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Great start to this academic year, with students understanding the importance of Literacy and Reading. Taking books out of the school library on the very first day! Well done to Betty, Courtney and Matthew.


Well done to new Year7 student Phoebe, who took part in the Summer Reading Challenge set by the School Librarian on Induction day. Could students please notify the School Librarian, if they also took part this year. Thank you


Harris Academy Rainham will be holding an Open Evening for the September 2020 intake on Tuesday 1st October from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.  Principal's presentations at 6pm, 6.45pm and 7.30pm.  All Welcome!


Just a reminder that it's school photograph day tomorrow 10th September for all students. There will also be a group photo taken of our Year 11 students.


We are looking forward to the return of all our students and meeting all our new Year 7 students. Arrangements are:- Friday 6th September 2019 Year 7 and Year 11 only. Arrive at 8.50am for a 9am start Monday 9th September 2019 All Year Groups in Learning Guides for 8.55am


CheungHao collecting his results. Well done and good luck in the future.


Kostadin happy with his results including more grade 9s in Maths and Science.


Anas celebrating with one of our staff this morning. some excellent results including a grade 6 in Art. A great achievement.


Naomi collecting her results. Some excellent results in particular Maths and Science. Well done,


Zainab delighted with her results today, Grade 7 and 8s across the board. Well done.


Amy and Raksha collecting results today. Great results with Grade 9 in English, Maths and Science. Well Done,.


Emily, Roland and Megan this morning with their results. Fantastic achievements for all of you 21 Grade 4+ and special mention to Emily Grade 9 in Art.


Our Head Girl, Esther and Sara Collecting their results. 15 Grade 9-7 between them. Good luck for the future.


Some of our Year 10 Maths Fast Track pupils, Andrei, Quang and Taylor collecting their maths GCSEs today. Keep up the good work.


Andrew with an excellent set of results. Well done Andrew.


Nathan with his results today.He achieved 8 Grade 9/8.


Jay, Hannah, Sydney and Billy celebrating their results this morning. Well done to all of you.


Well done to Frankie on his excellent results. Good luck next year.


Rory and James receiving their certificates. Well done to both. 15 Grade 9 GCSEs between them.


More happy students. Our congratulations to Baaba, Chelsea and Rebecca. All your hard work has paid off.

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Latest News

Posted on June 12th 2019

SEND Team Wins Prestigious Award

We are pleased to announce that Harris Academy Rainham has been awarded the SEND Inclusion Award (SENDIA) in recognition of the excellent support we give to pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

We achieved the award after a rigorous assessment process carried out by independent inspectors and would like to congratulate Ms Walcott and our SEND team for their amazing work.

The award demonstrates that our school has achieved an outstanding level of SEND provision.

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“A real culture of inclusivity”

In their report, inspectors wrote that parents, staff and pupils were all able to provide positive examples of how well SEND pupils are educated, supported and cared for at the academy. “Parents expressed their appreciation for how much support their children receive,” said the inspectors. “One parent commented: ‘They have bent over backwards to help my son and he now has 100% attendance’.”

The report said that teachers feel there is a real culture of inclusivity across the school. “SEND students now participate in the Student Leadership Team, in drama productions, school trips to outdoor education centres, the Food Bank, visiting care homes to read to residents, multi-cultural days and also enjoying the Friday Hot Chocolate reward programme with the Principal,” they said.

“Many more SEN pupils are now entered for GCSE exams than previously.  All SEND students are encouraged to study a modern foreign language.”

Attractive learning environment

The report says that parents are very much involved in the planning of support and interventions designed to support their children. “They are provided with guidance to help their children to read at home. Parents forums have been introduced and parents are kept informed whenever any changes are made concerning their child.”

The inspectors said that a tour of the academy highlighted its attractive learning environment with up to date displays of pupils’ work.  The easy to remember school moto 'Belong, Believe Become' is clearly displayed prominently around the school, they said.


Commenting on the very significant improvements that have been achieved since the school became an academy in 2016, the inspectors noted the increased levels of attendance, improvements in the reading age of all students at the academy, improvements in attainment level and the widening of curriculum choice.

“As a result of these improvements there has been a huge increase in parental confidence levels at the academy,” they said.

Areas for development

The report noted that we have already identified some next steps including:

  • continuing to offer termly parent forums and introducing one in July 2019 for Year 6 parents
  • holding termly student focus groups to ensure that the student voice is heard and acted upon
  • offering further training to all teachers to embed ‘scaffolding strategies’ and to meet the individual needs of all students
  • introducing a speech and language therapist into the academy from September 2019 to carry out assessments, monitor and facilitate interventions, observe students in class and carry out whole school training.

Principal Gareth Stananought said: “We are delighted to receive the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Inclusion Award in recognition of our commitment to providing high quality provision for all our students. The award has proved extremely valuable in helping us to review our practise, identify areas that need further improvement and taking steps to address these.”

Find out more about the SEND Inclusion Award (SENDIA).