34 THE RIVER MAGAZINE | Spring 2019 HARRIS ACADEMY SOUTH NORWOOD Cumberlow Avenue South Norwood SE25 6AE t: 020 8405 5070 e: admissionsh@harrissouthnorwood.org.uk w: harrissouthnorwood.org.uk Twitter: @HASN_NEWS Students can then choose from three options to match their talents: • Sixth Form Academia: tailored to those looking for a Russell Group university education, including Oxford and Cambridge, or to study at other top universities worldwide • Sixth Form Professional: for those wanting to study for credible qualifications that universities recognise and respect, or which lead directly to their careers of choice • Sixth Form Virtuoso: a bespoke programme for those seeking careers either in the arts or sport But, whatever their overall direction and career destination, all sixth-formers have access to specialists who provide advice, set up mock interviews and help with application forms and Cvs. The school also has excellent industrial and corporate contacts through its network of sponsors plus offering a two-week work experience placement. On offer is a blended curriculum of A-levels and BTEC Level 3 qualifications. Students can take Mathematics, Further Mathematics, all the Sciences as well as vocational/ A-level courses relevant to the world of business and commerce - for example, Accounting, Economics, ICT and Business. State-of-the-art teaching facilities include a dedicated sixth form ICT Study Base to ensure that students learn with the best teachers in the best environment. The school’s A-level results last September saw a doubling of its A and A* grades and improved A*-B and A*-C grades – the latter being the highest of any Harris Academy. These results saw 80% of sixth-form students go on to university. Specific expansion plans include: courses in Music and Government/Politics introduced in 2018 with subjects such as Latin and Classics, as well as other languages, Criminology and Vocational Applied Science to come. Outside the classroom, sport is proudly emphasised with successful teams plus boasting a European karate champion and British champion slalom skier. Some 70% of the school’s Year 11s stay on to its sixth form, around 30% of whom eventually go on to take up trade apprenticeships.“We even have students who go to other sixth forms for a spell – in some cases up to a year – and who come back to us because they realise we offer greater choice, care, support and guidance here,”Sixth Form Head Jonathan Thomas said. State-of-the-art facilities for sixth- formers | E D U C A T I O N |