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We have had some fantastic feedback from Parents and Carers during the lockdown period, some of which is outlined below:
'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.’
‘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’
‘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’
‘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.’
‘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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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