Harris Federation is a federation of Primary and Secondary academies in England. There are currently thirteen open academies in the federation which span over five London boroughs including the London Borough of Croydon, London Borough of Southwark, London Borough of Bexley, London Borough of Merton and most recently the London Borough of Bromley. Their most recently opened academy is based in the Essex Borough of Thurrock.
The academies' sponsor is Phil Harris (Lord Harris of Peckham), the chairman and chief executive of Carpetright. The federation is a not-for-profit charitable organisation. The group is generally oversubscribed in most of its Academies, particularly Harris City Academy Crystal Palace with an average of 1,500 applicants for 200 spaces.
The Chief Executive Officer is Dr Daniel Moynihan, previously Principal of the Harris City Academy Crystal Palace. He is the full-time CEO at the Harris Federation Headquarters in East Croydon. The Federation aims to grow to 25 or more Primary and Secondary Academies in the next few years.
|Harris Primary Academy Peckham Park||Ms Jo Conduit||Literacy and Communication||September 2011|
|Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred||Mr Michael Lovett||Literacy and Communication||September 2011|
|Harris Primary Free School Peckham||Mrs Lindsey Davidson||September 2012|
|Harris Academy Beckenham||Ms Rebecca Hickey||Science and Enterprise||September 2011|
|Harris Academy Bermondsey||Mr Alan Dane||Enterprise||September 2006|
|Harris Academy Bromley||Mrs Emma Merva||Science and Enterprise||September 2011|
|Harris Academy Chafford Hundred||Dr Chris Tomlinson (Executive), Mrs Nicola Graham||Business, Enterprise, Applied Learning and Gifted & Talented||September 2011|
|Chobham Academy||Jason Baigent||September 2013|
|Harris City Academy Crystal Palace||Dr Hilary Macaulay||Business and Enterprise with Technology||September 2007|
|Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich||Mr Bart Cannon||Sport and Enterprise||September 2009|
|Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich||Ms Jane Fletcher||Sport, Health Sciences and Enterprise||September 2006|
|Harris Academy Falconwood||Ms Terrie Askew||Sport, Science and Enterprise||September 2008|
|Harris Academy Greenwich||Dr Chris Tomlinson||Sport, Enterprise and Communication||September 2012|
|Harris Academy Merton||Mr Leo Gilbert||Sport and Enterprise||September 2006|
|Harris Academy Morden||Mr L Mallin||Arts||September 2012|
|Harris Academy at Peckham||Mr Rob Hunter||Business, Performing Arts and Enterprise||September 2003|
|Harris Academy Purley||Mrs Carol-Anne Alcock||Sport and Enterprise||September 2009|
|Harris Academy South Norwood||Mr Sam Hainey||Business and Enterprise||September 2007|
|Harris Academy Upper Norwood||Mr Chris Everitt||Mathematics and Enterprise||September 2013|
|Harris Academy Battersea||Dr David Moody||September 2014|
Some of the schools within the federation were formerly run by local authorities, and forced by central government to become academies as part of the Harris Federation against the wishes of the parents and boards of governors. There was national media coverage over Downhills Primary School (now Harris Primary Academy Philip Lane), where it was reported that 94% of parents opposed the change to academy status. Another school forced against wishes of parents and governors to take on academy status and placed in the Harris Federation was Roke Primary School. During a meeting to discuss the planned change to an academy, a parent accused Daniel Moynihan of spending half of the meeting time making a phone call, leading to a perception that the Federation was unconcerned with the opinions of parents. Now known as Harris Primary Academy Kenley, a range of complaints were raised by parents when it reopened under the new management.
The Harris Westminster Sixth Form, which will open in 2014, has been criticised for costing £45 million of public money to establish. The chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Margaret Hodge, called it a "vanity project".
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