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18/04/24

Year 8 and 9 golf enrichment this afternoon ⛳️ pic.twitter.com/2V2VYdWT5x

13/04/24

Happy Vaisakhi to all celebrating. Vaisakhi not only symbolises the harvest festival but also the birth of the Khalsa Panth. It marks a pivotal moment in Sikh history when Guru Gobind Singh Ji founded the Khalsa, instilling principles of courage, equality, and selfless service. pic.twitter.com/oN2bgMrx3B

10/04/24

Eid Mubarak to all of our community who are celebrating. pic.twitter.com/eiqcRy0kkJ

25/03/24

Year 7 girls football team played exceptionally well today winning 5-2 in the semi-final of the Harris Cup. We are off to the finals 🔥⚽️ Well done girls! pic.twitter.com/5NKSX5xlTW

18/03/24

celebrations delivering workshops centered around Unshakeable Confidence and Diversity as a Superpower. pic.twitter.com/blHMBsvk3E

15/03/24

Excited to announce that Leah Chowdry will be speaking at our school on Monday. We can't wait to hear her incredible personal story, becoming the first British Asian woman to swim the English Channel & raising a quarter of a million pounds for her cause. Get ready to be inspired pic.twitter.com/d9Y6EnBD3J

13/03/24

📣 Exciting news! 🎉 Year 10 has kicked off the Scholars Program as part of their GCSE learning journey. 💪🎓 With a focus on working hard and taking responsibility, these scholars are on the path to success! Let's cheer them on! 👏🏽👏🏿👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/QbewKOxXKO

11/03/24

Ramadan Kareem, strength, connection and love for the month ahead. pic.twitter.com/9jQtOp1jG9

09/03/24

Some photos from our football tournament yesterday 🏆🥳⚽️ pic.twitter.com/oC1MAVdr39

08/03/24

Spot the ballers 👀(Yes that includes you 😉)Well done on the tournament…keep pushing the game and we’ll see you at one of ours soon! https://t.co/dtFqTGpk6t pic.twitter.com/hwfrD27tct

08/03/24

Spot the ballers 👀(Yes that includes you 😉)Well done on the tournament…keep pushing the game and we’ll see you at one of ours soon! https://t.co/dtFqTGpk6t pic.twitter.com/hwfrD27tct

08/03/24

Amazing day today for our tournament! Thank you to all schools who attended. Also a massive thank you to Emma & Hayley from women’s team for coming down. ⚽️🏆 pic.twitter.com/4A3RzyzGVQ

08/03/24

Harris Football tournament. pic.twitter.com/fYBBNvzeY2

08/03/24

A productive day at Harris Academy Ockendon for sixth form health, care and medicine talk for pic.twitter.com/UszvikqOu9

07/03/24

Happy Everyone pic.twitter.com/9P2zgULlOW

07/03/24

'A night of drama' was held for year 11 drama students and their adults. We all enjoyed wonderful performances in preparation for their GCSE component 2 exams on Friday. pic.twitter.com/4XsEmdxSIm

29/02/24

Great to see Y10 GCSE Drama students loving the fantastic workshop being delivered this morning by 🤩 🎭 🎥! pic.twitter.com/6ARBM7uI0j

29/02/24

Great to see Y10 GCSE Drama students loving the fantastic workshop being delivered this morning by 🤩 🎭 🎥! pic.twitter.com/6ARBM7uI0j

28/02/24

Well done to our year 10 girls for winning their first game of the Harris cup 25-8 🥳🏆 into the next round! pic.twitter.com/Arz8hdOoEh

26/02/24

We step into a realm of pride and celebration as we gathered to honour the remarkable achievements of our students at our first special event of 'Celebration Evening'. From academic excellence to outstanding contributions in sports, arts, and the community. pic.twitter.com/LuAtvbOwcP

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Parent Survey

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 are outlined below:

Questions

 

HAOC %

National Average %

Overall Response Rate

 

28%

2%

 

Strongly Agree/Agree %

National Average %

My child is happy at this school

 

86%

91%

My child feels safe at this school

 

92%

92%

The school makes sure its students are well behaved

 

80%

87%

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

90%

86%

71% bullying not occurred

67% bullying not occurred

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

67%

81%

Where a concern was raised the school dealt with it properly

84%

80%

35% raised no concerns

27% raised no concerns

The school has high expectations for my child

 

93%

83%

The school lets me know how my child is doing

 

78%

85%

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

89%

91%

The school supports my child’s wider personal development

78%

80%

I would recommend this school to another parent

 

85%

86%

 
 
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 has been extended to include French, Spanish, further mathematics, DT product design, physics and computer science
  • 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 lessons are held throughout 4 dedicated weeks per year, whereby students follow a different timetable for one period each day, 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 historical, religious challenges that people faced. They explore the main religions including Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, and Sikhism
  • 'Making Memories' activities aim to allow students to be taken out of their ‘everyday experiences’ and discover something new.  Activities include trips to historical buildings and places, outdoor pursuits days, visits to museums, exploring the sites and culture of London, Sports Day, and a range of in-house competitions

Teachers could be resourced more consistently throughout the school

  • To better manage staff absence, some students are grouped together and supervised by senior members of staff while they undertake supervised study. They follow their intended curriculum, and complete work set by their normal teacher which follows the same content as if they were in normal lessons, so no learning is missed.  Staff are present to support students throughout the lesson, and resources are provided inline with the needs of the topics being taught
  • The academy uses regular cover teachers who are available to cover classes. They teach work set by the normal class teacher, in their usual classroom, following the curriculum as intended. On rare occasions when regular cover teachers are not available, experienced subject specialists are sourced from educational agencies to support lessons

Some parents asked for easier methods of communicating with staff about their child

  • The ‘contact us’ page of the website has been modified to give parents/carers the option to direct emails to a specific staff member depending on the nature of their query, as well as continuing to maintain a general enquiry platform

Some parents requested clearer explanations of behavioural expectations, including the range of sanctions and/or support available to students, including SEND support

  • The HAOC charter reflects the academy’s culture of ‘work hard, be kind, take responsibility’ and all students are encouraged to enjoy being the best they can be. Students have received tuition on what the charter means and how they should follow it.  The Charter is displayed in all classrooms throughout the school
  • A system of rewards and sanctions are in place at the academy to recognise and celebrate achievement as well as address any poor choices or unsatisfactory behaviour.  Staff follow this system consistently with all students, reminding them of the expectations required and supporting them in making good choices
  • The ‘Home-Academy Agreement’ outlines the expectations required from the school, from students and from their families during their educational journey at HAOC.  Students and their families meet with senior members of staff as part of new-student induction to discuss and sign the agreement, so all parties are aware of what is expected of them from the outset
  • Each year group has an Achievement Leader and Pastoral Manager designated to support them.  In addition, the academy has an in-house Counsellor, a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) team, and access to a range of external agencies for more in-depth or specific support
  • Our SEND team has expanded to include more Teaching Assistants as well as the team undertaking a range of extensive training to support them in their roles