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.


Our year 7’s working really hard last night at our cricket development club!


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Did you know that our 1:1 and group coaching sessions are fully funded for colleagues? Find out more about the different programmes and sign up at and we'll do the rest!


As Sikhs across the world celebrate the birth of Guru Nanak Dev ji, we would like to send warm wishes to those in our Sikh community as we reflect on his teachings of truth, love, and equality.


Our sixth form open event was a huge success this week, with a range of families visiting us from across Essex and Kent. Special thanks goes to staff & students who stayed on-site to showcase the ethos of our school, and speak so eloquently about our key stage 5 provision.


Congratulations to the Year 8 Girls Netball team on their 8-6 victory against Gateway Academy 🎉


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Thank you ⁦⁩ and everyone who donated towards their fantastic 355.1kg Harvest collection for the ⁦⁩ . Your generosity is greatly appreciated ❤️thank you ❤️


"This House believes that police officers in the UK should carry fire-arms". Key stage 3 debate club absolutely smashed this afternoon's debate, with the Opposition team taking the win. Special mention to our summary speakers who offered stunning rebuttals to close the debate.


After school extra curricular PE clubs are as follows: This timetable will be followed from next Monday (22nd November). The basketball season has started and football/rugby has been paused! Everyone is welcome! Any questions, please see your PE teacher!


A big well done to everyone who took part in cross country today, showing off the talent we have in Harris Ockendon! A massive well done to the Inter Boys who won their section and were awarded this trophy! What an achievement! 🎉🎉


Unfortunately parents are not allowed to watch in the year 8 netball match at Gateway Academy tomorrow after school (17th November). We still wish them luck in their third match of the season!


Huge congratulations to Jack in Year 10 who has (again) smashed his Feis (dancing competition) with: 🏆1st place Open Reel 🏆10th place Open Championship 🏆10th place Modern Set We are incredibly proud! 🎉🥇🥳


We look forward to welcoming prospective students to our sixth-form open event this Thursday (18th November) from 5-7pm. Our wonderful staff and students will be on-hand to give you a taste of life as a HAOC sixth-former, and the range of courses available.


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What a performance by our Y7 boys this afternoon. Winning 2-1 AET in the 3rd round of the U12 PlayStation cup. Thank you to for hosting us and being involved in such a thrilling match.


"What time does chess club start?" "You're going to have to check, mate!" 😆 Our very skilled chess contingent, practising for their next chance at beating a teacher or two!


Fixtures for next week are as follows: Monday 15th November - Year 7 Boys Football v Fortismere school @ home (National cup) 2.30 KO Wednesday 17th November - Year 7-11 District Cross country @ Blackshots Park Thursday 18th November - Year 8A Girls Netball v Gateway (away)


Congratulations to the Year 8B Girls Netball team on their 6-6 draw against Gable Hall B team 🎉 Year 8 girls from both teams remain undefeated! Keep it up!!! 🎉🎉


Key Stage 3 Book Club getting stuck into some dystopian fiction!

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Home Testing (Covid-19)

Many people with Coronavirus have mild, or even no symptoms, but can still spread the virus.  With regular self-testing the spread of the virus can slow and help protect the most vulnerable in our families and communities.

Students have been undertaking home testing for some time, and will be encouraged to continue to do so, using the home testing kits the academy provides to them.

When should the tests be taken?

All home testing should take place twice each week, every Sunday and Wednesday evening.  Each test will take about 15 minutes to set up and results will be ready after a further 30 minutes.

How do I take the test?

How you do the test depends on the testing kit you are using. HAOC are now issuing nose-only testing kits.

The Government have produced guidance on how to take a covid-19 lateral flow test which includes video instructions.  Guidance is available for a range of different testing kits, including the nose-only version we provide. Please click HERE.

What if the results are negative?

If your results are negative, then it is likely that you were not infectious at the time the test was taken.  You must continue to follow national and local rules and guidelines regarding regular hand washing and social distancing where required.

What if the results are positive?

If your results are positive, it means you are currently infected with coronavirus and risk infecting others.  You must notify the academy as soon as possible, and book a confirmation PCR test by either going online at or by calling NHS 119.

You must self-isolate in accordance with current national and local guidelines, which can be found HERE.

If the confirmation PCR test is negative, your child can return to school and normal activities can be resumed.

If the confirmation PCR test is positive, then you should continue to self-isolate for the remainder of the 10-day period.

What if the results are void?

If you get a void result, this means that the test has not been run correctly.  You need to take another home-test.  You should use a new test kit; it is important you do not re-use anything from the first kit.

If you don’t have another home-test kit available, you should book a PCR test online via or by calling NHS 119.

Recording my Results

Once the test has been completed it is also important that you report your result, whether it is positive, negative, or void.

Results should be reported within 24 hours of receiving them and are vital in helping scientists track the spread of Covid-19 and spot any new outbreaks faster.

You can report your results easily online by clicking the following link:

If you are unable to access the online service, please call 119 – lines are free, and open 7 days a week from 7am to 11pm.