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20/08/19

Retweetd From Harris Federation

Here are some of our brilliant students heading to and this year. Many are the first in their family to attend university and all have beaten extraordinary odds to get there. We are so proud of them and wish them every happiness and success. https://t.co/HJt7DF572H

19/08/19

Retweetd From Shea Williams

Having a tour of the new building. It’s so open and amazing, can’t wait for the official opening in September! https://t.co/UbcUlj9zYr

18/08/19

Retweetd From Sian Griffiths

If you are looking for a university place has a guide today full of advice. Top of the bill is this by Andrew Halls, head of one of our top schools https://t.co/CY1lBLDahg

16/08/19

Retweetd From Girton College

🎉Congratulations Esther👏- we look forward to seeing you in October! https://t.co/2kEVVFVYPx

16/08/19

Retweetd From UCL School of Pharmacy

We're looking forward to welcoming her to the UCL . Well done on your fantastic achievements, Sawida. We hope you will continue to do well. See you in a few weeks.

16/08/19

Retweetd From Liz

What a fantastic result for Eliana, she’s a super student- you’re very lucky to have her, what an achiever

16/08/19

Retweetd From Liz

Two fantastic students, today’s achievers tomorrow’s high flyers! What awesome news.

16/08/19

Retweetd From Accord Coalition

We're delighted to reveal the winners our 2019 Inclusive Schools Award: ; & . They are 3 inspiring examples of how schools can promote cohesion, inclusion and equality between people of different backgrounds🏅🎓🥳 https://t.co/InfeOF9C2G

15/08/19

Retweetd From Camonghne Felix

"I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else." - Toni Morrison https://t.co/786o989Fjm

15/08/19

Retweetd From Harris Federation

Congratulations to student Daniel who has gained an amazing 7 A* grades and is off to to read Maths. He's going to be speaking about his fantastic achievement on the later this afternoon https://t.co/OmeZfhakxQ

15/08/19

Retweetd From KCLSU

Congratulations ladies! 🎉🎉🎉 We can't wait to meet you at King's in September, Eliana 👑👋 Check out what's coming up in your first term here: https://t.co/BOyxNvuxWN

15/08/19

Retweetd From Harris Westminster

Congratulations to Vihan who will be undertaking a medical degree at Brighton and Sussex Medical School https://t.co/IXfQVCX23s

15/08/19

Brilliantly proud that Sawida (here with Mr Thomas our Head of 6th Form) has been accepted to study with you ~ such a humble and yet driven young student. She will thrive with you on her Pharmacy degree. https://t.co/uG9lCmnrsD

15/08/19

Retweetd From UCL

Congratulations Sawida and Eliana and welcome to UCL Sawida! We think you'll love studying with . https://t.co/J5Qgiy395c

15/08/19

Retweetd From James Handscombe

18% of grades at A* 27% of student A*AA or better 8 students with A*A*A*A* (or Pre-U equivalent) Great day for Harris Westminster Students. Congratulations all. https://t.co/coX8fBumcY

15/08/19

Retweetd From King's College London

Congratulations to Eliana on getting onto our medicine degree. We look forward to you starting at King's in September 👑🎉 https://t.co/6Gf4zFDZnq

15/08/19

Sawida & Eliana have done brilliantly to gain acceptance to study Pharmacy at & Medicine at | the future of clinical health of UK in great hands https://t.co/imtVjLZzMy

15/08/19

Head of Academy, Ms Landman proud as punch of her student Stephanie and her dream apprenticeship with after securing ABB at A Level. A career in HR beckons https://t.co/rIwWPmZSJQ

15/08/19

A wonderfully happy elated young man after confirmed entry to do nursing at university https://t.co/teLNfJ4DQL

15/08/19

We celebrate achievements today across acceptance on new apprenticeship schemes and some outstanding A Level and BTEC results

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FAQ for Parents/Carers

General Enquiries 

What are the times of the academy day?

The day begins at 8.30am and finishes for all students at 2.50pm Mondays and Fridays and 3.40pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The lessons are 50 minutes long. This is designed to maximise the learning experience of all students across a broad curriculum. Throughout the school year, there are a range of after-school clubs and lessons available for students, especially those sitting public examinations. The library is also available for students after academy hours most days of the week.

Is there a Parent Teacher Association? 

Yes, we do have a PTA and are always looking for new members. The PTA has over the years helped to strengthen the link between home and the academy. For further information about the PTA please get in touch with Mrs Marlow, Assistant Principal on 0208 826 3223  or email MarlowM@harrissouthnorwood.org.uk 

How can I get involved with the academy?

There are a variety of ways to get involved including: attending various musical performances and rewards evenings; regularly visiting the academy website, and following us on Twitter. We welcome feedback via email, letter or in person.

Can I see the Excecutive Principal or Heads of Academy?

Of course. However, to ensure your concern is dealt with as swiftly as possible we would ask that you first try the member of staff directly responsible for the issue/enquiry you have. If you need to make an appointment to see the Executive Principal or Heads of Academy then please contact Ms Critchlow, PA to the Executive Principal on CritchlowC@harrissouthnorwood.org.uk

 

Pastoral Matters

Who is the best person to contact with general questions about my child?

