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Moving onto our afternoon events. Who will be this years overall sports day winners?🏆


Sports Day 2024 is underway 🏆


Year 8s having fun at Hever Castle 🏰


Visiting Hever Castle and having an amazing time making memories! 🏰✨


Students presenting their sustainable hot sauce Dip ‘n Season at Drapers’ hall Enterprise Challenge. Sharon, Jasmine, Anais, Divine, Capprice 💪🎤🎯


Students preparing for the Enterprise challenge! From 20 teams, down to the final 4. Wishing our Harris Ockendon team best of luck tonight 🍀


Year 12s had a great time making memories at Chessington World of Adventures today 🎢🎡😎


Students having fun in the Natural History Museum 😎


Feudal system? 🏰 Completed it already 👍


Having a blast at Colchester Castle! Students are embracing the Roman spirit, getting dressed in authentic Roman attire and immersing themselves in history. 🏰👗


🎢🎡 Students having a blast at Adventure Island! 😄🎉


🌿🌸 Giant lily pads at Kew Gardens are absolutely breathtaking! 🌺🌿


"🌟✨Students having a blast at the Royal Observatory!🔭🎉 "


Raft building fun!


Mr Sufi showing year 9 how to do the climbing wall!


Fun on the lake!


MMW Grange Waters Day 2


Grange Waters - what a great day!


Today, our Yr8 students are immersing themselves in the vibrant rhythms and moves of African dance! It's not just about having fun, but also developing their cultural intelligence and embracing diversity. 🌍


"Having a blast with our fantastic Year 8 students at the Harris Ockendon Escape! They're having a great time solving puzzles, working together, and making unforgettable memories. 🧩🔐 "

Harris Academies
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House System

The Academy House System promotes a sense of belonging and is a commitment to building a community, knowing every child individually fostering team spirit, collective responsibility, friendly competition and care for others. It is built on the two core principles of participation and leadership. The Academy House system underpins our behaviour for learning policy, ethos and values.

We have 8 houses which are named after local inspirational people (chosen by our students) who are representative of our diverse community. They epitomise the academy values and have made, or are making, significant contributions to their communities. All students and members of staff will be committed to a house throughout their time at Harris Academy Ockendon. House points will be earned for exemplary behaviour, learning, sporting and community activities.


Alastair Cook

COOK, Alastair

Alastair Cook is a former England cricket captain and played for Essex County Cricket Club.  He holds a number of English and international records. He is one of the most prolific batsmen of the modern era as the fifth highest test run scorer of all time. 

Alastair Cook had a strong commitment to develop a culture of success and developed his character along the way. Alastair Cook had discipline, which underpinned his working and learning ethic so he could achieve greatness. He also embodies our value of resourcefulness; Alastair had the confidence to face challenges and be creative in facing challenges. 

Sir isaac newton






NEWTON, Sir Isaac

Sir Isaac Newton was an English mathematician, physicist and author. He became well known for his work on gravity and his three laws of motion.  The famous story of an apple falling to the ground from a tree illustrates how Newton’s work on gravity was inspired by the things he observed in the world around him.  It also demonstrates how he embodies our values of ambition and discipline by striving to ‘discover’ gravity.  He went on to build the first practical reflecting telescope and discovered that a prism separates white light into the colours of the visible spectrum.

Eileen Pullen

PULLEN, Eileen

Eileen lived in Rainham, Essex and worked for Ford.  She first started working at Ford in 1947 and retired in 1984. She was pivotal in the equality movement and achieving equal pay for women within the company. Eileen is immortalised in the film Made in Dagenham. She displayed many of our values including resourcefulness. Eileen Pullen and many of her co workers were very confident, creative and had the ability to embrace challenges, which gave women the equal pay act in the 1970's. Eileen Pullen underpins our value of honesty as her colleagues and herself wanted to be recognised as skilful workers, and be paid the same as men. 

Anne Strike

STRIKE, Anne Wafula

Anne is a Harlow-based British Paralympic wheelchair racer. Her category is T7 Paralysis. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to disability sport and charity.

Anne won a bronze medal in the Paralympic world cup in Manchester 2007. Anne has not only focused her time on racing but dedicates a lot her time to helping others in other countries to achieve their dreams of partaking in Paralympics. Anne has also released a book 'In my dreams I dance'.

Anne underpins our Academy value of being connected; she has a social conscience, an understanding of the world and has a considerate approach to other people.

Elizabeth II

TUDOR, Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I delivered an encouraging speech to her troops in Tilbury on 19th August 1588, before they set sail for the Spanish Armada. As an independent and empowered monarch who fought against the patriarchal norm, she is highly regarded as one of the most important historical British figures.

Queen Elizabeth I underpins many of the Academy's values especially resourcefulness; she was very successful in being confident and creative, having the ability to embrace many challenges that she faced during her reign, especially as a woman in a male dominated society.

Russell Tovey

TOVEY, Russell

Russell is an English actor who grew up in Billericay. He studied performing arts at Barking College. 

Russell Tovey faced many adversities in his adolescent life and has used this as a platform to campaign for equality. He is known for his acting in Being Human, The Pirates! Band of Misfits and The History Boys, along with many more well-known titles.

Russel Tovey encompasses many of our Academy values but in particular, being connected and ambition. He has developed a lot of his time embedding a culture of success and has worked hard to be where he is. Russell is also very socially conscious and understands the world by campaigning for many LGBT groups. 

Alfred Wallace

WALLACE, Alfred Russell

Alfred Russell Wallace lived in Grays from 1872 until 1876. He is associated with Charles Darwin for proposing the theory in the evolution of the species by natural selection; a contentious theory during the Victorian era where religious belief was fundamental to society. As a member of the scientific community, he rallied against this. 

Alfred Russell underpins our values of ambition, discipline and resourcefulness. He was very committed to having a culture of success within his work. His honest approach was recognised through his efforts in education and work, and he certainly knew how to embrace challenges.

Max Whitlock


Max is a British artistic gymnast who was born in Hemel Hempstead. Max joined South Essex Gymnastics Club in Basildon.

He has won many awards, including being a double Olympic gold medallist from the 2016 summer games.  His meticulous and disciplined training regime along with a strong ambitious drive has led him to be the most successful British gymnast of all time.

Max encompasses all of our Academy values but in particular, ambition, discipline and resourcefulness.