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17/06/21

Transition Event June 2021 As a result of the announcement of the Prime Minister on Monday evening regarding the extending of phase 3 of national lockdown by 4 weeks we have had to make the unfortunate decision to cancel our event. https://t.co/nLYXHydB7t

16/06/21

Please see our website for latest letter home from our Principal https://t.co/ob1pEQBMvK

15/06/21

Sign up to our Year 11 Headstart Programme. The aim of this programme is to keep our Y11 students actively engaged in subjects that they enjoy and are planning to choose for next year. https://t.co/JomRr5SCdO

11/06/21

Year 9 students preparing for their DoE expedition. Well done all. https://t.co/0cGjntq95r

28/05/21

Retweetd From Harris Rainham PE

Over 40 kids and yr10 sports youth club https://t.co/AkMfshnB3T

28/05/21

Retweetd From Harris Rainham PE

Goodbye and thanks James. Year 11 sports captain 2021 https://t.co/aImkGRiRWh

28/05/21

Wishing all our students, parents and community a safe, peaceful and relaxing half term break. See our website for an update on return to school on 7th June https://t.co/xt5L9s9hLP

24/05/21

Year 10 students will sit their end of year mock examinations in June. These examinations will take place over two weeks, starting 7th June. Please see website for details https://t.co/XOhzGABoPX

21/05/21

... and to Sophie Clark - Rainham 100 Challenge Reading Achievement Mya Little - The Oaks Kindness competition Year 9 Millie Mitchell - Winner of the 'Guess the story' competition for WBD 2021 https://t.co/JaCLiK0pih

21/05/21

Congratulations to Year 7 Mredula Mangalaram - Winner of the 'Design a bookmark' competition for WBD 2021 Year 8 Sophie Clark - Joint Winner of the 'Short Story' competition for WBD 2021 Louise LeBlanc - Joint Winner of the 'Short Story' competition for WBD 2021 ..... more https://t.co/UUhV2Ys7CA

01/04/21

Fabulous revision resources can be found for Year 11 at the following link: https://t.co/DLqGHgEpxJ

01/04/21

Year 11 Easter Intervention Timetable https://t.co/BJnOaYYeJM

24/03/21

Change to Summer Term Inset Date https://t.co/PdD9b4lHIL

23/03/21

Year 11 Mock Examinations will begin on Monday 19th April. See website for timetable. https://t.co/noBzF2FFd7

19/03/21

Red Nose day is 19 March Mr Bridges has set himself an ambitious challenge, please have a look and donate if you can. https://t.co/q1SLB8dPlK... https://t.co/iLlAJy686z

18/03/21

Havering Local Authority will be providing free school meal funds for over Easter. For more see https://t.co/WksvMcYTjT

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Posted on September 17th 2020

"Glad to be Back" - Our New Term Begins!

It was with a mixture of relief, excitement and apprehension that students and staff returned to school last week following the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

While the school has remained busy supporting pupils and families throughout the lockdown, many pupils had not received on-site provision for over five months.

Students in all year groups have settled back into HAR daily life and are embracing the return to a sense of normality. For teachers as well as students, it’s exciting and refreshing to be able to teach in front of a live classroom again and witness the students' enthusiasm to be back sitting in a real classroom

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‘It was great to be able to see all my friends again.’ Kai, Year 8


"Great to have our school back!”

Students and staff have responded positively and have worked very well to establish new routines and settle quickly to learning.

“The energy across the school has been fantastic, and a reminder of the HAR values of Belong, Believe, Become and of our students’ resilience and their real enthusiasm to learn and grow,” said Principal Mr Stananought.

We are immensely proud of the way our students have adapted to the safety measures around the school, and how they have conducted themselves with maturity throughout the settling in process.  As always, we have a term full of challenging and engaging lessons to look forward to.

The school now moves into a stage of ‘the new normal’, striking a balance between safe procedures and the imperative to re-engage pupils in their learning experience.

“I am very confident that the plans we have initiated and continue to review and adapt provide the opportunity for staff and pupils to reignite their passion for learning in a safe but welcoming environment. It’s great to have our school back!” added Mr Stananought.

‘I’m glad to be back. I worried about keeping up when I was at home.’ Daisy, Year 11


Teaching zones

The school has put in place a thorough plan for the return of all pupils. There are now separate teaching zones and break times for each year group.

We are fortunate that the size of the school allows us to separate each year group into distinct teaching blocks, helping us to create year group ‘bubbles’ which have ensured a purposeful and safe start to the year.

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I’m so proud of the strength, resilience and determination that our students have shown.’ Miss Hill

Classrooms, too, have seen some changes. This year, it’s teachers who’ll rotate around the classrooms, with students mainly staying put in their assigned classrooms to minimise interactions in the corridors.  

Other safety measures in place include compulsory hand washing before entering the academy each morning and at the beginning and end of breaks and lunchtimes; separate year entrances and staggered start and finish times; round-the-clock cleaning; clear zone signage; students escorted on toilet breaks. 


What our students say...

‘I was worried I might get lost but there’s always a teacher to take us to where we need to go.’ Abbie Year 7

‘I like that we have our own part of the school to ourselves.’ Alfie, Year 7 

I’m glad to be back as I worried about keeping up when I was at home.’ Daisy, Year 11

‘The best thing is being able to have break and lunch at the same time as all the rest of my year.’ Daniel, Year 8

‘It was great to be able to see all my friends again.’ Kai, Year 8

‘I found it hard to do schoolwork at home and I missed my friends so it’s better that we are able to be back in school.’ George, Year 9

‘It’s actually alright being back.’ Jack, Year 11

‘I thought it might be scary but it’s not really. I already know my way around.’ Mason, Year 7


What our staff say...

‘I was a little nervous before we returned but it’s been terrific to see everyone – students and staff – doing their bit to ensure we stay safe, whether that’s regular hand-washing before and after breaks, wearing masks in corridors or keeping to the right year-group zones’. Mr Phillips

“I am extremely pleased with how quickly students, especially our new Year 7s, have adapted to our hand washing and movement expectations. It has been fantastic to be back in the classrooms, learning with students again.” Ms Blake

‘Coming back to work has felt like finally being home after a very strange time away. It’s been beyond lovely to see all the faces that I’ve missed so much! I’m so proud of the strength, resilience and determination that our students have shown.’ Miss Hill

‘It has been amazing to see how quickly and easily the students have adapted to the ‘new normal’ in school. It is so lovely to have them back where they belong.’ Mrs Naylor

‘It’s great to be back in a classroom and teaching our students again.  It may feel a little different, but they are as brilliant as ever.’ Mrs Rowell

"It's been a very strong start to the year.  Both staff and students have been adapting well to 'the new normal', which has quickly become routine, and it is truly wonderful to be able to be back in the classroom teaching the students face to face." Mrs Watson

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‘It has been amazing to see how quickly and easily the students have adapted to the ‘new normal’ in school. It is so lovely to have them back where they belong.’ Mrs Naylor