Harris School celebrates academy status

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A new chapter has been marked in the history of a Rugby school.

Celebrations took place at Harris School as it becomes Harris Church of England Academy, part of the Diocese of Coventry Multi Academy Trust.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey, Rugby Mayor Tony Gillias, members of the local schools, churches, community, governors, past staff and pupils and current students joined together last Tuesday.

The Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Rev Dr Christopher Cocksworth, led a service of blessing for the academy during which guests were treated to performances by the students.

David Morris, head of the Diocese of Coventry Multi Academy Trust, said: “Staff, governors and members of the Multi Academy Trust are all committed to providing an outstanding educational environment for the staff, students and their families at Harris Church of England Academy in which everyone can thrive and reach their full potential.”

Various newspaper articles and photographs were on display and visitors were given tours of the academy by students.

The event was attended by Charles McLeod, who was one of the original members of staff when the school opened in 1954 and was made deputy headteacher in 1960. Mr McLeod, 98, retired in 1978 but has maintained strong links with the school.

New headteacher Michael Stoppard has been appointed and will take up the post next month.

Harris Church of England Secondary School first opened its doors 60 years ago.

The same traditions and commitment to serve the local community and provide a quality education for the young people of the town of Rugby and the surrounding villages, under pinned by a strong Christian ethos, were reaffirmed at last week’s celebration.

Building improvements are planned including new windows and the refurbishment of science labs.