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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Welcome to Vacancies

Our vacancies site is an easy way to search and apply for various opportunities in our Academy. Like our sister academy, Harris Greenwich, we’re aiming to do something different in this school. We believe you can have an incredibly fulfilling career with great training, great opportunities and great craic, without ever burning out.

To discuss growing your career at Harris Ockendon please contact the Executive Principal or Principal for a confidential chat.

To find out first hand what it's like to work at HAOC, please click on the video links provided, to watch interviews with staff and the Principal, Jo Rainey.

Interview with ECT Ms Chowdhury



20 reasons to work for us

Vision, Values & Culture

Vision, Values & Culture

1Our staff are passionate about developing successful students who enjoy being the best they can be.

2These words are really important for how we show up at work too.

3Our mantra of ‘Work hard, be kind, take responsibility’ ensures students behave brilliantly…and in the rare occasions that they don’t, support for teachers is instant.

4We are developing a supportive, coaching culture of high rapport, high challenge to have you teaching at the top of your game.

5A highly motivated and positive staff.



6A staff voice that is actually listened to – an open door to the Principal.

7No game-playing with results, admissions or people. Honesty is important – even when it's difficult to hear sometimes.

8Good leadership at all levels with integrity and moral purpose at the heart of all we do.

9Senior leaders you can trust, who are human and who all still teach!

10Leaders who walk the talk.

Results & Opportunities

Results & Opportunities

11An area with high deprivation but a wonderful community that is really supportive of the school.

12All subjects genuinely valued and a wide curriculum.

13Your career development taken seriously with excellent CPD and leadership development at all levels.

14A brilliant opportunity to make your career and help us reach a sustainable ‘outstanding’.

15The best facilities in Essex and a state-of-the-art building.

Salary & Perks

Salary & Perks

16Competitive salary with generous Harris enhancement (not performance related) and loyalty bonus.

17Free healthcare plan; loans for season tickets, ICT, bikes; 20% off Tapi carpets.

18Relocation help.

19A commitment to our '40 ways we reduce staff workload' to ensure zero burnout. Ever.

20An additional second week off in October.


Staff Testimonials

Mrs Bojjapally
As a science teacher at HAOC, I can confidently say that my journey here has been nothing short of fulfilling. I have had the privilege of growing and developing my skills and expertise through the myriad of opportunities and experiences that have been made available to me since joining this academy. Throughout my time here, I have been given tremendous support, which has enabled me to take on several roles, including leadership positions. Overall, I am proud to be part of this academy, and I am thrilled to contribute to the development of the next generation of scientists and thinkers. I can confidently say that my time here has been a happy and fulfilling one.

Mrs Bojjapally

2nd in Charge of Science / Teacher of STEM

Ms Ceco
Working at Harris Academy Ockendon has allowed me to develop my classroom practice through many CPD sessions provided by brilliant teachers. HAOC has many opportunities for progression and development such as the Lead Practitioner programme, which has helped me to become an outstanding classroom practitioner, observer, and coach. The staff at HAOC are supportive and I feel lucky to be a part of an energetic and passionate English department. Beyond the department, everyone in the school is clearly working at their best to provide for our learners and to create a smoothly run and harmonious environment.

Ms Ceco

KS4 Co-ordinator of English

Mr Alibhai
Working at HAOC has made me realise the amount of progress a school can make when everyone works together. Staff here are incredibly supportive and thoughtful about each and every lesson they teach, building on the prior knowledge of our students while stimulating their intellectual curiosity. I am proud to work at a school that is serving their community as well as this one is.

Mr Alibhai

Teacher of Business

Ms Downie
As an established (read old) teacher, I thought I would come to this area I had never heard of, from a history of inner-city schools, and find it all easy and, honestly, boring. It was to be a stopgap for me, but I have been here since 2018. It is not boring! I appreciate being allowed time to reflect on my teaching habits and make changes for our students, and that pedagogy is in the heart of everything we do as teaching staff. There is no such establishment as a perfect school, so being heard as a staff is important and there are often platforms afforded to us to make real change by sharing our voices, which is something I value highly.

Ms Downie

2nd in Charge of Computer Science

Ms Chowdhury
Since joining Harris Academy Ockendon, I have felt welcomed by the whole Senior Leadership Team, particularly our Principal, whose ambition for an inclusive, welcoming and academically outstanding school creates a brilliant culture. Beginning my training at this school has gifted me opportunities to work alongside outstanding practitioners to create and hone my craft as an educator. I am also privileged to be able to teach a subject I am passionate about to students who love learning.

Ms Chowdhury

Teacher of Science