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17/06/24

Excited to share that Chloe in year 10, won 2nd place in The Jack Petchey cartoon competition! “My artwork, titled "Be the Person Who You Want to Be," celebrates self-confidence and staying true to yourself. Never change for anyone else!” 💫#Art pic.twitter.com/YuyyuUC5eP

14/06/24

Here at HAB, we proudly celebrate our students' achievements and positive behaviours! 👏 Our HABit Credits reward politeness, respect, compassion, and dedication. Students can redeem credits for books, stationery, and toiletries. Keep up the great work, HAB students! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/SatbJhKgPo

14/06/24

Why is reading important to me? 📚Amina values the joy of reading as it enhances her skills. She will always choose books over screens. pic.twitter.com/hdc295MRa2

12/06/24

Reader Leader students are working through their Racial Literacy booklet to explore various types of racism. They learn new terms and discuss scenarios to better identify interpersonal racism, internalized racism, colorism, microaggressions, and institutional racism. 📚 pic.twitter.com/eFZNEEwpB8

11/06/24

We are proud to be one of the 16 Southwark schools raising concerns about smartphone usage and its negative impact on students. Learn more 👇🏼 https://t.co/sYxWGlVGXC pic.twitter.com/5nr81SzuiR

10/06/24

Year 7 & 8 students saw ‘Deadly Distraction’ by The Riot Act at HAB, sponsored by Southwark Council to promote road safety. 🚲 The Q&A session highlighted dangers of roadside distractions and peer pressure, promoting safe behavior on their home-to-school journey. pic.twitter.com/rUKFxPdJ4a

08/06/24

First steps towards bigger change in supporting the mental health and well-being of our students. https://t.co/sYxWGlVGXC

06/06/24

🎨 Y9 Art students had a blast at the Dulwich Picture Gallery! They explored masterpieces and created their own works of art. An unforgettable, inspiring day! 🖌️✨ pic.twitter.com/UZ5dQj2pVw

22/05/24

Reader Leader 📚 is a peer mentoring project which sees older students read with younger students during tutor time. The scheme helps younger students to develop their reading skills and gives older students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills too. pic.twitter.com/kJch0QGyMe

21/05/24

WE'RE HIRING 🧬🧪Join our supportive Science Department as a Teacher of Physics and/or Chemistry! Teach Years 7-13, with a focus on specialisms at KS4/KS5. Enjoy dedicated PPA time, tailored CPD, and a collaborative environment. Apply now: https://t.co/i2jtILkT8I pic.twitter.com/c2YISTNA75

16/05/24

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14/05/24

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01/05/24

Year 9 were lucky enough to receive an assembly and take part in a workshop with award-winning author Dean Atta, whose poetry they are currently studying during their English lessons. pic.twitter.com/J6u48tIH2m

01/05/24

If you are interested in the terrible impact on children and families living long-term in unsuitable temporary accommodation, listen to this podcast - thank you to the parents who shared their stories https://t.co/hwmkFE5j62

30/04/24

Year 5 or 6 open events 2024, find out how we can help your child and see for yourselves the difference that we could make to their future.Register here https://t.co/p6Op60KcxX pic.twitter.com/po3Q5rqjlC

25/04/24

Grateful to Alishea, our dedicated Year 11 careers adviser, whose unwavering presence every Thursday offers invaluable guidance, information, and counsel to our students as they navigate their future paths pic.twitter.com/lfxoG7IeL2

24/04/24

Harris Academy, Bermondsey shines in SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards 2023!Exceptional Student Progress.#Ambition pic.twitter.com/bqHvLO9NN1

24/04/24

Harris Academy, Bermondsey shines in SSAT Educational Outcomes Awards 2023! Exceptional Student Attainment.#Ambition pic.twitter.com/xaXNrQsxxg

16/04/24

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16/04/24

Congratulations to Cybella for winning 'standout soloist' at the Mundovision final! Her performance in languages other than English was outstanding and showcased her incredible talent as a professional performer. Well done! 🎶🌟 pic.twitter.com/D0Tx8jt2fU

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Careers and Enterprise

At HAB, we believe that a well-structured and highly effective programme of Careers and Education Guidance will play a key role in contributing to how the Academy prepares its young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Education about careers pathways is aligned to the academy’s values of ambition, compassion and respect.

HAB students are always encouraged to be ambitious and set themselves audacious goals irrespective of their starting points and backgrounds. They are informed about the education, training and employment choices available to them. They learn how to identify the benefits of each choice, to recognise personal barriers, and to determine strategies to overcome these barriers. The school careers and curriculum entitlement support the development of the skills and knowledge that students need to realise their ambitions.

You can download our Careers and Education Guidance Policy from our Teaching and Learning page.


