence.

We were established as a co-educational, comprehensive Academy for 11-19 year-olds in 2006, and have twice been judged by Ofsted as outstanding – once in 2008, and again in 2012. We offer high quality teaching and support, and we expect all our students to achieve very highly. In 2013, 100% of our Year 11 students gained 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C, with 75% of these achieving A*-C in English and Maths. These excellent results were the highest of any non-selective school in Merton.

Behaviour here is outstanding, because we insist that all students respect themselves, each other and all adults at the Academy. We also place a high premium on a smart uniform, as we know that students who present themselves smartly also value their education.

We will not flinch in our mission to achieve excellent standards and the fulfilment of high expectations. All we ask of all our partners is a pledge to improve the prospects of our students and passionate support in making this Academy the pride of the local community. 

Leo Gilbert