Happy Hannukah to the Jewish community. May this festival bring you blessings, peace, and light.


Today marked the end of our interhouse PE competitions the winners for each year groups are as follows:Year 7 - Newton Year 8 - Wallace Year 9 - Whitlock Year 10 - Tovey Overall winners - Wallace & Strike 🏆 Excellent effort from all house groups 🥳


Year 10 and 11 showcased their musical talent during the Harris Academy Ockendon Live Lounge event. Well done to all involved.


English Literature Oxford university taster day, hosted at Harris Chobham, with 8 of our year 10/11 students! Students came away with even higher aspirations than before, after enjoying various lectures & seminars on different genres of literature. A thoroughly enjoyable day!


Interhouse competitions have started this week in PE with year 8 starting the week off competing in dodgeball and benchball. Excellent start to the competition. Which house will take the win on Friday? 🥇🥈🥉


Y11 walking talking their way through English Language Paper 2 with Impress the examiner. Students working hard on a Saturday, with English teachers to support.


As part of raising awareness around men's mental health, here are some conversation starters to support people to start conversations about their mental health.


This week students had an assembly based around men's mental health. It was great to hear stories from staff from describing their challenges & how they approach self care with mental health. Giving advice to our students & exploring the stigmas around asking for help


As celebrate birth of Guru Nanak Dev ji, founder of the faith, we can all identify with his core teachings of truth, love, gender equality, working hard for an honest living, meditating upon the One and sharing with others.Best wishes all for a blissful .


We are delighted to offer 5 fully-funded places on the January cohort of our Sustain and Grow group coaching programme to parent-teachers from ethnic minority backgrounds. your place soon as these tickets will go fast!Thanks to !


Year 7 football girls in their new kit tonight. Winning both their Borough games. Excellent start to the season ⚽️ 🔥


Year 11 students engaging in the Harris experience independent learning day.


Our year 7 boys football team in their new kit last night ⚽️🔥


Happy Diwali & Bandi Chhor Diwas to all celebrating. An important time to reflect on our internal light and darkness, as well as the events taking place in our world today 🪔🪔🪔


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This morning our year 10 sports leaders had hot chocolate Friday with Ms Rainey to receive their certificates and celebrate their success over the last year on the course. Well done to all those who qualified 🎉.


U13 girls have arrived for their Essex cup match at The Billericay School ⚽️


🚨PE CLUBS / FIXTURE ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨 - Wednesday - U13 Essex Cup girls football v Billericay (Away) Thursday - Girls Football club (moved from Wednesday due to the above fixture) Friday - Rugby - all years (moved from Wednesday)


Excellent turn out for all years netball tonight! Over 50 students at the club. Amazing start to our netball season 🔥


🚨 P.E CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT this week 🚨 - Monday - All years girls netballWednesday - All years boys rugby 🏉 All years girls football ⚽️ Thursday - Years 7 boys football ⚽️ If you have any questions please see a member of the P.E department.

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

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What is our vision and philosophy?

At Harris Academy Ockendon, our curriculum philosophy is ‘Knowledge is power, we make it stick’ and this is no different when it comes to our approach to the design, sequencing and implementation of the Personal Development curriculum.

We define powerful knowledge as that which takes students beyond their everyday experience and equips them with knowledge, skills and cultural capital that will help them write, speak and perform like experts.

Within the personal development curriculum, the knowledge is powerful because it is designed to equip students with the tools they need to live happy, safe and successful lives by giving them exposure to knowledge and experiences that will help them respond to the contextual challenges facing their own lives and their community. We want to ensure that students end their academic journey having curious, enquiring minds, are equipped with the tools to navigate and thrive in our rapidly changing world and are unafraid to challenge injustice.

Our personal development curriculum has been inspired by the 7 habits of highly effective teens by Sean Covey.  These habits not only underpin everything we do but are explicitly instructed to students throughout the personal development curriculum.

Click here to see our specified endpoints for each key stage and what we aim to ensure all students know or are able to do by the end of a 3, 5 or 7 year journey as a result of the personal development curriculum.

How do we ensure our vision becomes a reality?

 The curriculum is implemented in a variety of ways:

  • Citizenship and Religious Education, delivered once per week to all students in KS3, 4 and 5. Click here to view the curriculum map.
  • Relationships, Health, and Sex Education (RHSE) is taught through a number of ways including lessons, tutor time and in Personal Development Days, which are all related to the 7 habits. Click here to see the content of our RHSE and personal development day curriculum.
  • A carefully planned and sequenced assembly map for KS3, 4 and 5. 
  • Enrichment options delivered once per week as part of the weekly curriculum for KS3 and 5. Click here to view the enrichment options and each option’s curriculum map.
  • Extra-curricular activities before and after school.
  • Guided reading programme delivered two mornings per week to KS3 and 5. Click here to view the guided reading curriculum map.
  • Community Projects completed by KS3 and 4 once per year to give students the opportunity to serve their community.
  • House competitions and charity fundraising events for KS3,4 and 5 throughout the year
  • ‘Make Memories Week’ where all students in KS3,4 and 5 will experience the outside world and deepen their cultural capital.


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