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01/07/22

Final day. Final dinner. Farewell, France! 👋🏼👋🏽👋🏿🇫🇷 https://t.co/wxdAGOrWga

01/07/22

We're playing chess while they're playing checkers..! https://t.co/9lZY5S2wmb

01/07/22

Looking forward to welcoming these legends back today to perform to our Year 10s! 🥳 https://t.co/iWgPTBz1Ua

01/07/22

Une fête d’activités: la boxe 🌍🥊🇫🇷 https://t.co/iARk92kXZx

01/07/22

Une fête d’activités: La promenade lumière le volley le tir à l’arc 🇫🇷 🌍 🇫🇷 🌍 https://t.co/nyCKvZAl2X

01/07/22

French work experience crew 🇫🇷 https://t.co/bn2S1JWxUo

30/06/22

Lake Day in France! ⛵🏞😍 https://t.co/Ct1UFmYZId

30/06/22

Retweetd From Harris Riverside

When local rivals become teammates! Looking forward to teaming up on the 18th July ⚽️ https://t.co/ouTCGKlFSt

30/06/22

Well done to the Y9/10 football girls for a great training session with Harris Riverside https://t.co/25Vr15AasQ

29/06/22

We really enjoyed hosting our new Year 7 students and their families this evening. We look forward to seeing you all next week for transition week! Remember to be on-site and ready to go for 9.30! 🥳

29/06/22

This month, our star readers in KS3 contributed to the prestigious Yoto Carnegie and Kate Greenway book awards. They read and gave their feedback on 16 different children's books and did our school incredibly proud with the quality of their feedback. 📚 🌟 https://t.co/K0FJ0EplOA

29/06/22

Chef-training on location in France! Amazing feedback. 😍 https://t.co/wdvqlJvodu

28/06/22

Smashing start to our Spoken Language assessments this week! We've heard about everything from aliens to the journey of the humble kebab! 👽🍢 Well done, Year 10! 👏🏿👏🏽🥳 https://t.co/EqezClhLxn

28/06/22

Beautiful accommodation for our Year 10s with fresh decor & a glorious mountain landscape... 😍 Vive la France! 🇫🇷 👏🏼👏🏿 https://t.co/DLfwm1PJFU

28/06/22

Year 10 students en-route to France last week for their two weeks of work experience! C'est magnifique! 🌎 ✈ 🇫🇷 https://t.co/we6LpqhRY4

25/06/22

On their way home! https://t.co/KEnHzu8X1z

25/06/22

On their way home! https://t.co/H0xsNKhjCS

25/06/22

On their way home! https://t.co/5zTstrpTdV

25/06/22

All finished and about to leave! 40 mins until at home. https://t.co/yk1BoUJCtl

25/06/22

And the last group are off! https://t.co/aqkWkLBOqX

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Parent Survey 2021/2022

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 2021/2022 are outlined below:

Questions

2021/2022

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 for 2022/2023 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 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 historical, religious challenges that people faced. They explore the main religions including Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, and Sikhism
  • Making Memories week has been introduced which will take place during the final week of the academic year. The aim is 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 during 2021/2022 to include more Teaching Assistants and a deputy SENCO, as well as the team undertaking a range of extensive training to support them in their roles