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01/03/24

Planning for the 2024 Kinetic Girls Tournament has begun 🥳⚽️🏆 https://t.co/mcDdtkhV2o#KineticAcademy pic.twitter.com/WuYbGdSJoj

28/02/24

An incredible experience at the tonight with some of our Most Able cohort watching Just For One Day - the story of Live Aid. We learnt a lot about the importance of collective action to fuel change! 👊👊🏽👊🏿#bromleyexperience pic.twitter.com/WYw9LwA5XG

28/02/24

Harris Girls Academy () hosted GAU today with Mike delivering two workshops on the dangers of hate and the power of forgiveness. Here is our Founder reflecting on a productive morning session. pic.twitter.com/ubXzIsy0Vn

28/02/24

Harris Girls Academy () hosted GAU today with Mike delivering two workshops on the dangers of hate and the power of forgiveness. Here is our Founder reflecting on a productive morning session. pic.twitter.com/ubXzIsy0Vn

28/02/24

Privileged to welcome to speak with our students today. He shared his powerful story. Educating about the rejection of hate, extremism, and violence and promoting the values of unity, tolerance, and understanding.#allcanwewill pic.twitter.com/XNj1hcoPPq

27/02/24

We welcomed Patricia Underwood, Lead Archivist for the borough of Lewisham to our library yesterday to reveal the mysteries held within local archives. She also shared invaluable career advice to our budding historians & archivists pic.twitter.com/ZPYss643hv

22/02/24

🌟 We are delighted to restart our ongoing collaboration with 🎓 with their sixth formers continue to support our students in the classroom! 📚💡 A big thank you for making a difference in our community! 🤝💖 pic.twitter.com/cPJXr7OkyR

22/02/24

Welcome to our Library of Curiosities at HGABR. From the tales of Brer Rabbit to Victorian science. It's all here! Mr Clarke and our dedicated team of school librarians are here to help you find your next book pic.twitter.com/bkkCz0Y0jp

22/02/24

Read your latest copy of the 1884 paper in the HGABR Library Now! In 1884 the world was black & white, but thankfully the weekly Girl's Own Paper was full of colourful articles on the science, anatomy, and the occasional piano forte! pic.twitter.com/1b3riuw7FM

21/02/24

🌟 We are delighted to restart our ongoing collaboration with 🎓 with their sixth formers continue to support our students in the classroom! 📚💡 A big thank you for making a difference in our community! 🤝💖 pic.twitter.com/cPJXr7OkyR

20/02/24

🚨ANNOUNCEMENT🚨 Fri 22nd March is our annual Careers Fair! We are always looking for professionals to inspire our girls. If you would like to be involved and discuss your career with our students contact us on c.wright.org.uk or c.blackburn.org.uk pic.twitter.com/G1pKEfK6bh

20/02/24

HGABR is back and ready for a marvellous Spring 2! What better way to return to learning than an opportunity for our girls to hear from the amazing live via webinar from This talk was truly inspirational for our young writers! pic.twitter.com/K4lUDjLCm8

19/02/24

HGABR is back and ready for a marvellous Spring 2! What better way to return to learning than an opportunity for our girls to hear from the amazing speaking live via webinar from This talk was truly inspirational for our young writers pic.twitter.com/5rAQFUZ3ZV

12/02/24

Paris Trip 2024: We have arrived in London and our ETA back at HGABR is approximately 9pm

12/02/24

Sad to say au revoir to Paris. The group has now departed on the 18:12 Eurostar. Due to arrive into St Pancras at 19:30. Further updates provided when we have arrived in London pic.twitter.com/feriWTDPGI

12/02/24

Our final activity of Paris 2024 - a trip to the Musée du Louvre, battling the crowds to see the Grande Galerie and of course La Joconde (the Mona Lisa). A great way to sign off a truly fantastic trip pic.twitter.com/Ckbjkz3YzW

12/02/24

Let's embrace the traditions and culture that make this occasion so special!May the Year of the Dragon bring us all good fortune, health, and happiness.恭贺新禧!(Gōng hè xīn xǐ!) Happy New Year! pic.twitter.com/ImaIfN3K8b

