The Harris Federation has an expectation that children from all backgrounds can achieve when their school has the support and resources in order to help them.
- 45% of students at Harris Academies come from households where the income is low enough to entitle them to Free School Meals (the national average is 26.7%). At Harris Academies, they are vastly outperforming the national average for FSM students and very close to outperforming the national average for all students.
- 44% of students with Special Educational Needs at Harris Academies achieve at least five good GCSEs including English and Maths. Although the Harris Federation is determined for this figure to continue to improve, it is already twice the national average of 22%.
- 59% of Harris students who speak English as an Additional Language achieved at least five A*-C passes including English and Maths, 3 percentage points higher than the national average of 56%.
What others say – recent quotes:
"The best Academies — like Lord Harris’s chain in south London — are now taking over schools parents used to shun and turning them into magnets for talent.” - Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education
“Harris Academies... are a byword for quality and excellence.” - Lord Adonis, Minister for Schools, 2005-08