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Congratulations to Aliyah who has been accepted onto the Target Bath programme!Target Bath supports students of Black African and Caribbean heritage to gain places at the University of Bath.


Congratulations to Jomi who has been accepted onto the Bright Ideas Medicine Pathway. Jomi has already benefitted from Saturday sessions and will soon be attending a medical summer school at Anglia Ruskin University. What a fantastic opportunity!


We wanted to congratulate Oden who has been invited to attend an Insight Day with Macquarie, a large asset management group. Oden will then have the opportunity to apply for a work placement and a possible financial scholarship for university through the company. Well done!


We wanted to highlight a fantastic achievement from Nimrut, who has been selected to take part in the Sutton Trust US Programme following an application process. Nimrut is one of 100 students who were selected nationally, and we are very proud as a sixth form team.


A huge well done to our year 12 HRSF basketball team! This was our first ever competitive basketball game and the boys represented HSRF incredibly well. We are so proud of them and can’t wait for their next game!


We look forward to welcoming our year 12 sixth form students into our new building in April! Please check out our website to see the progress over the last year.


This event raised £238.14 today, all proceeds will go towards supporting the charity ‘Choose Love’. This charity provides humanitarian aid to, and advocacy for, refugees around the world. Thank you to all sixth formers, HAR students and staff who have supported today!


A huge thank you to Shafkat who organised the event, with help from Mahum, Paige, Beatriz, Rihanna and Ayman who brought in homemade food and volunteered on the stall. A special mention to Mahum and our HAR helpers who created intricate Henna designs!


Our student-led Islamic society and our MAAC society (Middle Eastern, Asian, African, and Caribbean) have worked together to put on an event to celebrate Ramadan.


The STEM lecture was delivered by Dr. Stephen Price and explored methods of understanding the human brain, while the humanities lecture was led by Dr. Michael Loy and looked at theatrical performance in Ancient Greece.


A group of our sixth form students visited Queens’ College, Cambridge today. After an introduction to the specific requirements of the Oxbridge application process, and an extensive tour of the college, our students attended taster lectures in STEM and the humanities.


. Through meaningful conversations, students gained valuable insights into potential career paths while receiving mentorship and guidance from experienced professionals.


To celebrate National Interview Week, Your Game Plan conducted online interviews with our year 12 cohort. Volunteers from diverse backgrounds conducted these interviews, delving into students' interests, subjects, and future aspirations.


A huge well done to our year 12 HRSF football team! This was our first ever competitive football match and the boys represented HSRF so well. A special mention to Adrian for being awarded POTM!


These taster sessions aim to provide students, who are applying to HRSF, with an insight into the subject at A-Level. The session will delve into a topic on the A-Level course and allow students to experience the content which they will be studying beyond GCSE.


Teachers at Harris Rainham Sixth Form will be delivering taster sessions for the subjects on offer. The sessions will begin on 16th January!Please sign up via our website: News and Dates à Latest news and events à Taster sessions.


Building update: The cladding is almost complete, and the internal rooms and classrooms are now painted! Our new multi-million-pound, state of the art sixth form building will be ready for our students in April!


Excellent attendance and punctuality are crucial to sixth form success and therefore the future life chances of our students. Attendance is directly related to academic outcomes and gaining powerful knowledge, which is why we place so much importance on it at HRSF.


33 of our sixth formers have achieved 100% attendance and excellent punctuality this term. We celebrated with an attendance rewards breakfast and certificate morning. Well done to all our sixth formers!


A big thank you to Prisca and our fundraising team who organised a charity bake sale to raise money for Crisis. Crisis is the UK national charity for people experiencing homelessness. HRSF raised £50.20 during the bake sale. A special mention to Prisca and Odeneho who baked cakes

Teaching & Learning - Implementation

At Harris Rainham Sixth Form there is a relentless and sustained focus on high quality learning and teaching. 

We are determined that all our pupils, regardless of their backgrounds, circumstances or socio-economic status will acquire powerful knowledge and achieve the strongest possible outcomes, enabling students to choose their university and career path in life. 

This is achieved through a carefully designed curriculum and teaching and learning of the highest quality. 

We care about what we teach and how we teach it. We are research informed, we get granular about the most effective ways to teach and engage in a culture of practice to hone our craft because we know that every teacher, regardless of experience, can and should get better at teaching. We know that Teaching and Learning cannot easily be separated from Curriculum and therefore this page should be read in conjunction with other pages in our Curriculum section.

We know that:

  • Learning is an alteration in long term memory.
  • Learning is the long-term acquisition and retention of knowledge and the ability to transfer it to new contexts.

Knowledge is powerful. Knowledge is a tool for social justice and equality. Knowledge allows our students to gain qualifications that enable them to choose their career and path in life. 

In the classroom

Students learn best when there is consistency of approach. The consistencies and key teaching routines outlined in our Teaching and Learning policy allow teachers to build up a repertoire of expertise, knowing that what they are doing in these key aspects are the same as what is happening in other classrooms across the academy. Teachers, as experts in their field, have the flexibility to adapt their teaching in response to assessments made throughout all lessons and be flexible in their approach but there are certain key elements that are consistently present in lessons at HRSF.

We have five stages of a lesson, with two overarching themes.


All our students arrive to each lesson having competed a prep reading or task. This provides all students with sufficient background knowledge and pre-existing schema which makes subsequent new knowledge to be more easily grasped and retained. Teachers deliver new content using direct instruction and explicit explanations, checking knowledge during each part of the lesson. Time is provided for students to practice and apply their new knowledge. Teachers are able to adapt and personalise their teaching to ensure all students can access the content and are challenged appropriately.

We expect all our students to be exemplary scholars in the classroom, demonstrating curiosity and a passion for their chosen subjects and showing determination to succeed.

Harris rainham sixth form consultation booklet page 04 image 0001Assessment

Teachers continuously monitor students’ progress and make effective interventions through frequent feedback. Feedback can take the form of verbal feedback, self-assessment, live feedback and assessment feedback.

Live feedback is our predominant form of feedback in books. We place important on ‘Academic monitoring’ whereby students complete independent work, in silence, while the teacher circulates the room. The teacher uses this time to read students’ work, correct misconceptions and provide immediate feedback to students so that they can tweak and correct their work in a timely fashion. Prep should be checked on and reviewed during the lessons, both to ensure accountability for students in the work they’re doing out of class and to make the most of their efforts.

Self-assessment is used in almost every lesson. Following explicit explanations and teaching episodes, students compete questions, tasks and exam questions. Success criteria is shared with the students and they are able to correct misconceptions and add further detail and subject specific knowledge. Exam questions are regularly completed in lessons, mark schemes are used as success criteria and students can respond to this during self-assessment, always led by the teacher.

Verbal feedback is highly effective and delivered to the student in the moment. This can be during a questioning episode, or as the teacher is circulating the class.

Written feedback is used in some subjects to provide more in-depth comments and targets to improve. This is the case for some coursework subjects and extended writing/essay subjects. All assessments will be deep marked and personalised feedback provided.