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Happy International Women's Day! Special thanks to Ms Harris and Mrs Tyson for the kind staff gift this morning.



Student briefings this week have been about kindness


Year 11s have paused during their heavy mock season and taken time to show their gratitude to staff who are going above and beyond.


REMINDER: It is Christmas jumper day tomorrow!


Some of our members of staff supporting children in need.





Odd sock day at HARI This is a national event marking the start of Anti-Bullying week. This event celebrates our differences and what makes us unique!


Lest we forgetOur Riverside cadets laid wreaths to commemorate all who lost their lives whilst fighting for freedom



Year 11 mock season begins; good luck!





All set up and ready to go for an English Walking Talking Mock with some AQA Examiners today.


Congratulations to our Class of 2023 on their results. Further details here:


That’s our Head Girl! Maria is going to University College London to study Statistics, Economics and Finance! 💶 Congratulations Maria from everyone at HARI ! 👌


Gap year for Bernardas 🥳 But those results will open a lot of doors when he’s ready! Congratulations from everyone at HARI!

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Experience Planner

Our experience planner lists upcoming trips so that parents and carers can consider, plan, and budget.

Our Educational Visits Co-ordinator is Miss S. Harris who may be contacted at or on 01375 802060.

The academy believes that a student's experiences are part of his or her broader education. Trips and events provide cultural capital, expose students to new experiences and perspectives and encourage confidence and a sense of belonging. Of course, they should also be stimulating, fun, and engaging and some trips and events are directly related to the curriculum and the subjects that students are learning about.

On this page, we list for the consideration of students, parents, and carers the trips and events we have arranged or intend to arrange. Some of these experiences are in the planning stage, others have dates and approximate costs and some have confirmed details already. All trips are subject to confirmation by the Board of Governors and details may change.

When a trip becomes confirmed, it will be opened for applications and a link will appear against the trip details in the table below.

At that time parents and carers are invited to follow the link to express interest in holding a place on the trip. The expression of interest does not commit a parent to pay for the trip. At the relevant point in the finalisation of the trip - the commitment date - Miss Harris will advise parents and carers that a commitment is necessary and after that date, parents and carers are advised that places may be withdrawn if payments are not kept up to date. In some circumstances it may be impossible for the academy to refund payments made by the parent or carer should a student withdraw. 

Allocation of places on a trip

  • The general rule is that a place will be allocated on the trip on completion of the 'expression of interest' form linked to the table below - in other words on a first come first served basis based on expression of interest.
  • The academy will never allocate places on the basis of first come first served on the basis of payment of a deposit since we believe that this is a disadvantage to those parents who will want to work out budgets and cash flow before committing.
  • On occasion, the academy may allocate a small number of places to students who have not had the chance to attend a previous trip or experience or who have won a place due to a reward or in the opinion of the Principal who would particularly benefit from a place
  • On occasion, it may be necessary to allocate places to ensure representation of student groups; for example to ensure that there is an appropriate split of girls and boys where this is necessary to satisfy trip requirements or adequate supervision; occasionally external funding for trips depends upon representation of certain groups of students - for example, the academy may receive external funding for a trip provided that a certain number of students study a certain subject. 

Please be advised that our students are particularly enthusiastic about trips and experiences and so parents should not delay in expressing an interest when the academy opens the trip link. Parents are free to change their minds after requesting a place but before the commitment date. After the commitment date, the academy has to pay for the trip as a whole, and therefore it may be difficult for the academy to repay parents and carers who subsequently withdraw a student.

Limited financial assistance may be available at the discretion of the Principal but parents and carers who think they may want to ask for financial assistance should not delay in following the link to register their expression of interest.

Please note that trips may have early starts or late finishes and that attendance at the academy on the academy day following a late return from a trip is compulsory. Failure to attend the academy on the day after a trip due to tiredness caused by the trip will be registered as an unauthorised absence - the academy reserves the right to remove the student from future trips. 


