Tickets to our next life drawing session are now on sale, book now to avoid disappointment! EVENTBRITE HLAW LIFE DRAWING— Harris Lowe Arts () November 27, 2023


Year 13 Sports Leaders training session with Youth Sports Trust.Delighted to be part of the National pilot to implement Multi-Sports Clubs in schools.— HLAW_SSP@ () November 22, 2023


Getting ready for the KS1 Athletics festival .HLAW Year 12 Sports leaders training before we welcome 120 children.— HLAW_SSP@ () November 22, 2023


KS1 festival underway .Future superstars showing off their skills .— HLAW_SSP@ () November 22, 2023


Competition heating up .Inspiring young leaders .— HLAW_SSP@ () November 22, 2023


Congratulations to St Robert Southwell winners of the Year 5/6 Brent Girls tournament.Runners up Ark Franklin in an incredibly close game— HLAW_SSP@ () November 17, 2023


Some excellent development work from Elsie in yr9 graphics. Can you guess the nursery rhyme she is creating an illustration for and the illustrator who inspired her???— Harris Lowe Arts () November 17, 2023


Drhuvi is embellishing her graphite portrait with intricate handmade paper flowers which she has constructed and painted individually🌸🌺🪷🌼— Harris Lowe Arts () November 15, 2023


Have you experienced how students with can fall into a cycle of negative thinking 💭? Help them to focus on a time they coped well in a situation and think about why it worked for them. For tips on tackling low-level anxiety read our blog— () November 8, 2023


Its and today is ODD SOCKS DAY at HLAW Because it’s ok to be different ❤️ The art department have gone to town with their odd artist themed socks… how many artists can you spot? Foot puns welcome!— Harris Lowe Arts () November 13, 2023


Primary Highland Games today.Year 3/4 and 5/6 teams take part in a festival led by our Year 12 Sports Leaders.#schoolgames— HLAW_SSP@ () November 14, 2023


Year 12 working with YST athlete mentor .Beyond the baseline tennis project .— HLAW_SSP@ () November 16, 2023


Happy to everyone celebrating in our community 🎊— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () November 12, 2023


In 1915, after losing a friend in Ypres, Canadian doctor, Lt. Col. John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write a now famous poem called 'In Flanders Fields'. After WWI, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance.— Harris Lowe Arts () November 11, 2023


We are so excited for the return of our life drawing classes!!! To book your place please search ” HLAW life drawing “ on EVENTBRITE— Harris Lowe Arts () November 9, 2023


Some lovely results for a first attempt at throwing on the wheel…— Harris Lowe Arts () November 9, 2023


Learning to throw… anyone else feeling dizzy???— Harris Lowe Arts () November 8, 2023


Our Year 6 poppy sellers are ready in the playground to sell poppies this afternoon for the— HarrisTottenham () November 6, 2023


Thank you for donating and supporting our sixth form students with fantastic top quality laptops— HLAW 6th Form () November 7, 2023


Tonal portrait in oil pastel by Jalil and Larisa…— Harris Lowe Arts () November 5, 2023

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

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Curriculum Overview

The Academy’s curriculum:

  • contributes to pupils’ academic achievement, their physical wellbeing and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • promotes good behaviour and attitudes to safety
  • sits alongside extra-curricular activities, pastoral support, assemblies and themed events which together nurture personal development
  • supports the emphasis on the Academy values, as well as promoting awareness of self and the British values of respect, tolerance, equality and fairness

Our curriculum is compliant with our duty in terms of the  Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs Regulations 2014.

Detailed information about each subject can be found by clicking on the individual subject pages. Please click on the expandable sections below for further information.

Key Stage 3

In their first three years of school students study a curriculum based on the core subjects of English, maths and science, supplemented by an in depth study of the humanities and languages taught by specialist teachers. Alongside this core, students develop their creative and sporting potential through the teaching of PE and a range of visual and performing arts. Students that join the academy below level 4 in English or maths participate in a programme designed to ensure they reach age related expectations as soon as possible.

Key Stage 4

Great care is taken in helping students and parents to make appropriate option choices in Year 9 is a transition year during which we retain the breadth of curriculum by offering core Art and Sport - reflection our Academy specialisms - as well as RE, Citizenship and Literacy interventions such as Daily DEAR. The first half term of Year 9 is skills-based, so that students can make changes to their GCSE options if necessary. 

The GCSE subjects offered in Year 10 and 11 are designed to provide the broadest possible range of opportunities post-16. Students are offered a range of academic subjects, including all EBacc* subjects, as well as a focused vocational offer. This allows each student to follow a pathway suited to their needs, interests and level of attainment. 


* The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a suite of subjects: English language/ literature, mathematics and science plus a modern foreign language and humanity (history or geography).

Post 16

In the Sixth Form, students can choose from a range of study programmes. Prior to starting post-16 courses, a rigorous application and admissions process guides students onto the most appropriate pathway. Study programmes are designed to ensure progression routes to high-quality higher education, training or employment upon leaving school. As well as providing a diverse range of academic A level subjects, there is vocational offer consisting of substantial vocational qualifications. Any student yet to achieve a Level 2 pass in GCSE English and maths attends classes to re-sit these qualifications at the earliest opportunity. For students who are not yet ready for level 3, a one-year step pathway allows students to gain appropriate level 2 qualifications, alongside a structured programme of work experience. To support the taught curriculum, study programmes also contain non-qualification activities designed to prepare students for the next stage of their education. These include supervised independent study, a tailored UCAS and careers programme, and range of extra-curricular activities. Within this, the Academy provides impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance.


The purpose of assessment at Harris Lowe Academy Willesden is to provide up-to-date, accurate and objective information about students’ achievement to themselves, their parents and staff.

Through informing next steps, the process of assessment will help to accelerate progress and improve classroom practice.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is used to inform teaching and learning. The Academy is committed to ensuring that formative feedback is acted upon in order to support students’ learning. The Academy is also mindful of teacher workload and strives to use systems of formative assessment that do not require any unnecessary reporting or tracking. Examples of formative assessment include:

  • Using probing lesson questions.
  • Questioning techniques to check or stretch understanding.
  • Low stakes testing to check knowledge acquisition.
  • Using mini white boards.
  • Using visualizers to share student work or model answers.
  • Scanning the work of students while they are in the lesson to check for understanding and act upon information gathered.
  • RAG123.
  • Marking student work as dependent on essential or departmental policy.