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24/03/20

Good evening, a member our virtual tutor team will call you tomorrow to try and resolve this issue.

23/03/20

Retweetd From Audible UK

With school closures and social distancing affecting us all, we’ve created something in the hope that it makes your life a little easier. Audible Stories - 100s of kids’ audiobooks for free. Just click, stream and listen 😊 https://t.co/9VB96Nf4Q1 https://t.co/iXUAWjJXQC

22/03/20

Retweetd From Jennifer Beattie

Please, Parents. Help your children and your teachers + the country. School on Monday has to be the LAST resort, not the first. We must ALL be so, again, please, if they can, they MUST and then you’ll help us help you. https://t.co/uSLnhpM9Sw

21/03/20

Retweetd From Gavin Williamson

You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home, you should. https://t.co/n1B1gngVWr

20/03/20

A reminder that children of keyworkers and vulnerable groups can come to school on Monday at 9am. Just drop us an email to let us know you’re coming. Let’s do it 👊

20/03/20

Y11 shirt signing: it hasn’t ended the way we wanted but you were on track for record results and we’re really proud of you. https://t.co/vmbZ8CIGCs

19/03/20

Retweetd From Glasgow Science Centre

From tomorrow, we'll be bringing a bit of science into your home every day at 10am to help keeping everyone inspired in these challenging times. Join us on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at 10am each day. Ask us questions and let us know what you'd like to see! https://t.co/Ln0wziKD8P

19/03/20

Retweetd From Lesley

just looked at the online school work very impressed thank you 😊 makes this difficult time easier for parents

19/03/20

Today all year 7 and 8 students were given at least one book minimum to take home and read while schools are closed.

19/03/20

Retweetd From HAGRPE

Keep Active and Healthy. Virtual PE lesson. Monday to Friday. 9am. https://t.co/d2REEW4ava

18/03/20

18/03/20: Year 9, Year 10 & Year 12 students must remain at home, all other year groups attend the academy as normal. Please note that any new information from the academy about coronavirus, including details of possible academy closures, can be found at https://t.co/8wXLXwN3Dw.

17/03/20

17/03/20: Year 10 and Year 12 students must remain at home, all other year groups attend the academy as normal. Please note that any new information from the academy about coronavirus, including details of possible academy closures, can be found at https://t.co/8wXLXwN3Dw.

16/03/20

Retweetd From Harris Federation

Parents, carers and pupils: all Harris academy updates on coronavirus will now be published on a dedicated website: https://t.co/0JeUHHfRDp. You will also receive a text message as and when there is any new information.

11/03/20

Retweetd From World Class Schools

Always a breadth of opportunity at https://t.co/puYijMdeS3

09/03/20

Celebrating International Women's Day https://t.co/FaiTUU4HHS

09/03/20

Glad you enjoyed the conference Lawrence, it was great to be there and we learned lots from colleagues. Glad to host you for a coffee anytime. Email Mr McMillan on george.mcmillan.org.uk

06/03/20

Thank you to and for helping our year 8 and 9 students complete the Bright Ideas Challenge today https://t.co/UJ3abU3j86

06/03/20

Retweetd From Graeme Smith

This is fantastic from 'This is our reality as teenagers': students take gang culture to the stage https://t.co/Maoql2wRTt

02/03/20

Retweetd From Be Her Lead

What a day our Programme Launch was! 💕Thanks to & 300 students + staff from St Bons Wize Up https://t.co/089q1SREZA

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The Senior Leadership Team

George McMillan: Executive Principal

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Mr McMillan is the Executive Principal of Harris Greenwich, Harris Ockendon and Harris Avery Hill (opening 2021) and is a National Leader of Education (NLE). Originally from Glasgow, he graduated from Aberdeen University with an MA in English Literature, and then from Edinburgh University with a PGCE and a burning desire to teach.  Mr McMillan taught English for five years at a secondary school in Edinburgh serving one of the most deprived areas in Scotland, latterly having a whole school remit in charge of promoting positive behaviour.  Shortly after moving to London in 2006 he joined the Senior Team at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred and was part of their journey from ‘Requires Improvement’ to Outstanding in every area.

 

When Mr McMillan first took over the leadership of what is now Harris Academy Greenwich in 2011, it was in ‘Special Measures’ and inadequate in every area.  Within three years, the school achieved ‘Outstanding’ status from Ofsted.  For the last six years in a row, Harris Greenwich has been in the top 15% of schools in the country.

