Our Y11 students enjoying the spectacle that is Quantum Theatre's rendition of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'. It was, to quote the man himself: "wonderful, wonderful, won-der-ful!" 👏🏼👏🏽👏🏿 Thank you 🎄📚


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's Road Safety Team are currently looking for 3 School Crossing Patrol (SCP - lollipop persons) to join them in helping keep children and adults safe while crossing roads to school. More info. is attached!


Year 7 basketball is cancelled tonight and will instead be on Monday 10th and Wednesday 12th in preparation for their match on Thursday


Happy new year to all of our families! We are looking forward to welcoming students back to school today. COVID testing times and back to school arrangements are detailed below (as a reminder). Please make sure that students arrive at the correct time for their year group.


We have accumulated quite the collection of coats in lost property! Uncollected items will be held onto until January 14th and then donated to charity if unclaimed.


Well done to everyone for taking part in the inter-house PE competitions this week. The overall winners for each year group are: Year 7 - Whitlock 🎉 Year 8 - Strike 🎉 Year 9 - Strike 🎉


SMASHING end to the term for our debaters! KS3 Vs KS4, with our judges scoring a DRAW! Improvised closing speeches enabled a win in favour of the Proposition Team. Well done speakers: you were compelling, convincing, & thoroughly entertaining! 👏🏻👏🏿


Our Y13 Lit students were transported back to the ROARING '20s this week at the immersive Gatsby experience in London. They danced the Charlston, gave the characters marriage advice, & cried at Daisy's long-awaited reunion with Jay Gatsby. What a NIGHT!


Year 8's posters to raise awareness of issues affecting our oceans are coming along beautifully...


Well done to the Year 8/9 Girls Football team who placed 2nd at the Harris Federation Football Tournament 🎉


Fixtures for next week are as follows: Monday 6th December •Year 10/11 Boys Basketball v gateway (home) Wednesday 8th December •Year 9 Girls Netball v OPA (home) Thursday 9th December •Year 8/9 Boys Basketball v HACH (away) •Year 8 girls netball v St cleres (home)


Great turn out for the Year 8 and 9 Cricket Development Squat last night!


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Wonderful start to our day at with a lovely warm welcome from all the staff here and stairs to success! Great subject day for and trainees.


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Our ft PE Teacher David Roast educating us all things 🏉


Unfortunately the year 7/8 girls football match has been cancelled. It will be rearranged for a later date.


Fixtures for this week are as follows: Monday 29th November •Yr 7/8 girls football v St Cleres (away) •Yr 7 Boys Basketball v WES (home) Wednesday 1st December •Yr 9 Harris Cup v Falconwood (away) Thursday 2nd December •Yr 8/9 Boys Basketball v Hassenbrook (home)


Today, we send peace and love to our Jewish families, as they light the shamash and first candle for the Festival of Lights...🕯💙


Today, we send warm wishes to our Christian families, as they mark the first Sunday of Advent. On this day, Christians light the candle of Hope to represent the hope that was felt for the coming of Christ 🙏🏼💙


Apologies however the year 7 Boys football match v Harris Wimbledon is cancelled tomorrow.

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Pastoral Team

Miss Driscoll, Pastoral Manager, Year 7

Driscoll dMiss Driscoll has worked at Harris Academy Ockendon since 2004, known then as The Ockendon School, then The Ockendon Academy.  She grew up in the local area, attending Grays Convent secondary school.  

Miss Driscoll started her career in Education by becoming an Assessor and Internal Verifier for General National Vocational Qualifications (GNVQ) within the workplace and with young people.  She then moved into a school setting where she gained a wide range of qualifications in areas such as Behaviour, Mental Health, First Aid, Safeguarding and Prevent, as well as Counselling.

Within her role of Pastoral Manager Miss Driscoll supports year 7, alongside their achievement leader, Mr Mutch.  She is also a key part of the Safeguarding Team within the Academy. 

Miss Driscoll is committed to serving the local community.  Her professionalism and experience over the years has enabled her to build positive relationships with students, families and external agencies. 

Miss Richardson, Pastoral Manager, Year 8

Richardson tMiss Richardson has worked at Harris Academy Ockendon since 2019 in the role of Pastoral Manager. 

