Hear from our students why they enjoy being the best they can be at Harris Ockendon, by watching the video below. To further your teaching career get in touch with Principal Jo Rainey or Executive Principal for an informal chat. Click here


Why not get involved in the competition by following the link below: One of the many activities listed on our Easter Break beyond the curriculum activities


A great activity to encourage young people to be creative during the Easter break. Click below to see how students can get involved in this film competition


We wish all of our Harris Ockendon community well at the end of this term. Communication from Principal Jo Rainey has gone out to all families today. Do complete the survey for us to improve our virtual school & try the family activities over Easter.


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THANK YOU to everyone for your ideas. We've decided to provide supermarket vouchers, giving parents a choice of where to shop and what to buy. The first £8,000 will be emailed tomorrow to 400 Harris families. 60 laptops + dongles will be given out next week, with more to follow.


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Millions of parents are supporting children with learning at home while schools are closed. The BBC has worked with experts and exceptional teachers to create this educational package, supporting schools and parents by bringing learning to TV and online.


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Did you clap for yesterday? 👏 Take a moment to tell them what a fantastic job they are doing and send a free thank you card: 👩‍🏫👨‍🏫


Check out our video below to see how you can Enjoy Being the Best You Can Be with a Career at Harris Ockendon. Get in touch with Principal Jo Rainey or Executive Principal for an informal chat. Click on the link below.


HAOC assembly has gone live today! Tune in as a family and let us know your thoughts.


A great guide for families to go through with their children, to help them come to terms with what they are feeling and what is going on in the world around them


We received positive feedback from HAOC families after last week's assembly, which focused on well-being, being the hero in your own story and celebrating the "Shout outs" of exemplary work. Tune in to this week's assembly on Thursday delivered by


Parents and carers please take time to read this guidance about the well being and mental health of children. It is important to model good behaviours, by managing our own emotions and react calmly to situations, so young people can learn to manage their own feelings effectively


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It doesn’t matter what the weather might be like or what day of the week it is, it’s essential that you and your family . Please remember this as we enter the weekend.


A great resource helping young people critically think in a time where they are surrounded by an overwhelming amount of digital media, enabling them to distinguish between what news is real or fake


In a time of deep uncertainty, we invite you to come explore together with astronauts and specials guests live to your screens speaking about their experiences and techniques in living in confined places, trusting the experts and working together as a team


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With school closures in place and a nationwide lockdown, our aim of providing reliable news to children is more important now than ever. That's why, for a short period, we are offering a free digital download of each week’s paper. Get yours here ➡️


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We've put together a How-To-Help Guide. Learn how you can support others during this difficult time


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When staying at home, it’s important to take care of your mind as well as your body. tips and advice can help you keep on top of your mental health and cope with how you may feel while you . 💛🏠


Good morning HAOC families. David Williams is releasing a free audio story every day (for free) for the next 30 days. Enjoy!


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As young people will soon start spending more time online, we have created some quick activities which look at screen time and how you can help create a healthy balance

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Personal, Character and Wellbeing Curriculum

At Harris Academy Ockendon, we value personal growth alongside academic development therefore we prioritise time for personal and character development and wellbeing within our core curriculum offer for all students.

Harris Academy Ockendon offers an enriched pastoral character curriculum, ‘Be the best you can be’. Our character education includes all explicit and implicit educational activities that help young people develop positive personal virtues. At Harris Academy Ockendon our values of ambition, connected, discipline, honesty and resourcefulness are explored in a virtues framework to provide a coherent curriculum offering breadth and depth through years 7-11. Harris Academy Ockendon believe character education is about helping students grasp what is ethically important in situations and how to act for the right reasons, so that they become more autonomous and reflective in the practice of virtue. In this process, students are encouraged to act well, think well and develop a good moral sense in the differing circumstances of students’ lives, knowing how to choose the right course of action in difficult situations and encourage a growth of ethical insight.

The ultimate aim of our character education is not only to make individuals better persons but to create the social and institutional conditions within which all citizens can flourish.

Throughout the programme of study, students will explore a range of age-related topics from three main strands; resilience, wellbeing and responsibility. This covers aspects of the SRE statutory curriculum as well as careers advice and guidance, diversity and equality and e-safety. A separate strand of leadership qualities and initiatives will be covered in each year group through the house system. Competitions and enterprises will occur throughout the course of a students’ learning journey ranging from sporting to develop teamwork, communication and problem solving to academic developing oracy along with lead roles of house captains and prefects.

The key themes of resilience, wellbeing and responsibility will be tracked by tutors through a variety of informal assessments throughout the year. Students will use a personal learning check list to monitor their own progress against key knowledge and the application of skills. Mindset will be monitored through half termly reviews of positive communication with all staff, house points, attitude to learning grades and behaviour logs.