 

Mr McMillan has a Diploma in Educational Leadership, has the NPQH and is a Senior Practitioner with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). As part of his role in the Harris Federation Teaching School Alliance, he trains staff on the NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH leadership programmes.  As an accredited ORSC (Organisation and Relationship Systems Coaching) facilitator he works with teams both inside and outside the Federation, helping them to become more resilient, sustainable and effective.  He believes that students should feel inspired at school and that teachers should be happy and highly motivated at work.  Having a safe and positive environment at school where everyone can have fun, work hard and thrive is a key part of the Academy’s success story.  Mr McMillan is "fiercely proud" of the students and staff he leads.

 


Ben Keely: Principal

Bk1Mr Keely graduated from Warwick with a First in History and Politics but instead of following his head into the City he followed his heart into teaching. He taught history, politics and economics for two years on the Teach First programme and decided to stay in teaching for good. Mr Keely has a wealth of experience in senior leadership in three outstanding schools across London. Originally from Greenwich, he is delighted to have the opportunity to make a real difference in his own community.  Mr Keely works closely with the Executive Principal and is responsible for the day-to-day operational aspects of the school.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Stephen Donovan: Vice Principal

Sd1Stephen grew up in Dublin, Ireland, where he studied Geography in Trinity College. After graduation, his passion for teaching and travel took him from South America to Spain, where he taught children from disadvantaged backgrounds for 5 years. Stephen completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Education in Trinity College Dublin and is a qualified EAL teacher. Three years ago, Stephen started working in Harris Academy Greenwich where he quickly accredited as a Lead Practitioner. Since his appointment as Assistant Principal in 2016, his remit is to oversee Initial Teacher Training in the school and to continue teaching great Geography lessons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Graham Cripps: Business Manager

Gc1Following a career in banking in the city Graham Cripps came into education in 1977 and steadily progressed through the education system from Facilities Management, Local Management of Schools to Business Management, obtaining a NCSL Certificate in School Business Management and Institute of Administrative Management Diploma. He has been a member of senior management for numerous years and has developed a clear understanding of how an effective school needs to be managed to maximise the impact on teaching and learning. He is a qualified Senior Leader of Education (SLE) and is currently also supporting a failing school in inner London as well as providing finance training to other school leaders via the Harris Training School NPQML programme.  He is supports the Principal in all aspects of finance management and compliance, as well as advising on the strategic planning of our school buildings and facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sue Cable: Assistant Principal

Sc1Educated at Queen Mary and Westfield College and Kings College London, Sue Cable has a first class honours degree in English and a PGCE. She entered the world of teaching at the age of 31 after working for ten years in the National Health Service. Having grown bored with the world of administration, she relished the opportunity to return to her passion for literature as a teacher and cites the fact that she often acts as a bridge between the words of a writer and the minds of reluctant readers as “the most rewarding’ part of her job. She taught English at a tough inner city boys’ school for fifteen years moving from second in charge of the English department to Head of Year before qualifying as an Advanced Skills Teacher. She has worked at Harris Academy Greenwich since 2005 when the school was known as Eltham Green and held the post of Curriculum Area Leader for English until promoted to Assistant Principal in 2013. Currently she has whole school responsibility for behaviour, attendance, admissions and safeguarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Dan Sofianos: Assistant Principal

Ds1After graduating from Queen Mary’s, University of London, with a degree in Drama, Mr Sofianos found his love for teaching in Hong Kong. He returned to the UK to follow his passion where he qualified as an English and Drama teacher through the Institute of Education. He has since held roles as Head of Department, Advanced Skills Teacher and Specialist Leader of Education. He holds the NPQSL qualification and is immensely  proud to be part of the Senior Leadership Team as an Assistant Principal, leading the SEN department as well as other responsibilities. He is passionate about the lives of young people and feels strongly about developing the ‘whole’ student and building strong community links. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Darren Pearce: Assistant Principal

Dp1Darren grew up and went to school in South East London and is highly committed to serving the local community. He read Modern History at Oxford University before working as an Executive Search Consultant for a leading retail bank. After three years, he decided that he wanted to pursue a career that allowed him to mix his passion for history with a sense of moral purpose and pride, so completed a Graduate Teacher Programme with The University of East London. After teaching at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy for four years he moved to Harris Academy Greenwich to take up the joint position of Assistant Achievement Director for Humanities and History Lead Practitioner. After a year in this post, he was promoted to Achievement director for Humanities, which he carried out for two years before his appointment as Assistant Principal in 2016. His remit entails leading the Academy’s ‘outstanding’ sixth form, which continues to grow not only in capacity but in academic strength with its most successful set of results to date. Darren’s vision is for every student at Harris Academy Greenwich to leave education equipped with the skills to overcome life’s challenges and make the choices that will make them successful.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jack Docherty: Assistant Principal