12/02/24

Happy Chinese New Year from HGABR!All week we held a thrilling assembly to celebrate the arrival of the Year of Dragon! Students from Year 10 and Year 13 performed a dazzling Dragon Dance, sang Chinese blessings that speak of hope, and shared fun facts about Chinese New Year. pic.twitter.com/UijAKTFzAB

12/02/24

Competing with the Madrid weather as best as we can! A quick visit to see the outside of the Centre Pompidou with its unique architecture by Richard Rogers (who also designed Lloyd’s of London). pic.twitter.com/RXSbdg9rz1

12/02/24

Blue skies at the Royal Palace for our last day in Madrid ☀️#HarrisBromleyMFL pic.twitter.com/tBVvhwios9

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Safeguarding

Safe at HGABRThe Academy is committed to the vital contribution all Governors and staff can make to safeguarding children.

If there is anything you or your friends need support with, or if there is something you wish to share with the safeguarding team, you can do so in confidence using our SHARP System.

We will strive to make sure that every student in the Academy feels secure, well cared for, and able to reach their full potential. The Academy has created a culture within which student voice is a high priority and values itself as a listening school.

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.

We aim to ensure that all safeguarding and welfare concerns or referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in ways that support the specific needs of the individual student.  Through providing a caring, safe and stimulating environment which promotes the social, physical and moral development of all our students, we aim to foster an atmosphere of trust, respect and security.

The Academy will work hard to reduce all the kinds of harm that children can suffer, including abuse, bullying, discrimination and avoidable injuries. If you have any concerns at all about the safety or welfare of a child please do not hesitate to contact us.


Our safeguarding team

Designated Safeguarding Lead & Prevent Lead: Mrs Rebecca Halka, Assistant Principal R.halka@harrisbromley.org.uk / 07720 341925

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Ms Mya Kirrage M.kirrage@harrisbromley.org.uk / 07761 786174

Student Support Services Officer: Mrs Mary Bower m.bower@harrisbromley.org.uk

Designated Anti-Bullying team:

Attendance Officer: Mrs Nicola Saunders n.saunders@harrisbromley.org.uk

Behaviour Manager: Mrs Beverley Lamarque b.lamarque@harrisbromley.org.uk


Local Authority Designated Officer

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), Lead for Education Safeguarding, Quality Assurance Unit

  • T: 0208 461 7669 or 0208 313 4325 (via the Bromley Safeguarding Children Board)
  • E: lado@bromley.gov.uk

A whistleblowing helpline is available from the NSPCC - 0800 028 02825.


For concerns about an adult

For concerns about an adult, please contact the Principal, Mr S. Rigby, directly via Grazia Sgueglia on g.sgueglia@harrisbromley.org.uk or 0208 778 5917.

If your concern is about the Executive Principal or the Principal or you feel unable to approach either Mr Rigby or Mr Astin, then you can contact Rebecca Hickey, Secondary Director for the Harris Federation, on Rebecca.Hickey@harrisfederation.org.uk.

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO). The LADO for Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley is Gemma Taylor and she can be contacted on LADO@bromley.gov.uk or telephone 020 8461 7669 

A whistleblowing helpline is available from the NSPCC (tel 0800 028 02825).


The Prevent Duty and "Channel"

The Academy has a Prevent Duty Lead. The Prevent duty has two specific strategic objectives to safeguard our students against radicalisation, extremism and any actions or beliefs that are contrary to British Values and our Academy ethos.

1.      Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it.

2.      Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support.

HGABR opposes all form of extremism. We define ‘extremism’ as vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

The Academy will work closely with the counter-terrorism referral programme “Channel”.  Channel is a multi-agency approach to identify and provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism.

The programme uses a multi-agency approach to protect vulnerable people by:

  • identifying individuals at risk
  • assessing the nature and extent of that risk                           
  • developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.

The academy believes and actively supports the view that all students should be protected from radicalisation and extremism.

Download a parents' guide to extremism and radicalisation

The Educate Against Hate website has been created by the Department for Education and the Home Office to give parents, teachers and school leaders practical advice and support to help keep children safe from the dangers of extremism.


