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We were getting our dramatic juices flowing with some freeze frames in Dahl class this morning. See if you can guess what some of our portraits are of!


In Dahl class we have been working on our abstract Ordinance Survey Maps for Art over the past couple of weeks. We are excited to share the final products later in the week!


Elmer have become expert historians this afternoon asking questions about the Great Fire of London. We used the 5ws (who, what, where, when, why) to structure our questions about this event.


Kerr class taking a moment of stillness


Little pig, little pig, let me come in....because it is raining outside! What is the best material for our little pig to have a roof made out of that will keep him nice and dry? In Science, Elmer class have been investigating which materials were waterproof.


A herd of woolly mammoths has invaded Potter class! This morning, children were following instructions to create their mammoth and recognising any important information that was missing.


Happy Birthday!


Christmas is coming! Elmer have been learning about colour mixing and designing our Christmas cards.


Elmer have gone back in time to 1666 when the Great Fire of London was burning. We have been interviewing people who have experienced the fire ready for our special History day next week.


In Dahl class we have been practicing our dribbling and passing skills in PE this morning.


Thank you for inspiring so much wonderful learning in Kerr class. We have discovered how the Windrush generation has provided so much diversity to Britain. You inspired news report writing too.


Crazy coordinates in Dahl class this morning, we have been learning how to translate shapes.


Year six gymnasts so excited to be incorporating equipment into their counter balances routines along with varying dynamics such as speed, height and smoothness.


Potter class were put to work cleaning the messy toys left by the mammoth. They then had to write the instructions using the correct imperative verbs.


As cooks, we have been leaning about how British food has been influenced by other cuisine from around the world. So we made some naan bread.


Exploring our value of the month - resilience - by role playing situations where we may need to draw on this attribute.


Something snuck into Potter class whilst we were at P.E.... we investigated the clues (bubbles, leaves, shampoo) ... we think it might have been...the woolly mammoth!!!


Insightful and thought-provoking discussion in Year Six around British Black History, linked to our Rich and Poor histo topic.


Harpenden Academy are offering live tours for new Reception parents Sept 2021. Please check out our Reception admissions page on our school website and book your school tour with our Headteacher and EYFS Leader


Linked to World Mental Health day, Ladybird class focused on the Five Ways to Wellbeing. We got active, made cards to give to family members, enjoyed connecting with friends, learnt a new poem and took notice of the sounds around us while watching a candle burning. We feel good!


Positivity in Potter this afternoon! We talked about positive affirmations this afternoon as a way to help our mental health.


Dahl class celebrating world mental health day, we thought of as many positives as we could!


Tomorrow is World Mental Health day so Year 1 have been talking about all the things they love. We created hearts of positivity to celebrate all the things that make us happy.


Amazing artists in Potter class today! We got excited about Christmas and are experimenting with the different watercolour wash techniques ready for our Christmas card designs 🎄❄️


Kerr Class have discussed how we can look after our mental health. We created positive photos for each other.


Lots of birthdays this week at Harpenden Academy.


ELMER CLASS LOVE SCIENCE! Today we have been learning about materials and their properties. We made paper boats out of different types of paper and investigated whether they were waterproof or not. We grouped our observations into a table.


Today, year 6 were getting excited about Christmas in art! We were using our recent study of William Morris designs to produce inspired drafts of festive foliage for this year’s Christmas cards. We incorporated: symmetry, 90 degree rotations, half and repeat patterns.


Super scientists in Dahl class creating a model to show the function of roots using string and red food dye.


In Computing this week, Year 1 have been writing and testing our algorithms. We used simple code to predict where we thought the Beebot would go. We then de-bugged our algorithms.


As part of Black History Month, Potter class have been learning about the life of Nina Simone. We enjoyed her version of ‘Feeling Good’ and were inspired by her piano ability.


Year 1 have loved exploring this website to consolidate their learning about bonds to 10. The 'mummy dance' was a particular favourite!


In Dahl class we have been learning new passes and putting them into practice for a mini netball game!


Who’s tower will stand?


Kerr class learning about resilience. Who can build the tallest newspaper tower using only newspapers and tape. No scissors in this challenge.


Year Six World Mental Health day activities throughout this week including Positivity sheets and Things I Love hearts...


Kerr class have been trying different flavours of shortbread in DT.


Great team work in Potter class this morning as we invented ideas for a new adventure story!

Friends of Harpenden Academy (PTA)

Friends of Harpenden Academy is our Parent Teacher Association. We are committed to supporting the school and wider community.

Together we raise on average more than £10,000 each year, from events and activities that we enjoy running and our school community enjoys attending. This money is spent on school infrastructure, materials, activities and equipment, all of which make a huge difference to the quality of the education experience our wonderful teachers can provide the children at our school.

We can’t do this without valuable support from the school community, and as a parent of Harpenden Academy, you are automatically a member of Friends.  So... welcome!

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FoHA Membership


All parents and carers of Harpenden Academy students are automatically members of the Friends of Harpenden Academy (FOHA). So why not come along and get involved? It’s a great way to meet other families and we have lots fun!