Harris Experience Planner 2023-2024


Approximate Cost

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International Geography Trip


A once in a life-time opportunity to experience a range of physical geographical features not able to be experienced in the UK, including thermal springs, geysers and glaciers. The trip will allow them to be able to explore geography beyond the classroom. They will be able to apply their learning of the curriculum to real-life examples, as well as to new scenarios. They will also have the opportunity to meet peers from other Harris academies, build friendships, and develop resilience and team-work skills. 

Itinerary below: 

  • Day 1:  Fly UK to Keflavik – Reykjanes Peninsula  - Overnight at Hotel Ork 
  • Day 2: Seljalandsfoss (waterfall) – Vik (town) – Skogafoss (waterfall) – Solheimajokull (glacier)– Dyrholaey (black beach) – Reynisfjara (coast) – Overnight at Hotel Ork, possibility of seeing the Northern Lights.  
  • Day 3: Hveragerdi (town) – Geysir – Gullfoss (waterfall) – Efsti Dalur (viewpoint)– Thingvellir (national park, tectonic plate boundary)  - overnight at Hotel Ork, possibility of seeing the Northern Lights. 
  • Day 4:  Reykjavik city - Fly to UK 


October 2023


Application now closed

International Science Trip

Year 12 Amsterdam Science Tour- 5 days, 4 nights.


This is a fantastic opportunity for our 6th Form Science students to visit and explore science exhibitions and museums in the city of Amsterdam.

Possibly Accommodation- Generator Amsterdam

Itinerary below: 

Day 1: Travel to Amsterdam via Coach and Ferry. Arrive, food and stay over night

Day 2: Body Worlds Museum, NEMO Science Museum,

Day 3: Zaanse Schans, Anne Frank’s House

Day 4: Rijksmuseum, Free time and shopping

Day 5: Travel back to the UK.



Estimated cost


Register your interest HERE

Harris in Harmony

Three students from the HARI choir will be selected and invited to take part in the Harris in Harmony – Federation choir. Students will take part in two Federation rehearsals, one taking place at Harris Academy Chobham on Monday 18th September 2023, and the second at Harris Academy Bermondsey on Friday 29th September 2023. The purpose of these rehearsals is not only to build students singing skills and their confidence, but also develop their cooperative performance skills. This will build towards a performance in front of 4500 teaching and education staff from the Harris Federation at the Excel Centre on Friday 6th October 2023.

18th September 23,

29th September 23

6th October 23



Year 7

Waterstones, Blue water:

At Harris Academy Riverside we believe in the power of reading, and the importance of encouraging our students to read. There is no greater power than knowledge, and no greater skill than being a comprehensive reader. This half term we plan on taking all of year 7 to Waterstones so that they may select a book which they will read for pleasure this term. Students will then return their book to the academy library along a blurb as to why they think others should read that book.

September- October TBC



Year 12

UCAS Exhibition at the Excel Centre.



Register your interest HERE

Year 11: Geography Field Trip: 

As geographer it is vital that you explore and gather information from different environments to better understand apply theoretical knowledge. The aim of this visit is to collect data from the coastal areas of Southend that can then be interpreted back in the classroom and be used as practice for the fieldwork exam element of the exam papers for both human and physical.  

13TH September 2023



Fully booked

Application closed

All Key Stages: Harry Potter Warner Brother Studio Tour

The Harry Potter Studios are magical, and an absolute must for Harry Potter fans of all ages. But it’s also suitable to those who aren’t Potter maniacs. Not only do you get to see behind the scenes of the Magical Wizarding World, but you also learn some incredible things about how films are made in general. Our students will only participate in the tour but will also take part in one of Warner Brother Studios lessons where they will learn a key skill in the art of film making.


