Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.


The safety and welfare of our girls is of paramount importance at HAB.

All staff members receive extensive training in this and the girls’ curriculum covers a variety of safety and wellbeing topics.

The Academy will work hard to reduce all the kinds of harm that children can suffer, including abuse, bullying, discrimination and avoidable injuries. If you have any concerns at all about the safety or welfare of a child please do not hesitate to contact us.

Key People





Vice Principal for Student Wellbeing & Designated Child Protection Officer

Rebecca Iles-Smith



Deputy Designated Child Protection Officer, Assistant Principal

Noel Kennedy



Deputy Designated Child Protection Officer & Medical Needs Coordinator, Student Support Manager

Elizabeth Magee



If you wish to raise any concerns about a student, you should contact one of the above people or contact the Academy on 020 7237 9316 or email reception@harrisbermondsey.org.uk

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is:

Eva Simcock, Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), Southwark Council.

If you would like to know more information generally regarding the safeguarding of young people in schools, you may find the following information useful.


Although the Academy teaches students e-safety throughout the curriculum, we think it is equally important for parents to be aware of the risks and what they can do to develop a culture of e-safety in the home.

If you missed our parent talk on ‘Keeping your Daughter Safe Online’ in December, you may fine the resources here helpful; they are designed especially for parents and will enable you to help your child stay safe online.

If you have any concerns about your daughter’s safety online, there is always someone at the Academy who is available to talk to you. Simply contact your daughter’s Phase Leader or one of the Designated Leads (details above), or speak to any member of staff who will direct you to the right person.

The online world is a wonderful source of information and resources for your daughter, where she can find many opportunities to enrich her understanding. However, it also presents some risks if she doesn’t know how to keep herself safe.

As an Academy we teach HAB girls how to stay safe online. We work closely with Digital Awareness UK, who have trained all our girls and a good number of their parents in how a young person can safely use the internet and social media.

If you are interested in learning more about this important part of your daughter’s education, try using some of the resources we’ve provided for you here as a starting point:

Think You Know website

The Think You Know website is created by the police for parents of children at secondary school. It contains useful information about:

  • what children are doing online
  • how to talk to children about what they are doing online
  • what risks your child might face
  • and what tools are there to help them stay safe.


You may also find the following factsheets useful.

  1. Cyberbullying - what it is and what to do about it
  2. Online grooming - the risks children face online
  3. Accessing inappropriate websites
  4. Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying - Department for Education factsheet

Other useful websites

You'll also find a wealth of additional information on the Think You Know website or any of the websites listed below.

www.childnet.com – Visit the ‘Know It All’ Section for an interactive guide about online safety

www.getsafeonline.org – Free up-to-date security advice

www.ceop.police.uk – Website of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

www.bbc.co.uk/onlinesafety – guidance about how to make the most of being online while staying safe.

www.net-aware.org.uk - NSPCC site that provides guidance to parents on social networking sites, apps and games.

www.saferinternet.org.uk - e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet.

What is a Money Mule?

Being a 'money mule' is when you allow other people access to your bank account, and it can land you in prison.

  • You may be contacted as part of a job scam or through social media and asked to transfer money, allow access or open up a new bank account.
  • The money may have been stolen or have come from illegal activities and you are being used to hide it.
  • This could result in a conviction and up to 14 years in prison a­ffecting job prospects, travel restrictions and access to money.

"How do I avoid it?"

Do not allow anyone access to your bank account, it is for your use only. Decline any requests for money transfers unless you can be sure of the reason and where the money is from. Report any suspicious requests to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or telephone 0300 123 2040.


ParentInfo is a regularly updated feed of expert information, advice and sources of support for parents on a whole range of parenting themes - the emphasis being on helping parents and carers develop their children's resilience to the risks and pressures they face in today's world. View the ParentInfo page at http://parentinfo.org/

Safer Schools Partnership

Meet PC Dominic Williams, Safer Schools Police Officer for Harris Academy Bermondsey.

There are now over 450 Safer School Partnerships operating throughout England and Wales, with police officers and community support officers based in schools to work closely with staff and students.

PC Dominic Williams has been working with us for a number of years and is a familiar, trusted face around the school - working closely with students on issues that affect their lives both inside and outside of the Academy.

Dominic Williams can be contacted by email at hab-pc@harrisbermondsey.org.uk. Alternatively you can telephone the Academy on 020 7237 9316 or email reception@harrisbermondsey.org.uk.

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