Harris Federation

The Harris Federation is a not-for-profit charity with almost 25 years’ experience of education in and around London. We have built our reputation on a family of Academies that, across the board, are setting standards of excellence and fulfilling high expectations.

The Harris Federation Teaching School Alliance (HFTSA) is a member of the extensive family of 36 Academies and Free Schools. The HFTSA enables the Harris Federation not only to train and develop teachers and leaders in its own schools, but also to deliver outstanding training for other primary, secondary and alternative provision schools across London.

You can read more about the Federation by downloading the latest Harris Prospectus, by visiting the Harris Federation website and by following @HarrisFed on Twitter.

Lord Harris of Peckham

Lord-HarrisThe Harris Federation was founded by Lord Harris of Peckham. He is the Federation sponsor and chairman.

He and his family take a personal interest in every Harris Academy and Free School, generously supporting the Federation financially and with their time. They are regular visitors to Harris Academies and Free Schools, and know many of our students personally.

Educated at Streatham Grammar School, Lord Harris had to cut short his education at 15 after the death of his father in order to take over the running of the family business of three carpet shops. He went on to set up Carpetright, now a public company with more than 600 branches in the UK and across the rest of Europe.

Lord Harris of Peckham:

‘I created the Harris Federation because I know the value of a good education. It is the best start in life that you can give to a child.

‘With Sir Dan Moynihan and his exceptional team of principals in charge, our Academies have shown that there is no reason why inner-city schools cannot be outstanding and that there are no children in London who cannot achieve when given the right education.

‘London’s parents, citizens, entrepreneurs and professionals of tomorrow are being educated at Harris Academies and we are nurturing them so that their adult lives are happy, fulfilling and successful.’

Sir Daniel Moynihan

Sir-Daniel‘I first began working for the Harris Federation in 2004 as principal of Harris City Academy Crystal Palace – or Harris CTC as it was then known. Since then, the Federation has grown to include 35 primary and secondary Academies.

‘Each year as we have grown, the expectations we’ve set ourselves have increased. Three-quarters of our inspected secondary Academies have been rated as ‘Outstanding’ and on average they receive four applications for every place available. Improvement in our GCSE results is consistently three or four times higher than what is achieved nationally. 

‘Our primary Academies, which are newer, have improved standards between 2012 and 2013 for every measure that is assessed. They are now outperforming the average for sponsored Academies on all measures and are making good progress towards the national average.

‘The success we have had so far is down to the talented and highly dedicated support staff, teachers, leaders and governors at our Academies. We are equally grateful to our students and parents for their extensive support and commitment.’

  • July 9, 2018 Our final session with on "Making the Leap" .
  • June 12, 2018 The launch of our Harris Future Primary Principals Programme at the De Vere Selsdon Hotel has been a success! Read more
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  • June 4, 2018 Leadership, Equality and Diversity Fund Information Event 8th June . Grants of up to £20 000 available to deliver a programme. For more information go to Read more
  • May 23, 2018 Our Specialist Leader of Education application round is open until Monday 25th May - apply today! Read more
  • NPQH March 2016

    What our members say!

    Experienced leaders with a track record of successfully leading change, who share their outstanding practice and contribute to one's professional development in a powerful way.
    NPQH March 2016
  • Alex Thrall, The Anatomy: Foundational Coaching Course participant

    What our members say!

    This course helped me to further develop my leadership skills, particularly in my ability to listen effectively to staff. The practical tools we learned are easy to put into practice without needing too much preparation or revising. I have taken some key approaches with me that I have already begun using to help people, both in and out of school, reflect on their own problems and take ownership for their solutions. The course was delivered brilliantly and I thoroughly look forward to formalising the impact it will have in my school. In an increasingly high pressured job, I would recommend all leaders to have some experience of formal coaching training as it provides specific usable tools that many leaders may not be aware of yet. It is not just about ‘asking questions’ as many people’s preconceptions imply.
    Alex Thrall, The Anatomy: Foundational Coaching Course participant
  • NPQH Participant 2015

    What our members say!

    Practical, valuable and pertinent to today's leaders.
    NPQH Participant 2015
  • John Budden, Headteacher at Clare House Primary School (NPQH)

    What our members say!

    “A particular strength of the Harris offer is that training [NPQH] is led by current leaders, presenting lots of opportunities to pick the brains of people who are actually doing the job. The chance to step out of my everyday setting to think and listen is very useful and every single session has presented me with initiatives to try back at my school. I keep in close contact with a number of the leaders, who are generous with their time and resources.”
    John Budden, Headteacher at Clare House Primary School (NPQH)
  • Naveen Ahmed, Assistant Headteacher, Little Ilford School (NPQSL)

    What our members say!

    “I began the NPQSL in September 2013 hoping to get a clearer picture of what topics and areas I needed to focus on to be a rounded senior leader. During my time on the programme, I was promoted internally from Head of Science to Assistant Principal. I have no doubt that what I have learnt on the course helped me to show at interview that I was ready for senior leadership. Other programmes seemed to be more theory-based than practical, which is why I chose the Harris Teaching School.”
    Naveen Ahmed, Assistant Headteacher, Little Ilford School (NPQSL)
  • Evolve participant

    What our members say!

    "Today concluded our Evolve programme and I would just like to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of it. On a personal level, it was a highly valuable process and very useful CPD for the many reasons that I am sure you are aware of. More broadly, as someone who is very much bought into the vision of the school and our students, I look forward to implementing and embedding the key ideas of Evolve going forward."
    Evolve participant