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05/10/18

Our first Principal’s speech of the evening is packed and the Academy is full of exciting activities. https://t.co/YurYSi8Uaf

05/10/18

Huge congratulations to Ms. Bent for winning the Transforming Lives Through Partnership Award at the annual conference - a huge achievement and we are very proud. We Know. We Can. We Will. https://t.co/Zw3ls3mOrG

04/10/18

Very excited to be opening our doors this evening for our first Open Event of the year https://t.co/uG7v7adNBM

04/10/18

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One of the most rewarding parts of working with trainee teachers is being able to go into schools to observe, support & advise. has some lovely displays - relevant to trainees & students alike! https://t.co/A31RwEyBxy

21/08/18

Principal, Ms Bergin was interviewed by on Alevel Results Day with Stormzy about being his English Teacher as he launched his sponsorship for black students attending Cambridge University. https://t.co/E1MQcCJagt

21/08/18

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How cool is this! https://t.co/WLcVCGWuVk

21/08/18

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Stormzy’s old English teacher Claudette Bergin - now Principal of recalls what he was like to teach https://t.co/O9HwtvqlaX

18/07/18

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👏 A group of 45 students from have spent the last few months creating their own poetry and art work about Croydon. With the help of the council, local poets and charities, this is now displayed around Canterbury Recreation Ground! https://t.co/MRPBVPUXKV

18/07/18

Wow! What an amazing first musical! Joseph-in-a-week was a huge success with standing ovations and tears of joy all round! Well done to the talented cast and crew! We Know. We Can. We Will. (Dreamcoats are not standard uniform)! https://t.co/sA2cri1uvP

12/07/18

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What a great day of https://t.co/rWz3gTIxuY

12/07/18

We Know. We Can. We Will. Looking excellent Harris Invictus! Sports Day 2018 is well underway! https://t.co/rRP5tcrggz

12/07/18

All ready for sports day! Let’s go Team HIAC - We Know. We Can. We Will. https://t.co/t0wNr1lElQ

12/07/18

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Progress and Welfare Leader required at .Apply now https://t.co/EjbkTNMOZp https://t.co/VHKHFhaR0z

11/07/18

What an inspiring afternoon at Canterbury Road Recreation Ground! Our HIAC students really have made us proud! A huge thank you to & https://t.co/7pzCHgrS7n

11/07/18

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Regen project launch with Croydon council, BLBG and at Canterbury Rec #poetry#talentedstudents#community https://t.co/sSYIL3po8c

11/07/18

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Great buzz from the students of Croydon https://t.co/YJphnMrOoB

11/07/18

Our amazing poetry is now on display down at Canterbury Recreation Ground! A huge thank you to for making it all happen. Totally Inspiring! Well done to all staff and students! https://t.co/EmAples2u9

11/07/18

Our amazing art work is now on display down at Canterbury Recreation Ground on the hoarding opposite the play area! Massive thanks to all students and staff who’ve worked so hard to make it happen! https://t.co/aYVsu4FcAG

05/07/18

A final big thank you to our Directors of Learning who have perfected their award giving and speeches this year! https://t.co/2XWyKlHerW

05/07/18

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Thank you to Rowena from and her two lovely students whose are involved in the regeneration project with Croydon council#poetry#art#student#confidence#community#regen https://t.co/7JhzwIX9Eu

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Attendance and Punctuality

Students at Harris Invictus Academy have an excellent attendance record. Attendance is checked every morning and afternoon for every student. 

In order to support the academy we request that parents or carers contact us before 9am to report an absence by telephoning 0203 371 3002.

Our Attendance Officer closely monitors attendance and will contact you by phone or text if your child is absent and you have not called us. Please make sure that your contact details are up-to-date. You can contact the Student Information Centre with any change of contact details on 0203 371 3002.


Why is regular attendance essential?

Having a good education will help give your child the best possible start in life. If your child does not attend school regularly, s/he will not be able to keep up with the work. Research by the Department for Education suggests that 17 missed school days a year equals one GCSE grade drop in achievement. So the greater the attendance the greater the achievement.

Employers will want to be sure that the people they are thinking of taking on are reliable. Children who have attended their school regularly, have a better chance of getting and keeping a good job. Young people who are off school for no good reason are at risk of becoming victims of crime or abuse. They may also be drawn into anti-social or criminal behaviour.


What does the law say?

By law all children between the ages of 5 and 16 must receive full time education, from the beginning of the term following their 5th birthday to the last Friday in June of the academic year in which s/he reaches their 16th birthday. During that time, the school must give permission for your child to be absent.


What can I do to help my child and the school?

  • Make sure your child goes to school daily, arrives on time and attends all lessons.
  • If your child is ill, contact the school on the first day of illness. This should be followed up on their return with a letter stating the reason for absence and dates affected.
  • If you want permission for your child to miss school for any reason then you should ask for permission well in advance and give full details.
  • Take an interest in your child’s school work.
  • If your child starts missing school, work with the school to put things right.  Make sure s/he understands that you do not approve of him/her missing school.
  • Try to book non-urgent doctor/dental appointments out of school time.
  • Take holidays out of school time.
  • Support the school in its efforts to control bad behaviour.

Family holidays during term time

You are strongly urged to avoid booking a family holiday during term time. Parents do not have a right or entitlement to take their child out of school for such a holiday.

Holidays during term time are only authorised in exceptional circumstances and any application must be made in advance and supported by evidence.  If the absence is not authorised it can be referred to the Education Welfare Service who may issue a Penalty Notice (currently £60 per parent per child—raised to £120 if not paid within 21 days).


Local Education Authority

The local authority is responsible, by law, for making sure the registered students of compulsory school age attend their school regularly.


What is an Education Welfare Officer?

An Education Welfare Officer (EWO) works with schools to monitor attendance and to help parents meet their responsibilities. One EWO works closely with Harris Invictus Academy. If your child is not attending school regularly or is frequently late the EWO may meet with you or visit you to discuss ways to help.


Absence from school

All absence from school has a potential detrimental effect on your child’s academic progress because of missed teaching and learning and sometimes on his/her social relationships. This is particularly noticeable when holidays are taken at the beginning of a new year or term. The introduction to new work is missed putting the absent child at a clear disadvantage. In addition, whilst the rest of the class or group are settling in and forming new relationships, an absent child usually takes longer to catch up and settle as part of the class team when s/he does return to school. These problems are further increased if your child already experiences learning or social difficulties.


What if I’m concerned about my child’s attendance?

If you are concerned or anxious about where you child is you can contact the school to check if they have arrived. If you continue to have concerns then please contact our Student Information Centre on 0203 371 3002.