Our Student Parliament are members of our school community that embody our aim to ‘be the best we can be.’
Student Principals and Leaders were appointed following an interview process in which they had to detail their ambitions for the school and their peers.
Student Heads and Assistant Heads of Year were elected by their peers.
Paige Carleton - Student Principal.
As a member of HAOC Sixth form I am currently studying A-Levels in English literature, Government and Politics and Geography. I chose these subjects because I am looking to pursue a career in either law or government, particularly in terms of helping to push environment sustainability which is a passion of mine.
Whilst studying at HAOC I’ve learned to really enjoy every one of my subjects. I believe this is because of my teachers, not just for their quality of teaching but the way they are all always passionate about what they do which is really where my enjoyment comes from. Alongside this, I love the sense of maturity and independence that you get at our Sixth Form, we are all treated like adults, and it really makes a difference when you feel like you matter and have importance.
Outside of school, I’m involved in tutoring younger years in English, and I am part of the Harris Experience Advanced, which provides lots of opportunities in developing me in preparation for my university applications. I love helping the environment by collecting litter in my local area, as I think it’s important that we all give back to our community one way or another. I also enjoy reading and listening to podcasts about current politics in the UK and the US, which is both fun for me and helpful for my studies.
I am looking forward to my role as student Principal, so I can advocate for all the students in the 6th form as well as work as part of the whole school leadership team.
Abigail Downes - Vice Principal
I enjoy being part of HAOC Sixth Form where I am currently studying A-level English Literature, History and RS, all of which I love. I chose to continue to pursue English and History post-GCSE as they were my two favourite subjects, but RS I have started for the first time and have thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly the philosophy component.
Outside of school, I volunteer at a local scout group to help young people in the local community. It is also enabling me to develop transferable skills such as effective communication with children and a sense of responsibility which will aid me in my future career path.
After leaving HAOC, I intend to pursue my love of English literature at University and I hope, in a few years’ time, to become an English teacher in a secondary school like this one. This will allow me to share my knowledge and passion for the subject with the next generation, following in the footsteps of the many strong role models I have had within the English department at this school.
This strong network of teachers is what I love most about being a student at HAOC. They show genuine interest in both my education and my wellbeing and support me to ensure I can attain the highest goals whilst remaining happy and fulfilled.
Elissa Kanai - Leader for Eco and Sustainability
I am proud to be appointed student leader for Eco and Sustainability at HAOC Sixth Form, where I am currently studying computer science, mathematics, and psychology. This is supporting me towards my ultimate ambition of securing a degree apprenticeship in the technology sector with a reputable, established company.
Being part of Eco & Sustainability is a venture I am looking forward to, as a keen interest in technology I look forward to being an innovator of change in the academy, to make sure we are creating an environment that is long lasting for everyone.
As an internal student I continued my studies into HAOC Sixth Form which provides an inclusive community, where students from diverse backgrounds come together, fostering an enriching environment that encourages collaboration, promotes open-mindedness, and nurtures lifelong friendships. These aspects contributed to my desire to be part of the student leadership team.
Saira Raklaityte - Leader for Community and Sense of Belonging
I am the leader in charge of Community and Sense of Belonging for Harris Academy Ockendon and I am currently studying Business Studies, Financial Studies and Government and Politics at A Level.
I am fuelled by my passion to be in the business of change, which is why I am a proud member of the Youth Cabinet for Thurrock. Here, I am a representative for young members, and I take part in many communal works. So, I strive to bring this area of my expertise to our school.
I am ambitious about bringing our community to act together to achieve growth and progression and to strengthen the feeling of security and support, promoting a sense of acceptance, inclusion, and equity.
What I mostly enjoy about being part of the Harris Ockendon Sixth Form is the excitement in learning I gain. Thus, I am optimistic about the future for our school community.
Paul Barticel - Leader for Learning and Teaching
I am currently studying Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A-Level. Although I am yet to decide on a career path, I am planning to study Mathematics at university.
I was inspired to continue my studies at Harris Academy Ockendon after having been a student throughout the secondary school, where I was helped tremendously by the innovative and resourceful style of teaching which aided in paving my path to success. This has also inspired me to take this leadership role in charge of Learning and Teaching.
The teachers are modest, and patient, always happy to take time in and outside lessons to ensure no student is left behind. They are committed to ensuring that we all become the best we can be, which makes me proud to call myself a student at Harris Academy Ockendon.
Emir Oldac - Year 8 Student Head of Year
I am in 8 Tudor. My strongest attributes are that I am bilingual (speaking both Turkish and English), and great with technology. I am also kind, optimistic and hard working. I will stand up for the ethos of the school and help students around me to work hard, take responsibility and be kind.
Georgia Wilde - Year 8 Assistant Student Head of Year
Greetings! I am in 8 Tovey. I applied to join the Student Council because I know that I am hard-working, can work responsibly and without judgement with all of my peers’ suggestions. Working together, we can make our time at HAOC memorable and successful!
Eric Perez - Year 9 Student Head of Year
Hello, I am a member of 9 Whitlock. I applied for this role because I believe I can affect a lot of changes alongside my fellow school council members to make our academy an even greater place to learn. I love to do all sports, I am a great listener, and I look forward to working with you all to help our school!
Mollie Quincey - Year 9 Assistant Student Head of Year
I am a member of 9 Pullen, and I am also part of the Thurrock Youth Council. I will use this connection to make Harris Academy Ockendon part of the wider community of Thurrock. I am a confident and hard-working person, so I hope my peers feel comfortable to approach me and understand I will follow up on their ideas and requests.
Ellie Rogers - Year 10 Student Head of Year
Hi, I am in 10 Wallace. I really wanted to be Student Head of Year because I think I have great ideas to help our students and the school. I was nervous to apply because I sometimes lack confidence, but I am glad I did and hope I can support my peers to challenge themselves too.
Kirstin Iheanetu - Year 10 Assistant Student Head of Year
I am looking forward to representing my year group. I chose to apply because I can be strong with my opinions whilst also listening well to others, I am confident to be the voice for my peers. Our school is already great, but I know we can make it even better!