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22/03/19

Easter Break starts from Friday 5th April 2019 - School breaks up at 12.40pm. For more calendar reminders, visit our website: https://t.co/7xVRzjVLaZ https://t.co/ryMHs0qSuE

21/03/19

Retweetd From HGABR Sixth Form

Some amazing Y12 revision wheels being created here in Business Studies. https://t.co/rFzERIRNfu

21/03/19

Creating the piece herself, the dance shows an internal conflict. https://t.co/70bC1i9jHv

21/03/19

A little snippet from a beautiful solo piece by a Y11 student. https://t.co/kChrorGCS0

20/03/19

Retweetd From Harris Careers

Are you looking for a Coordinator of Sixth Form role? Apply now https://t.co/SoZOE847ij https://t.co/yNeTjGzhn8

20/03/19

Countdown numbers game this week is to reach 158 using 7 2 2 9 4 4. Check out the other challenges and see how close you can get. https://t.co/tB6zS7OnTv

20/03/19

Quote of the week: “It is motive alone that gives character to the actions of men.” By Jean de la Bruyere

19/03/19

Check out this weeks Must Read book - Stargazing for Beginner. https://t.co/VezyRWfMAm

19/03/19

This weeks current topics for discussion in tutor time focuses on two educational topics. The two recent stories to hit the news surrounding the admissions scandal in the USA and the repercussions on students since the maintenance grant was abolished. https://t.co/G7TCdlfXLL

19/03/19

This weeks Word of the Week is surreptitious. This word can be collected from the yellow faculty. https://t.co/RiKWc5Lj8j

18/03/19

This weeks focus in assemblies is a reflection on last weeks celebrated . Students will explore literacy around the world & how books teach us about the relationships between literacy, economics, morality & many other areas. https://t.co/oMuoV42q8o

18/03/19

Where does the sky start? If our skin cells renew every seven years, what makes you the same person as you were 7 years ago? Is it better play well and lose or play badly and win? Do we have free will? If I borrow a million pounds, am I a millionaire?

18/03/19

This weeks reflections programme has students talking about what a 'thunk' is. Students will explore a series of everyday statements and questions that help you to look at the world in a whole new light.

17/03/19

Retweetd From Harris Federation

Thank you to our Governors for giving up your precious time to attend today’s conference. Thanks also to Colleagues that ran the sessions & to for the keynote. We appreciate you all https://t.co/zUw6lTOZrb

15/03/19

Retweetd From Science at HGABR

Some amazing Pi bakes from the girls at HGABR https://t.co/5vG3zOUe3m

14/03/19

Retweetd From HarrisSchoolDirect

It's great to catch up with some of our &Classics today at Spelling-bee! https://t.co/OAPR2kaXYK

14/03/19

Retweetd From Step into Dance

Huge congratulations to who won the final this week! We're mega proud of you & all the other Step into Dance schools that took part & St Angela's! https://t.co/bsNOZHSbmX

13/03/19

Countdown this week is to reach the total of 188, using 1 7 6 3 3 25. A special well done goes to Kim in 8B1, who correctly answered last weeks math's puzzle. https://t.co/fmgmCdAjEZ

13/03/19

Quote of the week: "I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." By Leonardo da Vinci

13/03/19

are with our students today in a workshop about the production The American Clock, which the group are going to see tomorrow. https://t.co/zdevMiuHUF

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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Bexley

Bromley

Croydon

Greenwich

Haringey

Havering

Merton

Newham

Southwark

Sutton

Thurrock

Wandsworth

Westminster

Meet our Leaders

 

The Executive Principal of our Academy is David Astin and the Chair of Governors is Ros Wilton. 

You can read more about their professional backgrounds below. 


Mr David Astin
Executive Principal

HAO   148Mr Astin has been teaching for 20 years, and with the Harris Federation since 2008.  He began his career at a large school in Milton Keynes in 1995 and then taught at a very successful girls' school in Carshalton.

In 2008, Mr Astin was appointed Assistant Principal of our sister school, Harris City Academy Crystal Palace.  After that, he was a leader of the Harris Sixth Form, of which Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley is a part of. 

During this time, he helped to lay the educational foundations of the Harris Westminster Sixth Form, a collaboration with Westminster School which aims to prepare London’s brightest state school pupils for entry to the world’s best universities. 

