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We are raising awareness of the importance of STEM and Engineering roles that bring solutions to global problems with Congratulations to the winning team ‘Nameless’ for their impressive design. 🤩🙌🏆


Year 8 working with the RAF, building model planes!


Congratulations to all of our Year 11’s on their hard work!


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Been an amazing day today, thank you to for coming down and providing us with some new footballs!


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🇬🇧 London to Tokyo Challenge 🇯🇵 7441.19km to go 🚶🏃‍♀️🚲🏊


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


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


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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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Contextual Safeguarding

“Contextual Safeguarding is an approach to understanding, and responding to, young people’s experiences of significant harm beyond their families. It recognises that the different relationships that young people form in their neighbourhoods, schools and online can feature violence and abuse. Parents and carers have little influence over these contexts, and young people’s experiences of extra-familial abuse can undermine parent-child relationships.”

Safeguarding incidents and/or behaviours can be associated with factors outside of our Academy, for example factors specific to the local community and population. When assessing, planning, or implementing safeguarding polices, protocols and procedures, staff consider a range of contextual factors contributing to the risk of the individual’s safety, well-being and welfare. When making a referral or sharing information with agencies, these risks must also be considered and well documented.

Assessment framework

Triangle chart for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families

London Child Protection procedures

Understanding the contextual safeguarding risks means that we can respond to the experiences that young people face in their wider, extra-familial environment. The safeguarding team, along with all Academy staff, are aware of the potential risks and that students may be vulnerable to multiple harms beyond the home. The Academy is located in the Pollards Hill ward in the London Borough of Merton; however, it must be noted that although 64% of the student population are Merton residents, 25%, are Croydon residents and 6% are Lambeth residents. Therefore, is it important that contextual priorities are considered across all three London Boroughs.


Merton’s local Safeguarding Children’s Partnership -

The current priorities of the MSCP are:

1. Early Help

This work is part of a whole system approach and is based on a clear understanding of local need.  The Partnership’s priority is to ensure that there is clear coordination and quality assurance of Early Help, with a shared focus on the journey and experience of the child and family.

2. Think family: Domestic Abuse and Neglect

The Safeguarding Partnership actively monitors, promotes, coordinates, and evaluates the work of partner agencies to help protect children at risk of domestic abuse, including working effectively with other multi-agency groups that have responsibility for responding to domestic abuse.

The Partnership actively monitors, promotes, coordinates, and evaluates the work of all agencies to ensure they help and protect children at risk of neglect, this includes working effectively with other multi-agency groups that have responsibility for responding to neglect.

3. Contextual Safeguarding

The Partnership will work with all agencies to ensure that there is a highly coordinated multi-agency and whole-council approach to a range of adolescent risks that occur in contexts beyond the family home (e.g., neighbourhood, schools, local shopping centres, youth venues etc.). These risks include child criminal exploitation, child sexual exploitation, serious youth violence, peer on peer abuse, harmful sexual behaviour, and other overlapping forms of harm. The Partnership is aware of the risks of exploitation in their local area.

How does Harris Academy Merton support Merton’s Contextual Safeguarding Priorities?


Risk and Priority Academy Response
Early Help
  • Academy Early Help Strategy and Team – support for students and families
  • Extensive Academy Early Help offer
  • An Intervention Zone for students to seek support or guidance
  • A Learning Zone to support academic achievement
  • Early Help workshops run by the Early Help Team
  • Strong partnerships with external agencies
  • Referrals to Local Authorities to access well-being and Early Help support
  • Student support offered at break, lunch and after school
  • Early Help signposting throughout the RSHE curriculum
  • Red Academy post boxes/ Tootoot and RSHE question boxes for students to seek support

Think Family:

Domestic Abuse and Neglect 

  • Academy Early Help Team– support for students and families
  • Established links to make Early Help referrals for families
  • Home visits by the DSL, ALT and Safeguarding Team
  • Signposting for parents through the website and message updates
  • Specific teaching on domestic abuse and neglect in the RSHE curriculum
  • Signposting around the Academy
Contextual Safeguarding 
  • Contextual safeguarding audit
  • Contextual safeguarding survey for students, staff, and parents/carers
  • Collaboration with local agencies and partners
  • Safer Schools Police Officer
  • Contextual safeguarding and risks outside of the home issues highlighted and taught in the RSHE curriculum
  • Establishment of positive working relationships with students and parents