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⭐Last Day Of Term!⭐ We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas - here's to a fantastic 2020! Our newly released December edition newsletter can be found here:


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Police engage with students


Congratulations to our Year 8 and 9 winners this morning! Here are some of our students who were chosen for positive Attitude To Learning awards. Amazing work!⭐️


Our Year 10 and 11 Celebration Assembly was held this morning, with students being recognised for their consistently excellent work. Well done everyone! ⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Year 8 & 9 assembly will be held tomorrow, with Year 7 on Friday.


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"I frequently say to staff, 'I don't want you here after half past five'". Harris Fed Executive Principal George McMillan offers his tips for time management, in a short film for


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Only a few more days! If you want to in or with , come and meet the team to find out more. Local people for local schools.


Tonight is the night! We are excited to share with you our brand new sixth form curriculum. No need to book, simply turn up between 5pm and 7pm. Our Head of Sixth Form's presentation will take place at 6pm.


Looking forward to tomorrow - our students will visit London to tour the offices of The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, with a morning of inspiration from !


Our Sixth Form Open Evening is on Thursday 5th December, 5pm-7pm. Come and find out about our brand new courses starting September 2020.


Congratulations to the winning students who entered our Christmas Card Competition! We had some fantastic entries. Winners will receive points for their House⭐️


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Looking forward to answering questions about how to in .


Reminder: Year 11 Parents' Evening is tomorrow from 4pm to 7pm.


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We're excited to welcome our newest school partner, in . An impressive, modern school with facilities to match 🤸‍♂️🥎


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It was great to speak with so many students yesterday, all excited for their futures and the possibilities we can offer them. Our Sixth Form Open Evening is being held on 5th December, 5pm-7pm. Find out how we can kick-start your career.


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We are pleased to be exhibiting at tomorrow, held at the Tilbury Cruise Terminal. We will be there all day, answering any and all questions about our courses offered from September 2020. It would be great to see you there!


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Two Harris academies celebrated their official openings in Thurrock last week - opened its new building and marked the start of its 'exciting journey'.


Join us on 20th November 5.30-7.30pm at , for our joint Sixth Form Open Evening, to explore Sixth Form courses & see how we can kick-start your future! Our Sixth Form Open Evening is 5th December 5-7pm - meet the teachers, speak with students and view facilities.


Come along to the Information Event and find out how can help you achieve your career in teaching.

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Governance & Scheme of Delegation (Academies)

The Role of Governor:

Within England, there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors, who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The roles of individual Governors, and subsequently members of a Governing Body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

  • Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academy.
  • Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards its set aims and objectives.
  • Finally the role of role of the Academy Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principal, i.e. a 'critical friend.'

Governors and trustees are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the governing board.

Strategic Leadership:

School governors  provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools and academies. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the Principal to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

The Academy Governing Body includes representation from Staff and Parents, as well as our Sponsor Governors. We are very fortunate to have an active Governing body who take a strategic role in ensuring the Academy provides the best possible provision for our learners.

The Chair of the Academy Governing Body at Harris Academy Ockendon is Ms. Carolyn English.

To contact our Chair of Governors, please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body: Mrs Helen Smith via:
Tel: 01708 851661

If you wish to make a written submission, please kindly address your correspondence as follows: FAO Ms. Carolyn English: Chair of Governors, Harris Academy Ockendon, Erriff Drive, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 5AY.

The Governing Body of Harris Academy Ockendon:

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). Some Governors are appointed by the Federation whilst others are elected by parents or guardians of students at the Academy or by staff. The details of the Governors at Harris Academy Ockendon are shown below. 

Date of appointment or reappointment
Resignation Date
Term of Office
Appointed As
Business Interest
Number of Full AGB meetings attended in last academic year
Number of F&GP meetings attended in last academic year
Jo Rainey 01/09/2019   Ex-Officio Ex-Officio Employee 2/2 1/1
Carolyn English 19/07/2019   4 Years Sponsor Governor



Son - Governor

2/2 1/1
Elaine Forrest 19/07/2019   4 Years Sponsor Governor Nil 2/2 1/1
Koyeli Solanki 19/07/2019   4 Years Sponsor Governor Employee 2/2 1/1
Sir Dan Moynihan 19/07/2019   Ex-Officio Sponsor Governor Employee 0/2 0/1
Nicola Graham 01/09/2019   Ex-Officio Ex-Officio Employee 2/2 1/1
George McMillan 01/09/2019   Ex-Officio Ex-Officio Employee 2/2 1/1


Harris Academy Ockendon Governor Link Responsibilities

Name Responsibility Academy Staff Link
Carolyn English Safeguarding Sam Dodge, DSL
Elaine Forrest  Sixth Form Christian Berry, SVP
Koyeli Solanki SEND / Health and Safety Ian Jose, Senco / Graham Cripps, Federation Business Manager

Full Governing Body Meeting Dates:

  • Wednesday 18th September 2019 9.00am

  • Wednesday 4th December 2019 10.30am

  • Wednesday 1st April 2020 9.00am

  • Wednesday 8th July 2020 9.00am

Finance and General Purposes Dates:

  • Wednesday 4th December 2019 10.30am

  • Wednesday 11th March 2020 9.00am

  • Wednesday 17th June 2020 9.00am