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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Parent Survey 2020/2021

At Harris Academy Ockendon we are immensely proud of the relationship we’ve built with our local community, and most importantly the relationship we have with our students and their families.

Reviewing stakeholder feedback is vitally important in maintaining these relationships and to improving our school further, which is why we invite students and families to complete short questionnaires each academic year.

The outcomes for 2020/2021 are outlined below:




National Average %

Overall Response Rate





Strongly Agree/Agree %

National Average %

My child is happy at this school







My child feels safe at this school







The school makes sure its students are well behaved







Where bullying occurred, the school dealt with it quickly and effectively



67% bullying not occurred

65% bullying not occurred




The school makes me aware of what my child will learn during the year






Where a concern was raised the school dealt with it properly



27% raised no concerns

25% raised no concerns




The school has high expectations for my child







The school lets me know how my child is doing







There is a good range of subjects available to my child at this school






The school supports my child’s wider personal development






I would recommend this school to another parent







Harris Academy Ockendon provided a good virtual school through the lockdown periods from March 2020 to July 2020, and January 2021 to March 2021.







From looking at the responses, you have asked us to work on a few things:

You said…

We did…

Some parents would like to know more about what their child is learning throughout the year

  • The academy website has a dedicated Curriculum section which explains each subject in detail, and how it is taught to each year group including any specific topics or focus, and details of exams and assessments
  • Students in Yrs 7-10 are issued with a knowledge organiser which is linked directly to the topics students are studying each half term.  They contain the most vital knowledge that they need to learn
  • The “My Child At School” (MCAS) App is available to all parents/carers and, among other things, provides information about their child’s achievements
  • Staff are available via email for any parent who may wish to contact them and find out more about what their child is learning

Some parents asked for more information about their child’s progress at school

  • Parents are issued with Progress Reports at least 3 times per year, more frequently for Yrs 11 and 12, which outlines each subject their child is studying and how they are progressing.  Every student is issued with an ‘Attitude to learning’ (ATL) score.  This score is between 1-4 stars, 1 being “…very little effort…”, and 4 being “…always works hard…”, and is calculated based on each child’s attitude to learning in the classroom and with homework. At the end of each Key Stage, this report also shows their child’s assessment scores and ‘Most Likely Grade’ (MLG) for each subject.  The MLG is a prediction by the school on what grade is most likely to be achieved at GCSE, A-Level or BTECs
  • Parents’ evenings are held annually for each year group which provide parents/carers with an opportunity to meet their child’s teachers and discuss their progress

A greater range of subjects could be offered to students











  • At Key stage 3, the modern foreign languages offer has increased to include Spanish
  • The curriculum offer for Sixth Form was increased for 2021/2022 to include media, physics, government & politics and drama, as well as re-introducing history, geography, religious education and sociology.  Included in the offer for 2022/2023 will also be French, Spanish, further mathematics, and DT product design.
  • All students at KS3 have an enrichment lesson once per week.  Students select from a range of over 30 activities and courses
  • HAOC’s Personal Development curriculum includes a wide range of enrichment opportunities built into students’ weekly timetable. Subjects include debating, code-breaking, cooking for university, jewellery making, personal survival and lifesaving, performance skills, script writing and STEM.
  • Students undertake community projects which include celebrating events from different cultures, caring for the local environment, baking, writing, first aid, peer support for younger students and helping at local primary schools

A focus was requested on supporting your child’s wider personal development

  • Personal Development Days are held 4 times per year, whereby students follow a different timetable and explore topics such as cyber-bullying, relationships and families, drugs and alcohol, body image and equality
  • House Competitions run throughout each year. This allows students to showcase their skills in topics such as art and design, computer programming, spelling, maths challenges and literacy quizzes, promoting healthy competition between peers
  • Our Citizenship and Religious Education (CRE) curriculum aims to equip students with the knowledge, wisdom and passion needed to educate the mind and heart as well as an understanding of responsible citizenship according to British values.  Students study a range of topics from exploring the Western world in which we live, to religious historical challenges that people faced. They explore the main religions including Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, and Sikhism.