A 6-2 victory for our U16 boys football team in the 2nd round of the Surrey Cup. After being down straight after the first whistle, the boys managed to pull it back and gain control of the game. Goals from Daejharn ⚽️ Jay-Jay ⚽️ and a hatrick from Jamal ⚽️⚽️⚽️MOTM - Jamal 👏🏼


Year 11 are making the most of expert advice on effective revision this morning 📚


Passing the torch of leadership: Year 11 prefects share insights as they mentor new hopefuls through the art of impactful election speeches!


🏆 YR 10/11 MERTON BOROUGH BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS 🏆 A smashing performance from our boys who were undefeated in the tournament. They will now proceed to represent Merton at the 🏀⛹🏽


Year 10 Business and IT students at Skills London, the UK’s largest jobs and careers event for 14 – 24-year-olds!


This week Yr 9 are baking chocolate brownies in Food Tech!


Prefects in action: Crafting the blueprint for an assembly that introduces the future leaders – a glimpse into the exciting journey of new prefect elections.


Our Year 10 boys football team played Forest Hill in the 2nd round of the London Cup today. A clinical performance with 4-1 victory puts them through to the next round🤞🏼🍀Goals from Daejharn ⚽️ Jamal ⚽️ and Zion ⚽️⚽️MOTM - Luis 👏🏼


Yr 10 GCSE Food Tech students are cooking rice dishes this week


School prefects honor the solemnity of Armistice Day, uniting in remembrance as they lay a wreath at the Merton Armistice Service to pay tribute to those who sacrificed for peace.


Our Year 7 Netball team have arrived at their first Borough Netball competition. A warm up and quick team talk before they get started 🍀🏐🤞🏼


Year 9 are studying vegetarianism and making veggie curry in Food Tech this week!


🏆 U16 Merton Borough Table Tennis Champions 🏆A smashing performance today at the borough competition. The boys will now go through to the Final Best of 8 next month. A massive thanks to Coach Jag who has progressed these boys so much!


Prefects designing the food of the future focusing on sustainability. Options include: butterfly wing crisps, ant breakfast bars and cell cultured meat


Yesterday the Year 9 Netball team competed at the Borough tournament. Out of 10 teams they came 3rd with only losing 1 game against a very strong opposition 🥉 Thank you for hosting 🙌🏼POTM -Genesis 👏🏽


Yesterday some of our KS3 girls had an incredible day learning outside the Academy experiencing the wonders of Science at


Two more stops on our trip! Firstly, Ypres Town to see the Menin Gate and then Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. Great day, packed full of history had by all.


Second stop - students visited Sanctuary Wood where they saw weapons and used stereoviews to look at original images from the war. They then spent time in the trenches!


The Passchendaele Museum has been the first stop in Belgium for our year 9 historians. Students walked through the dugouts and engaged with many different artefacts from the World War.


Year 11 Geographers are collecting data this week in Battersea to support their investigation on regeneration and it’s impact on the community

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At Harris Academy Merton we believe that good attendance and punctuality are vital to the wellbeing and prospects of all our students. Attendance and punctuality are intrinsically linked to our Academy strategy for raising achievement. We thus expect students to achieve above 96% attendance and punctuality. Punctuality to school is crucial to create a calm and purposeful atmosphere and students who are persistently late often disrupt their own and others’ learning. We expect students to arrive on time for learning. 


A student’s progress is severely hampered if they do not regularly attend school. To illustrate: 

  • 90% attendance is an average of one day out of school per fortnight over a school year. 

  • 90% attendance over 5 years at secondary school is half a school year missed. 

  • 80% attendance over 5 years at secondary school is the same as one whole school year missed. 


Attendance below 90% is a serious cause for concern. You can view your child’s attendance percentage on their My Child At School (MCAS) account.  


Reporting an absence 

If a student is unable to attend the Academy, parents/carers must contact Ms K. Murphy before 8am on that day via email or call 02086231009. The below information is required; 

  • Full name of student 

  • Tutor group of student 

  • Reason for absence and when the student is likely to return 

Our school’s attendance officer will decide whether the absence is authorised or not. In the case of parents not notifying the school of any absence we will make contact to find out why your child is not in school. 

You can also report lateness to the above details.  

Requesting leave of absence 

If you wish to request a special leave of absence, for example to attend a funeral, you will need to fill in an absence request form below. This must be completed well in advance. The final decision whether to approve will be made by the Principal. 

Harris Academy Merton does not authorise any holidays taken during term time, and this will be recorded as unauthorised.  

Support with attendance/punctuality  

For further support with attendance parents/carers should contact 

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