Close

Download our FREE smartphone app today!

Get the app

Twitter

21/10/20

Young Gifted And STEM is a new organisation to improve the engagement of Black & Minority Ethnic students with STEM subjects. On Sat 24th Oct, Harris Invictus will be hosting the event with LSBU, which is aimed at ages 14-18. Here is the link: https://t.co/GUT5RCbWfN https://t.co/VLH3s2F3aG

21/10/20

Check out the link below to the Year 11 Newsletter from Ms Humphries and Ms Powell https://t.co/bxOIs1FJ1d

12/10/20

Look at this fantastic homework that Danni has produced in English, based upon the Gothic Literature work we are currently doing. Well done Danni! https://t.co/3xgBrJs6xC

15/09/20

Three local but internationally recognised musicians have set up the inaugural Bromley & Beckenham International Music Festival which starts on Thursday night: https://t.co/tUgLIpYxmb

11/09/20

Wishing all of our children a great weekend after a fantastic first week back! https://t.co/dCX2E4HMg8

04/09/20

Look at this fantastic new year 7 group! We are so proud of how smart they all look. https://t.co/9SIMxw0MBg

04/09/20

We are so looking forward to welcoming our Year 7s this morning! https://t.co/rbtyHgu2Bs

27/08/20

Kelsey is delighted with her prize for winning the TikTok challenge.. congratulations Kelsey! https://t.co/gHmnuUoNe0

19/08/20

This closes on 31 August: give it a go all you brilliant musicians! 🎤🥁🎸🎹🎵 https://t.co/yVqlfgeCdl

13/08/20

Sam who has secured a place at Kingston University to study aerospace engineering Tamsin who has secured a place University of Kent to study classical archaeological studies Lucy who has secured a place at Canterbury Christ church to train as a primary school teacher

13/08/20

Ellie who gained A, B, B and intends to pursue a career in photography Amy who gained A, A, B and intends to pursue a career in fashion Lewis who successfully enrolled on the prestigious KPMG apprenticeship

13/08/20

Despite an unprecedented year the year 13 have received an amazing set of results. We have very happy students who are off to pursue their university and apprenticeships. We wish our sixth-formers the best as they move forward onto their next chapter. https://t.co/9qt1KEevLI

13/08/20

Special congratulations to; Holly who is going to the University of Surrey to study veterinary medicine and Science having gained 3 A grades.  Thomas who has gained a place at Brunel University to study Physiotherapy having gained 3 A grades

07/08/20

Our leadership team have been having great fun reading during their holidays! If any of our students or parents would like to borrow a free summer reading book we would be delighted to lend you one. Visit reception next wednesday at midday to pick a book of your choice. https://t.co/YfjuRdfotV

05/08/20

This is not the first pandemic (part 3) https://t.co/DOgTyJPl5Y

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Central Office

Bexley

Bromley

Clapham

Croydon

Greenwich

Haringey

Havering

Merton

Newham

Southwark

Sutton

Thurrock

Wandsworth

Westminster

Parent Voice

Parental Feedback

We have had some fantastic feedback from Parents and Carers during the lockdown period, some of which is outlined below:

Mrs Witham:

'I just want to express my thanks to all the staff within the Academy for their continued support and hard work at such a difficult time and during the lockdown period. I work in the education sector myself and it was amazing the level of support you provided my son, and indeed all the students, with regular manageable workload aswell as regular contact from your office staff. I understand from friends, who have children of similar ages to my own, that most schools in the Borough did not infact provide this to their students ..’

‘.. Harris has certainly, in my eyes, shone above the other schools where support and education are concerned. I applaud you all and hope you continue the hard work. You have my full support at all times. 

Have a relaxing, well deserved break over half term!’

‘The teaching staff have been amazing trying to implement things for him…The mentor system is fantastic for him. We have regular contact and feedback from the school. Your staff have the patience of saints.. With regard to the online lessons and workload in this strange time, I think Harris have been once again amazing. Consistent workload, consistent contact and regular feedback! Excellent. Huge thanks.’

Miss Fiander: 

‘During lockdown I have been really impressed with the live lessons even though it is very difficult to get my daughter motivated to learn at home, Harris has done a brilliant job and cannot be faulted. Thank you’

Ms Francis:

‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank HAO for the outstanding way that they have handled the corona crisis. The phonecalls home are very welcome and nice to feel still connected to the school. The work set is realistic and consistent and well managed. Every time the government changed the rules the school has adapted accordingly with great correspondence to the parents..  I have no doubt that when all pupils return to school, Harris will do all they can to make sure the pupils catch up missed work. Please can my thanks be shared to staff and the SLT.  Many thanks’

Mrs Jenkins:

‘I would like to thank all the members of staff who helped my daughter. Ms Malik has been great during lockdown with her weekly calls home. It is obvious that my daughter and her have a good relationship as she does with other adults within the school, PE staff in particular. My son will be joining you in September and I hope he will enjoy school as much as his sister. Thank you.’

Mrs Campbell:

‘I recently emailed to express my gratitude for the covid response and the school staff in general. Problems are always resolved quickly and there is a real sense of care within the school community.’

We welcome feedback from Parents and Carers, feel free to email us at info@harrisorpington.org.uk.


The new Harris Academy Orpington Parent Voice will meet each half term and is open to any parent who would like to contribute positively to the life of the academy.

Parental involvement is crucial to the academy’s continuous improvements. Although not a decision-making body, Parent Voice will influence decisions on a wide range of issues through an open dialogue with staff.


Next meeting dates

All meetings are held at Harris Academy Orpington from 5pm-6pm.

Thursday 12th November 2020

Thursday 14th January 2021

Thursday 4th March 2021

Thursday 29th April 2021

Thursday 17th June 2021

The meetings will give feedback to the academy and contribute to policy-making on issues which affect parents. Having Parent Voice will help to create a culture within which parents, and the whole community, can feel part of the decision-making process and share their commitment to the school’s future.

If you would like to join Parent Voice, or would like more information, please email Mrs Rumble via info@harrisorpington.org.uk.


Key areas discussed to date, and actions taken

Quality of communication from the Academy to parents

Introduction of half-termly Head of Academy newsletters

Introduction of My Child At School (MCAS)

Quality and consistency of homework

Introduction of Show My Homework as the online platform for homework at HAO

What pastoral provision exists at HAO?

Presentation from Ms Donnelly (Vice Principal) on the wide range of pastoral support offered at HAO