The academy has a range of policies and procedures in place that ensure the welfare of all of our students. Several of these policies set out expectations about good behaviour. This means everyone feels safe and can learn, this includes good learning behaviour around the academy and in lessons and also rules about how you communicate and behave appropriately towards other students and staff.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the welfare of your daughter or please contact:
Contact – Christine Lamb, Education Welfare Officer
Telephone: 020 7732 2276
The expectation is that students attend every day unless they are unwell, in which case parents or carers are expected to contact the Academy before 9am on each morning of absence.
To report an absence please contact:
Contact – Patricia Slater
Telephone: 020 7732 2276
The people responsible for medical needs are:
Contact - Christine Lamb and Peter Mason, Medical Needs Officers.
The person responsible for health and safety is:
Contact - Peter Mason, Health and Safety Officer.
Female Genital Mutilation
Read a report of the visit by Dr Comfort Momoh MBE to Harris Girls’ Academy in January 2016 to talk to our students about female genital mutilation (FGM).
Dr Momoh is a midwife who specialises in the study and treatment of FGM. She works at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust where she runs the African Well Women’s Clinic, dedicated to caring for women affected by FGM. She received her MBE from the Queen for services to women’s health. Read more.
Bullying will not be tolerated from any member of our academy community, either inside or outside the academy. The seriousness of bullying cannot be emphasised enough and is one of the top concerns parents have about their children’s safety. That’s why we have strong procedures in place to deal with any incident that occurs, including our SHARP system that any student can use if they are worried about bullying. We also do regular surveys of students to investigate perceptions of bullying across the academy and include anti-bullying work in our PSHE programme, coaching and in assemblies. Our anti-bullying policy can be downloaded below.
Student and parent surveys
We regularly use surveys to seek students' and parents' views about their experiences at our academy, and our plans to move the academy forward. Details of survey results will be published here.
Year 8 student and parent survey - January 2016
We undertook our regular survey at the Year 8 parent evening in January. Students are overwhelmingly happy to come to school and feel they learn a lot. They believe that the Academy deals well with bullying, should it occur. They are very positive about their experiences. A few students felt that they wanted behaviour to be better still and we will talk further to those children to hear their experiences and views. If needed, we will certainly act to address any issues they might raise. Year 8 parents were overwhelmingly positive about their experiences of the Academy, as the full results show. Download the complete results.
Year 11 student and parent survey - December 2015
At our Year 11 parent evening in December 2015, we surveyed both parents and students about their experiences at the Academy. The full results can be downloaded at the end of this paragraph. They show that all responses from parents were positive with the lowest return of ‘agrees’ to the question being 92% and most being at 96% and above. Students were also surveyed and their results show that in nearly all areas, ‘agrees’ are well over 90% again. The only area where this is not the case is that slightly more students feel that we do not help them to have a healthy lifestyle (87% still believe the academy does support this). Therefore, this is an area that we will revisit again in the coming months. Download the complete results.
Year 7 student and parent survey - October 2015
At our parent information evening in October 2015, we did a survey of Year 7 students and parents to find out how they had settled and what their experiences were.
Of the 65 parents who responded, 97% either agreed or strongly agreed that their child was happy at school; 99% agreed or strongly agreed that their daughter feels safe at school; and 93% felt their child was making good progress at school. Of the 64 students who responded, 97% agreed they were happy to come to school and 97% also said that they learn a lot in lessons. 96% agreed with the statement “The academy helps me to do as well as I can”. Download the complete results.
These are done twice yearly with the whole community at Academic Mentoring Day. When there are negative comments, House Assistant Principals meet with those students and use them as a focus group to pick up on issues and views and then address any issues that are found to be valid for students. This is a very powerful way of us hearing student views and it shows students that we are serious about engaging with them and acting upon their requests.
Curriculum and activity surveys
We ask students each year which learning experiences they have had have had the most impact for them so that we can reflect on what engages students most and offer more of those opportunities. We also ask students whether there are things they would like to have the chance to do that they don’t currently have and seek to implement these wherever possible.
Find out other ways we make sure students have a strong voice.