Your child's form tutor and Assistant Principal are the primary points of contact. If your concern is about the academy or more than one subject, we would recommend you speak to the tutor and then Assistant Principal.

If your concern relates to a subject, then we would recommend the first point of contact being the class teacher, then the Coordinator. In some smaller departments we also have subject leaders who are here to help. 

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

In the first instance, the person to contact would be your child’s form tutor. The form tutor will be able to discuss any concerns. Our Progress and Welfare Leaders are also available throughout the day to support students and ensure they are happy during their time at school.

I have emailed my child's form tutor but they haven't replied. What should I do?

All of our staff have a significant teaching commitment. Therefore, it is likely that there is a genuine reason why you have not yet received a reply. The Progress and Welfare team are also able to help in terms of ensuring your concerns are responded to ASAP. You can contact the academy to reach a Progress and Welfare Leader on 0208 405 5070.

 

Uniform

What if I have a query about uniform? 

Please call the main office and they will assist you with any queries. If you are unsure about purchasing the correct uniform, then please see our Uniform Guide which is designed to provide clarity on our expectations.

What if my child’s shoes break? 

Please send your son/daughter in to the academy and the Progress Welfare 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 child can go to the Student Information Centre and borrow a tie for the day.  New ties can be purchased in the Student Information Centre for £3.

 

Absence and Lateness

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

Yes. Ms Hall, our Attendance Officer, closely monitors 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 Student Information Centre with any change of contact details on 0208 405 5100. 

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

Please contact the Student Information Centre on 020 8405 5100 if your child is going to be absent from school. Please be aware that medical evidence may be requested for prolonged absence.

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

Once your child is ready to come back to the academy after an injury, we will make necessary arrangements to ensure that he/she can continue to learn at school in a safe environment. We will undertake a risk-assessment with you to ensure you are content with the arrangements in place. Please feel free to call the Student Information Centre to discuss further.

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

Students are expected to attend school for 190 days of the year. We expect students to have strong attendance and not below 95%. Attendance below this seriously jeopardises a child's educational attainment. The academy does not authorise family holidays during term time. 

When should my child arrive to the academy? 

Your child must be in school by no later than 8.30am.

Will I receive a home visit from the academy if my child is persistently absent from academy? 

Yes, perhaps even if you have phoned in. This is intended to be a supportive measure. 

 

Academic Progress

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

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

Is it okay to email teachers directly? 

Yes. There is a link on the academy website that will allow you to do this. We aim to respond to emails within 24-48 hours. If you have not heard from a member of staff in this time then please do contact our main office.

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

Please contact your child’s teacher, subject leader or Assistant Principal to arrange a meeting to discuss any concerns.

 

Behaviour

How will I know if my child receives a detention? 

The school will contact you by text, phone, letter and/or email if your child receives a detention for more than 15 minutes (or after-school detention). Please ensure your contact details are up-to-date to avoid any issues with communication. You can contact the Student Information Centre with any change of contact details on 0208 405 5070. 

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

Your child’s Assistant Principal is 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 misbehaviour outside of academy hours. All students are expected to leave the high street 30 minutes after academy hours. This is in place to keep students safe.

 

Extra-curricular

Enrichment Clubs – Does my child have to attend every week or can they drop in? 

Your child is welcome at enrichment clubs whenever they want to attend. However, some extra-curricular activities such as academy performances may require committed attendance to avoid letting others down. A copy of the numerous enrichment clubs are available on our website.

 

Homework

How much homework should my child receive?

We aim to set students in key stage 3 (Year 7, 8 and 9) at least one piece of meaningful homework each night. In key stage 4 (Year 10 and 11) there is usually one/two pieces per night. However, this will vary at more demanding times in the school year. In addition to this, all students have a reading book and we encourage them to spend around 15-20 minutes reading each day. Sixth Form students are expected to use their independent study sessions as well as wider reading to support their learning, as well as completing formal homework set. ‘Show my homework’ is used as a device to set homework by our teachers at Harris Academy South Norwood.

Who do I contact about homework? 

Please contact your child’s teacher to discuss any homework queries.

 

Admissions

How do I apply for a place during the academic year? 

All in-year transfer requests are made directly to the academy by completing an In-Year Admissions Form. The school is heavily oversubscribed in every year group so there is likely to be a waiting list for a place. For information about admissions please contact our Admissions Officer, Mrs Harris at harrisr@harrissouthnorwood.org.uk

How do I apply for my child to attend Harris Academy South Norwood in Year 7? 

For admissions into Year 7, parents/carers are required to complete an application form by the specified deadline. The governing body is responsible for admissions and applies oversubscription criteria in the event that there are more applications than places available.

 

Special Education Needs (SEN)

Who should I contact about my child’s special education needs? 

Please contact your child’s form tutor to discuss queries around your son/daughter’s SEN needs. Alternatively, please contact our Assistant Principal for Inclusion, for queries regarding provision available for your child's specific needs.