At Harris Academy we are keen to help every student reach their full potential, and to celebrate people's unique talents. We therefore run a Harris Scholars Programme, which is aimed at providing additional opportunities for gifted students. We want to recognise gifted pupils in various fields including:
- Academic Excellence
- Sporting Excellence
- Community & Social Excellence
- Musical Excellence.
We will celebrate our students excellence via the Harris Scholars programme and offer additional opportunities for students to take part in extra projects/activities over the year. In 2020/21 the programme had to be slimmed down with less external trips but more virtual and in school activites.
Dr Stephen M. Cullen, University of Warwick wrote in July 2018 about our Programme
“As a university researcher in widening participation and able pupil provision, I have extensive experience of programmes to support able young people. Harris Church of England Academy’s Talented and Gifted (TAG) programme is one of the best I have encountered. Harris has built a strong model of provision for its brightest pupils, with dedicated staff responsible for ensuring the delivery of a very wide range of opportunities designed to enhance the learning experience of those young people. This has been accomplished within Harris’ overall commitment to ensuring high quality support for all its pupils. The Academy provides an example of just what can be achieved with the right approach, and a lot of hard work!”
In 2021/22 we are planning to get back to a full programme for students, including our masterclasses, Crest awards and High Attainers course in February half term.