"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time" - Thomas Edison Our Pre-Public Exams have started today and we would like to wish our students the best of luck during this time. We believe in you all. 👏


Here at Harris Academy Ockendon, we are a community. Be kind to yourself, your friends and others around you. A smile and a chat goes a long way. 🗣️ If something is troubling you, remember to tell a staff member; we are all here to help. 🙌


Today, have been delivering an outstanding "WW1 Battlefield Medicine" workshop for our Year 10 History students. Students have been fully immersed in the action; a fantastic way to remember key facts and details.


We have an extensive programme of Enrichment activities, available for all year groups. From Breakfast Club to Rock School, there is something for every student. View our timetable of activities here:


If you would like to book your place on a Principal Tour, please visit our website for details. We look forward to meeting you!


If you could not attend our Open Evening, we are keen to offer parents and families the chance to view our facilities, meet our teachers and see students engaged in their lessons. Our Principal is conducting tours on the 10th and 17th October, both at 9am.


Thank you to all of the families who joined us for our Open Evening last night. We hope to welcome many of you into our Academy community from September! We are especially proud of our student helpers during the evening, who conducted themselves maturely and responsibly.


We are looking forward to inviting families into our Academy this evening from 4.30pm to 7.00pm. Our students are eager to show you our fantastic facilities and talented staff! We're excited to show you the range of opportunities and experiences we can offer every student.


Our Academy's Open Evening is today from 4.30pm to 7.00pm! Our Principal's speech commences at 5pm and 6pm. You will also hear from our Student Principals and other senior leaders, who will be on hand during the evening to answer your questions. We look forward to meeting you.


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We have welcomed a new school into the Harris Federation this September. Read our Blog to find out more about Harris Academy Ockendon!


What a lovely space! Have a good and bustling evening!


Welcome to Harris Academy Ockendon. Our intention is to provide all our students with a first class education and amazing life experiences. We will provide the opportunities for your child to flourish in education, work and life. Follow us to stay up-to-date with our journey.

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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.