TWO YEARS AGO, when it was announced that Chafford head, Chris Tomlinson and deputy head, George McMillan, were going to head across the Eltham Foundation School in Greenwich and help the ailing school, on person commentated: “Transforming a school in Chafford is one thing, stepping into Eltham is quite another.
Perhaps the person had stepped over the threshold of the vast monolithic school and perhaps they had seen their GCSE pass rates.
Two years later, the school, now called Harris Academy Greenwich has attained 72% 5 A* to C including English and Maths. That would make it ranked no 2 in Thurrock alone (just behind Harris Chafford).
Lord Harris will be at he school on Friday, when he will also bring both gold medals from the Olympic team that won just down the road at the Greenwich arena (He purchased two of the horses). But he will also bring his message of achieve and aspire.
Later that day, Lord Harris will then travel to Chafford Hundred where he will open the new sixth form centre.
On the morning of the results, we spoke to Mr Tomlinson about the Greenwich results; what it meant to all the Chafford staff who had contributed and what it means to be part of the Harris Federation.
It does lead some people to ask whether this would be a perfect moment for a school such as Grays to become part of the Harris Federation?