Our virtual open evening is now live!!


Our virtual open evening goes live soon!


Our virtual open evening is tomorrow! Unfortunately we are not running a face to face open evening.


The drama begins!


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Planning the end points for my new team. So excited to see the impact we can make. Watch this space!! Some big plans


Around 175 students day one of summer school today - good day !


Calm before the storm - ready for new year 7 summer school


Congratulations on NPQH!


Compare yourself to the best they say! Harris Academy Riverside students achieved the highest average A Level grades in The Harris Federation! Students at Cambridge, St Andrew’s, King’s, Queen Mary’s and many other prestigious universities. We start again - watch this space.


Off to York to do Economics!


Getting ready for summer school? here!


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A huge well done to Kacia Matthieu for achieving A* A* A* The best results ever in our school's history! We wish her every success studying Sociology at Loughborough University


Looking forward to our year 12 enrolment tomorrow! Good luck to all of our local students tomorrow, Harris and non Harris! Go here if you are interested in our 6th form.


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It’s A*A*A* who is heading off to Harvard University on a full scholarship. We are super proud of Kenny and wish him good success at Harvard!


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Chloe from had high aspirations when getting her A level grades today. No-one in her family had been to university and she dreamed of being a doctor. We followed Chloe opening her results and telling her mum.


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So proud of our A level students getting fantastic results. Also very excited that we have a student going to to study medicine. We really appreciate all our links with


Check out the amazing grades of our year 13 students and get inspired by the destinations and subjects they have chosen: what and where they will study and where they will live


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A huge well done to our post 16 students for another superb set of results this year. Our students secured incredibly exciting university places, including to study Veterinary Nursing, Law and Pharmacology, with 25% of offers from Russell Group universities

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The importance of geography in the curriculum

Geography is the study of relationships between physical and human phenomena that give rise to spatial patterns on the surface of the earth. It is a unique discipline that concerns itself with the relationship between the study of landscape, flora and fauna, the atmosphere, people and culture, the built environment and political territories and this allows students to think about the world in new ways.   

The geography curriculum

The core aim of the curriculum at Harris Academy Riverside is to enable students of Geography to access the bigger picture in terms of the subject and take Geography home with them where they will recognise the content in the real world.

Geography teachers at Harris Academy Riverside deliver lessons that are in line with the core principles of Harris Academy Riverside of mastery, integrity and humanity. These include:

  • Creating passion and curiosity about Geography
  • Supporting a scholarship curriculum
  • Meeting national curriculum and exam board standards for content delivery
  • Preparing students for their next steps including awareness of Geography related careers

The curriculum aims to:

  • Promote reading outside and beyond the subject
  • Encourage students to work collaboratively through the use of fieldwork and enquiry
  • Think critically and talk Geographically
  • The curriculum at Harris Academy Riverside is a spiralling and cumulative curriculum that allow students to build on knowledge and understanding confidently.
  • The curriculum is underpinned by both core and hinterland knowledge which allows students to remember and know more
  • Where appropriate, the department has worked to reframe, rephrase and replace content to reflect inclusion and diversity. This is to create a curriculum that represents and creates a narrative that BAME and other minority groups at Harris Academy Riverside can identify with and feel part of.
  • The department will move away from the ‘single story’ and ‘othering’ to promote an accurate world view.

Throughout the learning journey 5 ‘big ideas’ are interleaved within the curriculum. These are:





Human/Physical Interactions