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21/01/21

A fantastic number of Bedrock Vocabulary lessons were completed last week. Come on, let's see if we can hit our target for this week! https://t.co/ziafkw6VA2

20/01/21

Check out our Bedrock Superstars who went above and beyond last week with their Bedrock learning. Remember, the count begins again to find out who will take the top spot this week! https://t.co/JaTR1qWAh2

19/01/21

Our doors may be closed but creativity and learning never stops! See details of our amazing English competitions that we have running this week https://t.co/KumrRWxnMd

19/01/21

The Academy may be closed but creativity certainly hasn’t stopped! Well done to every student who entered our creative writing competition and congratulations to the winner, Olive F-H in year 10! Read a short extract from the winning entry here https://t.co/CyPATtfonN

15/01/21

READ ALL ABOUT IT: Fortnightly PE Newsletter providing exercise workouts, sports articles & tasks for PE lessons during the closure. The newsletter, tracker & answer sheet can be downloaded on the website & will be needed for your PE lessons https://t.co/iDp7GCUrcV

15/01/21

Some students this week have absolutely excelled and should be extremely proud of themselves. Check out the video of our Lockdown Legends: https://t.co/iDp7GCUrcV

12/01/21

We are sharing some of the comments below that we have received from the recent parent survey. The feedback is very positive and we thank parents and carers for recognising and appreciating our efforts to support their families and children https://t.co/HLsma7V1QV

12/01/21

The English department will be running the following extra-curricular competitions for students each week; Bedrock and Writing: https://t.co/qAKt5f2WqA

08/01/21

Future Talent, in partnership with Barclays Life Skills, has managed to secure astronaut Tim Peake in an exclusive FREE virtual Q&A session for young people aged 11-18 on Thurs 21st Jan from 5-6pm. Details, including how to register are here https://t.co/Mmfej84wMP

08/01/21

Please watch (& sing along?!) to this weekend's free online concert: MICHAEL BALL: HEROES - FULL SHOW | The Shows Must Go On https://t.co/uQsXqTIGgK via Available now until Sunday!

08/01/21

We are really proud of all of our Y11 Historians this week who have been learning remotely about the ways in which the Nazis persecuted minority groups in the 1930s. Here are some thoroughly detailed notes from a fantastic student https://t.co/d1SWt4gaWL

07/01/21

How to upload completed work to Show My Homework / Submitting work online: https://t.co/z8BBh6Rr3G

07/01/21

Check out this fantastic work from Ms Miele's art group https://t.co/WM5xbh55Ud

31/12/20

Please see the important update regarding the Spring Term https://t.co/NIuZW2qAFc

17/12/20

Our wonderful new violin teacher's advent calendar of Christmas music is at https://t.co/hzPW08yBE8 & there is Christmas Music By Candlelight at https://t.co/ZTVGhZPD7A via https://t.co/GTLATx154t do check out all the free shows over the holidays!

16/12/20

Wishing you a Happy and Safe Christmas from all the staff and students at Harris Academy Orpington https://t.co/nwvfOKsX2E

14/12/20

Our last day of term will be Thursday 17th December 2020, when we will finish at the normal time. Our return date in January will be Monday 4th January 2021 for all students and staff.

11/12/20

After school Computer aided design. Fantastic efforts from year 11 Engineers! https://t.co/c8lEZChc67

09/12/20

The Sixth Form at Harris Academy Orpington provides students with the opportunity to study in an exciting and rewarding learning environment. See the link to our Virtual Open Evening: https://t.co/ihwUB1r0jh

07/12/20

Beautiful twilight sky over Harris Orpington https://t.co/tGMYepm0UZ

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Careers

The world has changed greatly in the last 20 years with many people working in jobs today that simply didn’t exist when their parents left education. That’s why students today need careers advice that will enable them to be ready for the opportunities and challenges of working life.

Our Careers and Education Guidance Policy and Provider Access Policy can both be downloaded from our Teaching and Learning page. Our Careers Leader is Lauren Edwards who can be contacted at L.EDWARDS@harrisorpington.org.uk or on 01689 819 219. Our Careers Officer is Melanie Jackson who can be contacted at melanie.jackson@harrisfederation.org.uk.

  • A varied careers section is available within the school library. All students have the opportunity to visit the library and access the books. In addition the Sixth Form study area is well equipped with university prospectuses and literature on alternative career routes.
  • An academy-wide PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) programme is delivered to all students. This covers career choices and pathways, financial guidance (salaries and income), employment rights and careers for the future.
  • A 'drop down day' for Year 8 students (a whole day when students are taken off their traditional timetable and given deep learning opportunities) is followed by an information evening for parents to guide the subject choices students make at GCSE. This is followed by one-to-one subject meetings between students and senior leaders, when students can seek advice and help so they can make informed choices.
  • Year 10 students take part in group career meetings before their one-to-one meetings in Year 11. Students are instructed to start considering their next steps in preparation for their GCSE exam year.
  • Year 11 students have one-to-one meetings with senior leaders, who support and guide their progression into Key Stage 5.
  • A Level taster sessions are available in all subjects to Year 11 students.
  • The Harris Careers Education page can be accessed here.

Useful websites

The following websites can help you to look at the different careers that are available.

  • The National Careers Service website has over 700 careers profiles providing information on the skills and qualifications required.
  • Careers Box is a free online library of careers related films. Case studies show real people doing real jobs.
  • Start is a free online careers platform to connect 11-18 year old with their future career potential.
  • Prospects gives detailed job information and links to advice on writing CVs and cover letters.
  • icould offers first hand information about careers, including videos, as well as labour market information.
  • LMI for All is an online data portal, which connects and standardises labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions.

Other careers services

  • Year 11 academic and personal references are completed by faculty directors.
  • Details of student destinations after leaving Harris Academy Orpington are kept on file. Interviews and support is made available for those without confirmed progression routes. This support continues until students have a confirmed progression route post results.
  • Support with GCSE and Post 16 options processes.
  • Orpington Experience visits to universities.
  • Visiting speakers are arranged through the Orpington Experience programme.
  • There is a Federation ‘Next Steps’ evening for students and parents of students in Years 11, 12 and 13.

The academy will review the contents of this page in September 2020.