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18/05/20

If you are experiencing difficulties opening the staff choir link alternatively please open Spotify and search for Harris Invictus Staff Choir. It’s not to be missed! We Know. We Can. We Will.

18/05/20

Take a look at our fabulous staff singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow 🌈 ” dedicated to our amazing NHS staff and keyworkers We Know. We Can. We Will. https://t.co/cbE4oHPonT

18/05/20

Harris Invictus Staff Choir is now live on Spotify singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow”, in dedication to all our NHS staff and keyworkers who are working exceptionally hard to look after us all. We Know. We Can. We Will https://t.co/cbE4oHPonT

10/05/20

Retweetd From Department for Education

National Crime Agency’s has created a series of activity packs to help you protect your children online 💻 Each pack contains simple 15-minute activities for children age 4-14+ 👇 https://t.co/zckxo1OWxk https://t.co/xT08hC55Bd

04/05/20

We would like to remind all HIAC students, parents and carers our first assembly is this morning at 8.30 https://t.co/M0tClssVjQ

30/04/20

We would like to invite all HIAC students, parents and carers to tune into our first remote Assembly - Monday 4th May at 8.30am via teams We Know. We Can. We Will

19/03/20

Reminder- today - Thursday 19/3/20 partial closure. Years 8,9&10 students will be working from home today. All other year groups are to attend the Academy as normal. Please see our website on a daily basis for more details.

18/03/20

Thursday 19/3/20 partial closure. Years 8,9&10 will be working from home tomorrow. All other year groups should attend the Academy as normal.

18/03/20

Reminder - Today - Wednesday 18/3/20 partial closure. Years 8&9 students will be working from home today. All other year groups to attend the Academy as normal. Please see our website for more details on a daily basis.

17/03/20

Wednesday 18/03/20 partial closure. Years 8&9 will be working from home tomorrow. All other year groups should attend the Academy as normal.

13/12/19

Retweetd From CroydonVA

Thank you Mr Mayor for supporting for awarding talented students at the Community Showcase https://t.co/NB2koJaBR8

10/12/19

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. https://t.co/UMasAUnRpP

08/12/19

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. https://t.co/nEBfICpyQm

24/11/19

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. https://t.co/insGsXDB1K

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

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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.