Principal, Ms Bergin was interviewed by on Alevel Results Day with Stormzy about being his English Teacher as he launched his sponsorship for black students attending Cambridge University.


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How cool is this!


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Stormzy’s old English teacher Claudette Bergin - now Principal of recalls what he was like to teach


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👏 A group of 45 students from have spent the last few months creating their own poetry and art work about Croydon. With the help of the council, local poets and charities, this is now displayed around Canterbury Recreation Ground!


Wow! What an amazing first musical! Joseph-in-a-week was a huge success with standing ovations and tears of joy all round! Well done to the talented cast and crew! We Know. We Can. We Will. (Dreamcoats are not standard uniform)!


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We Know. We Can. We Will. Looking excellent Harris Invictus! Sports Day 2018 is well underway!


All ready for sports day! Let’s go Team HIAC - We Know. We Can. We Will.


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What an inspiring afternoon at Canterbury Road Recreation Ground! Our HIAC students really have made us proud! A huge thank you to &


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Regen project launch with Croydon council, BLBG and at Canterbury Rec #poetry#talentedstudents#community


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Great buzz from the students of Croydon


Our amazing poetry is now on display down at Canterbury Recreation Ground! A huge thank you to for making it all happen. Totally Inspiring! Well done to all staff and students!


Our amazing art work is now on display down at Canterbury Recreation Ground on the hoarding opposite the play area! Massive thanks to all students and staff who’ve worked so hard to make it happen!


A final big thank you to our Directors of Learning who have perfected their award giving and speeches this year!


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Thank you to Rowena from and her two lovely students whose are involved in the regeneration project with Croydon council#poetry#art#student#confidence#community#regen


Our final special award this evening is our Principal’s Award for a student who truely embodies what it means to belong to Harris Invictus; he has a thirst for learning and is a true role model at all time. Well done Macaiden! We Know. We Can. We Will.


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What is a free school?

Free Schools are an extension of the existing Academies Programme. The Academies Act 2010 allows all existing state schools to become academy schools and it also authorises, in agreement with the Secretary of State, the creation of free schools by groups of parents, teachers, charities, trusts, religious and / or voluntary groups.

Free schools are independent of Local Authority control; however they are funded by the Government and are free of charge to pupils and parents.

Free schools, unlike academies, are not restricted to improving existing schools. Instead, Free Schools are brand new schools set up in new or refurbished buildings, with new facilities and the opportunity for a fresh start.

In addition to passing a rigorous application and review process before they are established, Free Schools are regulated and inspected by Ofsted with their exam results published in league tables. Therefore just like maintained schools or academies, the performance of a Free School is closely monitored to assure parents that their children are being provided with a high standard of education.

Is there a difference between a Free School and an Academy?

Essentially no, however, the free schools programme gives parents and teachers the chance to initiate in the creation of a new school if there is not enough provision or they are unhappy with state schools in a particular local area.

What does Free School mean? Does it mean ‘non-paying’?

Yes. A Free School is a government name for a new type of state-funded school where parents, the community and Charitable Trusts have a role in whether and how the school is established.

Who is funding the School?

The Department for Education/Education Funding Agency. The funding is direct from central government, according to the number of pupils and other factors.

Where will the school be located?

The new school will be positioned at the back of West Croydon Train Station, between London Road and Oakfield Road, on the ex-General Hospital Site.

Will the Free School follow the national curriculum?


Will there be a governing body?

Yes - every school has a governing body.

Will all teaching staff be trained?

Yes, all teaching staff will be professionally qualified.

How much discretion do heads get in Harris schools?

They have full autonomy.

What provision will be made for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

We will have specialist SEN teachers and provide additional resources where necessary to support each individual child’s special educational needs.

Harris Federation seem to have a very ambitious expansion, do you think a change in government will affect the funding stream?

Harris Federation have successfully worked under all governments and we do not envisage any change in government in the future having a direct impact on the school that would be different to any other school.

Will you work with the LA and the local network of schools?

Free Schools are not in the formal local partnership but they are part of the community, so the Principal will do their best to establish good relationships and work with all the relevant groups.

When would the school have its first Ofsted Inspection?

The school would have a pre-opening Ofsted Inspection and then a full inspection in its second year after opening.

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