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25/09/17

Looking forward to our first open morning tomorrow. Principal's speech at 0910 and again at 10am.

23/09/17

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18 - 22 September 2017 Harris Academies https://t.co/tcy4UrqOoV

23/09/17

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Teacher of English - Full or Part Time required at https://t.co/nbo6fTdwyF

23/09/17

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Lead Practitioner/ Experienced Teacher of English (FT/PT) required at https://t.co/hC1Tkjzvem

22/09/17

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Even the school meals are ace. Apply for an English position here: https://t.co/AgBZWITRxJ https://t.co/SBYB4yjMnC

22/09/17

Even the school meals are ace. Apply for an English position here: https://t.co/AgBZWITRxJ https://t.co/SBYB4yjMnC

22/09/17

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A fantastic assembly all about Chinese Club with some great Chinese Champions https://t.co/lf8Zfpg98N

21/09/17

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You'll love working here. Apply for an English position, Jan start: https://t.co/AgBZWITRxJ

21/09/17

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Best letter ever written. https://t.co/pbRkwDxDdP

21/09/17

You'll love working here. Apply for an English position, Jan start: https://t.co/AgBZWITRxJ

20/09/17

Is there a school with higher morale than here? Doubt it! Apply now to be part of our English team! https://t.co/AgBZWITRxJ

19/09/17

We try so hard to make our staff culture the very opposite of this. Happy teachers make great teachers. https://t.co/PBFO4aPDbY

15/09/17

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Lead Practitioner/ Experienced Teacher of English required at .Apply https://t.co/WDQGtn6SM8 https://t.co/7Vrq5upanD

15/09/17

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Harris Academy Greenwich is looking for a Teacher of English. Apply now https://t.co/IPQNiSOVa6 https://t.co/pw8diTd5QU

15/09/17

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Harris on Stage auditions.. Welcome HAO 🎭 https://t.co/S6mQ1Gxg6v

15/09/17

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Enjoying our first purchase from Restore the Music U.K. ! https://t.co/HQc2ff3C0M

13/09/17

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School Cleaner required .Apply now https://t.co/H1kwlbUEVq https://t.co/mbngOSRNJO

13/09/17

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This is Olympic skier Andri Ragettli's training routine... Incredible! 😯 https://t.co/UYwPoWIyTi

10/09/17

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07/09/17

Brilliant first day. Harris Greenwich: Step into your Greatness.

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

FAQs For Parents

General Enquiries:

  • What are the times of the school day?

There are four 85 minute periods in the day to maximise the learning experience. 

Period

School Day

KS3

KS4 + KS5

1

9.00-10.25

9.00-10.25

9.00-10.25

Break

10.25-10.45

10.25-10.45

10.25-10.45

2

10.45-12.10

10.45-12.10

10.45-12.10

P3 including lunch

 

12.10-14.05

Lunch 12.10-12.40

P3 12.10-13.35

P3 12.40-14.05

Lunch 13.35-14.05

4

14.05-15.30

14.05-15.30

14.05-15.30

5

15.30-16.55

N/A

15.30-16.30 (Y11)

15.30-16.55 (P16)

Some students from all year groups are also invited in for ‘Period 0’, from 0800 to benefit from extra catch-up classes.

  • Is there a Parent/Teacher Association (PTA)?

This is now called Parent Council, and dates for the meetings will be on the Academy calendar. /504/parent-events

For more information, please contact the school office on 020 8859 0133.

  • How can I get involved with the academy?

There are a variety of ways to get involved with the Academy including: attending SLT drop-in sessions, Parent Council meetings, Academy performances, regularly visiting the school website and following us on Twitter. We welcome feedback via email, letter or in person too.

  • Is it okay to come into the office to ask questions or pay money?

Yes, definitely.

  • Can I see the Principal?

Of course. However, first try the member of staff directly responsible for the issue/enquiry you have.

  • Pastoral:

Who is the best person to contact about general questions?

