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15/11/19

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. https://t.co/EPkWc4Ocvu

14/11/19

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.

09/10/19

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.

09/10/19

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.

03/10/19

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.

22/08/19

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. . https://t.co/fpWmfK0LnD

17/07/19

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. https://t.co/YtVbKAnGS2

17/07/19

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. https://t.co/oqLNd5laW6

17/07/19

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. https://t.co/82dAUseKDL

17/07/19

Au revoir Dover! We are off on our day trip to Boulogne-sur-Mer! See you soon France 🇫🇷 We Know. We Can. We Will. https://t.co/idztUz6aa7

13/07/19

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. https://t.co/oHifqSiLyS

06/07/19

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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. https://t.co/nMfs0XX3ex

27/06/19

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. https://t.co/KBFylTwjsW

24/06/19

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24/06/19

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Here is to our awesome judges! 2nd wave students are back as judges for the third wave celebration. https://t.co/XXrpIShx57

24/06/19

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24/06/19

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All set for and her fantastic students from - we are celebrating with https://t.co/sXGrQJ4pc2

19/06/19

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Fantastic welcome and hospitality showcasing the wonderful diversity of communities in the Borough and what makes us all so proud https://t.co/2rTx47kh4x

19/06/19

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Year 7 performing for their International Evening. A great opportunity to perform to a new audience. Great work guys. https://t.co/EK3eJ6Pk9U

19/06/19

Look who’s dropped in to pay us a visit!! What is Ms. Bergin discussing with Her Majesty?! Shh don’t tell anyone, we think it might be Ms. Davis in disguise! We Know. We Can. We Will. https://t.co/kLhZnlZDmL

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Posted on November 6th 2019

New Shopping Centre - Our Students Investigate

By Tamjid, with support from other Invictus Scroll journalists.

Many readers may have heard that a brand-new shopping centre is set to appear in the heart of our community. Invictus Scroll journalists wanted to know more, so this term we invited in Hannah Durling, Head of Community (pictured centre) for the new development, to find out more. 

Westfield

The new shopping centre (commonly known as Westfield, although technically we can’t call it that yet!*) will replace our beloved Whitgift Centre and run from the Marks & Spencers to the Whitgift Alms Houses. We learnt that this incredible new development will bring in a whopping 7,000 jobs, 200 new shops and £1.4bn investment into our community.   

Although it has not been confirmed yet, developers are apparently pushing for there to be a new Apple Store in the middle of the development. This is something that there is likely to be a lot of excitement about!  


"Croydon pound in the Croydon purse"

“There are many advantages to the new development”, says Ms Durling. “South London will get a range of new shops and entertainment…. I am a local resident myself and I am looking forward to shopping in Croydon more, which will keep the Croydon pound in the Croydon purse.”

Ms Durling says that a target of 25% of the new jobs in construction, retail, cleaning and management will be reserved for local people.  

The development is also expected to contain a number of “anchor stores” which are the main attractions to the centre. This will include a new Marks and Spencers, John Lewis and Waitrose. The other shops are yet to be confirmed, but Ms Durling said they should be shops like All Saints and Ted Baker. These shops are glamorous but there are some worries that they could be more expensive and less affordable than the ones we already have.  

“Croydon has already undergone rapid change and the transformation is set to continue,” says Ms Durling, who believes that the development will bring in “wider regeneration benefits to the area.”

Our student journalists raised other concerns with the development too. Some were worried about the loss of the Whitgift Centre that has been a big part of the community for many families. Ms Durling reassured students that Whitgift shops could be relocated in Centrale (opposite the main development) whilst building works are carried out, although some may well disappear.  

“Of course there will be some disruption” says Ms Durling, “especially during demolition and construction, but our job is to minimise this and ensure Croydon continues to keep trading throughout this time.”


Multi-cultural

One other concern raised by students was whether the shops would be diverse enough to cater for our wonderful multi-cultural area. Ms Durling said: “We do have Arabic restaurants in other Westfield sites and we employ people who speak other languages…. We encourage small shopholders to try out a stall in our main centre rather than going for a full shop straight away. This allows them to test the market without taking too much risk.”  

Ms Durling also said they also try to engage the community in other ways, for example through their Pop-Up Business school project. This has run for the past three years, which includes a two-week training course on how to start a new business from scratch.

The redevelopment should provide housing as well as shops. As part of the new development there are expected to be up to 1,000 residential units being built along Wellesley Road. However, house prices may well go up as more people want to move to our area with a sparkling new shopping centre.  

On top of this, the redevelopment should also provide a corridor from Wellesley Road to North End that allows people to walk through 24 hours a day. At the moment you can walk through Whitgift, but it can close and feel unsafe at night. This Galleria should really help connect our communities.  


Reviewing plans

There have been rumours that the new shopping centre may not go ahead especially with all the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. Ms Durling says that the Croydon Partnership is “committed to Croydon” and is currently reviewing the plans to make sure they suit “changing consumer and retail needs”.

Finally, this development is part of a whole bigger picture of investment in Croydon. According to Ms Durling, the government has classified the CR0 postcode a Growth Zone and they are investing £5.25bn in transport and construction in the wider area.  

By Tamjid, with support from other Invictus Scroll journalists  


*The Centrale and Whitgift Shopping centres are owned by the Croydon Partnership which is the joint venture between Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and Hammerson.