As part of their careers education, students also learn about prevailing stereotypes and inequalities that exist across different courses and jobs. They are encouraged to advocate for themselves and others, and to challenge practices that discriminate.  As an Academy, we seek to engage with employers, and education and training providers who champion diversity and inclusion in their organisations, and to provide a diverse group of career role models as part of employer encounters and mentoring.

At HAB, all students receive tailored, confidential careers counselling from a highly qualified Careers Advisor. They also have the opportunity to better understand the labour market and prospects for career development in different sectors through careers’ encounters and as part of the PSHE Curriculum.

By the time students leave HAB, they will be well informed about a variety of qualifications, including those of a technical, vocational and academic nature and both University and Apprenticeship options.

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Work Experience

All students in Year 10 and Year 12 will complete work experience from 15th to 17th July 2024. 

Students need to find their work experience placements and log all of their details in the KNVAS app so that we can approve their placements. 

Parents, carers and students please find all documentation relating to Work experience here:

Work Experience Letter to Parents and Students - Agreement
Work Experience FAQ
Year 10 Work Experience Employer Letter


Key contacts

Assistant Principal and Senior Careers Lead: Daisy Mercer daisy.mercer@harrisbermondsey.org.uk 

HAB Careers Lead: Donna Donnelly donna.donnelly@harrisbermondsey.org.uk

Harris Federation Careers Advisor: Alishea Robinson alishea.robinson@harrisfederation.org.uk

Careers Governor: George Hudson


Useful links

nationalcareers.service.gov.uk. Government website detailing a range of support and activities available to support young people with options including GCSE, Post 16 /18, via email or telephone.

harriscareerseducation.org.uk. Being part of the Harris Federation means that our students get lots of opportunities to work with some very big companies. Visit the site to hear talks, look at job opportunities for degree apprenticeships and find out about sixth form.

apprenticeships.org.uk. All current apprenticeship vacancies can be found on this website. You can register and receive information on new vacancies as they arise - intermediate, advanced and higher level apprenticeships available

university.which.co.uk/advice/a-level-choices. Advice and guidance on A Level subject and course choice from Which? University. Find out the best A-Level options to take for your future career path.

ucas.com. One stop shop for all the information you need on university courses - eg full and part-time courses, entry requirements, how to apply, important dates to remember, an dclearing with links directly to university websites, and now Degree Apprenticeships and Higher Apprenticeships. This also has a parental section with really useful and relevant information.

informedchoices.ac.uk. Informed Choices brings together guidance from admissions teams at Russell Group universities to give pupils clear information about the subjects they should consider if they are hoping to progress to a competitive university. 

notgoingtouni.co.uk. Other post-18 options available, including employment opportunities.


Provider Access Policy

The document Careers guidance and access for education and training providers (January 2023) sets out that:

The provider access legislation (occasionally referred to as the ‘Baker Clause’) requires all schools and academies to provide opportunities for a range of education and training providers to access all year 8 to 13 pupils to inform them about approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships. Through the Skills and Post-16 Act 2022, the government has strengthened this legislation by introducing a minimum number of six provider encounters that every school must provide and, for the first time, introduces parameters around the duration and content of these encounters so that we can ensure they are of high quality.”

All maintained schools and academies must provide six encounters with a provider of technical education or apprenticeships for year 8 to 13 pupils. We have timed these six meetings to inform consideration of post-14, post-16 and post-18 options and progression to the next stage of education or training.

As a minimum, schools must offer:

  • Two encounters for pupils during the ‘first key phase’ (year 8 or 9) that are mandatory for all pupils to attend, to take place any time during year 8 or between 1 September and 28 February during year 9.
  • Two encounters for pupils during the ‘second key phase’ (year 10 or 11) that are mandatory for all pupils to attend, to take place any time during year 10 or between 1 September and 28 February during year 11.
  • Two encounters for pupils during the ‘third key phase’ (year 12 or 13) that are mandatory for the school to put on but optional for pupils to attend, to take place any time during year 12 or between 1 September and 28 February during year 13

The careers implementation strategy is integrated into students’ experience of the whole curriculum including subject based learning, the PSHE Curriculum, assemblies, enrichment and trips. The academy also plans and participates in events during National Careers Week and National Apprenticeships Week as a means of promoting different pathways to the student population.

The HAB Provider Access Policy can be found on our Teaching and Learning page.


Management of provider access requests 

A provider wishing to request access should contact Daisy Mercer  daisy.mercer@harrisbermondsey.org.uk, telephone: 0207 237 9316.


Visitor access

Visitor access will be granted in accordance with Academy procedures (see the Safeguarding Policy downloadable from our Safeguarding page).