Pastoral Managers are assigned to each year group to manage student well-being.  Pastoral Managers are:

Year 7 Ms Galloway Ext:  4021
Year 8 Ms Bailey Ext:  4020
Year 9 Ms Ingram Ext:  4019
Year 10 Mr Bailey Ext:  4023
Year 11 Ms Barclay Ext:  4022
6th Form Ms Thomas Ext:  4018
Safeguarding Ms Galloway Ext:  4063

For general queries, please speak to a member of the office staff.

  • What is a ‘Learning Guidance Group’?

Learning Guidance replaces Tutor Groups. Each Learning Guidance Group has a small number of students, and meet once a week. The focus is on learning, and any issues that students may have. There is also an SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) curriculum delivered through these sessions. (More information about this can be found on the school website: /501/subjects/subject/36/lg )

  • I’m concerned that my child is unhappy – who is the best person to talk to?

Please contact the Pastoral Manager for your child’s year group to discuss any concerns.

Uniform:

  • What if I have a query around uniform?

Please call the main office or the pastoral team and they will assist you with any queries

  • What if my child’s shoes break?

Please send your son/daughter into school and the pastoral team will provide a spare pair for his/her use until you are able to purchase a new pair.

  • What if my child has lost or forgotten his/her tie?

Your son/daughter can go to the pastoral office and borrow a tie for the day if they have forgotten or lost their existing one. New ties can be purchased at the main school office for £4.50. Please note: there is usually a sanction for a child forgetting his/her tie.

  • How often does my child’s blazer get replaced if they are entitled to FSM?

Your child’s blazer will be replaced every 2 years if you are eligible for free school meals

Absence and Lateness:

  • Will the academy contact me if my child doesn’t arrive at school?

Yes. The Attendance Team work to monitor attendance, and will contact you by phone or text if your child is absent and you have not called in. Please make sure that your contact details are up-to-date. You can contact the school office with any change of contact details on 020 8859 0133.

  • Who do I tell if my child needs to be absent from school for a medical appointment?

Please contact the Attendance Officer on Extension 4032 if your student is going to be absent from school. Please note: medical evidence may be needed.

  • My child has broken his/her leg – what should I do?

The school can provide a lift key, or arrange for the student to work in the referral room if needed. Please feel free to call your child’s Pastoral Manager to discuss further.

  • What if I want to take my child on holiday during term time?

The school will not authorize any holidays during term time, and there may be a fine issued to parents if they decide to do so.

  • When should my child arrive to school?

Your child must be in school no later than 8.50am. On days when your child has Learning Guidance, they must arrive before 8.25am.  Any child later than 8.55am will be given a 30 minute detention on the same day.  Please note the sanction guidance below.

  • What is the sanction for arriving late to school?

Between 8.55am and 9.00am there will be a 30 minute detention.

Between 9.00am and 9.15am there is an hour detention.

After 9.15, the student in question will be sent to Seclusion for the day.

Students will receive a 30 minute detention if they arrive to Learning Guidance after 10 minutes.

Students will receive an hour detention if Learning Guidance is missed.

  • What if my child is late because of the bus?

If there is an isolated reason for lateness, please contact the school.

  • Will I receive a home visit from the Academy and/or police if my child is absent from school?

Yes, perhaps even if you have phoned in. This is intended to be a supportive measure. Often our parents struggle to get their children to school and our team can help here.

Academic Progress:

  • How can I find out what level/class my child is streamed into?

Please attend Parents’ Evening regularly, and contact individual teachers for up-to-date information. Dates for Parents’ Evenings can be found on the school calendar: /38/calendar

  • Is it okay to email teachers directly?

Yes.  Unfortunately, recruitment agencies were trying to poach our amazing staff so the only email addresses we give online are the senior team.  However, if you use the generic email address info@harrisgreenwich.org.uk and put the member of staff’s name in the subject line, we’ll forward it on.  Once you know the staff email feel free to email direct.

