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OUR FIRST YEAR AS A HARRIS ACADEMY This is a very special time to be considering a place for your child at Harris Academy Ockendon. In September 2019, we joined the Harris Federation which runs nearly 50 successful primary and secondary schools in London and Essex. The vast majority of Harris academies inspected by Ofsted have been rated ‘outstanding’. We are constantly telling our students to ‘enjoy being the best you can be’. At Harris Academy Ockendon being the best is neither a destination nor a moment in time, but it is a journey towards a consistent pattern of behaviour and attitudes that result in constant progress and achievement. As part of the Harris Federation’s high-achieving group of academies, we benefit from significant support which helps us provide a high-quality and engaging education for all of our students – whatever their interests, whatever their abilities.

When you attend our Open Events, I’m sure you will agree that our academy is a welcoming, ambitious and creative place with some incredible facilities and highly focused students and staff. We aim for excellence and we expect our students and their families to do the same. We combine the traditional values of good manners, excellent behaviour and respect with the very best of modern teaching and technology. I hope that this prospectus gives you a sense of our drive and ambition for the children at Harris Academy Ockendon. I look forward to meeting you at our Open Events. Ms Jo Rainey Principal


WELCOME FROM THE HARRIS FEDERATION Harris Academy Ockendon is supported by Executive Principal and National Leader of Education, George McMillan.


Mr McMillan has worked for the Harris Federation since 2012. During this time he has overseen Harris Academy Greenwich’s transformation from Ofsted’s failure category of ‘special measures’ to an ‘outstanding’ and heavily oversubscribed academy which has been in the top 15% of schools in England for the last six years. His role at Harris Academy Ockendon is to support the staff in the school in any way he can to ensure students not only excel in national examinations but also in their interactions with the world, leading to happy and successful lives.

The academy is also supported by Mrs Nicola Graham as Assistant Director of the South East sector of the Federation. Mrs Graham oversees a cluster of Harris academies in Essex, including the ‘outstanding’ Harris Academy Chafford Hundred, which she has led since 2011. Mrs Graham is also a National Leader of Education. Working alongside Ms Rainey and the staff at Harris Academy Ockendon, Mr McMillan and Mrs Graham provide exceptional leadership experience.

AMBITION, DISCIPLINE AND HONESTY We approach each day with determination and are relentless in our pursuit of excellence for our students and staff. We work hard and work smart, making swift but thoughtful decisions which are put in place for our students with total conviction for maximum impact.

We believe that we have the power to transform our students’ lives, regardless of their ability, background, social status and life opportunities. We help our students to dream bigger, to learn harder and to be more successful than they thought possible. In doing so we believe that we will transform our community for the better. Our staff and students show immense pride in their school. We teach our students to walk tall and to demonstrate pride in themselves and in others. Our community deserves a fantastic school and we will give it to them.


A WELL-ROUNDED EDUCATION We want all our students to enjoy their education and to achieve their true potential. To this end, we offer a broad range of high-quality academic and vocational subjects, personalised to our students’ needs. We place appropriate emphasis on the core subjects – maths, English, the humanities, the sciences and languages – but we also offer all students excellent teaching in other subjects including PE, creative technologies and performing arts. There is no narrowing of the curriculum in Key Stage 3 to ensure the younger years of school are enriching and set students up brilliantly for GCSEs.


In Year 10 students specialise, refining their subject choices. Our teachers assist this process so that students make informed decisions about their future studies and careers. Our teachers are trained to inspire the best in each student, whether they need to be stretched, are struggling or are somewhere in the middle. Where students need extra help on a particular topic or skill, we coach them in small groups and even one-to-one. Special Educational Needs are catered for with care and expertise.

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM Our students regularly participate in after-school enrichment classes, activity days and educational visits, including inter-academy events within the Federation, which help to bring learning alive.