Mr Astin, who lives in Beckenham with his young family, was appointed Principal of Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley in September 2014.


Mrs Rosalyn Wilton
Chair of Governors

RWi photoMrs Wilton has been Chair of Governors at Harris Girls' Academy Bromley since it opened in 2011 and she is also Vice Chair of the Harris Federation Board.

In a career spanning four decades, she has held a number of high profile positions in the City, particularly within the finance and technology sectors.

As a Director of the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE), she was the first woman to serve on the board of any Exchange in the UK and Europe. She was also the first woman to be appointed to the Reuters Executive Committee; making her the most senior woman in the Reuters Group at that time.

Mrs Wilton read Mathematics at the University of London. In 2016, she was appointed to the University of London’s Board of Trustees.

She is a familiar figure to our students and staff; regularly giving talks and also overseeing Mathematics at the Academy as part of the governing body’s commitment to support a subject department. 


Mr Sam Rigby
Head of Academy 

SamMr Rigby joined the Academy in 2013 and has recently been appointed as Head of Academy. Before his latest role, Mr Rigby was the Vice Principal and Faculty Director for the Science, Art, Design & Technology departments. In addition to the pastoral care of the students in his Faculty, he lead on whole school enrichment, trips, parent evenings and the progress of the Most Able and Pupil Premium students.

Before joining Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley, he taught in Hertfordshire as both a Business Studies Teacher and Head of Year 9. Since joining Harris he has worked as a Coordinator for Vocational Studies, Head of Initial Teacher Training and the Green Faculty Director.

Mr Rigby is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher of Business Studies and is a firm believer in promoting enterprise, the Arts and Science across the Academy. He strives to provide all students with the life chances they require to achieve the high aspirations they set for themselves. He has developed further within the Harris Federation through completing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Warwick University and is currently on the Harris Federation fast track to principalship programme.


Mrs Bianca Collett
Vice Principal - Teaching and Learning

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Mrs Collett is our Vice Principal in charge of teaching and learning.

Prior to joining Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley, she was an Assistant Head of an outstanding school in Lambeth. She began her career as a teacher of modern foreign languages more than twenty years ago and has a joint honours’ degree in German and English.

Why I went into teaching: As part my English degree I spend a year abroad as a Foreign Language Assistant and enjoyed the daily contact with students of all backgrounds, their idiosyncrasies and individual needs.  It inspired me to do my Post Graduate degree and work as a Language teacher in England.

As a department lead my focus was to make languages authentic with school exchanges and work experience for the sixth form in France Germany and Spain. 

My Eureka moments was taking a coach of pupils on a school trip to Barcelona. When stopping in France two students came to me and said – ‘Miss, I am hungry and would love to buy this sandwich but I only have Euros for Spain’!  Our students need so much more from us than academic success in order to prepare them for life in the global work. 

Now as a Vice Principal at Bromley Girls my determination is that our girls see their world as their oyster and the sky as the limit.   In my practice I focus on challenging lessons to help our students to question things, to reflect and become self–directed.  We are striving to embed a growth mindset of not giving up and that mistakes are there to be learnt from.

My two life philosophies:

Fall down seven time, get up the eighth time

You can keep going long after you think you can’t.



Mrs Kate Ives
Vice Principal Student Welfare and DSL

KateMrs Ives has been working within the Harris Federation for 9 years and has worked at Harris Girls' Academy Bromley since April 2016 and was appointed Vice Principal in 2018. She is the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for the Academy and leads on attendance, welfare, behaviour and PREVENT. Before joining Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley, she worked as a middle leader in an outstanding school in Southwark, leading on PSHE, SMSC, Citizenship and Health and Social Care.

Prior to becoming a teaching professional, Mrs Ives worked in the youth and community sector, supporting disadvantaged children and young people. Her work included outreach and centre based projects to support children and young people to make positive life choices and to develop essential skills for life. Mrs Ives has extensive knowledge of the issues within contemporary society and strives to prepare children and young people for the challenges that face them outside the school gates.

Mrs Ives is dedicated to looking after all students and ensuring that they feel safe, happy and protected.


Mr Steve Sherwin
Acting Vice Principal | Faculty Director - Red (English, Performing Art and PE)

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Mr Sherwin joined the Academy in 2013 and oversees the of English, Performing Arts, Physical Education departments and the pastoral care of the students in the Red Faculty. He also leads on whole school careers, literacy, rewards and celebration, sports day and Year 8 options. In his role as Acting Vice Principal Steve oversees daily cover and has joined the safeguarding team for the academy. 

