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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Additional Reading

As a Sixth Form we want to encourage our students to become engrossed in their learning and find a love of developing their knowledge.

With this in mind, please see an additional reading list below that our subjects believe can promote a love of knowledge for students.

Many of these books will be found in our library, available for all students to borrow at any time.


  • History of Art a Students Guide
  • The shock of the New: art and the Century of change' by Robert Hughes


  • Richard Dawkins: The Selfish Gene
  • The Blind Watchmaker.
  • Nessa Carey: Hacking the Code of Life
  • Nick Lane:  Power, sex, suicide: Mitochondria and the meaning of life.
  • Yuval Noah Harari:: A brief history of humankind
  • Bill Bryson: A Short History of Nearly Everything
  • The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher.
  • Barry Gibb: The Rough Guide to the Brain
  • Adam Rutherford: A brief history of everyone who ever lived
  • Lewis Wolpert: How we live and why we die: The secret lives of cells.

Business Studies

  • Rich Dad Poor Dad Robert Kyosaki and Sharon Lechter
  • Shoe Dog Phil Knight
  • Richard Branson Autobiography
  • Edexcel AS/A Level Textbook D Hall et al 5th Edition


  • The Science of Everyday Life: Why Teapots Dribble, Toast Burns and Light Bulbs Shine
  • Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements

Computer Science

  • Computational Fairy Tales Jeremy Kubica
  • OCR Computer Science for A and A Level


  • Yerma - Lorca
  • Antigone – Sophocles
  • An Actor Prepares - Stanislavski

Design and Technology

  • AQA A Level Design and Technology
  • Essential Maths skills for A level DT
  • 100 Ideas that changed design
  • Making It – Manufacturing techniques for product design – Chris Lefteri
  • Product Design in the sustainable era – Julius Wiedemann


  • Why Nations Fail: Darren Acemoglu
  • The Undercover Economist: Tim Harford
  • How to make the world add up: Tim Harford


  • Frankenstein', Mary Shelley  and Andrew Green's guide to Frankenstein
  • Never Let Me Go', Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Streercar Named Desire', Tennessee Williams and York Notes A Level study guide 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.
  • King Lear', Shakespeare    and Philip Allan's A level guide to King Lear
  • The New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse'  and Liz Croft 'Victorian Verse'.
  • Poems of the Decade', an 'Understanding Poems of the Decade for A Level Edexcel


  • LIBF CeFS & DipFS Financial Studies


  • L’Etranger – Albert Camus
  • Calligrammes – Apollinaire
  • Le Père Goriot – Honoré de Balzac
  • Contes de la Bécasse – Guy de Maupassa

Further Maths and Maths

  • How to Think like a Mathematician Kevin Houston (CUP, 2009)
  • Mathematicians: An Outer View of the Inner World Mariana Cook
  • Alan Turing, the Enigma A. Hodges (Vintage, 2014)
  • The Music of the Primes Marcus du Sautoy (Harper-Collins, 2003)


  • The Geography of Genius
  • Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World
  • Atlas of Improbable Places: A Journey to the world’s most unusual corners


  • The Tudor Century (I Dawson)
  • England 1485-1603 (D Murphy)
  • Rivalry and accord (J. Lowe/R. Pearce)
  • The First World War: a short introduction (M Howard)


  • The Secret Barrister ‘Stories of the Law and how it is broken’. By the Secret Barrister
  • What About the Law? - Catherine Barnard, Janet O'Sullivan and Graham Virgo
  • In Black and White by Alexandra Wilson
  • The Rule of Law Tom Bingham
  • Eve was Framed Helena Kennedy
  • The Childrens Act Ian McEwan
  • Fake Law The Secret Barrister
  • Under the Wig William Clegg


  • The Media Student's Book. Gill Branston and Roy Stafford
  • The Story of Film: A concise history of film and an odyssey of international cinema. Mark Cousins
  • Digital Culture: understanding new media. Glen Creeber and Royston Martin


  • Very Short Introduction series of books by Oxford University Press: Physics, Nuclear Physics, Radioactivity, Particle Physics, Quantum Physics, Astrophysics and The Laws of Thermodynamics.
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson


  • Essentials of UK Politics and Government (Schindler) Pearson, 2021
  • Essentials of Political Ideas: For A- Level,  (Heywood) 2018 UK Politics Annual Update (Gallop) 2021


  • The Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins
  • The Dark Side of the Mind: True Stories from My Life as a Forensic Psychologist Kerry Daynes
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow: Daniel Kahneman
  • K-Pax by Gene Brewer
  • Chimp paradox by Steve Peters

Philosophy and Ethics

  • The Heart of the Buddhas Teachings by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • ‘Think’ by S Blackburn
  • Ethics the basics by John Mizozni
  • Sophies World by J Gaarder


  • Chavs by Owen Jones
  • Living Dolls by Natasha Walter
  • "Learning to Labour: How Working Class
  • Kids Get Working Class Jobs”, Paul Willis
  • "The McDonaldization of Society”, George
  • Ritzer
  • Criminology: The Essentials, James Treadwell

Health and Social Care

  • What to Expect when you're expecting by Heidi Murkoff
  • The Positive birth book by Milli Hill
  • This is going to hurt by Adam Kay
  • The Fault in Our stars by John Green
  • K-Pax by Gene Brewer
  • Elizabeth is missing by Emma Healy


  • Steve Jobs – The exclusive bibliography
  • Thrive (The third metric to success (Ariana Huffington)


  • Sport Science: A complete introduction
  • Functional Anatomy for Sport and Exercise.