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Student leadership is really important to us at Harris Clapham Sixth Form and this week we announced our new Student Parliament President and our new Vice Presidents!


Happy Confidence Term from Harris Clapham Sixth Form! Yesterday our Executive Principal gave an assembly to our Year 12 students on the importance of being confident and taking opportunities in life.


Today our Head of School, Ms Heuston gave an assembly to our Year 13 students which highlighted the importance of removing distractions and remaining focused in order to achieve success.


Yesterday we had our first assembly of Confidence Term at Harris Clapham Sixth Form. A delight to be able to share two of my cultural favourites, a character deficiency, and to celebrate the new student President:


Eid Mubarak to all of our students and families who celebrate it (and to everyone else, actually - have a great Eid).


A strong reading recommendation from our Executive Principal (and a beautiful cover).


A new book to go into the work bag - thanks to (and others) for the recommendation.


Oscar Wilde said “Why was I born with such contemporaries?” Gore Vidal went further with “It is not enough to succeed, others must fail.”These witty comments touch on a darker part of humanity, and one of the things I love most about schools is when they challenge this.


Last Wednesday the Year 12 Biologists visited Beckenham Place Park to complete some of the field work required for their A level studies. Despite challenging weather, students did incredibly well and were able to finish their practical work.


Congratulations to Year 12 drama students who performed brilliantly in their recent theatrical crime drama for an invited audience of teachers.


Clapham Cultural Society celebrated Ghana Independence Day by hosting a fun quiz highlighting key facts about Ghana


As part of our celebration of World Book Day, teachers continued to share their favourite books through ‘Drop Everything and Read. Form tutors dedicated the first 5-10 minutes of the session to read a book excerpt aloud to tutees.


Thursday 7th was World Book Day and at Harris Clapham Sixth Form classroom doors were adorned with posters showing favourite books of staff members.The range of titles and genres demonstrated the varied interests across the school.


At , we have as two “cornerstones” of our development “Empowerment” and “Joy” - staff should feel able to make change and everyone should have fun at school.If you’re interested in a school that works this way, we’re hiring.


At , we have as two “cornerstones” of our development “Empowerment” and “Joy” - staff should feel able to make change and everyone should have fun at school.If you’re interested in a school that works this way, we’re hiring.


Glad to see someone actually saying we should have joy in schools.


Glad to see someone actually saying we should have joy in schools.


This was a wonderful event - huge thanks to our guest speakers and a big welcome to the students who came to look round: we think you'll fit in well and are looking forward to getting to know you in September.


Last chance to sign up to our Careers Open Evening which is happening tomorrow! We have speakers from the world of Medicine and Law and a wide range of careers on display. Sign up using the below link. #claphamsixthform


I'm really looking forward to this week's Open Evening at - we've got great speakers from the worlds of law, medicine & finance to underpin our thinking of sixth form as a step from childhood to the adult world & the need to earn a living:

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Making sure that our students are safe is the number one priority. Our key job is to make sure we identify, help and manage any child protection concerns. For us this includes our safeguarding curriculum, that is, how we educate our students, in an age-appropriate way, to look after themselves, physically, emotionally and mentally.

Harris Clapham Sixth Form is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of young people, and we expect everyone who works in and with our sixth form to share this commitment. Our Safeguarding Policy has been reviewed by Governors and can be accessed at the bottom of this page (as well as e-Safety and mobile phone use policies). Please note these have been reviewed against the most recent version of Keeping Children Safe in Education.

Reporting and managing any concerns

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Ms Adams. She will oversee the strategic and operational aspects of safeguarding. She is supported by Ms Heuston, Mr Handscombe, Mr Lloyd, Ms Buakuma, Mr Naheem, Ms Reid, Mr Gresham and Mr Butterworth as Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads (DDSLs). All leaders have had the local authority DSL training. Their details are displayed across the academy and issued to students.

Contact details for the safeguarding team:

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead: Ms Adams - 
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Ms Heuston -
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Handscombe -
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Lloyd
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Ms Buakuma
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Naheem
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Ms Reid
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Gresham
  • Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr Butterworth

Emails are checked regularly but, if urgent, call Reception on 0204 542 4900. The Receptionist, Ms Johnson, can make contact with a DSL/DDSL in the event of an emergency. The Head of School is also supported by a range of different staff, including our tutors who deliver the tutor programme and are the first port of call for our tutees.

All staff, volunteers and visitors have a duty to report concerns about a young person, either because the young person may be in need of additional support or if it is thought that the student may have been abused or is at risk of abuse. We know that our students may come from different boroughs and so we share the contact details for each borough with our staff.

Concerned about your child or another person's child?

The law is very clear about who is responsible for the safety of children (a child is anyone aged up to 18 years old) and that is all of us. If you have a concern about a student, you have a responsibility to that student to speak to someone. Below are various actions, depending on the nature of your concern:

  1. If you believe a child to be in imminent danger, call the Police on 101 or 999.
  2. Call the school and ask to speak to the DSL
  3. Call MASH on 020 7926 5555 – Lambeth's Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub. MASH is the coordinating body for the main local services for child protection.
  4. Contact CEOP, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command, if your concern is about online child sexual exploitation.

Educating our students to stay safe

It is important that we teach our students, recognising that they are between 16 and 19 years old, how to stay safe. This reflects the contextual safeguarding risks in and around Lambeth where the academy is based. Currently, this means ensuring students knowing about:

  • child criminal exploitation, including ‘county lines’
  • serious youth violence, including knife crime
  • child sexual exploitation, including for boys
  • protection from radicalisation, extremism and terrorism

We work with a variety of agencies, including the police, in helping to educate our students on staying safe. We also have our personal, relationship, social and health education programme that specifically maps out and plan what and how students will learn to stay safe over the course of both Years 12 and 13.

Students also have their form tutor who will get to know them well and will be the first port of call should there by any day-to-day welfare concerns. We also have a counselling service as part of our welfare team where students will be able to self-refer.

Keeping yourself safe

There are many things you can do to keep yourself safe. The first is always talk to someone if you have any concerns or worries. At the academy all our staff are friendly and approachable.

Staying Safe Online
Keeping yourself safe online is a must. You will learn more about this during lessons, but we’ve also put together some resources for you to find out more:

Remember, if you need immediate help, call 999.

Your Digital Footprint
Everything you post online stays around for a long, long, long, long, long, long time. Before you post anything online THINK – Is it True? Is it Helpful? Is it Inspiring? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind?

If you post something cruel, vicious or deliberately intend to cause offence, then this will make someone else feel unsafe. We all have to show commitment to making the academy a safe place, both within and outside of the building. Therefore do not make posts or comments about other people on any social media; it is unacceptable.

Preventing radicalisation, extremism and terrorism (RET)

We take our obligations under the Prevent duty seriously and adopt a 'proactive resilience approach'. Our Prevent Lead is Ms Adams.

  • give students a safe space to debate and challenge ideas within our personal, relationships, social and health education
  • have a guest speakers' policy which is coordinated by our designated safeguarding lead
  • have a coordinated approach to staff training so that staff know the language, signs and vulnerabilities to look out for when considering RET
  • have the structures and processes to implement our RET policy effectively.

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