Before joining Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley, he taught in Hertfordshire as both a Head of Department and Head of Years 10 and 11. Since joining Harris he has worked as Faculty Director of Sixth Form before his current role as the Red Faculty Director.    

A passionate teacher of drama and a strong advocate for the teaching of the Arts, he strives for all the pupils at the Academy to achieve the best of their ability. He is currently on the Harris Federation Fast Track to Principalship Programme.  


Mr Jimmy Haidar
Faculty Director - Yellow (Humanities and MFL) and DDSL

Mr Haidar re-joined Harris Federation in September 2017, having previously worked at another successful Harris Secondary school. Previously the Faculty Director for Sixth Form at HGABR, Mr Haidar now looks after the staff and students who are part of the Yellow Faculty (Humanities and MFL). He will lead on British Values, SMSC, charity and the tutor and assembly programme.

Mr Haidar is also a language enthusiast and encourages students to be the best they can linguistically, to widen their career opportunities.


 


Ms Jaya Shiyani
Faculty Director - Blue (Science, Art and Design & Technology), Safeguarding Team

JayaMs Shiyani has been teaching for 7 years and has been with the Harris Federation since 2014. She started teaching at a school in Greenwich where she was in charge of KS3 Maths and then 2nd in charge of Maths. She has a first-class honours degree in Mathematics and Finance. During her time at Harris Girls' Academy Bromley she has developed a hardworking, dedicated and strong department filled with teachers with whole school responsibilities. She enjoys teaching and working with students and pushing the students to reach their full potential.

She has also helped students to raise money for a trip to Borneo in 2017, where the students will be doing lots of community project work. She is also managing interest for the 2019 trip to Peru as well as the next destination of Cambodia.

In her new role as Faculty Director for Blue, she hopes to bring a more cross curriculum understanding and appeal to Maths and Science, while developing our students into more STEM related careers.



Mrs Sophie Barling
Faculty Director Sixth Form

SophieIn her previous role as Transition Coordinator, Mrs Barling has had the pleasure of meeting Year 6 girls in their primary schools, once they have accepted their place for September. She is responsible for supporting their journey into Year 7, as they begin a new chapter in their school lives. She see's this as a privilege, as this allows her to see how students flourish with all the exciting challenges and opportunities at Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley.

Mrs Barling aims to bring her experience from her previous roles at the Academy and links with Harris Experience, to enable our growing Sixth Form campus the opportunity prepare fully for whatever challenges and career paths they choose, for life after A levels.


Mr Michael Golding
Coordinator - Performing Arts and PE

MichaelMr Golding has been teaching for nearly 7 years and has been with the Harris Federation since April 2015. He taught at a mixed comprehensive school in Dartford for just under 5 years; holding various roles within the PE department and eventually as a whole school lead for Most Able Learners.

Mr Golding has a first class degree in Physical Education and Sport from the University of Greenwich.

He started as Head of Physical Education upon joining Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley and has developed the role to now include the Coordinator of Performing Arts, overseeing; dance, drama and music as well as PE.

He enjoy's developing the girls’ confidence in physical education, to hopefully inspire a lifelong love of sport, whether that is playing, coaching or other leadership roles.


Mrs Reena Boothe
Coordinator - English

ReenaMrs Boothe has worked for Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley for over a year. Prior to this, she worked in two Outstanding secondary schools in Greenwich with experience as Head of Year and Second in Charge of two successful English departments. Mrs Boothe achieved a First Class Honours Degree in BA English at a Russell Group university.

Mrs Boothe fundamentally believes in academic rigour and excellence, coupled with an innate focus on the wellbeing of students.



Ms Rebecca Gavin
Coordinator - Science

RebeccaMs Gavin has been teaching for 7 years and joined Harris Girls' Academy Bromley in 2012. She started as a teacher of Science and has developed in her time at the academy, to become the Coordinator.

Ms Gavin studied at Queen's University Belfast and gained her degree in Biological Sciences. Before joining Harris she volunteered in schools in Belfast, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Jericho, to challenge sectarianism, social issues and helped to develop cross community projects. This inspired her to go into teaching.

