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Thank you Mr Mayor for supporting for awarding talented students at the Community Showcase


Another fantastic piece of news from HIAC - our Under 14 boys have WON the Basketball Croydon Cup yesterday- gold medals all round!! Bring on the next competition!! Many thanks to all involved especially Mr Simpson and Coach Raymond We Know. We Can. We Will.


HIAC are very proud to announce that on Friday our Year 9 girls played exceptionally well in the Under 14 Basketball Croydon Cup competition and won silver medals 👏👏👏 Huge congratulations to the team and Coach Raymond. We Know. We Can. We Will.


Harris Invictus have been packing contributions from students, parents and carers for the local Croydon Community Food Bank. Thank you to all who have donated and to Miss Davis for leading on Food Poverty this week in assemblies. a difference We Know. We Can. We Will.


A selection of Year 9 and 10 HIAC students went to HASN yesterday to play basketball. They remain undeterred and will try and train even harder next time. We Know. We Can. We Will.


Sixth Form Open Evening went fantastically well this evening at HIAC and we had some lovely comments: “Your students talk really highly about your school” “I didn’t expect you to offer all the subjects I want to study” staff We Know. We Can. We Will.


Join us for our Year 6 Open Morning on Thursday 10th October and Wednesday 16th October from 9-9.45am and see for yourselves how lovely our Academy truly is. We Know. We Can. We Will.


Open morning went fantastically well today! We had some lovely comments from parents: “It’s lovely to see students in such a calm working environment” “The corridors are so quiet” “The tour guides are lovely, true ambassadors to your Academy” We Know. We Can. We Will.


What an amazing evening and a fantastic turn out at Harris Invictus Open evening! Families spoke about the wonderful atmosphere here at the Academy. Feeling proud. We Know. We Can. We Will.


Harris Invictus Academy Congratulations to Year 11, on their GCSE results. First ever students at Invictus, celebrating our first ever set of results. The students have done remarkably well. A fantastic achievement for Invictus. .


Our final stop of the day was an incredible biscuit factory where we were shown the home vs mass bakery techniques and got some free samples! We Know. We Can. We Will.


The aquarium was next! Our favourite was the submarine deck where we could see the sharks under water! Plenty of Nemo spotting in the tropic tank! We Know. We Can. We Will.


A trip through the old town this morning with a chance to explore shops and cafes - lots of souvenirs bought! We Know. We Can. We Will.


Au revoir Dover! We are off on our day trip to Boulogne-sur-Mer! See you soon France 🇫🇷 We Know. We Can. We Will.


was one of many highlights this week! Too many medals to name everyone individually but an amazing 9 medals overall and a huge effort from the staff in the relay! Well done everyone, you made us proud! We Know. We Can. We Will.


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Congratulations to all finalists and winners of our 4th annual Spelling Bee! 68 students, 15 schools, French, Spanish & Mandarin = our biggest to date. Thanks to hosts & passionate teachers for supporting & entering students.


An amazing 6th Form Taster Day yesterday with our Y11’s and students from other schools visiting us to get a taste of what next year will look like in Y12! Welcome to the Invictus Family We Know. We Can. We Will.


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We look forward to welcoming & to -


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Here is to our awesome judges! 2nd wave students are back as judges for the third wave celebration.


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English Curriculum 2019-2020


‘English is, almost certainly, the most important subject that a child can learn in school’. It is through English students develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing that they will need to participate in society and secure employment.

The English Curriculum at Harris Invictus Academy aims to create voracious readers, articulate speakers and analytical critics of literary fiction and non-fiction texts with an understanding and appreciation for literature. Through the subject’s three strands: Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing, students will move from recall, inference and deduction to analysis of writers’ methods and later to critical evaluation.  Our curriculum is designed to ensure that from as early as Year 7, we take their individual starting points and map their progress through to Year 13 and beyond in order to prepare them for success at university when they leave us at 18.

