"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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Harris Academy Ockendon is committed to ensuring that its students have access to the highest standards of information, advice and guidance to help them choose the career that is right for them.

The Academy follows the statutory guidance set out in the 'Careers guidance and access for education and training providers' published by the DfE in January 2018.

The Academy is committed to developing a careers education and guidance programme that meets the standards of The Gatsby Benchmarks as described in the above statutory guidance.

Careers Leader: Mrs Linda Buckingham, 01708 851661

Student Entitlement

Year 7 & 8

  • Students are encouraged to identify personal traits, strengths and skills to develop confidence and have high expectations of themselves.
  • Students are introduced to careers resources, including Fast Tomato, and informed how to use them.
  • Students have optional access to Information, Advice & Guidance Advisers via drop-in sessions. 
  • By beginning careers education early, students can make better informed decisions at transition stages and are more motivated in school in order to follow a particular pathway.
  • An employer is invited to talk to the year groups - a Q&A session is held to find out about their role in a particular sector. 
  • One-to-one interviews, raising aspirations and promoting career pathways. 
  • Students are introduced to 'employability skills' through enterprise challenges and opportunities in different subjects.
  • Students learn about money management.

Year 9

  • One-to-one interviews focussing on action planning and support into Options.
  • Students are encouraged to reassess personal strengths with a focus on transferable skills.
  • What is important in a career? Students are encouraged to investigate/research different jobs and careers locally, regionally and nationally. Students explore lifestyle, budgeting and a good work/lfe balance whilst developing economic awareness. 
  • Students are encouraged to challenge stereotypes within the world of work and traditional job roles. 
  • Students are encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.

Year 10

  • Students begin to explore Sixth Form options and interview techniques including the use of social/digital management skills. 
  • Economic awareness developed further and students encouraged to think about employability, which careers appeal and to identify and set themselves realistic future goals. 
  • Students agree action plans with IAG Advisers for future and identify what specific action is required to achieve these goals. 
  • Students begin CV and cover letter writing. 
  • Students are encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
  • Students use online career and employability resources to develop their skills.
  • Students complete one-week work experience.
  • Students experience Careers Fairs, National Careers Week and employability workshops.

Year 11

  • Students are helped with Post 16 choices and encouraged to consider all their options including further study in Sixth Form, colleges, technical education and apprenticeships.
  • Students complete intended destinations form. Interview techniques are further developed for identified students. 
  • Students use careers interview to help understand different careers pathways and entry requirements and encouraged to make contingency plans should results be better/worse than expected and set personal targets for development. 
  • Students are encouraged to think about the kind of behaviour potential employers look for.
  • Students are encouraged to attend careers talks, fairs, college and school open days and taster days with employers.
  • Students are assisted further with CV writing as well as encouraged to have a completed CV and cover letter.
  • Students are kept up-to-date with Post 16 deadlines. 
  • Students have access to IAG Adviser drop-in sessions.
  • Students are encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
  • Students are encouraged to continue to gain work experience and take part in work insight days during the school holidays, weekends and evenings.

Our IAG Careers Programme is regularly assessed through student and staff feedback, and student outcomes.