Her passion and belief is that all students deserve an outstanding science education and that education is your ticket to anywhere you want to go!


Ms Amy French
Coordinator - Art and Design & Technology

Ms French joined Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley in 2016 completing her Teacher training qualification through Schools Direct. She is the Coordinator for all subjects within Art and Design & Technology and wants to see students ambitions grow within this field. 

Ms French gained a degree in Costume Production from a prestigious drama school and worked in theatre for 13 years before changing careers.

Ms French passionately believes that a young persons’ quality of life can be greatly improved by exposure to beautiful art and design and she aims to make this the ethos for an already successful department.



Mr Joe Watson
Coordinator – Maths

Mr Watson started his teaching career in September 2013 completing his PGCE with King College where part of his placement was with Harris Bromley. In this time, been in charge of KS4 and second in charge of the department, which has led him to his current Coordinator role, where he will continue to develop the Maths department in their research programme.  

Mr Watson has a degree in Mathematics and he strongly believes in encouraging more students to study Maths in Further and Higher education. He has been heavily involved in maths based extra-curricular activities in the school such as maths events/trips, guest lectures and running clubs such as problems solving and chess. He believes every student deserves the best possible maths education, no matter what their background, and it is his aim to make sure this happens!


Mr Stuart Crow
Coordinator – MFL

Mr Crow joined the academy in 2016 as a French teacher and is now Coordinator of MFL, overseeing the MFL department across French, Spanish, Mandarin and German, alongside organising community language examinations in other languages.

Mr Crow studied at Durham University and holds an undergraduate degree in Modern Languages and Cultures (French and German) and an MA in Translation Studies (French and German). Prior to his teaching career, he worked as a professional translator for a translation agency in the City.

Together with all teachers in the MFL department, Mr Crow aims to develop an open-minded multicultural perspective among all students in the academy through outstanding and innovative teaching, combined with frequent exposure to all aspects of the target cultures.



Ms Celestine Heaton-Armstrong
Coordinator – Humanities

Ms Heaton-Armstrong has been teaching for 7 years and in her time at the Academy has developed both the Latin and Classics curriculum. She brings to her role as a Coordinator of Humanities, the experience of being Head of Department for Social Sciences as well as Coordinator for Sixth Form.

Ms Heaton-Armstrong studied Theology and Religious Studies at Cambridge, and believes that learning Latin is an enriching experience that all students should have the opportunity to enjoy.


Ms Valbona Baci
Managing Mentor

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Ms Baci joined Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley in September 2014 having moved to the UK from overseas. She taught for six years in the USA and Canada, and used her insight of the educational systems there, in developing our internal CPD programme for our trainee and newly qualified teachers, along with our Vice Principal Mrs Collett.  

An outstanding Maths teacher, Mrs Baci collaborates with other outstanding teachers to ensure all our ITT and NQT’s can gain the most from others experiences. Mrs Baci has also been certified by NCETM as a Professional Development Lead as well as one of the few in the country to be certified as a Teaching for Mastery Specialist for Secondary Maths.

 


Ms Gema San Jose Sanz
SENCO

Ms Sans Jose Sanz joined the Academy in September 2014 having previously taught and tutored in Spain. Prior to teaching she worked with children via charities and workshops, in her previous roles.

Ms San Jose Sanz native tongue of Spanish has given her great insight into the world of EAL, which in turn has developed her passion for teaching by specializing in the field of SEND.


Ms Carina Storm
Coordinator BICT and Vocational Studies

Ms Storm re-joins Harris Federation in September 2018, having previously worked at another successful Harris Secondary school and other educational establishments around the world. With over 17 years of teaching experience, she brings with her a continued curiosity about the neuroscience of learning, which she uses to develop her teaching strategies.

Ms Storm aims to build on student’s resilience when it comes to learning, as she supports their journey to success.



What do our parents say:

"Thank you to you and your staff... they encouraged and nurtured her to push herself and become a better student.  They also taught her some great skills in negotiating and working with all types of people at all levels which I know will stand her in good stead once she hits the workplace.  I also have to mention that along with the excellent teaching she also received great pastoral care when the inevitable teen anxieties kicked in!  This combination led to a positive experience travelling through secondary school which has all helped create the confident young woman she has become."

- Ms Carpenter, Parent of a 2017 Year 11 graduate