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Finally, with Harris Academy Merton’s Spoken Word Challenge and staff getting dressed up for World Book Day! Well done to all!


All Year 11 & 12 took part in a challenging and rewarding mock interview day supported by the team


Last week was a busy week at HAM! Ombudsman, Nicola Williams delivered a talk to our 6th Form Students 1/3


Well done to the Harris Merton Trampolining Team. Overall results for the Harris Federation Trampoloning Competition: 3rd place in Novice and 3rd place in Intermediate categories


Our Year 7 girls played a federation league game at home against Harris Academy Peckham last week. The girls played a fantastic game winning 7-0 with Tianna Reader scoring all 7 goals. Well played girls!


The Harris Merton Choir visited the Eltandia Hall care home for the elderly last week to sing a selection of Christmas songs and bring festive cheer. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!


Harris Academy Merton Sixth Form students had the pleasure of delivering the school’s donations to the food bank at the New Horizon Centre Pollards Hill today. What a great way to reflect on the importance of community and generosity at this time of year.


Harris Merton hosted the Yr 8/9 girls borough basketball tournament yesterday playing against Wimbledon High School and Richards High School. We managed to win all our games to come first!! Player of the match was Kiyah Robertson (No 14)


Our award winners being presented with awards for their outstanding achievements or contribution to the Academy. Well done to all!


Harris Merton hosted a Year 7 girls football tournament in partnership with this week. Many local Harris Academies attended and HAM's A team placed second! Well done to all involved


Amazing performance from Harris in Harmony! An exceptionally talented group of students performing at the Harris Federation Annual Conference


Harris Academy Merton ranking highly among all schools in the Harris Federation and in the top 10% of schools nationally


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We are excited to announce that the Emergency Conference has begun at - watch this space!


Open evening was a blast! If you missed out please email to book a place at our open morning which takes place on the 25/09


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Well done to Nathaniel Massiah on nine Grade 9s and Gordon Armah eight Grade 8’s and two Grade 9’s


Massive congratulations to Justine Smith on five Grade 9’s, four Grade 8’s Rassala Smith on one Grade 9, five Grade 8’s and three Grade 7’s.

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Harris Academy Merton is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, staff and visitors and promoting a climate where children and adults will feel confident about sharing any concerns they may have about their own safety or the well-being of others.

Contact us

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is:

Mrs Simpson (Assistant Principal, Learning Support)

02086231003/ 07718670894/


The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is:


Ms Samad (Principal)



The Safeguarding Team has four other members of staff: Mr Adair (Assistant Principal- Yellow Faculty), Mr Holden (Assistant Principal- Red Faculty) Ms Hall (Student Family Support Officer) and Mr West (Assistant Principal- Sixth Form)


    Mr Adair           Mr Holden           Ms Hall              Mr West


Other Safeguarding contacts are:

Teacher responsible for LAC

Mrs. Simpson

0208 623 1003

Designated Teacher for Mental health and Well-being

LAC Coordinator

Ms. Hall

0208 623 1055

Safer Schools Police officer (SSPO)

PC Gunn


0208 623 1000

Assistant Principal/ Safeguarding Team

Mr. West


Assistant Principal/ Safeguarding Team


Mr. Holden

Assistant Principal/ Safeguarding Team

Mr. Adair


First Aid Lead

Mrs. Najeem

0208 623 1000

School Nurse

Ms. Outterside

07767 352 584

Attendance Officer


Mrs. Murphy

0208 623 1000

Chair of Governors


Mr. Ashton Holt


How do parents report to the Academy?

How to report   safeguarding

If you believe that a child is in imminent danger please contact the police - dial 999.    

How to report to Childrens Social Services?  

Child protection referrals will be made via the MASH duty desk, via:

  • Merton           020 8545 4226/4227
  • Croydon         020 8426 6464
  • Sutton             020 8770 4343/4943
  • Lambeth         020 7926 7856/6583

Early Help referrals will be made if there is not an immediate safeguarding concern via the LA Early Help referral system:

Merton has a Local Safeguarding Partnership (Merton Safeguarding Children’s Partnership). It has links to local child protection policies and procedures, training, publications and links to other relevant websites and good practice in child protection and safeguarding.

