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20/01/22

“I found that attending the University of Law has helped widen my knowledge on the potential opportunities that universities have for each student," Aleyna, Year 12. Read a report on our Year 12 trip to see the University of Kent today. https://t.co/3AyJ5THYro https://t.co/A0Fp7aoDSG

20/01/22

Year 9 exploring questions of Equality and Diversity https://t.co/AnfoZkFaMj

20/01/22

Year 7’s long walk back to the academy from Lesnes Abbey https://t.co/Aa3Hp9aJv6

20/01/22

Two of our Year 7 students found a display they made in primary school at Greenwich Maritime! https://t.co/PamO07Va56

20/01/22

Future Sea Captains from Year 7 trying out their skills in the ship simulator at the National Maritime Museum https://t.co/gVmqAfasQT

20/01/22

One of our Year 7 students preparing to set sail on our Character and Mindfulness Day trip to Greenwich Maritime - Cutty Sark https://t.co/CAlhzLsj5V

20/01/22

Vital education for Year 8 on Sexual Harassment on Character and Mindfulness Day https://t.co/We8NjncOxf

20/01/22

Year 8 exploring careers options with Unifrog on Character and Mindfulness Day https://t.co/XfKmFaGSC6

20/01/22

Year 7 exploring local history at Lesnes Abbey on Character and Mindfulness Day https://t.co/pddrNbeZ02

20/01/22

Our Year 9 students exploring Space and Flight at the Science Museum for Character and Mindfulness Day https://t.co/1J4UEG390C

20/01/22

Aspiring lawyer Qesser, Year 12, exploring the purpose-built court during a visit to the Univeristy of Kent today. https://t.co/OAu2zEf32D

20/01/22

Students in Year 12 on a visit to The University of Kent https://t.co/e3zuzW0kIR

20/01/22

Some of our Year 9 coding projects for our third Character and Mindfulness Day https://t.co/by7FmT2j2N

19/01/22

Congratulations to siblings Robiat and Muhammad for both reaching Reward Level 2 - an achievement to be proud of! We pride ourselves on all the academic and social successes of our students – and these siblings embody both. https://t.co/TFaI0EjD1u

11/01/22

Sixth Formers Javier, Ola, Lydia, Daniella, Alfie and Esther with a cheque for £250, raised by selling Christmas candy canes for the ocean conservation charity, . Great work! https://t.co/T9TUhgM9im

03/01/22

Important information about the start of term for our secondary students, including arrangements. Full details at https://t.co/jXH1lSOY4R https://t.co/lprnu70gJm

09/12/21

Our head student, Daniella, and Ola (head student of the future??!) sell candy canes to raise money for the ocean conservation charity, , (and some pizza for their Christmas party) https://t.co/W6aduMZDYK

03/12/21

Retweetd From LDNMayor Environment

Excellent blog from on the Mayor's Climate Kick-Start tree planting project at Academy https://t.co/C1PjpJ2bRZ

24/11/21

Amazing turnout for Year 7 and 8 girls football today. Lots of talent on show and some unbelievable moments! It was great to see everyone playing with a smile, while still being very competitive. Congratulations to Enterprise and Creative Voice who came out on top.

24/11/21

Good turnout today for the Year 7 & 8 Boys' inter-hub competition. There was lots of intense games and quality on show today. Congratulations to Enterprise who came out on top today!

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Academy Admissions

Welcome to the Harris Garrard Academy admissions information page, where you can find out more information about how to apply for a place at our school. 

Our full admissions policy, with details of our admissions criteria, can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.  Please see our news section for details of academy open days.


You can find useful information about school admissions in Bexley on the following website https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/schools-and-education/school-admissions.

The Common Application Form is available at https://www.eadmissions.org.uk/eAdmissions/app.

For primary admissions, please see the primary admissions page of the Bexley website.

If you do not live in Bexley, please contact your home Local Authority to find out how to apply. You can still apply for Bexley schools, but you need to apply on the form supplied by your home Local Authority.


Academy admissions contact details

Telephone: 020 8320 4800

Email: admissions@harrisgarrard.org.uk

Address: Yarnton Way, Thamesmead, Erith, Kent DA18 4DW

Admissions officer: Ly Nguyen


Reception and Year 7 admissions

We have 180 places in Year 7 in September 2022, and 90 reception places. We welcome students of all abilities and from all backgrounds. Applications for places will be made in accordance with local authority admission arrangements and will be made on the Common Application Form provided and administered by the local authority. The academy will work to the common admissions timetable agreed by Bexley Council for September 2022.  Admissions must be made via Bexley Council only and not directly to Harris Garrard Academy (see links at top of the page).


Admissions test - secondary phase

Where parents/carers name Harris Garrard Academy on the Common Application Form, their child/ward will be invited to sit our admissions test. We will write to all parents/carers with the exact time approximately one week before the testing day. If you have named more than one Harris Academy on the Common Application Form your child/ward will only need to sit the test ONCE and will be notified as to which academy will be contacting you with details of your child's/ward's appointment.  The testing date is Friday 10th December 2022.


Supplementary information form

If you require a concession in the admission test (for example for SEN or medical needs), you must complete the supplementary information form which can be downloaded from the bottom of the page and return it directly to the academy along with medical or professional evidence and proof of residence by the agreed date (to be confirmed) Please note that completion of a supplementary information form for Harris Garrard Academy does not constitute an application to the academy. You must complete the Local Authority Common Application Form as well.


