Harris Academy recognised by Mayor of London

Harris Academy Beckenham was recognised at the Mayor of London's Schools for Success Awards Ceremony. Photo: Eleanor Bentall

Harris Academy Beckenham has been recognised for its excellence in raising the outcomes of disadvantages children under a new programme set up by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Schools for Success is part of the Mayor’s drive to help tackle education inequality and increase standards for all schoolchildren across the capital, whatever their background.

Schools for Success looks to celebrate schools that are achieving academic success with all their pupils, in particular disadvantaged or vulnerable students who started off behind their peers, or those affected by circumstances that could have an impact on their learning.

Harris Academy Beckenham has been recognised in the Schools for Success Awards, because it has raised the outcomes of disadvantaged students significantly higher than national averages.

The new programme creates a network for these schools to share best practice with others across London through events, school visits and online profiles. More than 100 eligible schools are invited to join the programme, with 27 boroughs represented at this year’s awards.

Rebecca Hickey, executive principal of Harris Academy Beckenham, said: “We are extremely proud to have been identified as a School for Success by the mayor as it is testament to the relentless drive by our staff and students to improve outcomes. Our vision of ‘Aspire; discover; achieve’ ensures that every child, irrespective of background, thrives in our community. Our results, which have increased year on year, clearly reflect this.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, added: “Congratulations to Harris Academy Beckenham for its outstanding achievements and for the hard work of its pupils and teaching staff. London has some of the best schools in the country, and Schools for Success shows the huge difference good quality teaching can make to pupils who started off behind in their studies.”