Online-safety

The online world is becoming vaster with young people using social media sites and the internet, to explore opportunities for learning and creativity. However, while the internet is a great resource, as always, there are risks and dangers that every student should be aware of to help protect themselves and be safe online.  The Academy teaches e-safety via our PSHE curriculum, but you may also find the below resources useful.

You'll also find a wealth of additional information on the Think You Know website which was created by the police for parents of children at secondary school. It contains useful information about:

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.

Our E-Safety Policy can be accessed from the link at the bottom of this page. Should you have any concerns about your child's e-safety, please contact a member of the safeguarding team.


Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Senior Mental Health Lead for the academy is Ms M Kirrage.

Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley aims to create a climate where children and adults understand the importance of wellbeing. We support all students to have the best possible outcomes during their education. We recognise that we have a full and active part to play in protecting our students from issues which may arise surrounding mental health and self-injury.

Signposting

The Bromley Mental Health Directory for young people can be found here and provides a list of local services. Other useful services include:

Bromley Y

We work closely with Bromley Y. Webinars can be accessed at Support We Offer (bromley-y.org)

Bromley Y also offers text support for 11-18 years olds. The number to text is 07480 635 025.

NHS

The NHS has created a website, bestforyou, to make it easier for students, parents/ carers and professionals to find the support they need. It includes information about mental health, digital tools for anyone in the UK and personalised mental health service.

NHS urgent mental health support for children, young people and families.


Sources of help and advice for parents


Government guidance (www.gov.uk)

The link above offers guidance on a range of issues including:

PREVENT and working with "Channel"

At Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley our PREVENT duty means that our staff are trained to be able to identify students who may be vulnerable to radicalisation.

Protecting students at from the risk of radicalisation is seen by HASJW as part of our statutory safeguarding duty whether these the risk comes from within the family or are the product of outside influences.  Further details on PREVENT can be found in our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy or here in the “Educate against hate” Campaign.

We work closely with the counter-terrorism referral programme “Channel”. The programme uses a multi-agency approach to identify and provide support to individuals who are at risk of being drawn into terrorism by:

  • identifying individuals at risk
  • assessing the nature and extent of that risk                           
  • developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.

Gangs

A gang can be summarised as a group who see themselves and are seen by others as a gang, and for whom crime and violence are a central part of their activities. Children and young people face all sorts of pressures, including possibly feeling pressure to follow friends who may be in a gang. If you have any concerns or questions about gangs please do contact our safer schools police officer (contact details below). You might also like to read the Home Office leaflet. This gives advice to parents on gangs and how to help children make the right choices

Gangs: You and Your Child

Money Mules

What is a Money Mule?

More young people across the UK are being approached by criminals who want to use their bank accounts or pin numbers for criminal purposes. This is called being a ‘money mule’. A ‘mule account’ is used to hide money that comes from illegal activities. The young person may be asked to transfer money, allow access to their account or open up a new one. Sometimes criminals will try and force young people to become mules or they might offer financial incentives such as cash or mobile phone credit.

We need your support to help educate young people around this issue. Has your child been approached or asked for their bank account to be used? Check any bank statements. Is there money going in and out that cannot be accounted for? Ask questions if you are unsure about anything.

Bank accounts are private and must only be used by the account holder.  Any misuse could not only be criminal but could cause serious credit issues for the account holder. Police are working in partnership with many schools across London to combat this issue. If you have any concerns, speak to our Safer Schools Police Officer - PC Jay (see below) and/or Action Fraud  (www.actionfraud.police.uk) on 0300 123 2040.

Drugs networks (County Lines)

The National Crime Agency, the UK body charged with fighting organised crime, is very concerned that crime gangs are taking over drug networks using telephone hotlines (called 'county lines) and recruiting vulnerable people, often children, to act as couriers and to sell drugs.

Cuckooing is the practice whereby professional drug dealers take over the property of a vulnerable person and use it as a place from which to run their drugs business.

Keeping Safe Online

Although the Academy teaches students e-safety, it is vital that parents are aware of the risks too, and what they can do to develop a culture of e-safety in the home.

