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Harris Academy
Perth Road, DD2 1NL, UK Dundee
+44 (0)1382-435700


Harris Academy was founded in 1885 and is the oldest public school in Dundee. It is a prestigious and popular school with a good reputation, and its former pupils are active and prominent in every walk of life, both within the city and throughout Scotland.

Harris is a successful comprehensive school offering a wide range of courses to suit pupils of all abilities. Although modern and up to date in our methods and equipment, we have continued to promote such traditional values as academic success, hard work, good behaviour and smart appearance. We regard this mixture of progressive and traditional as one of the school’s great strengths.

The school building was constructed in 1930 and extended in the mid-1960s. Over the past five years, extensive internal modernisation, the addition of new classrooms and of a games complex have provided us with the most modern of facilities in which to educate young people.

The school roll at the beginning of session 2005-2006 was 1,248.

One of the distinctive features of the school is the exceptionally wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer, and the high level of participation by pupils. We have special strengths in music, sport, debating and public speaking and we have what must be one of the most successful Duke of Edinburgh Award Schemes of any school in Scotland.


We feel that it is important that we have a clearly set out statement of responsibilities to the young people who attend Harris. The School Aims are a statement of what you and your child can expect of us. We ask that you support us in the achievement of our aims.

  • To ensure that all pupils fulfil their potential, academically, personally, socially and vocationally.
  • To create a disciplined and caring environment in which all members of the school community can work happily and effectively.
  • To maintain good links and relationships with parents and with the community outwith the school.
  • To foster in pupils positive attitudes towards themselves, towards others and towards the school, and to inculcate good personal habits of dress, conduct, attendance and punctuality.


  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Education
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Computer Education
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Home Economics
  • Library
  • Maths
  • Modern Languages
  • Modern Studies
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Physics
  • R.M.S.
  • Science
  • Social Education
  • Technology


The curriculum of a school might be defined as "all that is learned by the pupils". In Harris we believe most strongly that we have an obligation to educate the whole child. Learning in Harris is a holistic and inclusive experience which includes

  • the formal curriculum - the timetabled courses, class work and homework.
  • the informal or extended curriculum - out of class and out of school activities which are either related to the coursework or to the personal and social development of the young person.
  • the hidden curriculum - the values, sense of purpose and self-esteem which young people develop through living in a school community and experiencing its ethos.
In Harris we work hard to ensure that the educational experience of every young person consists of a balanced input from all 3 aspects of the curriculum.

Timetabled Courses

Although the Secondary school may feel different from the Primary, and the methods of teaching and learning may appear to be different, learning is a continuous process and the courses which we teach are geared to move young people on naturally from the work done in Primary. In turn, as pupils move up through the school the work which they do in S1/2 links with Standard Grade in S3/4 and then with Higher/Intermediate courses in S5/6.


We consider these to be an important element in our pupils’ education and, as a matter of school policy, we encourage staff and pupils to participate in them. They introduce pupils to a range of activities in which they might not otherwise have an opportunity to take part. They bring pupils together in a shared common interest (and many lasting friendships are formed in this way). They also bring teachers and pupils together in a context which is quite different from the formal one of the classroom.

The range of activities on offer can vary from year to year, but there is always something for everybody and what follows will give some idea of what is normally available. We believe that this is one of the great strengths of the school and that few schools can match the range of activities on offer or the level of participation in them by pupils. We urge parents to encourage their children to take advantage of these activities, to make a positive contribution to school life through them and to benefit from them.


Every pupil can experience difficulties with learning - even the most able pupil. It is the policy of the school to help all pupils overcome difficulties. For many pupils support may be minimal. Indeed a question directed to the teacher and subsequent explanation may be all that is required. Other pupils, however may have greater difficulties and may require an enhanced level of support if they are to achieve of their best.

Pupil Support Staff at Harris Academy help pupils to learn effectively. Support for pupils may be delivered through one or more different strategies. A Pupil Support teacher may, for example, work in a consultative capacity with classroom teachers to ensure that teaching materials and teaching methods are appropriate for groups of pupils or for individual pupils. There may also be instances when a Pupil Support teacher works directly with a class group or with individual pupils for a period of time to address an area of need.

Individual needs are identified through tracking of pupil progress by a Pupil Support teacher.

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