Friends of Harpenden Academy (FoHA) is the PTA for Harpenden Academy. We are a registered charity and led by a group of committed parents who meet regularly to plan events and fundraising ideas for the school. Every parent and carer of a child at Harpenden Academy is already a member of FoHA—so why not pop along to our next meeting and see if you fancy getting more involved?!

FOHA Committee


Jackie Clode-Dickens & Shavalyea Gilbert



COMEDY NIGHT, Katharine Haines

SUMMER FAYRE, Becci Madole


Angus Halkett


Wilma Solomon


Rebecca Cracknell


Kirsty Hollywood

Becoming a class rep

Class reps help build a sense of community among the class parents and help provide the link between the parents and Friends of Harpenden Academy (FOHA) - our equivalent of a Parent Teacher Association). Like every parent, class reps are invited to the monthly FOHA meetings to gain a broader understanding of what the Friends do for the school.

With lots of busy parents – we recommend sharing the role with 1 or more parents.

The Role in a Nutshell

Organising Class Social Events for Parents

  • Class coffee mornings and parents’ evenings are always good fun and the most effective way of helping parents get to know each other and generating a good team spirit in your class

School Events

  • FOHA hold a variety of fundraising and social events throughout the school year. Class Reps are asked to encourage attendance and rally volunteers. For larger events (our Easter Egg Hunt and the post Sports Day Celebration) it works best if each class is allocated a stall/task and Class Reps are responsible for coordinating the preparation, rota and clearing up


  • Some of our existing class reps send out weekly announcements via Classlist reminding class parents of upcoming class events/deadlines etc. They will often manage requests from the teachers such as bringing in extras for junk modelling or a themed week at school

Teacher's Presents 

  • If your class decides it wants to give the Teacher and the Teaching Assistant a Christmas or end of year present, the Class Reps will organise this. Class Reps also generally coordinate a card or similar for the teachers with messages from the children at Christmas and the end of year

Next Year's Reps

  • Towards the end of the year, please find at least one lovely volunteer to rep for next year!



Helen Camfield


Jess McGinty




Joanna Deegan


Ruth Penfold






Lucy Horsley & Lisa Alway

How we'll get in touch

Classlist at Harpenden Academy

Classlist is the way we share information from your Class reps and the Friends of Harpenden Academy. You can also use Classlist to communicate directly with other parents in your class: about school and non-school events. You can pay for school events online using Classlist and you can use it to organise parties or playdates.

Registering for Classlist

  • Visit
  • Click ‘Join here’.  Enter our school name “Harpenden Academy” click continue
  • Enter your basic information (name, email and a password you select)
  • Your application will be sent to our school Classlist admin team for approval. This step makes sure only Harpenden Academy parents are on our Classlist site
  • When approved, you will be sent an email letting you know you’re ready to go
  • Once you have access to Classlist, you can (if you wish) add more personal information (like your address and a photo) to your profile
  • Don’t forget to add to your safe senders list
  • better still – add the Classlist app to your phone
  • Classlist is registered with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office. This means it must meet obligations with regard to its data protection. Details are never passed to third parties
  • Free to users, Classlist makes its money selling advertising - we have experienced it to be minimal, relevant and non-intrusive

How you can get involved with Friends

Get Involved

Come to Meetings

All FoHA members are welcome to attend any of our meetings, even if you’re not a class representative or on the Committee. Don’t be shy! We meet roughly monthly, usually in the evening, and it’s always a relaxed occasion. Our meetings are social, welcoming and a great way to get to know your new school and other parents and carers.

Support Events

Many parents and carers have many commitments both in and out of the home and we appreciate how precious your time is. We make sure that when you do put your hand up to help, your contribution is enjoyable but never a chore. We usually need plenty of help both before and on the day to pull off events, so there is always something that can fit in with your schedule.

We realise that not everyone is able to give their time, so there are lots of other ways to show support. Please consider attending events and activities, making a fundraising purchase or donating items or money, all of which will contribute to the success of the events.sure that when you do put your hand up to help, your contribution is worthwhile and valuable. Most events for the coming year are already scheduled. We aim to be different and hold events you and your family will enjoy attending. But, we need plenty of help both before and on the day to pull them off.  You will be asked to help.

Be Your Class Rep

Harpenden Academy Class Reps are the link between teachers and parents and carers. They help build a sense of community amongst the school families. They are the teacher’s ‘go-to’ when information needs to be shared with all families in the class or when extra support is needed for things like school trips and activities.

We often have two or more reps from each class to help spread the responsibilities around, cover holidays, different drop off/pick up schedules and illnesses.

Volunteer in School

From time-to-time, the school asks for volunteers to help with activities taking place in school time with the children. Volunteering is incredibly valuable to the school and a fulfilling way to get involved.  You could volunteer for a regular slot (e.g. reading in class) or for special activities and school trips (great fun!).  Any volunteer who is likely to be in a 1-to-1 situation with a child needs a DBS check (criminal record check).  This is simple and free to do, but can take a few weeks for results to return - so please do get yours in advance so you are able to step up to join in!  Contact Kathryn Jackson in the school office to start the process.

Simple Ways to Help

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