Below are some helpful resources for parents/carers that will enable you to help your child stay safe online

The online world is becoming vaster with young people using social media sites and the Internet, to explore opportunities for learning and creativity. However, while the Internet is a great resource, as always, there are risks and dangers that every student should be aware of to help protect themselves and be safe online.  The Academy teaches e-safety via our PSHE curriculum, but you may also find the below resources useful.

A wealth of additional information on the Think You Know website which was 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.

Although the Academy teaches students e-safety, it is vital that parents are aware of the risks too, and what they can do to develop a culture of e-safety in the home. If you need further advice please contact Ms Stevens or your childs' Head of Year.

We know some parents feel confused by the Internet. It’s constantly changing, and it can be hard to keep up with the latest apps and trends.

NSPCC have put together this guide. To reassure you and give you the information and advice you’ll need to keep your child safe online. The Internet's an amazing place, so we want to help your child to get the most out of it, and to do that safely.

The guidance is actually really simple - it’s all about talking to your child, getting the family involved. https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/media/1489/share-aware-parents-guide.pdf

It's never easy to know how to keep our children safe when they aren't with us, and sometimes even when are, if we don't know what's happening on their devices. Who are they talking to, what are they doing, are they okay? If you need help to find some answers, the following link will provide a strong resource.

https://parentsafe.lgfl.net

This site covers topics such as...

  • Top tips for parents right now.
  • Safe settings, controls, & monitoring.
  • "What's that app anyway?"
  • Talking to children about life online.
  • Appropriate levels and use of screentime
  • And much more.

Monitoring online activity within the Academy

We monitor students' use of the internet by using filters and monitoring systems. Securus is monitoring software that can monitor a wide range of devices. It monitors against an inbuilt library of keywords and phrases organised into categories with each one given a default severity rating. 

The software programme monitors both online and offline material and recognises inappropriate or harmful content, words and phrases.

A screen shot (known as a ‘capture’) plus other details is taken of every incident triggered, showing what was displayed at the time, who was involved and when the incident took place. This information is shared with the DSL, allowing Academy staff to implement further actions or interventions as required.

Gaming and the Internet

Please see the following articles from thinkuknow:

  1. A parent's guide to privacy settings
  2. Gaming: what parents and carers need to know
  3. What is the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Supporting your child during Examinations

Supporting Your Child During Exam Tine (Young Minds)

As we start to move towards exam season, Young Minds have launched advice for parents about supporting their children.

Tips include:

  • Encourage your child to take revision breaks and find a balance between studying and doing things they find enjoyable and relaxing.
  • Make sure they are eating and drinking at regular intervals.
  • Reassure them – reinforce that you are and will be proud of them no matter what happens.
  • Remain positive and hopeful!
  • Let them know their feelings are valid and normal, but also offer support and solutions where possible.
  • Anxiety is often worst at night and this means it is useful to encourage good bedtime routine
  • You can find out more here: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-exam-time/

Additional information for parents and carers

Operation Encompass

We are an Operation Encompass School

The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and the Metropolitan Police. This is called Operation Encompass.

This means that if police are called out to a domestic abuse incident the school will be notified so that they can care for your child’s needs the following day. Operation Encompass has been designed to provide early reporting to schools of any domestic abuse incidents that occur outside of school but which might have an impact on a child attending school the following day. This information will be shared on school days during the school term. When incidents occur on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday, the police will contact the relevant school the following Monday.

At the academy the information is only shared with the Designated and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads. They will be able to use information that has been shared with them, in confidence, to ensure that the school is able to support children and their families. Information will be shared where it is identified that a child or young person was present, witnessed or was involved in a domestic abuse incident.

We always endeavour to offer the best support possible to our pupils and believe that Operation Encompass is going to be beneficial and supportive for all concerned.

If you would like more information about this new initiative, details can be viewed online at www.operationencompass.org

Preventing radicalisation

A new confidential helpline has been launched this week for families worried a loved one may be becoming radicalised during the pandemic after concerns that reporting has reduced during COVID.

