At Harborne Academy, we believe experiences count. We offer a thriving enrichment programme that engages our pupils and draws the school community together, encouraging a shared sense of purpose, teamwork, communication and commitment. This promotes academic attainment, employability while teaching our students the skills they need to make good choices, benefiting them well beyond the classroom. The breadth of our enrichment programme also provides our students with opportunities to find out more about their interests and passions, developing confidence in their unique skill sets and talents, but also making new friends along the way.
At the heart of Harborne Academy, life is a calendar of events that the whole school community has the opportunity to enjoy. There’s always something going on around the Academy with a varied programme, including Roald Dahl Day, National Poetry Day, The Big Draw, PSHE days, Black History Month, World Mountain Day, the Harborne Christmas Fayre, World Book Day, Earth Day, annual concerts and our school production. We also ensure key local, national, and international events are suitably commemorated such as Remembrance and Holocaust Memorial Day.
It is important to us that our students get involved in school-based activities as much as possible and, at Harborne Academy, there is plenty to choose from. From sport to learning an instrument; honing debating skills, to chess; whatever the interest, there is something on offer.
Enrichment opportunities are often delivered by our staff, but we have also forged external links with organisations and specialist providers to ensure a high-quality offer for students. Harborne Academy is part of The Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre’s Education Network (HEN). This provides our students with unique learning experiences, such as creating their own performances, but also provides numerous opportunities for them to enjoy a range of live theatre. Students from across the Academy work with the Diana Princess of Wales Trust to train as Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, going on to deliver assemblies and workshops to their peers. In Key Stage 3, all students have the opportunity to work towards the Arts Council of England’s Arts Award. This ensures that they have opportunities to study, experience, and enjoy a range of art forms and, after completing their portfolio, gain a recognised qualification. Throughout the year, we have a number of authors, poets, and illustrators visit the Academy, to work directly with our students, but also to talk about their lives and inspirations. In recent years, Harborne Academy has welcomed Patrice Lawrence, Tom Palmer, Linda Newbery, Bali Rai, Alex Wheatle, Matt Windle, Richard O Brien, Liam Brown, Hunt Emerson, Helen Greetham and Sufiya Ahmed.
Harborne Students are also given opportunities to visit amazing places as part of enrichment outside of the classroom. Recent trips have included visits to London, theatres, museums, The Hay Festival, the Black Country Living Museum, Bletchley Park, nmthe battlefields and cemeteries of the First World War in Belgium and France, Carding Mill Valley and National Memorial Arboretum.