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10/04/24

Student leadership is really important to us at Harris Clapham Sixth Form and this week we announced our new Student Parliament President and our new Vice Presidents! pic.twitter.com/IwgHeQ0GDw

10/04/24

Happy Confidence Term from Harris Clapham Sixth Form! Yesterday our Executive Principal gave an assembly to our Year 12 students on the importance of being confident and taking opportunities in life. pic.twitter.com/V6JClA2veM

10/04/24

Today our Head of School, Ms Heuston gave an assembly to our Year 13 students which highlighted the importance of removing distractions and remaining focused in order to achieve success. pic.twitter.com/BxlHtyaRcL

10/04/24

Yesterday we had our first assembly of Confidence Term at Harris Clapham Sixth Form. A delight to be able to share two of my cultural favourites, a character deficiency, and to celebrate the new student President:https://t.co/QvNOPtz1MM

10/04/24

Eid Mubarak to all of our students and families who celebrate it (and to everyone else, actually - have a great Eid). https://t.co/fSQOOk8gwU

10/04/24

A strong reading recommendation from our Executive Principal (and a beautiful cover). https://t.co/T8IJdtI97e

10/04/24

A new book to go into the work bag - thanks to (and others) for the recommendation. pic.twitter.com/9KzilnOqcG

10/04/24

Oscar Wilde said “Why was I born with such contemporaries?” Gore Vidal went further with “It is not enough to succeed, others must fail.”These witty comments touch on a darker part of humanity, and one of the things I love most about schools is when they challenge this.

18/03/24

Last Wednesday the Year 12 Biologists visited Beckenham Place Park to complete some of the field work required for their A level studies. Despite challenging weather, students did incredibly well and were able to finish their practical work. pic.twitter.com/3bbOQ3xhpO

18/03/24

Congratulations to Year 12 drama students who performed brilliantly in their recent theatrical crime drama for an invited audience of teachers. pic.twitter.com/whplo1TLzV

18/03/24

Clapham Cultural Society celebrated Ghana Independence Day by hosting a fun quiz highlighting key facts about Ghana pic.twitter.com/77GryY3t3y

18/03/24

As part of our celebration of World Book Day, teachers continued to share their favourite books through ‘Drop Everything and Read. Form tutors dedicated the first 5-10 minutes of the session to read a book excerpt aloud to tutees. pic.twitter.com/4EovuDK8N5

18/03/24

Thursday 7th was World Book Day and at Harris Clapham Sixth Form classroom doors were adorned with posters showing favourite books of staff members.The range of titles and genres demonstrated the varied interests across the school. pic.twitter.com/rdIhzzsbZT

04/03/24

At , we have as two “cornerstones” of our development “Empowerment” and “Joy” - staff should feel able to make change and everyone should have fun at school.If you’re interested in a school that works this way, we’re hiring.https://t.co/T4zoVUcSh1 https://t.co/bV0OY3Ry36

04/03/24

At , we have as two “cornerstones” of our development “Empowerment” and “Joy” - staff should feel able to make change and everyone should have fun at school.If you’re interested in a school that works this way, we’re hiring.https://t.co/T4zoVUcSh1 https://t.co/bV0OY3Ry36

04/03/24

Glad to see someone actually saying we should have joy in schools.

04/03/24

Glad to see someone actually saying we should have joy in schools.

28/02/24

This was a wonderful event - huge thanks to our guest speakers and a big welcome to the students who came to look round: we think you'll fit in well and are looking forward to getting to know you in September. https://t.co/c1zfKqwIPM

26/02/24

Last chance to sign up to our Careers Open Evening which is happening tomorrow! We have speakers from the world of Medicine and Law and a wide range of careers on display. Sign up using the below link. #claphamsixthformhttps://t.co/tvUltblXQ4

26/02/24

I'm really looking forward to this week's Open Evening at - we've got great speakers from the worlds of law, medicine & finance to underpin our thinking of sixth form as a step from childhood to the adult world & the need to earn a living:https://t.co/zBgWFl9SbP

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Meet the Executive Principal

Being Executive Principal of Harris Clapham Sixth Form is an enormous privilege both because of the vision with which I’ve been entrusted and because of the students I work with each day.

I was educated at Silverdale Comprehensive School in Sheffield and then at Oxford and Harvard Universities. I found several things difficult about the transfer from school to university: the pomp of the buildings and the confidence of the other students was intimidating; the wealth of opportunity was not something I was used to; and, having done well at school, I was unused to finding study difficult and was therefore ill-equipped to work resolutely through a problem or to seek advice and support from other students.

I do not think that these experiences are unique and am delighted that students leaving Harris Clapham go on to study at top universities in the UK and abroad will be better prepared than I was: the breadth of the Cultural Perspectives courses will prepare them to look for and take opportunities for enrichment and inspiration and the pitch of lessons and quality of peer group will ensure that they learn both to find things difficult and to seek help when they need it.

It is a privilege to be part of this community, to have an opportunity and an excuse to learn with the students: to make my own knowledge more extensive and more exact; to be challenged critically to defend my own assertions and be scrupulous with my assumptions.

Since graduating from Harvard, I have taught in many schools in England, Wales and Australia and have taught many students of all abilities and backgrounds and I am determined that all young people should have the scholastic opportunities that are enjoyed by the most privileged. Harris Clapham students come from all backgrounds: each of them brings their own intellect, experience and viewpoint and comes ready to learn from their peers as well as from their teachers. It’s very exciting and, if you are an ambitious London student, I hope that you might want to join us.

James Handscombe

You can follow the Executive Principal of Harris Clapham and Wesminster Sixth Form on Twitter