Harris Federation

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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.


School Principal Specialism Opened
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
School Principal Specialism Opened
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),[1] where it was reported that 94% of parents opposed the change to academy status.[2] 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,[2] 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.[3]

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".[4][5]


  1. ^ "List of primary schools in Haringay". Haringay Council. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Primary school parents in row over takeover by academy chain". Guardian. 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  3. ^ "Parents fury as Roke begins new era". Croydon Advertiser. 2013-09-13. Retrieved 2013-11-05. 
  4. ^ Oliver Wright (29 March 2014). "Anger over new £45m free school that may be be Britain's most expensive". The Independent. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Michael Gove under fire for 'outrageous' £45million spend on free school in London". Evening Standard. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 

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