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 🪔🪔🪔


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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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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy

Creating our sense of Belonging

Work Hard - Be Kind - Take Responsibility

As Educators we acknowledge that structural discrimination exists in society, and we commit to preventing it from happening in our academy. We believe that everyone has the right to attend HAOC and feel respected, happy, and safe.

Our response to discrimination is to use education to raise awareness, influence change, and protect ourselves and others.

We feel it is important to create psychological safety for students and staff, so they can provide insights on what is or isn’t working at HAOC, this is both in service of creating a sense of belonging for all, and to ensure that individuals can speak up when they need to.

What’s our vision?

At Harris Academy Ockendon our vision is that everyone has a strong sense of belonging. We welcome everyone and actively support a climate where identities are explored, respected, and celebrated. We understand that our intersecting identities are opportunities for connection between us as learners and employees. We seek first to understand, are not afraid to challenge injustice and communicate skilfully in person or online using inclusive language.

How do we turn our vision into a reality?

  1. Develop an understanding of key EDI concepts and language, so we can hold courageous conversations and share collective responsibility. Language that is derogatory is not appropriate to use in our school. We should never make negative reference to peoples’ characteristics. For example, using language such as “that’s so gay”, this is homophobic and creates a culture where members of the LGBTQ+ community are excluded.

No member of our community may ever use the N word, (relating to race), the P word (race) or the P word (travellers) in any context.

  1. Challenge gender stereotypes. We understand that sex refers to someone’s biological sex and that gender is a social construct linked to masculine and feminine behaviours and activities. We want to avoid reinforcing gender stereotypes by not using phrases such as “being more ladylike”. We ensure that we use gender-neutral phrases whilst addressing groups. For example, saying “right year 8” rather than “right boys” will help people feel more comfortable.
  1. Conduct reasonable and fair discussions and follow our guidance on how to create psychological safe spaces for all. It is important that we have intelligent debates without stereotyping, rudeness, or generalising. We always challenge microaggressions. Examples of this include “but where is your family actually from?”.
  1. Hold one another to account and challenge oppressive toxic language to create an inclusive culture. We should always challenge inappropriate language even if it is intended as a joke or banter. For example, “he runs like a girl”.
  1. Model inclusive behaviours. All staff and students demonstrate appropriate use of language, how to be an ally and how to take a stand in a non-aggressive way.
  1. Respond to discrimination with the use of education. We may ask questions to discover “why” a situation was unacceptable. For example, if a student says “boys don’t cry” the adult may seek to ensure the student understands why it is a harmful stereotype.
  1. We sanction abusive language. We have zero tolerance on abusive language and will challenge and sanction (as appropriate) both students and staff.
  1. Explore our power, privilege, and blind spots. Take responsibility and ownership for our mistakes.  Actively, engage in training or education to close any gaps.