We also have a magnificent Academy Farm with donkeys, rabbits, reptiles, chickens and ducks! Our students love getting hands-on experience caring for the animals. They also grow vegetables in our allotment and sell the eggs we get. As a Harris academy, we are part of Harris Experience. This programme has been designed for the most able students from Year 9 onwards. It exposes them to a range of academic and cultural experiences that take their learning well beyond the curriculum. Recent examples range from learning the art of auctioneering at Christie’s to a day of lectures at the University of Oxford.


AN EASY TRANSITION TO SECONDARY SCHOOL We aim to make the transition from primary to secondary school smooth and enjoyable, both for new students and their families. New students are warmly welcomed and settle into our academy community with ease. Many of our new Year 7 students will have the opportunity to visit the academy as part of our extensive primary liaison programme, taking part in literacy, science, design technology and sports events. We have high expectations of the way in which our students should behave. We are consistent in our approach to encouraging great

behaviour and, as a result, we have established a culture which is friendly, orderly and respectful. Parents are encouraged to get involved with their children’s education and to visit on a regular basis, whether for special events or to hear about their son or daughter’s progress. Reports are regularly sent home.

A THRIVING SIXTH FORM Our thriving sixth form offers everything our students love about their education in an environment where they are treated as young adults. Our sixth formers are role models for our younger students. We offer a wide selection of subject choices to enable students to pursue a path towards their chosen career, further training or university. We work tirelessly to ensure that every student leaves Harris Academy Ockendon with the skills they need to continue their education or go into employment. We ensure every student who wants to go to university does so, and all other students have a successful future ahead of them.


The extra-curricular opportunities provided, alongside excellent and meaningful qualifications, build our students’ CVs and give them some great topics to highlight as they write personal statements for universities or go through the applications process for jobs and apprenticeships.

A STATE-OF-THE-ART LEARNING ENVIRONMENT In recent years, our building has hugely benefited from an £8 million redevelopment. Our Facilities • Elite sporting facilities, with a heated indoor swimming pool so all students can have swimming lessons. We also have a sports centre with a fitness suite. • A Centre for Technology comprising three workshops, a design studio, art rooms, a textile suite and food technology training kitchens.

• A purpose built English and literacy block, 10 science laboratories and 7 IT and computing suites. • A drama studio – in addition to a music teaching space with 8 practice rooms and a fully equipped recording studio.

Our amazing facilities match our high aspirations for our students.


PART OF THE SUCCESSFUL HARRIS FEDERATION The Harris Federation is a not-for-profit charity with nearly 50 academies in London and Essex. The founder and Chairman of the Harris Federation is Lord Harris of Peckham. His vision of delivering happy and successful education is brought to life by an excellent team of teachers and leaders. The Federation regularly tops academic studies and national league tables measuring performance. Almost all Harris secondary academies are judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Harris secondary academies are known for combining traditional standards of manners, discipline and uniform with the best of modern teaching and technology. There are around four applications from parents for every place available.

In the most recent national league tables, the Harris Federation was the top performing large academy trust for: • The academic progress of students; • The progress of disadvantaged students; • The proportion of students gaining the prestigious English Baccalaureate. At the time this prospectus was sent to print, there were an incredible 51 sixth formers at the Harris Federation holding offers for Oxford and Cambridge. In addition to running schools, the Harris Federation provides high quality training and professional development for teachers throughout this part of England. Follow @HarrisFed on Twitter to stay updated.

ADMISSIONS There are 240 places available in Year 7 every September and applications are made through Thurrock council’s coordinated admissions process. We welcome all students and make sure the correct support is put in place for each student where necessary. Distance from home to the academy is used to allocate places with students living closest to the academy being given higher priority.


If you are interested in a place, please come to one of our Open Events. We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible. Our full admissions policy – together with the dates of our Open Events – are set out on our website.

Erriff Drive, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 5AY T. 01708 851661  Email. info@harrisockendon.org.uk www.harrisockendon.org.uk

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