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Please see our website for information about the Year 7 Language choice process.


Reminder: Sixth Form Open Evening Tuesday 29th November from 4.30pm to 6.30pm




Reminder: Tomorrow, Thursday 13th October is the last day of term for students (Friday 14th October is an INSET day so school will be closed for all students). Students return to school on Monday 31st October.


Message from Havering Council: The Council have created a one-stop-shop for all of the financial & other support that may be out there for residents this winter and beyond, all in one handy place on our website.


YEAR 11 REVISION EVENING We are inviting you and your child to attend our mock examination preparation information evening which will be held on Tuesday 11th October 2022 at 6pmPlease see our website for full details


You are invited to attend the Year 11 parents’ consultation evening on Thursday 8th September 2022 between 4.00pm and 7.00pm. This evening will be held onsite at Harris Academy Rainham. See our website for full details


We are delighted to welcome our students back to the Academy next week. Dates and times for each year group are as follows;Year 7 - Monday 5th September 8.30amYear 11 - Monday 5th September 8.55amYears 8,9 & 10 - Tuesday 6th September 8.30am


The Harris Academy Rainham Geography department is excited to launch a new gardening club In the spirit of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”, we would appreciate donations of gardening equipment, hand tools, gloves, seeds, soil, pots and anything gardening related.


Please go to our website for details of the Y11 intervention sessions on offer during the May half term.


Year 8 and 9 Parent Information Evening Your are invited to a parent information evening on Wednesday 25th May at 6:00pm, where we would like to speak with you on e-safety and how you can ensure your child is protected online.


HAR Sixth Form Consultation: See the letters home page of our website for the latest letter from the principal with details of upcoming consultation events.


Year 10 students visited Blenheim Underwriting in Fenchurch Street yesterday as part of their mentoring programme with an award-winning charity, Future Frontiers, where they received a warm welcome from CEO John Lynch.


Year 11 English Literature Challenge Seminars Friday Mornings 8.15-8.50 B33 with Mrs. Turker



Yesterday some of our Y10 students visited London firm Crawford & Co. where they met the CEO and were mentored by business professionals to develop aspirations and build a life-long engagement with learning. Full story at



April 1st will be a "wear something yellow or blue" non-uniform day, students and staff are encouraged to donate £1.We will also have a bake sale on this day so bring some cash and buy some treats!All money raised will be donated to The British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

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You said, we did...

We are committed to using feedback from all stakeholders to improve the experience for students at Harris Academy Rainham. We are committed to collecting the views of our students and their families each half term to help us identify where we can improve our provision.

This page is updated each term.

Thank you to all the families who completed our termly surveys so far this year.  There were several strengths that were shared with us including:

  • 75% of parent/carers said they 'Strongly Agreed' their child was happy at HAR, with a further 18% stating they 'Agreed'
  • 92% of parent/carers said they 'Strongly Agreed' their child was safe at HAR
  • 78% of parent/carers said they 'Strongly Agreed' that concerns were dealt with promptly when raised, with a further 18% stating they 'Agreed'
  • 70% of parent/carers said they 'Strongly Agreed' that their child is doing well at HAR, with a further 20% stating they 'Agreed'

Main themes and actions

Below is a summary of the main themes from the responses we received and the actions we have or will be taking.


You Said...

We did...   


You were not always aware of what is taking place within the academy over the year.


We now provide a weekly bulletin, emailed to all parents each week, with details of what has taken place that week and what is coming up next week so what is taking place collated into one place.  We will continue to provide this information on all other channels used as well.


You were confused by the different communication tools we use.

We have tightened up our processes and committed to using the following systems for:

  • Instagram will be used for information for student.

  • Facebook for information for parents or to celebrate success in the school

  • Text messages will be sent for urgent information to be aware of

  • Letters will be for our more formal ways of communicating. This will also be attached onto our website. 

Wider community

You would like more staff present before and after school each day.

There is now at least 2x members of staff at each gate, including senior staff, monitoring students and also available to speak to if you have something to discuss. 

In addition, senior staff walk the village to the common bus stops each evening to ensure pupils are respecting the local community.


You would like all homework, including the online systems students should use to complete it, to be in one simple-to-track location in order to support your child.

All homework, and the online systems to be used, are now recorded on Satchel-One so you can track what is set each week.


You found our website difficult to find what you were looking for.

We have restructured and redesigned our website navigation to make it more intuitive so that content is easier to find.

Parent Evenings

You did not like the virtual parent evenings we held in a response to COVID restrictions

We have returned all parent evenings to face-to-face events on site


You would like more help and support with revision materials for assessments so you can support your child more.

We publish each term topic lists and revision materials for all subjects on our website for you to use to support your child.

Extra Curricular

You wanted to know about all the extra curricular clubs and trips for your child.

We have increased the number and range of trips offered since COVID restrictions have been lifted.  We have now published lists of all clubs and future trips on our website.


Your child does not get enough time to eat their lunch comfortably during their breaks.




We have extended the lunch break for all year groups from 30 minutes to 40 minutes each day.

We have also improved the queuing system we have and to allow different year groups to make use of the facilities at the same time easier. 


You would like to know the cost of items in the canteen

We have asked our external catering provider to publish weekly pricing lists to our website.




You commented that the queues were too long and slow which took up too much of your child's break

We have redesigned our canteen space to allow for fast processing of queues and worked with our external catering provider to retrain staff to speed it up.

Reporting You did not always have a clear idea of how your child was progressing in school or how to get the most out of the termly report We have run parent information evenings to explain the assessment and reporting systems we use.  We have also added videos to our website on how to get the most from the reports we use.