Mixed Key Stages

Monday 2nd October 2023

Estimated cost


Fully booked

Application closed

Year 7: Harry Potter Warner Brother Studio Tour

The Harry Potter Studios are magical, and an absolute must for Harry Potter fans of all ages. But it’s also suitable to those who aren’t Potter maniacs. Not only do you get to see behind the scenes of the Magical Wizarding World, but you also learn some incredible things about how films are made in general. Our students will only participate in the tour but will also take part in one of Warner Brother Studios lessons where they will learn a key skill in the art of film making.


Year 7

Monday 4th December 2023

Estimated cost


Fully booked

Application closed


KS4: Tate Britain: Year 11 Art students

It is vital that art students have the opportunity to view and experience art first-hand in order to inspire and enrich their own craft as artists. In the first term all KS4 art students will be invited to visit the Tate Modern gallery in London to increase their cultural capital and explore a wide variety of artist’s craft. 

Year 11 


£15 approx. 

Register your interest HERE

Year 11: TEDI London

This visit is the first of the “club 9” events and is designed to inspire our grade 8/9 students to work hard and aim for top universities. The visit will involve a hands-on workshop in which students will participate in a small engineering project, deepening their understanding of physics and maths.


1st November 23


Fully booked

Application closed


YEAR 12: Queen Marys University London

Open day for students at Queen Marys University London to do lectures, labs and tours.


8th November 23


Fully booked

Application closed

YEAR 11: A Christmas Carol at the Alexander Palace theatre

Theatre performance of A Christmas Carol for Y11 to prepare for their GCSE assessment of the play.


30th November 23


Fully booked

Application closed


KS4: GCSE Geography Year 10- Walton on the Naze:

Students are required to undertake 2 days’ of fieldwork which they will be assessed on during their Paper 1 and 2 GCSE exams. On this trip, they will be collecting data for their physical fieldwork enquiry. The aim is to plan and collect data that can then be interpreted and evaluated back in the classroom. It also gives an opportunity to apply some of the core knowledge on areas of the specification to real life scenarios.  

Year 10


Estimated cost



UK Residential

Year 11: PGL at Bawdsey Manor: 

The infamous PGL weekend combines are hosted on the Deben Estuary and has panoramic views across the Suffolk Heritage Coast. The centre has over 140 acres of beautiful grounds, packed with a huge range of adventure activities to inspire and motivate students. PGL weekends combine Focus sessions with adventure and are invite only. The aim of the weekend is to close gaps in students understanding in specific subject areas, while also team building, gaining confidence and resilience as they tackle adventures such as abseiling, raft building and climbing. 


Estimated cost



Year 9 and KS4 Drama Students

The Play That Goes wrong. At The Duchess Theatre

The chaotic comedy follows the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society – an amdram group putting on a production of a 1920s murder mystery. But, as the show’s title may suggest, things don’t go as smoothly as they would have hoped. As the show progresses, things fall apart as the sets collapse, lines are forgotten and props go missing. But, as the saying goes, the show must go on… even if it limps to the final bow.

Wednesday 28th February 24


Register your interest HERE

Year 7- Spelling Bee

Students will go to Harris Academy Sutton to compete in a spelling bee as part of Harris Federation competitions.

Students will be selected by teachers based on their interest and their tested ability to compete.

29th January 24


Entry now Closed

KS3: Natural History and Science Museum: 

It is important that young people visit museums as it expands their general knowledge and increases their culture capital; visiting museums, particularly those of an historic nature can allow students to further their awareness and empathy for others, as it removes some of the barriers between the past and the present as they are exposed to real life artefacts and material which they would otherwise not be exposed to within the classroom.  

Year 8 



£16 approx. 

Register your interest HERE

Year 7: The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre: 

Loosely based on Shakespeare’s famous play Hamlet, a Disney classic and world-renowned musical, The Lion King is a must see. Puppetry and costume like you will have never seen before, and songs that resonate with generations. An opportunity for all ages to enjoy the theatre and increase culture capital. 

