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19/01/22

Listen to this interview on BBC Sounds! 🎵 https://t.co/rB50o5FKIG

17/01/22

Thinking about making a career in music? 🎵 https://t.co/27sNw7hKdo

16/01/22

Calling all HAO music students! Sign up for an audition asap!🎵🎤🎼

14/01/22

How music can be developed in many areas...

13/01/22

A beautiful sunrise marked the start of the Head of Academy breakfast, rewarding students who have achieved 100% attendance. Mr Carey is delighted at the resilience and love of learning shown by these students https://t.co/yLMSLo63VM

11/01/22

Our Christmas concert was cancelled so we recorded it instead! Hear our very talented students sing in the HAO Christmas Showcase! 🎸🎤🎹🎼 🎵 https://t.co/OhfypVEUde

11/01/22

Calling all HAO drummers! Free online percussion ensembles and masterclasses with . See https://t.co/a7W4wQ1BuN for dates and times throughout the year. The first one is on Sunday! 🥁🎵

17/12/21

Some fantastic work in science! https://t.co/eWgGwveDRO

17/12/21

Some festive outfits today for non school uniform. All money raised is going to charity, which is our local food bank! Fantastic effort and thank you to all the student's and staff who donated https://t.co/x6KdXcT41k

16/12/21

Year 9 using original Bromley Times newspapers from 1944 to learn about the impact of WWII on the area https://t.co/9e93PrGKu8

16/12/21

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Year 9s using the original Bromley Times newspapers from 1944 to learn about the impact of WWII on the area. https://t.co/XHQyesYFDS

13/12/21

Numeracy puzzle winners putting their maths skills to the test. Working out the amounts of ingredients needed for perfect cookies! https://t.co/IUMK0g8F5n

01/12/21

Year 8 student's in their singing lessons in preparation for their showcase next week! Sounds amazing! https://t.co/UazF4vazSt

24/11/21

Ms Buckles is getting the leader boards and certificates updated to celebrate the Hegarty Maths heroes this week. Three students each completed over 200 questions! https://t.co/Fzxaj85GQk

18/11/21

Committed ✅ Outstanding work rate ✅ Determined ✅ An absolute credit to the academy! Year 9 Boys football team came from 1-0 down to beat 2-1 this evening! Best of luck for the rest of the season

18/11/21

Year 10 & 12 D&T students participating in an Engineering Careers Webinar led by MottMacdonald today in the Training Hub https://t.co/UJVsosZgb5

18/11/21

Calling all HAO music students! This is an incredible opportunity so do sign up for it!🎵🥁🎺📯🎷🎸🎤🎹🎼  https://t.co/H3sq8ZlNAb  #HFEDmusic 

16/11/21

Good Morning 👋 https://t.co/4dBg8GmVVc

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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 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, in the Training Hub from 5pm-6pm.

Thursday 14th October 2021

Thursday 16th December 2021

Thursday 24th February 2022

Thursday 21st April 2022

Thursday 23rd June 2022

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:

The Academy held the last Parent Voice meeting remotely.  During the meeting, the Parent Voice discussed the online provision and mentioned this was an excellent blend of live lessons and tasks on Show My HomeWork.  The link to the minutes from the evening can be found below.