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Two Harris academies celebrated their official openings in Thurrock last week - opened its new building and marked the start of its 'exciting journey'.


Join us on 20th November 5.30-7.30pm at , for our joint Sixth Form Open Evening, to explore Sixth Form courses & see how we can kick-start your future! Our Sixth Form Open Evening is 5th December 5-7pm - meet the teachers, speak with students and view facilities.


Come along to the Information Event and find out how can help you achieve your career in teaching.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We Will Remember Them.


Yesterday, our Academy was officially opened! This marks the start of our exciting journey which we are proud to share with our students and the community. Thank you to our special guests who attended, including Lord and Lady Harris, and Sir Moynihan.


We are so proud of our Choir's public performance today at our official opening, in front of Lord and Lady Harris, Sir Dan Moynihan, and many other important guests. A wonderful afternoon to celebrate a wonderful start to our Harris journey.


Mock Examinations are currently underway for our Year 11 students. Please make sure to regularly check the following page, for Year 11 information updates:


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Pupils from immediately got to work discussing themes of intolerance and discrimination at workshops. If you came to our induction day, why not share your photos of your creative project with us?


We have completed our first half term! Follow the link to read our first ever Newsletter, packed full of activities and accomplishments. Students will be back on Monday 4th November - have a great two weeks!


Our House Points system is now up and running! Current stats: Cook=5, Newton=11, Pullen=3, Strike=3, Tovey=26, Tudor=6, Wallace=21, Whitlock=4 Olivia, Year 7, recently won a Geography competition giving Tovey the lead! Points will be updated weekly on our website's homepage.


Congratulations! Great game👏


Today is ! We offer students a wide variety of food, inspired by cultures from around the world. Every day, students have the opportunity to expand their food horizons with nutritious and healthy meals. Here's an example menu from our canteen!


"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.

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Student Leadership

We believe student leadership is one of the essential strands of personal development. We encourage as many students as possible to take on leadership roles in our community and believe this is vital to developing our ethos. The development of leadership provides opportunities for students to develop the characteristics of a successful person and improves academic success, opening doors in the future.

The student leadership team is appointed following a rigorous process that mirrors that of the UCAS process and apprenticeship and job interviews. Roles are advertised through the daily personal development time with their tutor and assemblies. Students then complete a letter of application followed by interviews with the Principal, Vice Principal and Head of Sixth Form.

The sixth form leadership team lead regular student voice activities and communicate outcomes with the Principal and Senior Leadership Team half termly. The team chairs 3 committees; Diversity and Wellbeing, Learning and Teaching and Events, Eco and Charity.
The Diversity and Wellbeing committee work with staff to raise awareness and monitor and improve wellbeing of all.

The Events, Eco and Charity committee aim is to strengthen the academy community across years 7-13, make sustainable links with our wider local community and support the competitive spirit evident within the House System.

The student council is elected from years 7-11 and is made up of 2 students from each of the 8 houses. The Student Council supports the student leadership team and works with the 3 committees and to ensure that all students are involved in decision making.

All Students are provided with opportunities to develop leadership through a variety of creative projects:

  • Peer mentoring
  • Sports Leadership Award
  • House Captains
  • Young Languages Leaders
  • Reading champions
  • Year 11 Prefect System

Jordan France, Student Principal

"In my role as Student Principal, I will mainly centre my focus on the health and wellbeing of students, but also how to engage students with their own education. This is a key aspect for me as I believe it is crucial for students to feel closer to the education system. It is exciting for me knowing that we all will develop with the changes of the academy and all grow as individuals.

A legacy I would love to pass down once I leave is the belief in every student that they have an opportunity to have a voice in this school and that they feel comfortable and safe in the environment they are in.
The Learning and Teaching committee will be trained to feedback on lessons with teachers, contribute to staff training sessions and support students to develop positive learning habits."

Destiny Oduh, Student Vice Principal

"I’ll be working to ensure every student is motivated and dedicated to their learning.

I believe everyone that works hard and is dedicated can achieve outstanding results.

I study 4 A-levels which include maths, biology, psychology and PE; I chose these subjects to aid one of my career choices; a biomechanics engineer. Biomechanics is a rapidly developing sector which will enable me to impact the lifestyle of millions of people around the world.

As a student leadership team, our role is to come up with new ideas which will support students through their educational journey.

I have personally produced two ideas which will benefit and contribute to sixth form and academy learning. I will implement tutor sessions led by sixth form students for lower years as I believe we have gained educational experience and insight which we can pass on. I would also like to suggest study groups. It’s human nature to want to belong to a group and if everyone is within the right group, I believe amazing progress can be achieved, especially when it is study-based."

Luca Sargeant, Student Vice Principal

"I have chosen to study Psychology, Philosophy and Law. Collectively, I had been awarded 3 A*’s and 2 A*’s. I find each subject intellectually stimulating and I’m looking forward to seeing what my next year of study brings.

I am a very disciplined, focused individual and I aim to promote an optimistic culture within the sixth form. I personally have had many ups and downs during my time at the academy, and for this reason I believe I will be a good student vice principal as I can understand individuals’ viewpoints and, in return, influence and guide students in a positive way. I see myself as a very strong role model.

Overall, I am sure we, as a student leadership team, can all agree on the fact that we aim to make the academy environment a better place to work and study, and we aim to allow students to feel more comfortable with the educational system. I think reading is a beneficial habit in which students should partake, and I also think that more positive attitudes should be developed. This will have a great impact on the academy and sixth form."