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Principal's Blog

W/C 12th August 2013

At Harris Academy Chafford Hundred we have offered a total of 27 subjects in the 6th form; 23 A levels and 4 level 3 BTEC subjects.

A total of 61 students have completed their studies in the 6th form this year,  studying A levels, BTEC qualifications or a combination of these.

I am delighted to confirm that we achieved a 100% pass rate in every subject. Furthermore, all students achieved C grade or above in 20 of these subjects.

Of the students taking English, 100% of these passed with 18% achieving A/A* grades.

Of those who took Maths, 100% passed with 27% achieving A/A* grades.

In addition, 100% of students achieved C grade or above in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

There are also many other subjects that have achieved outstanding results with their students.

Approximately 65% will go to University, either immediately or after a gap year, with a third of these going to Russell Group universities.

One student is completing his studies a year early and preparing to attend Cambridge university in October to study Computer Science.

I am delighted  with these results as they are testament to the hard work of the students and all the staff who taught them.

I would like to highlight a number of students who have achieved very well; I do hope they will forgive me for naming them publicly.

Ruhi Choudhury A*/ A*/ A*/ A*/ A ( Computer Science at Cambridge)

Jack Burke A*/ A*/ A  (Maths at Warwick)

Kara Thompson  A*/ A/ B   (Architecture at Oxford Brookes)

Nicole Bruce  A/ A/ B( Law at Southampton)

Rosie Sparrow  A/ A/ B ( English at Surrey)

Eleanor Webster  A*/ B/ B ( Neuroscience at King’s College)

Chloe Bennett  A/ B/ B  (Psychology at Nottingham)

Cindy Edwards A/ B/ B (French & Management at King’s College)

Charly Reader A/ B/ B  (Psychology at Queen Mary, London)

Collins Sanusi  A/B/B (Accounting & Finance at Kent)

Georgina Thomas  A/ B/ B  (Psychology at Royal Holloway)

Grace Dobson  A*/ B/ C  (English Literature at Loughborough University)

There are many other students who have achieved results of which they should be very proud indeed as they have worked with great effort and energy throughout their time in the Sixth Form.

It has been a true pleasure to launch the Sixth Form with such a delightful group of committed students.

I am very proud of you all.

Mrs Graham


W/C 15th July 2013

As we approach the end of the year, I offer a huge thank you to our parents for supporting us throughout the past year. I am confident that we have worked together to create the best outcomes for your children.

I am very pleased with the results of SATs assessments in all year groups. The vast majority of students are on track to make our challenging targets by the end of the Key Stage they are in. Indeed, Year Nine have made excellent progress, securing in excess of 95% level 5+  in all three core subjects. With so many doing so, this bodes well for a very successful GCSE year in just two years’ time.

Thank you also for your support with attendance. We do take a hard line on this, but this is due to the proven link between attendance and attainment. We set a challenging target of 96%, which would be the highest ever in our history, and I am delighted to report that we have surpassed this by achieving 96.2%. Again, I thank you for your support in this and will be writing to some of you to this effect shortly.

I can assure you that our students will be learning all the way through until the last day. I wish you all a wonderful summer and will send you details of a Parents Forum that I will host in the first half term of the new year.

Mrs Graham

W/C 11th March 2013

I look forward to seeing parents of Years 7 & 11 this week at the Parents Evening on Thursday.

This is the last opportunity for parents of Year 11 students to meet with teachers and gain clear feedback on the progress being made towards the final GCSE examinations.

It really is a crucial time for these students as we are just a few weeks away from the main examination season.

There have been some very strong performances in the recent examinations; we are especially pleased with the performance of students in English. Furthermore, Year 12 have made an excellent start in the recent modular examinations.

For parents of students in Year 7, it is an excellent chance to find out how your children are finding life and learning at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred.

The following week, again on Thursday, we will be meeting with parents of students in Year 9 to discuss options for the following year. All paperwork will arrive at home imminently.

The Government has pledged some extra funding for all schools to work with students who arrived in the current Year 7 with attainment below the national average in English and Mathematics. This has afforded us an excellent opportunity to provide further support to these students. We will be writing to parents of the students involved to outline our proposals for the summer term.

I hope that you all received the letter outlining changes to arrangements for the end of the academic year in July. The term dates have been amended on the website to reflect this.

May I take this opportunity to wish you, in advance, a very happy Easter holiday. There will be a full and extensive revision timetable for students in Years 11 & 13 and I look forward to seeing them in school to take advantage of the time given by their teachers. It is a pleasure to see the weather becoming more indicative of Spring today and to say goodbye, we hope, to the recent snow!

W/C 10th December 2012

The Christmas holidays are fast approaching and the weather is clearly deteriorating accordingly. Please be assured that we will always make every effort to remain open for all students during the winter period, regardless of the challenges ahead. Please always assume we are open; we will always send out a text alert and post a notice on the website to keep parents updated.

Students in Year 11 and the 6th form are currently taking mock examinations to assess their current levels and to help teachers and students plan their studies in the vital months ahead. Results will be sent to parents in the New year.  Parents of students in Years 7,8 and 9 and also in the 6th form will receive grade reports detailing attainment in English, Maths  and Science. They will be handed out at Parents Evening on Thursday 13th December for Years 8, 12 and 13.