The Merton Lead is Ms. Willis and Merton’s Prevent Police Officer is PC Kendrick who can be contacted via or on 020 8545 4226/4227, 0208 649 4038.

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is John Shelly. There is a duty system and one of the CP Coordinators in the Quality Assurance Unit is on duty each day to deal with LADO issues. The duty telephone number for all LADO enquiries/referrals is 020 8545 3633 or they can be contacted via email at

The Head Teacher for Merton’s Virtual School (VS) is Karen Reid. The VS provides support and challenge to all those who work with LAC and Care Leavers to promote their educational achievement and to make sure they reach their potential. You may contact Karen Reid on or 020 8454 4196. For the contact details of the VS Head Teacher’s in other London Boroughs please visit this link.

How do students report to the Academy?

Students can speak to a member of the Safeguarding Team or any member of staff. All staff have annual and regular safeguarding training led by the DSL.

How to report   safeguarding for student  


Our Vision 

At Harris Academy Merton we recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all pupils.

We make every effort to provide an environment in which children and adults feel safe, secure, valued and respected, and feel confident to talk if they are worried, believing they will be effectively listened to.

We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice. Child protection forms part of the school’s safeguarding responsibilities. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils.

We follow the Merton Children’s Safeguarding Partnership procedures and have a number of policies and procedures in place which contribute to our safeguarding commitment, including our Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy. A copy of this policy is available on our website.

Early Help at the Academy

Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life. The Academy recognises that early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children, than reacting later and therefore is central to the Academy’s safeguarding ethos. Examples of early help available to students are below.

Although, Early Help is led by the DSL, the Academy has a Student and Family Support Officer, who works full time to support vulnerable children and parents at the Academy. This role enables us to work more closely with external agencies and provide support to families and strengthens contextual safeguarding.

Our Academy will support all students by:

  • Encouraging high self-esteem and self-assertiveness whilst not condoning aggression or bullying.
  • Promoting a caring, safe and positive environment within the Academy.
  • Liaising and working together with all other support services and those agencies involved in the safeguarding of children.
  • Provide and actively promote engagement in the Academy’s Early Help provision, including: Faculty support structures, Intervention Zone and Learning Zone support and intervention workshops run in curriculum time and at break and lunchtimes, Mentoring and self-development programmes, and through our close work with external agencies such as Free2be, Off The Record, TAMHs, Catch22, Spectra.

The Learning Zone: The Learning Zone has been designed to support the educational needs of vulnerable students in the Academy. It provides a quiet, safe working space at lunch time and after school enrichment activities and is required throughout the day for SEND support and intervention.

The Intervention Zone: The intervention zone is a designated room in the Academy for workshops, intervention sessions and 1:1 support and advice sessions. It serves all students but also provide targeted intervention for the most vulnerable students. It is open at KS3 and 4 lunch times for students to seek support and advice about anything that is worrying them. Students can also spend lunchtimes in the Intervention Zone socialising with their peers and taking part in structured activities or attend drop in sessions organised by Free2be, Catch22, Off the record.

Teaching Safeguarding

We will include the teaching of safeguarding across the curriculum through the statutory Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education (2020). Further information can be found in the Academy’s RSE Policy. This will provide opportunities to equip children with the knowledge they need to stay safe from harm and to know to whom they should turn for help. The Academy will include teaching Online Safety  in the PSHE/ RSE and IT curriculum following the guidance in the DfE publication ‘Teaching online safety in school’ (2019)

Early Help in Merton

Merton have launched a new early help team and as a parent you can self-refer. The form can be found attached at the end of this page. Please complete the form with your child and send to Please feel free to let Ms. Hall, Student and Family Support Officer, know that you have made a referral.

Mental Health and well-being

Harris Academy Merton aims to create a climate where children and adults understand the importance of well-being and supports all 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.