Please note there are 45 spaces available for this trip, and places will be appointed on a first-come first served basis on receipt of interest.


Estimated cost


Register your interest HERE

Year 8: Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre:

A musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda sees young Matilda navigate a family that does not understand her, and school where the head mistress is a tyrant. Thankfully there seems to be one person who sees Matilda and all her potential, Miss Honey.

Winner of over 99 international awards, including 24 for Best Musical.


Estimated cost


Register your interest HERE

Most Able Trip- Royal Opera House- la bohème

La bohème is an opera in four acts, composed by Giacomo Puccini between 1893 and 1895 to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, based on Scènes de la vie de bohème (1851) by Henri Murger.The story is set in Paris around 1830 and shows the Bohemian lifestyle (known in French as "la bohème") of a poor seamstress and her artist friends.


8th February 24



Most Able Trip




Year 9: Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre:

WICKED is based on the 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire – Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. It takes a look at the Land of Oz with new eyes and creates a parallel journey to the familiar The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

At the core of WICKED is friendship, in this case a very unlikely one. The blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl, Elphaba. They first meet at school and after a bumpy start, they form a strong friendship. Their journey takes a turn during a visit to Oz to meet the Wizard where during that encounter their lives take very different paths. Glinda is lured into a powerful and pubic role while Elphaba remains determined to be true to herself and the people in her life, whatever the cost – both paths seeing them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and The Wicked Witch of the West.


Estimated cost


Register your interest HERE

Year 10: A Christmas Carol at the Alexandra Palace Theatre:

Marley was dead: to begin with.

It’s a cold Christmas Eve and mean-spirited miser Ebenezer Scrooge has an unexpected visit from the spirit of his former business partner Jacob Marley. Bound in chains as punishment for a lifetime of greed, the unearthly figure explains it isn’t too late for Scrooge to change his miserly ways in order to escape the same fate, but first he’ll have to face three more eerie encounters…

Not only is this a fantastic show, but it has the added bonus for our Year 10s in that it is also an adaptation of one of their GCSE English texts and will help embed understanding.


Estimated cost


Register your interest HERE

All Key stages: Sister Act at the Dominion Theatre

Featuring soul sensation and Olivier Award winning superstar Beverley Knight from 15 March, and X Factor winner and international pop icon Alexandra Burke from 10 June as diva-in-disguise Deloris van Cartier, this heavenly hit features a marvellous Motown-inspired score by the legendary Alan Menken, winner of 8 Oscars and multiple Tony Awards.

Based on the beloved film, this story of music, mishaps and nuns on the run is a joyous and uplifting tale of finding your voice and singing out, with your sisters by your side.



March - July

Estimated cost


Register your interest HERE

Grangewaters Outdoor Education Centre

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure at Grangewaters, a premier outdoor education centre nestled in the beautiful countryside of Thurrock spanning over 70 acres of natural woodland, open grassland, and two picturesque lakes, Grangewaters offers a perfect setting for learning and fun

Join us for a unique educational experience at Grangewaters, where learning meets adventure. Don't miss out on this chance to grow, explore and have fun.



Two groups participating Tuesday and Friday for 6 weeks

No Cost Invite Only

Elite Female Cricket

We are thrilled to offer our extracurricular cricket team an incredible opportunity to witness top tier female cricket at the Cloud Country Cricket Ground in Chelmsford. This thrilling T20 match between the Sunrisers and Western Storm promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Wednesday 19th July 2024 Free Trip Now Full

Chicken Wire Workshop Y9 (at HARI)

Are you passionate about art and excited to start your GCSE Art next year? Don't miss this unique opportunity to unleash your creativity at our exclusive Chicken Wire Workshop with the Trailblazer Project

Wednesday 26th July




Places Now Full


6th Form Trip to UCAS Day in London

Attention all 6th Form students! We are excited to announce an informative and inspiring trip to the UCAS Day in London. This event is a must for anyone planning their future education and career paths.