Christmas dinner will take place on Wednesday 19th December; please arrange payment for your child by Friday 14th. On that day we also have a non-uniform day; we will be raising money for the Harris Birthright Centre- a marvellous part of Kings College Hospital which specialises in antenatal care.

Attendance is excellent at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred; indeed we have achieved 95%+ for some three years now. However, as attendance is so closely linked to achievement, and we want our students to achieve very well, we are always looking make even further improvements. Please be aware that the school’s reference is the most important reference for students when they are preparing to move on. They always enquire about attendance and punctuality. We will therefore make no apologies for our very high expectations and the rigour with which we monitor this.

I would like to take this chance to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very happy and peaceful New year. Thank you for your continued support; it is always appreciated.

W/C 19th November 2012

The winter weather has started to take hold and the darker evenings are certainly with us now. With this in mind, may I take this opportunity to remind parents to talk to their children about arrangements to keep them safe should they need to stay late at school for any reason? If a student has any concerns, they should come back to school and look for a member of staff; there is always someone here in the evenings to offer assistance if required.

Our Year Eleven students are working very well on the whole and are proving to be an excellent year group as we prepare them for their examinations this year. They faced a demanding Maths module paper with good grace and determination recently; we will await the results in January with anticipation. Coming up in January, we have Science exams, as well as module exams in subjects such as History, Geography and Psychology. In addition, a large number of students will take the English examination; if your child is affected by this, they will already be preparing for it and Mr Street will be in touch. Starting at the beginning of December, Year Eleven will complete mock examinations; the resulting data will enable us to offer you a prediction of their likely outcome at the end of the course.

We are really looking forward to the Celebration of Achievement Evening this Thursday for students and parents of the former Year Eleven. It is always great to reflect on the achievements of students and to catch up with those who have left the school.

I have met with the uniform supplier, namely Brigade, to try to make the online ordering process more simple and straightforward for all parents in future; more details will be sent out at the end of term. Parents can also expect the first tracking reports for all students at the end of term.

We had a very successful 6th Form Open Evening on Thursday last week with great interest shown by many students from the Academy and from other schools in the area. Thank you to all who attended; the staff worked really hard to provide a valid experience of life in the 6th Form here and they appreciated your gracious appreciation of their efforts.

The ICT team here at the Academy is working very hard to ensure an improved provision for students. During the Summer, the majority of ICT suites were updated with new equipment and much work took place, with the support of the Harris Federation, to improve the infrastructure. There is still more planned for this area of the Academy to make sure that our provision in this area is truly fit for a "School of the Future".

Thank you to so many of you who have taken the time to respond to the questionnaire sent to you recently. We commission a thorough review by all stakeholders every two years so that we obtain regular feedback. I will let you know some broad outcomes in the near future.

In the meantime, please be assured that we continue to strive for excellence for the benefit of all our students; the staff here work very hard and appreciate your support. By working together we make a real difference to the futures of our students.

W/C 1st October 2012

The Open Evening for Year 6 students and their parents on Thursday last week was a marvellous event; Dr Tomlinson and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many keen and enthusiastic parents and children.  The Academy showed just why it is so successful and the staff and students worked very hard to ensure its success.

This Thursday 4th October we look forward to greeting parents of current Year 11 students to open discussions about life after Y11 for our “Futures Evening”.  Year 11 mentors will all be in attendance to offer support and advice at this crucial time.  Furthermore, the full range of local colleges will also be represented as well as our own Sixth Form.  The Harris Federation has also appointed a Careers Advisor who will be in school for approximately half of the week.  We are very aware of the importance of sound information, advice and guidance and all of these measures demonstrate our commitment to this.

Parents will have seen the coverage in newspapers and on television about the proposals for a radical overhaul of the examination system planned for the future.  At this stage we have yet to discover the exact details, but parents can rest assured that, no matter how the examinations alter, we will embrace any change and continue to work hard with students to safeguard their academic achievement.  When the plans are finalised, we will communicate to parents and ensure everyone understand the full implications.

W/C 3rd September 2012

It has been a very busy holiday at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred.

I am delighted to report that the 6th form building is approaching completion and should indeed be ready for the start of the new term. We are very pleased with the layout and it will be a true asset to the academy.

In the main building, there has also been much activity as we have added two further Science laboratories, refurbished the majority of the computer suites and one of the cooking rooms, which has been relocated to the lower floor. The available rooms now better reflect the curriculum that we are offering this year.

August is always a tense time as we await the examination results. We are very pleased with the start made by the 6th form students. The nationally recognised target setting tool used by 6th form institutions indicated that there would only be one student in the year likely to achieve A grades at A/S level, but several students did indeed secure A grades in a range of subjects. We are now looking forward to welcoming our new Year 12 students in September.

Our Year Eleven cohort of last year also excelled in the GCSE examinations. A weaker year group on entry, they rallied in Year 11 and became very successful. Results day was a very emotional and encouraging event. This is testament once again to the hard work of the students and their teachers, as well as the support of parents. The strong and positive relationships that we build here in the academy mean that students want to succeed and lay the foundations for the rest of their education, whatever form that will take.

I can assure you that we are ready to embrace the challenge of a full school in September and that we are very much looking forward to next week!