London Prevent, which seeks to identify and help people at risk of radicalisation, has seen a reduction in referrals by sectors such as health and education since the first lockdown. From the start of lockdown on Monday, 23 March to Monday, 22 June, referrals decreased by 31 per cent compared with the same period in 2019.

Relatives and friends are best placed to spot worrying behaviour at an early stage and can help the person they care about get the support they need to move away from extremism, yet only four per cent of referrals in the past year were made by friends and families. This is particularly troubling during a period when people are spending more time at home and not in places – like schools – where worrying behaviour might otherwise be spotted.

The process of radicalisation can happen incredibly quickly – we’ve seen cases where it has happened within weeks – so I would really urge families to pick up the phone or go to the new website for advice as soon as they identify something may be wrong.

The new national Police Prevent Advice Line is 0800 011 3764 and it is staffed around the clock. They don’t have to provide their details or the details of their loved ones if they would prefer not to, although this information may help ensure appropriate support is provided.

One phone call to this line could be the difference between a loved one ending up hurting themselves and others, or them getting the help they need to choose a positive life path, away from harmful activities and people.

I can understand the idea of ringing the helpline may seem daunting but I would reassure you that it’s staffed by specially-trained officers – many of them parents themselves – who are ready and waiting to listen and provide expert advice.

The team’s role is to assess whether there is something to be concerned about and, if there is, how we and our partners can help the person involved and their families. Whether they choose to receive support is entirely a matter for them – it’s completely voluntary.

Sometimes it turns out there is nothing to be worried about, in which case we can give the worried caller peace of mind. Other times there may not be a risk of radicalisation but we identify a different safeguarding concern instead. In those cases, we work with our partners to ensure the individual gets offered the opportunity for the right support from the appropriate professionals.

Whatever happens, we’ll never tell the person you’re worried about that you called us, unless you say we can.

Advice on radicalisation – including the signs to look for – can also be found on the new ACT Early website - https://actearly.uk/

ACT Early – ‘Real Stories’ Toolkit

In November 2020, Counter Terrorism Policing launched a new safeguarding website https://actearly.uk/ aimed at family and friends to encourage them to share concerns that a friend or loved one might be vulnerable to radicalisation.

Studies have shown that the public are unsure of signs to look out for and who to turn to with concerns. The Act Early website aims to help fill this void, and, in doing so, increase Prevent referrals from family and friends into the police by increasing awareness, trust and understanding of the police’s safeguarding role.

There are two new films that bring to life the powerful words of Michael and Mustafa already highlighted on the ‘real stories’ section on the Act Early website. 

Mustafa was a follower of multiple radical clerics and Michael lost his brother to an extremist group and wishes he could have spotted the signs earlier. The films take their words and turn them into powerful animations that encourage those with concerns about someone they know and care about

The films are hosted on the real stories section of the act early website.

They can also be downloaded from the Counter Terrorism website below

https://www.counterterrorism.police.uk/actearlyrealstories/

 

 

Mental Health & Wellbeing

At Harris Academy we understand that we ALL have Mental Health. Like our physical health, it is important that we take the time to 'check-in' with our emotional health to see how we are doing. Like everything in life, it is about striking a balance. Sometimes we need to spend more time bettering our sleeping hygiene or focusing on our eating habits, maybe we are studying too much and not giving enough time to relax or do calming activities. At St Johns Wood, there are many trusted adults that students can talk to about their mental health and wellbeing for advice. But also, as parents, we need to ensure that our mental health and wellbeing is positive too as we can't pour from an empty cup! 

At school we have PHSE classes and a Physical Education curriculum that gives focus on wellbeing issues, tailored for the different year groups. We have assemblies and form-times with talks about specific topics for example, how to cope with stress. In addition to this, we have extra-curriculum activities, trips and visits and overall it is reflected in the ethos of the school. Staff also have many training sessions on emerging mental health issues in the school and how to respond to them. We are always learning. 

A positive mindset will help us to engage in learning better which is why it is vital to dedicate time to our mental health and wellbeing. Students who are happier will learn better and achieve more. 

Please see some useful links and videos and if you have any concerns about your child, please get in touch. 

NHS1

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