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18/07/19

The Summer Edition of The HAO Post has been delivered to students! Have a look inside to find out what the Academy has been doing this term: https://t.co/u5F6GqKHrn

15/07/19

This is the final week or the year. Please ensure that your child has 100% attendance as we will continue to learn until the end of the day on Friday. We hope you have a fantastic Summer!

03/07/19

So proud of our year 7 students for taking part in the annual Harris Federation Spelling Bee yesterday! They all demonstrated such an impressive level of intelligence and maturity 💪✍️ https://t.co/OeoGpMbum2

03/07/19

Good luck to all the cast and crew in our fantastic school production of Into the Woods tonight and tomorrow tonight! Tickets are available to buy on the door. https://t.co/b6N2xhUPyS

27/06/19

Retweetd From Jamie's Farm

Meditation through silent dough kneeding. What a perfect way to start the day. https://t.co/dvZK0gUe9X

26/06/19

Retweetd From Jamie's Farm

We love this photo looking down at our dining table this lunchtime at . 1 game of cards, 2 of uno and 3 of connect four. What better way to chill out with some brilliant students from https://t.co/duK2N5Gaxr

24/06/19

Don't miss our book fair starting on Friday in the library! 50% off all books and stationery! https://t.co/uP1L7u3fM6

20/06/19

We are excited to announce that our annual GCSE and A-LEVEL Art exhibition will be held next Thursday 27th June, 4.30-6.30 in the Art Block. We look forward to seeing you to celebrate the current GCSE and A-Level work. https://t.co/u4kz3Lsr8i

13/06/19

Fantastic effort from the 32 Y7 and Y8 students at the athletic event at Norman park yesterday. This competition has given the students the experience and confidence for the Harris Federation regional competition, which allows them to qualify for the finals at Crystal Palace! https://t.co/HMV8yGJhHR

13/06/19

Don't miss the Faculty Friday vortex throwing competition tomorrow! https://t.co/LqUx1XHpmF

13/06/19

Tickets available now for our school production of Into the Woods! https://t.co/uYdO3Gj4hC

13/06/19

Well done to James Cowling in Year 8 who performed with in a band competition in Stoke! Watch the performance here: https://t.co/zlZXJ3v8cf

05/06/19

Thank you and well done to the 260+ students who have taken part so far in Faculty Friday Competitions! Mark Cahill was the winner of the Kick Up Competition before half term, with an amazing 280 kick ups! Keep on attending to gain positive points for yourself and your faculty. https://t.co/q57TGi23gE

16/05/19

Retweetd From Jamie's Farm

Why walk when you can run! Pupils of enjoying the amazing Sussex scenery this week https://t.co/HDQUz9BMg4

16/05/19

A huge well done to the girls who took part in an athletics competition at Norman Park on Tuesday this week. We finished a fantastic 4th out of 7 schools and faced some extremely tough competition!

16/05/19

Retweetd From Jamie's Farm

What a lovely day to be feeding our stunning Aberdeen Angus cattle. Great help from pupils of https://t.co/foNJ2YVVlY

16/05/19

Don't miss Faculty Friday tomorrow! https://t.co/tHEM6QjzJ4

13/05/19

Can you solve our maths problem this week? https://t.co/1bCQLLiVSP

10/05/19

students valuating auction items and creating their own art space! The students designed two 3D outdoor bridges displaying graffiti art. Complete with viewing public and a boat! Very creative!! https://t.co/RVxr4QTn0j

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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.
  • Click here to download the Careers Programme 2018-2019.
  • 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 2019.