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21/04/21

We're still in recovery from our recent cyber attack. Thankfully, not everything has a microprocessor. Thank you to all our staff, students and families for being patient and working through it! https://t.co/Kgy0xxuX9W

30/03/21

Due to current technical difficulties, the following letter is not currently on our website: https://t.co/ixZi0vGWP9

29/03/21

The academy's internet is down and as a result, students will be unable to connect to online lessons today (29 March). Our email system is also affected. If you have an urgent message, please contact us by telephone 0208 681 1141

19/03/21

Term Dates for the next academic year are now on our website: https://t.co/Q6a5xBJ41P

12/03/21

Our staff have put together Easter care packages for families eligible for Free School Meals. They contain recipes and ingredients for at least 4 nutritious meals, along with activities to promote a health mind and body. Please register via the letter: https://t.co/KVldmVB3bJ https://t.co/LUqXxf7cxx

09/03/21

A letter regarding home testing kits is now on our website: https://t.co/k1YZYIWMa5

02/03/21

Our Sports Hall is now a rapid lateral flow testing centre, ready for the start of the Government's mass testing in schools programme! Teachers and support staff are trained and ready to guide you through the test. We're looking forward to seeing you all! https://t.co/EczN4Auiu0

01/03/21

Retweetd From Coulsdon Sixth Form College

Are you considering your College options? Join us at our virtual Career Pathway events in March and discover where your chosen courses could take you. Book your place now: https://t.co/Bjb2uErIVC https://t.co/F7sfhKBNDG

01/03/21

Letters regarding our reopening this month are on our website. Please follow the link within the letter to give consent for COVID testing on-site. Thank you in advance! https://t.co/DvcxkqVEFb

01/03/21

Year 12 Parents and Carers' Evening is on Thursday 25th March 2021! Follow the link for more information and to view your pre-booked appointments: https://t.co/DvcxkqVEFb

23/02/21

We are delighted our students will be returning to school in just under 2 weeks. Please read our letter from the Principal regarding our reopening on 8th March 2021 https://t.co/k1YZYIWMa5

22/02/21

We have a number of LGBTQ+ tasks for our students to attempt this term including lip-syncing to a well-know song, recreating the inclusive rainbow flag and designing a LGBTQ+ Month logo. Have a look at these slides to find out more: https://t.co/S1InTlsKlJ

22/02/21

Our virtual Year 8 Parents' Evening is approaching (25th February 2021). There is a letter on our website explaining how this process works: https://t.co/k1YZYIWMa5

08/02/21

Leilani has submitted a homemade lava lamp for the Faculty Challenge https://t.co/WlvvBwCuxw

05/02/21

National Apprenticeship Week is approaching! Check out our website for online events you can get involved in! https://t.co/fNkQvROlIS https://t.co/sMS5FBHQMV

02/02/21

It is Year 9 Parents' Evening on Thursday (4 Feb). Check our website for information on how to attend virtually... https://t.co/k1YZYIWMa5

01/02/21

Mr Ahmad is pleased to announce the launch of our Faculty Events and Competitions. This is a great opportunity to take part in some fun and interesting activities, earning points for your faculty in the process. Check out this short video to find out more: https://t.co/NrqSTaFncR

21/01/21

Literacy for Learning have a number of conferences for students and parents to enjoy, starting today at 4pm with a keynote speech from Alex Quigly entitled ‘Literacy in Secondary School – Successful Ways Forward’. Check our website for links and timetable: https://t.co/k1YZYIWMa5 https://t.co/ZNQIBk7lhf

20/01/21

If you have any concerns about a student's mental health or wellbeing, please complete this form to assist us in providing help and support for the student: https://t.co/ncAe9Bx18A

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Safeguarding

Yvonne Ange James

Yvonne Dixon

SENDCO & Transition Lead
Designated Safeguarding Lead
y.dixon@harrispurley.org.uk

Ange Levesque

Head of Sixth Form
Deputy DSL
a.levesque@harrispurley.org.uk

James Menagh

Vice Principal
Deputy DSL
j.menagh@harrispurley.org.uk

Katy Sam Nathalie

Katy Smith

Pastoral DOL
Deputy DSL
k.smith@harrispurley.org.uk

Sam Gourlay

Student Restore Centre Manager
Deputy DSL
s.gourlay@harrispurley.org.uk

Nathalie van der Weide

Director of Purple Faculty
Deputy DSL
n.vanderweide@harrispurley.org.uk


Worried about a child?

If you have any concerns at all about the safety or welfare of a child please do not hesitate to contact us immediately:

safeguarding@harrispurley.org.uk

If the child is in immediate danger then you should telephone emergency services by dialling 999


The Academy is committed to the vital contribution all Governors and staff can make to safeguarding children. We will strive to make sure that every student in the Academy feels secure, well cared for and able to reach his/her full potential.

We will ensure all our own staff, other professionals, parents/carers and students work together to know the rules about keeping children safe. They will understand the importance of following procedures and listening to each other, especially when there are concerns about safety.

The Academy will work hard to reduce all kinds of harm that children can suffer, including abuse, bullying, discrimination and avoidable injuries.

