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.
Lord Harris of Peckham
The 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
‘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.’