The Designated Teacher for Mental Health and Well-being is Ms. J Hall, Student and Family Support Officer, contactable on 020 8623 1055

Signposting: The Merton Mental Health Directory for young people can be found here and provides a list of local services. Further information for young people in Merton can be located here. Merton’s child ad young persons wellbeing model can be found here.

Online Safety

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

For any concerns about a child's online safety, there is always someone at the Academy who is available to discuss this. Simply call the Academy and ask for our Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Simpson, or speak to any member of staff.

Support for children

Parental support

  • Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
  • Commonsensemedia provide independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media for children and their parents
  • Government advice about protecting children from specific online harms such as child sexual abuse, sexting, and cyberbullying
  • Government advice about security and privacy settings, blocking unsuitable content, and parental controls
  • Internet Matters provide age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
  • Let’s Talk About It provides advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
  • London Grid for Learning provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
  • Lucy Faithfull Foundation StopItNow resource can be used by parents and carers who are concerned about someone’s behaviour, including children who may be displaying concerning sexual behaviour (not just about online)
  • National Crime Agency/CEOP Thinkuknow provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Net-aware provides support for parents and carers from the NSPCC and O2, including a guide to social networks, apps and games
  • Parentzone provides help for parents and carers on how to keep their children safe online
  • Parent info from Parentzone and the National Crime Agency provides support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
  • UK Safer Internet Centre provide tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online

Useful Signposting

Radicalisation and Extremism- The Academy believes and actively supports the view that all students should be protected from radicalisation and extremism. The Academy’s Prevent Duty Lead is Mrs Simpson, the Designated Safeguarding Lead. The Prevent duty lead 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:

  • Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it
  • Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support

Harris Academy Merton 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.


Peer on Peer Abuse- Safeguarding issues can manifest themselves via Peer on Peer abuse, which can take many forms, such as: (but is not limited to): abuse within intimate partner relationships; bullying (including cyberbullying); sexual violence and sexual harassment; physical abuse such as hitting, kicking, shaking, biting, hair pulling, or otherwise causing physical harm; sexting and initiation/hazing type violence and rituals.

Youth Produced Sexual Imagery (sexting) Sexting is the practice of children sharing images and videos via text message, email, social media or mobile messaging apps has become commonplace. However, this online technology has also given children the opportunity to produce and distribute sexual imagery in the form of photos and videos. Such imagery involving anyone under the age of 18 is unlawful.


For more information and guidance for parents and children visit the Childnet website.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE)

Child Sexual Exploitation and Child Criminal Exploitation are forms of child abuse and both occur where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance in power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child in sexual or criminal activity. Whilst age may be the most obvious, this power imbalance can also be due to range of other factors including gender, sexual identity, cognitive ability, physical strength, status and access to economic and other resources. In some cases, the abuse will be in exchange for something the victim needs or wants and will be to the financial benefit or other advantage, such as increased status, of the perpetrator of facilitator. Victims can be exploited even when activity appears to be consensual and exploitation as well as being physical can be facilitated and/or take place online.


  • Any member of the public can refer a concern about suspected child sexual exploitation.
  • Remember – where there is an urgent and immediate need to protect a child or young person call the police on 999.
  • In all cases of suspected child sexual exploitation contact Children Social Care services via the MASH (multi-agency safeguarding hub) on 0208 545 4226/7.

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.


Money Mules- 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. We need support to help educate young people around this issue. 


  • To report any concerns, speak to our Safer Schools Police Officer (see above) and/or Action Fraud ( on 0300 123 2040.

Children Missing in Education- Missing school can be an indicator of abuse and neglect, and in older children may raise concerns around child sexual exploitation. To safeguard pupils who are missing education, the school will ensure compliance with local authority policy and procedures for Children Missing Education.


  • The Attendance officer and Safeguarding Team will monitor unauthorised absence and follow procedures, particularly where children go missing on repeated occasions.

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass is the implementation of key partnerships working between the Metropolitan Police (MPS), the local authority and Designated Safeguarding Lead's (DSL) working in schools. Mrs Simpson is the DSL at Harris Academy Merton. Operation Encompass went live in Merton on 14th June 2019.

A letter that has been circulated to all parents to inform them of this initiative can be found here.

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