Ever heard of The Benidorm Blues? Benidorm class have been playing the xylophones in their music lessons - here they are performing as a class!


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A dinosaur swamp appeared in nursery today, the children have been exploring the texture of the swamp and feeding the dinosaurs. All in a day's work for our nursery children...


Thanks for coming along Carole, it was great to have parents and children there for some fun. And yes, those children were fantastic, what a great example they set!


E.T at the ready! 👽


Film night is ready to begin... 👽


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On Friday 2nd February 2018 we are proud to welcome Michael Foale CBE, astrophysicist & former astronaut to Harris Primary Academy Philip Lane. We have a full schedule of events, some of which are ticketed and open to the public. Please RT the following information:


HARRIS PRIMARY ACADEMY CINEMA NIGHT! Limited amount of tickets available on the door. Don't miss out! Arrive at 4:30pm. See you there.


If you can't make our Astronaut Visit times on 2nd Feb (see pinned tweet!) then our friends at are holding similar events at different times that might suit. Head to their twitter or website for details!


Another busy week at the academy. Read all about it here:


Leon class looked simply terrific on WOW day! We dressed up according to our new theme: The Fantastic World of Storytelling! Here we all are, posing in front of our new pirate ship. Thank you everyone who helped us dress up in such terrific costumes!


Leon class have been lucky enough to have two mums come in to read to us this week: Ketan's mum and Louis' mum! Thank you both so much for coming! If you would like to come and read in one of our Reception classes, please let your teacher know!


Relay queens 👸🏾👸🏿👸🏻👸🏿


Quick as lightning 🌩 ⚡️


Dream team at the Sports Hall Athletics Competition


Ibiza had great fun making 3D shapes with blu tac and Miss Durrant’s lolly sticks. Don’t worry we gave them back!


Come one come all! Book your tickets before and after school tomorrow if you haven't already!


Yesterday one of our parents came to read a story to the nursery children. The children loved hearing about dinosaurs. We have a sign up sheet for parents/carers to book a slot, we have the availability for up to 4 story sessions a week.


Thanks Carole! Well spotted, we have changed this now!

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.

The Governing Body

The main role for governors is to support the Principal and staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. Governors help the school to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of academy life. The two key documents used for this are the Academy Improvement Plan (AIP) and the Summary Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The AIP sets out our strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SEF sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements. Our Chair of Governors is Ms Susan Head and our link governor for safeguarding is Mr Andrew Spearman. They can be contacted via

Governors also fulfil a range of legal duties including:

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • approving the budget
  • monitoring the progress and impact of the AIP
  • appointing, challenging and supporting the Principal
  • safeguarding duty
  • performance review

The full Governing Body meets once every term. At this meeting, the Principal reports to all governors about learning, progress, staffing, financial and premises matters. There is a small group responsible for financial management who with the Business Manager, keep an eye on school finances between our termly governor meetings. All governors are informed about what happens at these monthly finance meetings. 

There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school including from the community, parents and staff. All governors have equal status, however they are appointed.

The Governing Body of Harris Primary Academy Philip Lane

The Academy is a member of the Harris Federation. Ultimate responsibility for the Academy rests with the Board of Trustees of the Federation, (Federation governance details and scheme of delegation can be found here), but much of the work of the Board is delegated to the Local Governing Body (the Governors of the Academy). The details of the Governors at Harris Primary Academy Philip Lane are shown below.

Governing Body

Name Appointed as

 Date of Appointment


Date of Resignation Term of Office                  Business and
Pecuniary Interests
Meetings Attended 2016/17              

Ms Susan Head

Sponsor Governor/Chair of Governors

05/09/2012  (05/12/2016)

  4 Years Melody Berthoud, Harris Federation staff - family member 4/6

Ms Emma Penzer



  Ex-Officio None 6/6

Sir Daniel Moynihan

Sponsor Governor 01/05/2013(05/12/2016)   4 Years CEO, Harris Federation  -

Ms Sabeena Hasan

Sponsor Governor 01/05/2013(09/06/2017)   4 Years Director of Primary Education, Harris Federation 1/6

Matthew Battersby

Parent Governor 10/05/2017   4 Years None 2/6

Mr Andrew Spearman

Sponsor Governor (Safeguarding)  05/09/2012(05/12/2016)   4 Years A City Law Firm - Employee; Primary First Trust - Director 4/6

Mr Robert Wilne


Sponsor Governor 05/12/2016   4 Years Harris Federation Staff 3/6

Ms Kate Mieske


Sponsor Governor 11/07/2016   4 Years None 2/6

Ms Katy Peat


Staff Governor 10/05/2017   4 Years None 2/6
Mr Alexander Higgs Sponsor Governor 13/11/2017   4 Years None 0/6
Mr Ian Hickman Sponsor Governor/Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee 05/12/2016 11/12/2017 5 Years Northern Education Trust - Chief Operating Officer; LB Enfield - Chair of Finance, Highlands Community School 2/6

Mr Jason Lowe


Sponsor Governor 07/03/2016 05/06/2017 4 Years None 0/6
Mr James Ware Sponsor Governor 01/09/2012 27/02/2017 5 Years (following reelection) None 1/6
Ms Shazia Malik Staff Governor 01/09/2016 18/04/2017 7 months None 0/6
Mr Andrew Bliss Sponsor Governor 01/09/2016 02/03/2017 4 months None 2/6
Mr Robert Hick Parent Governor 01/09/2012 27/02/2017 5 Years (following reelection) None 3/6