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🎭The Year 11 GCSE Drama students were in full swing rehearsals last week preparing for their Component 1 Devising exam! 🎭 Mrs Stanley could not be more proud at how hard all her students are working and their passion and enthusiasm which they bring to each lesson.


Please see our website for a letter we have been asked to distribute to all parents/carers from Public Health Havering


Dear parents/carers, we are asking that all student bring a face covering to school from Monday 22nd November to wear in communal indoor areas while at school. Many thanks for your support.


Please see our website for a letter emailed home to all parents today


Year 8 information evening on keeping your child safe online will be held on Monday 6th December at 6pm. All welcome.


This week we are focussing on mental health awareness and anti-bullying. Great assemblies yesterday led by Shocka. See more about his work at You can see our students' feedback on facebook at


Year 7 Parent Information Evening: Understanding the assessment and report process. Tuesday 23rd November at 6pm


Congratulations to Jyot K, Bethany L, Gabriel S, Mason D and Mya L who were invited to share hot chocolate today with the Principal, Mr Stananought, and Assistant Principal, Mr Whitehead, in recognition of outstanding participation and behaviour at the academy.


Harris Academy Rainham marked this year's remembrance day by holding a two minute silence in the front courts this morning at 11am. A very moving occasion and so proud of our students for their respectful behaviour.


Non-uniform day. Friday 19th November in aid of Children in Need.


Poppy Appeal 2021 In support of the Royal British Legion, our school council will be selling poppies during break and lunch times next week. We thank you for your support. Suggested minimum donation £0.50.


Don't forget our Post-16 information evening tonight from 4pm to 6pm for our Year 11 students and parents.


October Subject Awards - Well done all!


October Subject Awards - Well done all!


October Subject Awards - Well done all!


October Subject Awards - Well done all!


Post 16 Information Evening – Thursday 4th November from 4pm to 6pm. See letter on our website for further information

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HAR 2021 Summer School Funding Report

Summer School 2021


Department for Education (DfE) research estimates that in the first half-term of autumn 2020, pupils in:  

  • year 3 to 9 were on average around 1.6 to 2 months behind on their reading 
  • year 3 to 7 were around 3.2 months behind on their maths 
  • schools with high numbers of pupils eligible for free school meals were on average further behind those in schools with low free school meals eligibility 

Anecdotal evidence also points to children and young people’s mental health having suffered from lockdown and from periods of individual or class isolation even after schools reopened fully in the autumn term.  

Summer school provision with an academic focus has the potential to support attending pupils to make up for some of their missed education. The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) finds that, on average, pupils attending a summer school can make:  

  • 2 months’ additional progress (compared with pupils who do not attend) 
  • up to 4 months’ additional progress if the summer school offers small group tuition led by highly-trained and experienced teaching staff 

Evidence suggests a broader benefit for families and communities, support for vulnerable children and young people, pupil mental health and wellbeing, improved education engagement and transitions, and reduced youth violence.  


In light of the evidence from the Department for Education and the Education Endowment Foundation, we at Harris Academy Rainham designed and implemented a summer school with a blend of academic education and enrichment activities. This opportunity was offered to all of our confirmed new Year 7 students for 2021/22. The absence of transition week in July, meant many of the activities built into Summer school would normally have been experienced in transition week.  These were activities such as a tour of the academy building, introductions to key members of academy staff and a realistic taste of some of their subject lessons. As well as having academic lessons we included activities designed in house and by external agencies to provide enrichment ‘top up’ opportunities. The focus of this was to improve social skills and develop team building skills in advance of their September start.   


 Each day had a combination of sessions with an academic focus, physical activity, and an enrichment focus. All sessions are designed to support students in their transition from primary school into secondary school. 


In addition to the transition summer school, we also facilitated a STEM week for our current year 8 and Year 9 pupils to develop a knowledge and understanding around Formula1 car design, aerodynamics and energy efficiencies using the F1 in schools Challenge materials.  We also supplemented this with additional wind tunnel equipment to test and race different designs.


Finally, we offered a week of academic catchup sessions to our current Year 11 pupils to provide subject specific catchup and key content sessions in a full range of subject.





Summer School Spending  



Approx costs  




Staffing costs so teaching staff, non-teaching staff and pastoral support throughout the week.  

STEM Resources


F1 for schools resources to facilitate the STEM week for pupil sessions.



Resources to support the teaching & learning for the week across a range of subjects  

External Agency  


External agency was hired in to deliver a team building sessions  

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