FAO Designated Safeguarding Lead
Harris Academy Purley
Kendra Hall Road
Surrey
CR2 6DT

Tel: 020 8681 1141
Email: y.dixon@harrispurley.org.uk

2 571 s If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, you can speak to the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 about your concerns. You can also visit https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
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Call ChildLine on 0800 1111 to get through to a counsellor, they’re there to listen and support you with anything you’d like to talk about. You can also visit https://www.childline.org.uk/

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Government Guidance

The links below offer government guidance on a range of issues:

 

HERSE and Mental Health

Alongside ensuring the safety of the students in our care and supporting them to reach their true academic potential, we are very aware of our role in supporting their mental health and well-being.

Our health education, relationships, sex and education (HERSE) programme is designed to ensure that our students receive the appropriate provision to improve their knowledge and understanding of relationships, sex and relationships and healthy living. Young people face complex pressures and dilemmas in developing mature relationships and need to face such tasks confident in their factual knowledge, as well as being given the opportunity to discuss and shape their feelings and attitudes. Alongside this, it is important for them to know how diet and exercise choices impact on our lifestyle and general well-being.

To embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, students need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their belief in their own abilities. Our students can also put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. The content we cover will support our students to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support. This helps with their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence.

Alongside this extensive programme, we have also invested in a number of other routes to enable our staff to support our students:

  • We have worked closely with Trauma Informed Schools UK to equip a number of our senior staff with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the mental health needs of our students
  • A group of teachers have completed training in mindfulness and these strategies are shared with both staff and students
  • Ms Dower is our academy mental health and well-being leader, and part of her role is to ensure that we are working actively to ensure the mental health and well-being of our academy community
  • Our tutor & assembly programme puts safeguarding at the heart of what we do which is additionally supported by our extensive curriculum. 

Sources of help and advice

There are multiple sources of help and advice available to parents and students, in addition to those offered by the academy.

The www.nspcc.org.uk is a good source of information for parents and students alike.

Online safety

The Thinkuknow website is created by the police for parents of children at secondary school. It contains useful information about:

  • what children are doing online
  • how to talk to children about what they are doing online
  • what risks your child might face
  • what tools are there to help them stay safe

They have also produced a Parent’s Guide to E-Safety and also the following booklets to provide parents/carers with helpful information on how to explore and monitor their children’s apps.

For students

If you are in the academy

  • Speak to your form tutor
  • Speak to any member of staff – they do not need to be your tutor or one of your teachers
  • Speak to someone on the safeguarding team – there are posters up all around the academy, so it is easy to see who they are
  • Put a note in one of the suggestion boxes for us so that we know to help you
  • Sometimes it can be difficult to approach an adult if something is bothering you. If it would help you, ask a friend to go with you.

If you are not in the academy:

  • Speak to a family member
  • Ask the family member to make contact with the academy

Access support via the internet

  • This website has links to many different organisations who are there to help you: www.youthaccess.org.uk
  • Kidscape particularly focuses on support with bullying concerns
  • Talktofrank offers honest information about drugs
  • Call Childline on 0800 1111

Remember: If your life, or someone else’s life, is in immediate danger, call 999.

 

Prevent Lead

Yvonne Dixon (Assistant Principal & DSL)

Harris Academy Purley is committed to providing a secure environment for students, where children feel safe and are kept safe. There is no place for extremist views of any kind in our Academy, whether from internal sources - students, staff or governors or external sources - the local community, external agencies or individuals.

 

Security and Safety

Harris Academy Purley has an extensive internal and external CCTV system. Access to the main building is through an electronic access control door, monitored by our reception team. All other entrances are fitted with intruder detection alarms and surveillance. 

ID cards are worn by all staff and Sixth Form students. The remainder of students are identifiable from their uniform and colour-coded ties. All visitors must sign-in using our electronic register, which issues a photo ID to be worn for the duration of their stay.

The Academy also has a modern and comprehensive fire detection system. 

 

Online Safety

Although the Academy teaches students online safety (formerly e-Safety) as part of the ICT curriculum, it is vital that parents/carers are aware of the risks too and what you can do to develop a culture of e-Safety in the home. There are some helpful resources for parents/carers below, which we encourage you to read in order to help your child stay safe online: http://www.internetmatters.org/

 

Medical Needs

Harris Academy Purley is an inclusive community that aims to support students with medical conditions. Student medication is securely stored in the Student Services office. This department is managed by our Student Services Manager, who is also responsible for administering medicines.

Ms Linda Grover (Student Services Manager)

 

Educational Visits

Harris Academy Purley sees educational visits as an essential resource, which can supplement and enrich the teaching of a broad and balanced curriculum.  A comprehensive risk assessment must be carried out before any proposed visit is approved.  Approval for all educational visits follows a clear process and the senior member of staff responsible for educational visits is Mr James Menagh (Vice Principal). All educational visits must also be authorised finally by the Principal.

 

CPOMS Electronic Safeguarding System

The Academy has now switched over to using an electronic Safeguarding recording system known as CPOMS.  CPOMS enables schools to improve their management of child protection and similar incidents and actions, whilst reducing staff time, paperwork and administration. CPOMS also enables schools to track referrals to external agencies, such as the NHS/CAMHS, Children’s Services, and the Police. (Including letters and phone calls) and be alerted if timescales are not being met. CPOMS also uses the same action-based functionality to track communication with parents and carers, as well as students themselves.

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