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 🪔🪔🪔


colleagues can enjoy fully-funded 1:1 coaching with the . Choose from our Accreditation, Parental Leave, Return to Work or Transition coaching to support you as you start and grow your family. Find out more and sign up at


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.

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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.