Our curriculum is therefore the complete set of concepts, terms and activities we know our pupils need to learn as they progress from one year to the next. They need to know more and remember more year on year, and we can only do that if we embed the right habits for learning through our key teaching drivers: challenge for all, stickability, on best behaviour at all times, subject scholars and word rich classrooms.

The texts we have chosen were selected to expose learners to diverse cultures and contexts, varying schools of thought as well as a solid understanding of the literary genres. A mandatory aspect of all our English lessons is structured talk to boost confidence in oracy and to help to close the word gap. Students journey through time spanning centuries from Shakespeare to Steinbeck exposing them to multiple themes and varied opportunities for them to engage with texts developing strong lines of arguments as they learn.

Writing is the ultimate form of expression in English and the ultimate expression of students’ understanding in all subjects. Subsequently, students are challenged to connect arguments and explore meaning successively and rationally by emulating how writers develop themes, characters, structure, plot and other stylistic features. Consequently, students will build their culture capital as they learn how to think and speak confidently and write as effective communicators.


Our aim is to pursue excellence for all pupils so that they:

  1. improve their ability to understand, write and speak the English Language.
  2. increase their pleasure in and knowledge of Literature.
  3. elicit meaning from large amounts of information by giving them the skills to synthesise, evaluate and interpret.
  4. expand their capacity for sympathetic imagination for people from other backgrounds and cultures different from their own.
  5. understand a range of literary prose, drama and poetry texts to develop their knowledge and analytical skills as wells as develop their basic cultural competence.
  6. appreciate the value of literature and language as a vehicle for social change and a reflection on the world in which we live.
  7. articulate their thinking laconically and creatively ‘producing clear and coherent texts: writing effectively about literature for a range of purposes such as: to describe, explain, summarise, argue, analyse and evaluate; discussing and maintaining a point of view; selecting and emphasising key points; using relevant quotation and using detailed textual references’
  8. expand their literary horizon across classical, modern and post-modern texts and explore alternative interpretations of texts.
  9. use research as the springboard for structured discussions.









Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12




LIT: The Breadwinner


LANG: Creative Writing





LIT: Oliver Twist


LANG: Transactional Writing

  • Newspaper and magazine articles




LIT: A Christmas Carol


LANG: Creative Writing


  • Creating tension and mystery

LIT: Macbeth


LANG: Paper 1

LIT: An Inspector Calls


Revision: Power and Conflict & Unseen Poems


LANG: Paper 2

Teacher 1: Drama: A Streetcar Named Desire


Teacher 2: Prose: The Picture of Dorian Grey

and Beloved



LIT: Trash


LANG: Creative Writing

LIT: The Tempest


LANG: Transactional Writing and Assessment –

Travel writing, diary entries, letters,

blogs, descriptive

LIT: Romeo and Juliet


LANG: Creative Writing

  • Focussing on developing and
  • contrasting characters


he Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and

Mr. Hyde


LANG: Paper 2


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and

Mr. Hyde and Macbeth revision

Power and Conflict and Unseen Poetry


LANG: Paper 1

Teacher 1:

Contemporary Poetry: Poems of the Decade

and Unseen Poetry


Teacher 2:

The Picture of Dorian Gray and Beloved


LIT: Diverse Shorts and POCAT


LANG: Creative Writing

LIT: Of Mice and Men/Poetry


LANG: The art of rhetoric and crafting speeches

LIT: A View from the Bridge/Poetry


LANG: Transactional Writing- Speeches

LIT: An Inspector Calls and Power

and Conflict

Language Exam:

Speaking and Listening


LANG: Revision P1&2


P1: May 13th am

P2: May 21st am



P1: June 2nd am

P2: June 5th am

Teacher 1:

Contemporary Poetry: Poems of the Decade

and Unseen Poetry analysis

and comparison


Teacher 2:

Coursework Text- The Bloody Chamber and students to choose

comparison text





SUBJECT LEAD: Ms C. Pilarchie 

                      PUBLISHED: December 2019        REVIEW DATE: September 2020