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Lockdown Bulletin 5 - w/c 01/03/2021


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Lockdown Bulletin 3 - w/c 08/02/2021


Please visit our website: for further details. The consultation ends on 31st January 2021.


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.

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

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SEN & Disabilities

Harris Academy Merton supports every student to equally access the curriculum by providing support with high quality teaching which is adapted to support each individual learning journey.

Contact us


The SENCo/ DSL is:

Mrs Simpson (Assistant Principal, Learning Support)

02086231003/ 07718670894/

The SEND Support Officer is:

Ms Forysth


  • Ms Karen Sitch is the SEN Consultant for the Harris Federation

There is then the internal team of Teaching Assistants and Behaviour Support Staff. There is an external team of therapeutic support, for example a Merton Educational Psychologist, a Merton Speech and Language Therapist and Merton TAMHs Technician. 

Other Learning Support contacts are:

Designated Teacher for Mental health and Well-being

LAC Coordinator

Ms. Hall

0208 623 1055

Assistant Principal - Sixth Form

Mr. West


Assistant Principal - Red Faculty

Mr. Holden

Assistant Principal - Yellow Faculty

Mr. Adair


Assistant Principal - Blue Faculty

Mr. Henry


Assistant Principal - Green Faculty

Mrs. Sami


Assistant Principal - Year 7 Faculty

Ms. White


First Aid Lead

Mrs. Najeem

0208 623 1000

School Nurse

Ms. Outterside

07767 352 584

Chair of Governors – responsibility for SEND

Mr. Ashton Holt


If you would like more information with regards to your child progress please contact the Faculty Assistant Principal, if you have concerns over a SEND need please contact Mrs Simpson the SENCo. We are more than happy to discuss any concerns with you.  

Learning Support- Our Vision

The Faculty of Learning Support seeks to support and empower SEND students at the Academy to grow and develop on their own personal learning journey. Our provision and support aims to remove barriers, build confidence and resilience and provide challenge and support for academic and personal growth.

Our students will:

  • Thrive and feel confident through their personalised learning journey
  • Grow to be independent learners who can self- manage
  • Experience personal growth and build academic and social resilience  
  • Have the confidence to formulate and express ideas and opinions
  • Experience making a positive contribution to the school community

Our SEND Curriculum Principles are student centred:

  • To support the transition of SEND students from primary to secondary, KS3 to KS4 and beyond Year 11
  • To support the progress of SEND students to achieve beyond initial expectations
  • To support SEND students to maximise learning in lessons
  • To provide additional learning opportunities for literacy and numeracy
  • To ensure barriers to examinations are reduced through effective access arrangements
  • To provide targeted intervention through in class support, withdrawal, enrichment and mentoring
  • To support SEND students to become confident individuals through enrichment, community events and the SEND student voice
  • To prepare students for life beyond the Academy via a diverse array of social and communication interventions e.g. ELSA, nurture group
  • To instil self-worth and a strong sense of how to safeguard themselves and others


High Quality Teaching, differentiated for individual students, is the first step in meeting the needs of any student who has or may have special educational needs.   Students receiving SEN support that is ‘additional and different’ from that provided within Quality First teaching and a differentiated curriculum are included on the SEN register.

Advice will always be sought from external agencies regarding strategies to best meet the specific needs of a student. This will only be undertaken after consultation with the parent and may include referral to:  

  • Speech and Language Service  
  • Educational Psychologist  
  • Autism and Sensory Support Team  
  • Hearing Impairment team  
  • Visual Impairment team  
  • Counselling Service  
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service  
  • TAMHS clinician 
  • Educational Welfare Officer  
  • Social Services  
  • Youth Services  
  • Specialists in other Academies e.g. Teaching Schools, Special Schools

Please see here and attached at the end of this page the Academy’s Graduated Provision Offer, detailing Universal, targeted and specialist provision.

Summary of Provision for SEN pupils at Harris Academy Merton 





All pupils 

Pupils with additional needs 

Pupils with significant needs 

Pupils with complex needs 

The Academy is very proud of its specialist Learning and Intervention Zones.

The Learning Zone: The Learning Zone complies of two classrooms designed to support the educational needs of SEN and 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. Adjacent to the Learning Zone is our very own garden created by our student and the national Trust, who run gardening enrichment with our students every week.

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 SEN and 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.


Working with families

Harris Academy Merton values parents and carers as partners in the development and education of their children.  Parents will be involved in setting targets for Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) when this is possible and agreeing their involvement in efforts to meet their child’s learning needs.  ILPs will usually be mostly written by school staff and then shared and agreed with parents.

An outline of Harris Academy’s Merton SEND support and review calendar can be found here and attached below. We warmly encourage you to:

  • Attend parents evening and any additional meetings arranged
  • Attend the SEND parent engagement events
  • Contact the school over any issues you may have
  • Follow us on Twitter and check the school website
  • Make regular use of ‘My Child at School’ App

SEND Code of Practice

Here is the link to the SEND Code of Practice SEND Code of Practice 0 – 25 (Jan 2015)

Children with SEND are generally thought of in the following four broad areas of need and support: communication and interaction, cognition and learning, social, emotional and mental health and sensory and/or physical needs. These areas give an overview of the range of needs that schools should plan for. However, individual children often have needs that overlap all areas and may change over time.

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- please visit our Safeguarding Online Safety advice page here.

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.

Useful Signposting

Information on where the Local Authority’s Local SEND Offer can be found:

Merton Special Educational Needs Information, Advice and Support Service (MIASS) was formerly [RS1] known as Merton Parent Partnership Service. MIASS offer independent advice and support to parents and carers of all children and young people with SEND.  For further information in Merton contact Fran Turko 020 8543 8854/ In Croydon this service is called, Parents in Partnership (PIP). You can contact PIP on

Merton SEND support and advice services are below:

-          Merton ASD support groups here
-          Merton Behaviour support services here
-          Merton Learning difficulties here
-          Merton Medical needs here
-          Merton Speech and Language here

The DfE published guidance for parents and carers

Dyslexia support


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