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 key stage 3 ART curriculum aims to contribute to an ambitious high-quality education which;

    1. generates a passion for Art as a discipline and a body of knowledge and generates curiosity to know more about the past as a key to understanding the present, 
    2. supports the development of scholarship skills and outstanding habits of learning, 
    3. prepare students for the study of Art in later stages of education, 
    4. supports and makes students aware of relevant career paths 
    5. satisfies the specific requirements of the KS3 National Curriculum for Art 

    Substantive, first order and second order understanding

    Studying Art requires both substantive understanding as well as understanding first and second order understanding. Without these first and second order understandings the subject would become denuded of wider meaning and majesty. It ceases to be a great and epic story that flows through time and becomes a sterile and sanitised exam-ready product. These wider understandings are necessary for the student to generate the passion we want them to feel for this subject.

    1. Substantive knowledge refers to the ‘what’. What is the substance of Art; 2 dimensional, 3 dimensional, 4 dimensional (videography), soundscapes, colour, shape, composition, line, value, form, contrast, etc.
    2. First order understanding refers to the ‘why’. Who has done what in the past and why did they do it? Important artists and artworks, different styles, historical events that were of major influence to the artworld, artistic periods for example Romanticism, Cubism, Modernism etc.
    3. Second order understanding refers to the ‘how’. This refers to the tools needed to create Art in all it’s different dimensions; creative thinking, collaboration, analysis, focus, discipline