  • What if I am concerned about my child’s academic progress?

Please contact your child’s teacher or Pastoral Manager to arrange a meeting to discuss concerns.

Behaviour:

  • How will I know if my child receives a detention?

The Academy will contact you by text or phone if your son/daughter receives a detention for more than 15 minutes. Please ensure your contact details are up-to- date. You can contact the school office with any change of contact details on 020 8859 0133.

  • I’d like to discuss my child’s behavior outside of school – who is the best person to speak to?

The Pastoral team are available to discuss any queries you may have and can direct you to the person most suited to support. Please be aware that we sanction students for misbehavior outside of school and outside school hours.

  • What is ‘Referral’ and ‘Seclusion’?

‘Referral’ is for students who are sent out of class for poor behaviour or have received two negative behavior points. They complete classwork outside of the lesson.

‘Seclusion’ is for more serious behaviour incidents or where students return after an exclusion. Pupils complete work whilst being supervised by a member of SLT.

Extra-curricular:

  • After School Clubs – does my child have to attend every week or can they drop in?

You child is welcome to after school clubs whenever they want to attend. However, some extracurricular activities such as school performances may require committed attendance to avoid letting others down. A copy of the termly provision for extracurricular activities can be found on the school website: /514/clubs-and-societies

Homework:

  • As of this academic year, the school is launching a new homework policy. The emphasis being on self-quizzing and developing students’ long-term memory. The new linear GCSE and A-Level specifications has meant that students need to develop these skills so that the knowledge ‘sticks’. It is more important than ever that students are regularly revising lesson material independently at home.

    The new homework expectation comprises of three parts:

    1.         Reading – 30 minutes per night

    2.         Self-Quizzing in practice journals – one page per subject each night

    3.         Technology apps in maths and science to supplement self-quizzing (Tassomai and XIL) *specified year groups only

    To optimise the effectiveness of self-quizzing, pupils must write out knowledge from memory and must not copy. Your child will have extensive training in school as how to do their self-quizzing. Your child will be expected to bring in their practice journal and knowledge organsier every day to school in their bags. Learning Guides will check the quantity of homework in practice journals and classroom teachers will check the quality of homework in lessons.

    Homework Timetable

    Years 7-9

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Maths

    English

    Science

    History/Geography *2 pages

    Languages

    Years 10-11

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Maths

    Creative Tech

    Media

    English

    Social Sciences

    Science

    Performing Arts

    PE

    History/Geography

    RE

    Languages

    Computing

Free School Meals (FSM):

  • My child receives free school meals, what else are they entitled to?

Your child is also entitled to a PE top, tie and blazer.

  • How do I apply for FSM?

If you are entitled to income support then you can apply for free school meals. Please see the website for more details: /456/free-school-meals-check-your-eligibility

Admissions:

  • How do I apply for sixth form?

You can apply for sixth form via the Academy website which can be found here: /491/academy-admissions/

  • How do I apply for a space during the academic year?

All in-year transfer requests are made directly to the Academy by completing an In-Year Admissions Form.  Once you have contacted the Academy, the form can either be posted, emailed or hand-delivered. This needs to be completed and returned along with a copy of your child’s latest school report. For further information, please see the school website: /491/academy-admissions

  • How do I apply for my child to attend Harris Academy Greenwich in year 7?

For admissions into Year 7, parents and carers are required to complete an application form (known as the “Common Application Form” - CAF) which will be sent to them by their local authority.  Please note: no applications direct to the Academy can be accepted. For further information, please see the school website: /491/academy-admissions

SEN:

  • Who should I contact about my child’s SEN needs

Please contact your child’s teacher to discuss queries around your son/daughter’s SEN needs. Alternatively, please contact our Assistant SENCO, Nikki Williams, for queries regarding Academy provision, or Mr Sofianos, Assistant Principal in charge of SEN.  His email address is d.sofianos@harrisgreenwich.org.uk