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Year 8 and 9 golf enrichment this afternoon ⛳️


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.


Eid Mubarak to all of our community who are celebrating.


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!


celebrations delivering workshops centered around Unshakeable Confidence and Diversity as a Superpower.


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


📣 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! 👏🏽👏🏿👏🏻


Ramadan Kareem, strength, connection and love for the month ahead.


Some photos from our football tournament yesterday 🏆🥳⚽️


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!


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!


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. ⚽️🏆


Harris Football tournament.


A productive day at Harris Academy Ockendon for sixth form health, care and medicine talk for


Happy Everyone


'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.


Great to see Y10 GCSE Drama students loving the fantastic workshop being delivered this morning by 🤩 🎭 🎥!


Great to see Y10 GCSE Drama students loving the fantastic workshop being delivered this morning by 🤩 🎭 🎥!


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


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.

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Personal Development

Personal development sixth form

What is Academic Reading?

Academic reading is where students read around their subject areas, choosing a pathway of interest. For example, a student who is interested in Psychology may choose the Social Sciences ‘pathway’.

It is our intention that all Year 12 and 13 students are on a pathway in the year but also learn the skills for academic reading. All students take part in Academic Reading to not only develop their knowledge and understanding but to improve their literacy skills, which we know for many students are not as developed as they should be following the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Why Academic Reading?

We wanted to create a bespoke way of getting students to read whereby they are reading in areas they are curious about and therefore reading because they chose their reading and with this hopefully enjoy reading. It will then also help to support them with their future destinations, as we know in interviews some students do struggle to discuss their subject of interest beyond the academic curriculum that is provided to them

We know that students who read out perform peers who do not, and we also know students who read have higher levels of literacy in comparison to their peers.

We want our students to be competitive, to have the knowledge beyond the curriculum and the ability to ‘hold themselves’ in interviews so that they can go on to the ambitious destinations that they are capable of, and with this we are able to compliment the curriculums Sixth Form teachers have put so much time into developing

What is CRE?

CRE is Citizenship and Religious Education which is taught explicitly by form tutors in one tutor time per week. Students explore topical, ethical and philosophical issues including Fundamental British Values,  the social, economic and political consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic in order to develop a wider understanding of the world and cultures we live in. It is an opportunity for students to develop their oracy and to explore a range of current and historical issues.

Why CRE?

In our Sixth Form we believe that we have a duty to develop responsible citizens who can serve the local, national and global community and we know that the CRE curriculum equips students with powerful knowledge, wisdom and passion to educate the mind and heart.

CRE promotes British values of democracy, equality and tolerance whilst developing resilience to challenge injustices and face adversities.  The CRE curriculum also prepares students for future destinations where interviews have previously required students to answer questions such as “what is culturalism?”

Enrichment for All 

Further education can be stressful and demanding, so we ensure students maintain a balance between learning and wellbeing.  Students take part in enrichment once a week.

Enrichment gives students the chance to build their cultural capital and explore opportunities that are not always presented in the academic curriculum. Our young people develop empathy- distinguishing between ‘listening’ and ‘hearing’.  They learn to avoid miscommunication, overreacting, and misinterpretation. They are prepared to make healthy connections in the workplace and society.

Some of the Enrichments we have on offer include:

  • EPQ
  • Fitness
  • Swimming
  • Debate
  • Financial Health
  • Italian Culture
  • Languages for Business
  • Cooking
  • Woodwork

External Agencies

At Harris Academy Ockendon we know that for students to compete they must offer ‘more than’, and we work with our students to develop all-rounded young people that can succeed in a highly competitive environment

Harris Experience Advanced

This is a Harris Federation Sixth Form programme specifically designed to help students prepare for the very best universities in the country, including Russell Group universities as well as Oxford and Cambridge. It is a highly selective group and only the most able Year 12 students across the Federation are invited to join.    


K+ is a two-year widening participation programme run by King’s College London. It is designed for year 12 and 13 students in London and some parts of Essex who have the potential to go to the best universities in the country but need support to get there.

Whilst on the programme, students are organised into 8 subject streams, based on what they might wish to study at university. It’s within these groups that students explore what student life might be like, from attending lectures and seminars given by King’s College London’s academics, to working with PhD students on academic projects, or learning about student finance and budgeting.