Jd1Mr Docherty has been with Harris Greenwich since 2011. Originally from South London, he graduated with a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Bath. After spending a few years in medical research field he realised that his passion lies in the classroom and qualified to teach through the Teach First programme. He has a great interest for educational systems and has visited schools in USA, Central America, India and Nepal.  At Harris Greenwich he has worked as a Lead Practitioner and as Head of Science before appointment as Assistant Principal, and has enjoyed being part of the school on its journey toward the outstanding academy it is today. Mr Docherty is responsible for leading teaching and learning at the Academy, a post he is incredibly passionate about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rachel Sofianos: Assistant Principal

Rs1Rachel grew up in Manchester before moving to London in 2002 where she studied Vocal Studies at Trinity College of Music. She has worked at Harris Academy Greenwich since 2008, when the school was known as Eltham Green, and has since seen it become the outstanding Academy it is now. She is committed to serving the local community and is passionate about equipping young people with the qualifications and skills they need to thrive after their school careers. Rachel has worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher, Lead Practitioner and Specialist Leader of Education before she began her role as Assistant Principal in September 2017. Currently, Rachel has whole school responsibility for student commission, Lead Practitioner Delegate programme and homework within the school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Jennifer McMillan: Assistant Principal         

Mrs McMillan (no Jm1relation to Mr McMillan!) has been a teacher at Harris Academy Greenwich since 2013. Born in Canada, she graduated from Ottawa University with an Bachelor of Arts in Honour Mathematics and a Bachelor in Education. Mrs McMillan moved to the United Kingdom in 2008 with her husband, to pursue a teaching job in Essex where she worked for five years as a maths teacher, later with a departmental responsibility as the Gifted and Talented coordinator and also as second in department. After having her son, Mrs McMillan sought a new role at Harris Greenwich as a Lead Practitioner with the whole school remit of High Attainers Coordinator. After two years of improving and raising the profile and provision of High Attainers, Mrs McMillan was offered the opportunity to become Head of Maths. Now in her third year as Head of Department, Mrs McMillan takes on a new role as Associate Assistant Principal, in charge of KS3. Mrs McMillan has always felt called to a career in education and fulfills her passion every day helping her students achieve success that will lead them to a greater purpose beyond the four walls of school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Si Ali: Assistant Principal

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Mr Ali grew up in South East London, attending one of Deptford’s most challenging schools and yet graduating with excellent results – he knows the value of hard work and resilience.  After completing a degree in Graphic Design at The University of Central Lancashire and a PGCE at Edge Hill, he returned to London to pursue his passion in Art education.

Mr Ali taught in Croydon for 7 years, before joining Harris Academy Greenwich in January 2013 as Head of Department and then Head of Faculty before being appointed as Assistant Principal. Mr Ali’s remits include overseeing Initial Teacher Training and Coaching. Mr Ali is a trained coach working with individuals and teams throughout the school.

An avid supporter of the school’s vision, Mr Ali is delighted to have the opportunity to return to his local community and provide students with opportunities to step into their greatness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Ellie Ghazi-Noory: Associate Assistant Principal

 

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Mrs Ghazi-Noory has been with Harris Greenwich since 2012. Originally from York, she graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Geography, Business and The Built Environment from the University of Nottingham. After spending some time working with school children in The Friends’ School, Hobart, Tasmania, she quickly learnt that her passion lies in the classroom and qualified to teach through the Teach First programme where she gained her MA in Leadership.

 

Before her appointment to Associate Assistant Principal, she was Head of Humanities and has thoroughly relished the opportunity to be part of the journey to Outstanding with Harris Greenwich. Mrs Ghazi-Noory is immensely proud to be leading on Low Attainers for the Academy this year, something she is greatly looking forward to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Nat Dormer: Associate Assistant Principal

 

NatMiss Dormer graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in Psychology. Whilst undertaking her degree, she worked as a teaching assistant and youth worker in her local community. After discovering her passion for working with young people she joined the academy in 2012 and completed the Teach First Leadership Development Programme, teaching Computing & Psychology. Miss Dormer has worked within the Sixth Form Leadership Team for the past six years where she looks to inspire her pupils to achieve greatness. Now in her fourth year as Head of Sixth Form, she is excited to be promoted to the Associate Assistant Principal overseeing Careers Education, Vocational subjects and the Mayor of London’s Stepping Stones programme at the academy.