Her career began in the Prison Service, working as a Prison Officer. She then went onto work for a secure training centre in Kent, where she became an Enrichment Officer, working with young offenders.  Part of her role involved delivering youth work projects, and Physical Education sessions.

In 2015 she joined a prison education provider where she was instrumental in setting up a number of successful courses.  Following this Miss Richardson starting work at South Essex College as a Support Worker before joining Harris Academy Ockendon.

In her role as Pastoral Manager Miss Richardson supports students in year 8, alongside their achievement leader Miss Barr.  She has a passion to ensure that her students have the best experience of school they can, to achieve well and enjoy being the best they can be.

Throughout her career she has gained a wide range of qualifications in topics such as education, leadership and management, first aid, mental health, behaviour, working with children with learning difficulties, autism, prevent and safeguarding.

Mrs Davison, Pastoral Manager, Year 9

20210825 082942288 iosMrs Davison started working at Harris Academy Ockendon in 2013, known then as The Ockendon Academy as a Teaching Assistant, where she was pivotal in supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in small intervention groups as well in the classroom.

She grew up in the local community studying at The Ockendon School and Palmer’s Sixth Form College. She is currently studying through The Open University towards a BA in History.

In her role as Pastoral Manager Mrs Davison supports students in Year 9 alongside their achievement leader Mr Moreland. As part of the pastoral team, she manages attendance, behaviour and focuses on pastoral issues and student wellbeing.  She works hard to develop and maintain positive relationships with the students in her year group as well as their families and external agencies.

Throughout her career she has gained a wide range of qualifications and is ambitious for not only herself but all the students she works with. She is passionate about providing all students with a positive school experience and helping them to be happy and successful.

Miss Janganant, Pastoral Manager, Year 10

Janganant aMiss Janganant has worked in education for over 7 years supporting and coaching students to inspire, motivate and achieve their goals.

Coming from a long and successful career in the Business Banking and Finance sector, she made the transition into education and won an Education Award in her first year.  Following this she undertook a Diploma in Education and Training and taught Finance to sixth form students for over three years.

In her role as Pastoral Manager Miss Janganant supports students in year 10 alongside their achievement leader Mr Mann. As part of the pastoral team, she manages attendance, supervises study periods, and focuses on pastoral issues and wellbeing.

Miss Janganant is also the academy co-ordinator for the ‘Make Happen’ programme, the Mindfulness in Schools lead, and delivers a ‘Life after Lockdown’ Programme to small groups of KS3 students, which equips them with tools and techniques to handle the effects of Lockdown. 

Miss Janganant has a keen interest in mindfulness and emotional wellbeing and has practised mindfulness and meditation for over 10 years, including teaching this at an adult college in her spare time.  She has trained with the Mindfulness in School Project (MiSP) and is qualified to deliver their signature Mindfulness Programmes to students aged 11-18. 

Her love of teaching and training combined with her passion for continued learning, and interests in meditation and mindfulness have enabled her to empower others and show how the benefits of having a mindful practice can really bring a sense of calm and peace to one’s life.

Mrs Howard, Pastoral Manager, Year 11

Howard rMrs Howard studied at The Ockendon Academy, Palmers College and is currently studying through the Open University towards a BA in English Language and Literature.

Her role within the academy is as a Pastoral Manager, currently supporting year 11 students, alongside their Achievement Leader Mr Cogger, and Vice Principal Mr Docherty.

As part of the Pastoral team she contributes to the development, planning and implementation of strategies such as attendance, safeguarding, and behaviour management, with a specific personal interest in supporting students' emotional wellbeing. She is committed to encouraging the physical, intellectual and emotional development of her students to encourage and aid them to achieve their full potential. 

Mrs Howard actively upholds the Academy’s values of ambition, discipline and honesty, promoting the mission of ‘Enjoying being the best you can be’ whilst encouraging a ‘can do attitude’ amongst the students. 

As a Pastoral manager she has expert knowledge and training in safeguarding and child protection guidance and policies, and ensures these are implemented and followed at all times.

She develops and maintains links within the community outside school, ensuring professional relationships are formed with other agencies where needed, whilst also promoting partnership with parents and carers in order to support the students in their school journey. 

Mrs Howard works hard to build positive trusting relationships with students in her year group, doing this with professionalism and plenty of humour!