Ambition. Perseverance. Legacy.

After two years of outstanding education and personal development Harris Westminster students are not just ready to face the world but to change it. They are prepared for study at the best universities in the UK and abroad and learn how to get the most out of their experiences at those great institutions.

Harris Westminster aims to develop students who recognise their own talents and who have the ambition to use these to the greatest effect. They enjoy facing new challenges and persevere in the face of obstacles, developing the skills and understanding they need to reach their goals; and they are aware of the impact they have on the world around them and of the legacy they leave behind.

The Harris Westminster journey is summed up in these three words: ambition; perseverance; legacy.   

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Ambition

Our students have high expectations of themselves. They believe in their own abilities and in their capacity to learn and develop new skills and knowledge. They are unafraid of competition, seek out new challenges and collaborate successfully to meet them. Their long term goals are stretching and exciting and they know how to take the next step on the road to meeting them.

Perseverance

Our students understand the value of hard work and are able to concentrate on medium and long term goals. They are not dismayed by mistakes but learn from them and seek opportunities to use their learning. They use different approaches to solve problems and will not give up if they don’t succeed at the first attempt. They encourage each other and accept encouragement: they celebrate not just their own successes but also those of their peers.

Legacy

Our students have a strong moral code and a desire to help others. They understand the impact that their words and actions have and make their choices accordingly. They learn about cultures and groups other than their own and are interested in the ideas of others. They have the courage to stand up for what is right even when it is difficult and leave enterprises of all kinds and scales better for their involvement.

Student Leadership

Students have a range of opportunities to develop their leadership skills and are able to take on positions of formal responsibility. House Captains and Vice-Captains marshall their teams to engage in a range of competitions (including football, netball (both of which are mixed), debating and poetry-writing) and subject societies (which meet every Wednesday) offer students an opportunity to take the lead in academic matters, choosing and presenting on areas of their own interest.

Student Senate

The Student President and Senate advise the Principal and represent the school on formal occasions. Every year, following a student election and then an interview process, we appoint a Student President and Vice Presidents who join a small number of other students (including, ex officio, the House Captains) on the Senate which is the flagship for student leadership at Harris Westminster.

President Antoinette Vassell  
Vice Presidents Otis Aarts Blessie Simbol

Joel

It has been a great pleasure to serve as Student President, as it has allowed me to have opportunities that I never thought I would experience, while also gaining a great many skills. One such opportunity was when Mr Handscombe and myself were fortunate enough to visit Downing Street, where we met Theresa May, the Prime Minister, as well as Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education, who we were delighted to see. As head of the Senate it has been our responsibility to voice the concerns and opinions of the Students, as well as striving for change that will bring improvements to the school. From painting the walls pink, to contactless payment in the canteen, we have discussed the widest array of suggestions and opinions. It is rewarding to know that we have enacted change in areas which make the school much better as a whole. It has also been quite challenging at times, but these challenges have allowed us to develop our skills to become better Senators. As a result, the Senate has grown as a community this year, striving to gain a consensus in every decision that we make. It is great to know the next team will have more than enough enthusiasm, confidence and talent, to ensure that we are in safe hands.

Joel McFarlane, Student President 2016-2017