Ready for our HARI recruitment event


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Great to see moving forward. has a very exciting future!


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What a great day at the Roman baths with exemplary Harris Chafford and Riverside students.


Come and join our journey. We are looking for an addition to our pastoral team. See ‘vacancies’ on the website.


We are back to normal! Thanks for everyone's patience and support during the bad weather and with our network! Our students are now - as we tweet - going great guns in their exams!


We are closed today due to ice on our approach roads and paved areas


Due to a build up of ice on the approaches to the Academy building we have reluctantly decided to close on Friday 2nd March for our students’ safety - thanks to our amazing parents, students and staff for a really productive day today.#inspireyourcommunity


We are open today although our car park is shut - please use Harris Chafford Hundred car park.


Harris Academy Riverside intends to be open as usual tomorrow. We will tweet and publish on website in the unlikely event that anything changes


The Academy is closed today due to the snow - please check the website for tomorrow


Our building work has started! Looking forward to a great future in a great community.#inspireyourcommunity


There is still time to apply to join us and help inspire our great students on their journey - talent, fizz and energy.


Work has officially started on our brand new building - ready for September 2019.


Be a part of our exciting future. Join our team. Join our fantastic students. Go to vacancies.


We are looking for a Maths teacher to help shape our future. Go to vacancies.


We are looking for teachers for September 2018!


Currently Harris Academy Riverside is open tomorrow as usual. However due to the weather football training at 7.30 AM is cancelled .


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regeneration to begin


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PCRL are proud to announce Swan Housing Group as our new joint venture partners


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Fantastic news for Purfleet!

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Head's Blog

7th April 2017

In four days there will be exactly five months until Harris Academy Riverside students appear in their uniforms for their first day out our new academy; 11th September 2017.

There has been a long process to reach this point; free schools have to convince the Department for Education that there is a demand for a new academy; they have to buy land at the same time, secure planning permission, consult with local authorities, sign up potential parents, appoint staff, write policies and complete a huge amount of paper work and administrative procedure. This process has been going on for well over a year.

I’m glad to say that the Harris Federation has some amazing people who do these things for a living and who have secured an enviable reputation with the authorities who matter. The Harris Federation has opened many academies and turned many others around from failing schools to outstanding academies.

Due to their reputation and the consistent success of our sister academy, Harris Academy Chafford Hundred, we have had little problem in filling our places. At the current date, we have a handful of places left but don’t expect those to hang around for very long.

We are well on the way to appointing all the staff we need and have our plans for equipment, fitting out and resourcing the academy; we have just ordered the final furniture, desks, science benches, interactive whiteboards, laptops and notice boards.

We expect a lot of work to go on over Easter so that class rooms are ready for our transition week commencing on 3rd July when all our students will come together for a week on site to begin to learn about our culture and expectations and to meet their new teachers.

Before that date, in the first few weeks of June we will meet every student, parent or carer that we can to get to know each student’s  individual needs and to let each know ‘one to one’ our expectations. That is when we will collect all our data, addresses, special interests and so on.  We will start telephoning round soon to arrange those meetings.

We are also currently planning our open evening which will be held on 27th April at 5 pm. We are inviting all students, parents or carers to our site for speeches and to meet some teachers and other staff.

I am confident that our new academy will be outstanding. The Harris Federation will not stand for anything less..  ‘Outstanding,’ however, is only part of the story.

I want Harris Riverside students to learn how to be successful, how to be happy and confident; to be compassionate and kind and to inspire their community.  I hope that we will meet and exceed the aspirations of parents and carers.  We are working very hard with our plans and preparations to make that a reality and to make that day in September the very first day of a very successful career for your children.

I will keep parents updated here as things progress…

Andrew Betts, 7th April 2017