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What a wonderful afternoon for sports day. Thank you for hosting the event was enjoyed by all. Well done to Sapphire overall winners of the day.


What a fun and busy day Elmer class have had! We started the day with a lovely walk followed by a skipping workshop. We then rounded up the afternoon with some calming art work.


Year 2 enjoying the skipping workshop.


Team Shakespeare enjoyed a phenomenal skipping session this morning and demonstrated some super awesome skipping skills!


Team Shakespeare enjoyed a phenomenal skipping session this morning and demonstrated some super awesome skipping skills!


Some excellent skipping by year 4 Great resilience by the children


Thank you to for a fabulous French language taster in year 6 this morning


A fabulous active start to the morning in Tolkien with Dan The Skipping Man


Harpenden Academy have achieved Gold


Great start to Sports Week in Year 6 !


Great start to sports week for Milne Class. Some extra hockey practice before sports day.


Dahl class mathematicians enjoying using manipulatives in our volume lesson today


An excellent start by Harpenden Academy at district sports last night. We look forward to finishing off the event next week


Can you guess which play Potter Class are learning a line from?


Potter Class recreated lines from a scene of A Midsummer Nights Dream using freeze frame. Can you guess what they have created?


Potter Class have been lucky enough to see a warm up the fight scenes of Henry V11 being performed this afternoon at


Year 3 starting their tour of today! We have learned that this is the third theatre to be built!


Potter Class are having a super day in London so far spotting the sights and now ready for our workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe


Year 3 have turned into Stone Age cave artists this afternoon! We learned how Stone Age people told stories of their hunts on the cave walls and how they used natural materials for paint. We used charcoal to create our shapes to tell our story


Final group having their pedestrian skills training


Group 2 completing their pedestrian skills


Year 4, Group 1 pedestrian crossing training.


To end year 5 and 6 are enjoying a fairground afternoon filled with ice lollies and fun activities


Year 3 & 4 extravaganza afternoon , what a lovely way end well being week. Thank you FOHA


Great dancing year 4


Well-being week: connect. Today Team Shakespeare have connected by having free play with their friends. In addition, they have participated in a well-being circle time where they each shared their favourite well-being- boosting activity!


As part of well-being week Year 3 have taken part in some yoga and meditation activities. We spent time just being still and enjoying how it makes us feel.


Dahl class had a super busy active morning; swimming lesson, PE in the park and then our dance session!


Lovely dance session for year 3 & 4. Smiles all round@


KS1 are channeling our inner dancer as part of well being week.#Wellbeing


Lovely art session this afternoon in Year 3 & 4. What a lovely way to start celebrate wellbeing week


Dahl class started our well-being week with a fantastic art afternoon. Using both chalks and paints.


Year six kicking off well-being week with a collaborative chalk art activity.


Year six kicking off well-being week with a collaborative chalk art activity.


Enjoying a well-being activity this afternoon in Tolkien class as part of ‘Wellbeing Week’. Lovely to see children making their own choices with regards to design and the media they are using and employing skills they have learnt this year


KS1 kicking off Well-being Week with some mindful art and team work.


Year 4 investigating the porosity of limestone,


Miss Alshamari’s group braving the blind trail


Miss Alshamari’s group crate stacking and kayaking


Dream teams 14 and 15 raft building and racing at sunset

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






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 & Sophia Tomlinson


Amy Hambridge & Jess McGinty


Alison Sharma


Joanna Deegan


Dhanmita Boodhna & Ruth Penfold


Andrea Khan


Sarah Elderton


Lisa Alway & Lucy Horsley

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

Raise money for our school when shopping online. Simply choose “Friends of Harpenden Academy” as your charity on the below websites.

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2020/2021 Fundraising Priorities

We regularly meet with our Headteacher to discuss ways that FOHA can help fundraise for projects across the school.

Our 2020/21 fundraising priorities are:

  • Elmer class garden space renovation
  • Technology upgrades for the pupils
  • Much needed new books for the library

We aim to assist in completing these projects by holding various fundraising events, activities and initiatives throughout the year.

Thanks for all of your support!

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