4th June 2024









All Year 12 Invited




Duke of Edinburgh: Bronze Expedition Practice

Attention all aspiring adventures! Gear up for an exciting Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expedition practice in the picturesque setting of Danbury. This is your chance to hone your skills, build confidence, and prepare for the ultimate DofE Bronze Award experience.

6th & 7th July 2024 £100 Places Now Full

MFL Spelling Bee

Attention all language enthusiats from year 7 to year 13. Harris Academy Rainham is excited to host a dynamic MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) Spelling Bee Competition. This is your chance to demonstrate your linguistic skills and compete in French, Mandarin, and Spanish.

Friday 28th June 2024 Free All Places Now Filled

Exciting Chess Competition at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred

Calling all chess enthusiats! Get ready for an intense and thrilling chess competition hosted by our rivals at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred. Show off your strategic skills and compete for the title of Chess Champion!

Thursday 20th July 2024 Free Places Now Full

Year 10 GCSE Art Trip - Tate Modern (London)

Attention Year 10 GCSE Art students! We are thrilled to announce an inspiring trip to the Tate Modern in London. This is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of contemporary art and gain valuable insights for your coursework.

Wednesday 3rd July 2024 £15 Places Now Full

Year 10 Oracy Competition - Harris Academy Dulwich

Attention all eloquent speakers and persuasive debaters! Harris Academy Dulwich is excited to host a prestigious Oracy Competition. This is your chance to showcase your speaking skills, engage in thought provoking debates, and compete for the top set.

Monday 1st July 2024 Free Places Now Full

GCSE PE and CNAT Residential Kayaking Trip

All GCSE PE and CNAT Sport students (Year 10 in September 2024-July 2025) are invited to go on a Kayaking residential at Bowles Outdoor on Friday 19th September 2025-Sunday 21st September 2025. The students will learn 4 technical skills within the sport, as well as learn orienteering and will plan and lead and lead a route for a small group to follow. GCSE PE students will then get assessed out of 35 and can contribute to one of their 3 sports which to towards their final GCSE Grade. CNAT sport students will learn about a new sport and develop their knowledge on the National Governing body and how they manage and organise the sport as one of hte topics in their examination unit. This is a fantastic opportunity for your child to learn new skills, develop independence and ability to work within a team. The trip will approximately be £350 and will be able to book in September 2024 when they start in year 10.

The cost will cover:

  • Travel to & from the venue
  • Instructions to teach the 4 technical skills and orienteering session
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during their stay
  • 2 night stay in the lodge accommodation
  • Assessment on final day of the residential visit
Year 10 in September 2024-July 2025 £350  

Art Expedition - Harris Academy Falconwood

Attention most able Year 9 students! Your are cordially invited to participate in an exciting art expedition at Harris Academy Falconwood. This expedition will showcase the artwork inspired by your recent visit to Christie's Auction House, offering a platform to share your creative journey with fellow students and teachers.

Friday 12th July 2024 £5

Fully Booked - Application Closed

Celebrate Your Achievements at Brilliant Club Graduation

Congratulations, most able Year 9 students! You are invited to attend the Brilliant Club graduation ceremony at the prestigious University of London, Bays College. This event is a celebration of your hard work, dedication, and academic achievements throughout the Brilliant Club program.

Monday 1st July 2024 £5 Fully Booked - Application Closed

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HT1 Sports and Creative Arts Clubs 06th Sep 2022 Download
HT1 Subject Specific and Beyond 06th Sep 2022 Download
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T1 Sports and Creative Arts Clubs 10th Sep 2023 Download
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T1 Subject Specific and Beyond 23 24 28th Aug 2023 Download
T2 Sports and Creative Arts Clubs 17th Jan 2024 Download
T2 Sports and Creative Arts Clubs 21st Jan 2024 Download
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Term 3 Club Timetable 03rd May 2024 Download