Admissions booklet

The Admissions Booklet can be downloaded from the bottom of the page. The booklet is to be completed at the induction evening. Dates and times for the evening will be confirmed in the letter sent to parents/carers following the offer of a place at the academy.


Key dates

Year 7 admissions

1st November 2021

Common Application Forms returned to local authority

10th December 2021

Harris Academy Banding Test day

1st March 2022

Local authority informs parents/carers of allocated school

28th March 2022

Deadline for appeals to be made in writing to the academy

May/June 2022

Appeals heard

1st September 2022

Waiting list closed and replaced by casual admissions waiting lists. Parents/carers will need to re-apply as casual admission, if still waiting.


Primary admissions

17th January 2022

Common Application Forms returned to local authority

19th April 2022

National offer day will take place on 19 April 2022. If you apply online, you will receive the outcome by email on the evening of 16 April. Offers to paper applicants will be made by letter, posted on national offer day by first class mail.

29th April 2022

Last date for accepting and declining offers of places

June 2022

Appeals should be made in writing to the Academy/Appeals to be heard

1st September 2022

Waiting list closed and replaced by casual admissions waiting lists. Parents/carers will need to re-apply as casual admission, if still waiting.


Transition from primary school

The transition from primary to Key Stage 3 in secondary school is a big step and we do everything we can to make this as smooth as possible. In addition to transition meetings for individual students who may require additional help with the transfer process, we have a clear plan both for parents and students to ensure support at every step. The support we offer includes:

  • Presentations at primary schools prior to your applications
  • Parents’ evening for prospective parents
  • Morning drop-in sessions to see the academy during curriculum time
  • Year 6 taster sessions

Once students have joined Harris Garrard Academy and have started their first year with us, we also:

  • Review information from the primary school for each student to ensure we have a full picture of their prior experience.
  • Have a day just for Year 7 at the start of the autumn term, to enable them to become comfortable in their new environment
  • Have extended break and lunch for Year 7 students in the first week
  • Carry out baseline testing to ensure the correct support is given to every student relative to their learning needs
  • Introduce students early on to hub leaders, including Assistant Principal, Directors and Behaviour for Learning Leaders
  • Offer extra-curricular clubs to support individual students who may be finding the transition process unsettling
  • Offer a Parental Support Evening covering topics such as Literacy, Numeracy, ICT and Welfare

Appeals

Parent(s) wishing to appeal against the academy’s decision should complete an appeal form stating the reason for the appeal based on the published admissions criteria. The appeal form and guidance notes for appeals can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

Completed forms should be sent to: The Clerk to the Governors, Harris Garrard Academy, Yarnton Way, Thamesmead, Erith, Kent, DA18 4DW. For September 2022 intake the deadline for appeals is 28th March 2022 and appeals to be heard in May/June 2022.

The appeals will be heard in private by an Independent Appeal Panel. Appeals may be made in English or the parents’/carers’ first language. Only one appeal per application is allowed. Appeals are conducted in person, and you may bring a friend.


In-year applications

Please download our in-year application form from the bottom of the page. The academy coordinates in-year admissions for students wishing to join the academy mid-year. Parents/guardians should apply directly to the academy.

On receiving your application form, your child will be invited for an assessment test. This test is used solely for the purpose of assessing their current level of ability in order to be able to best place the vacant position like for like. If there are no vacant positions available, your child will be placed on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria found in the admissions policy. Please refer to the notes on the application form before completing.

Please note, giving false or deliberately misleading information on this form and/or supporting information may render the application invalid, or lead to any offer made being withdrawn.

Parents/Carers will have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel if they are dissatisfied with an admission decision of the academy. The Appeal Panel will be independent of the academy. The arrangements for Appeals will be in line with the Code on School Admission Appeals published by the Department for Education. The determination of the appeal panel will be made in accordance with the Code on School Admission Appeals and is binding on all parties. The academy will prepare guidance for parents/carers about how the appeals process will work and provide parents/carers with a named contact who can answer any enquiries parents/carers may have about the process


Frequently asked questions

Q.        Will my child be added to your waiting list if he/she is not immediately successful?

A.         Yes, if your application is not immediately successful, your child will be placed on the waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria found in the admissions policy.

Q.        Will I be able to find out where my child is on the waiting list?

A.          We would not be able to give the exact position or number of your child if it is Primary to Secondary Transfer until after the start of the September term. 

Q.        Will I be informed about my child’s test results?

A.         Test results are not given out as it is not a pass or fail test, it is a test to place applicants into the correct ability band.  Applicants are chosen from every ability band, but each selection will be made from the ability band that has become available in the academy.


Sixth Form admissions

Admissions are co-ordinated by the Harris Federation. For further details, including how to apply, visit www.harrissixthform.org.uk. Sixth Form entry requirements will also shortly be downloadable below.


Admission arrangements for 2022-23

The Governing Body of Harris Garrard Academy met in February 2021 to review and consider the responses of the admissions consultation. After careful review the Governing Body has agreed to determine the admissions arrangements for 2022-23. The determined admission arrangements can be found below.

Determined Admissions Policy 2022-23

Determined Banding Test - Special Concessions 2022-23

Determined Fair Banding Policy 2022-23

Determined In-Year Admissions Application Form 2022-23

Determined Sixth Form Admission Application Form (External Candidates) 2022-23

Determined Sixth Form Admission Application Form 2022-23

Determined Sixth Form Request for Admission Outside of Normal Age Group 2022-23

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