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27/10/21

Come to our Sixth Form Open Evening. Thursday 11th November, 5-7pm - no need to register. It has never been easier to apply for Harris Garrard Academy's Sixth Form, thanks to our new online application form. Find out more at https://t.co/2KAdqHEiiU

14/10/21

Come to our 'Listening Ear' drop-in sessions, open to all families and students (primary, secondary and Sixth Form) on Wednesdays (9am to 1pm) during the holiday. It means we're OPEN during the break if you need to speak to someone. Details at https://t.co/6OzPjTl9L4 https://t.co/L0KRv2vTvU

13/10/21

Thank you to for excellent sessions on sexual harassment and gender-based violence at our Sixth Form yesterday. "A lot of teens do not acknowledge their actions, or the words they use, and the effects that these might have." Lydia, Year 12 https://t.co/NMwgA0ynfs https://t.co/RyGQ65R9M1

12/10/21

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What incredibly inspiring workshops w/30 awesome kids ranging from 11-15yrs old today academy. Delighted to co-host them w/#Andree & THE KIDS REALLY ARE ALRIGHT! 500 tree whips are going to a very deserving home🌳👏🏻 https://t.co/5BO8E2RP7T https://t.co/CRSGhTG2kE

12/10/21

We loved having you, thank you very much!

12/10/21

Less than a month now to our Sixth Form Open Evening, Thursday 11th November, 5-7pm - no need to register. Our staff and students look forward to meeting you! https://t.co/fGI5yEuTNm

12/10/21

Our Sixth Form students are off-timetable today engaging in workshops around and https://t.co/vdueeWfbpI

12/10/21

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Looking forward to presenting a workshop tomorrow w/ - Why designing & planting a woodland is a really empowering thing. It’s believing in a future & the generations to follow! Can’t wait to see the outcome 🌳🙏🏻💕

11/10/21

Amazing turnout today for the Year 10 boys' inter-hub competition. There was a lot of competitiveness shown throughout today. Every boy in Year 10 represented their hub with pride. Congratulations Active Science and Creative Voice for winning the match.

11/10/21

Good turnout today for the Year 10 girls' inter-hub competition. There was lots of intense games and quality on show today. Congratulations to Active Science and World Studies who came out on top today!

11/10/21

Our boys very much enjoyed playing football against St Gregory's, Tunbridge Wells, last week. A close match that went to penalties! Thank you to our hosts . . Report at https://t.co/ptGL18gBiR

07/10/21

Year 10 students combine their study of Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty with a scene from their GCSE English text, Jekyll and Hyde. https://t.co/ctAwvfedWN

04/10/21

Come to our Sixth Form , Thurs 11th Nov, 5-7pm - no need to register. We look forward to welcoming you . Find out more about our Sixth Form at https://t.co/2KAdqHEiiU https://t.co/HXOm9XG0xP

03/10/21

Thank you to everyone for coming to our Open Evening last week. Our final Open Morning of 2021 is on Monday 11th October, 9.15-9.45am. Details at https://t.co/YB4UPQ75Nx https://t.co/vDtj9WBINm

28/09/21

No need to register for our secondary on Thursday 30th September (5 - 7.30pm). Just come along! We look forward to meeting you. . Details https://t.co/2nPHpBOhHR https://t.co/gBiRMCF02j

28/09/21

Take a tour of our secondary school building on Fri 1st Oct, 9.15-9.45am. Register for our at https://t.co/aaSCMTAv1P https://t.co/YQfctSbTBb

28/09/21

For Year 9 boys it was the inter-hub competition yesterday. The teams represented their hubs amazingly and should be very proud of how they played. Congrats to World Studies and Creative Voice who both finished the tournament with eight points

28/09/21

Good turnout yesterday for the Year 9 girls inter-hub competition. Lots of fun and laughter. Congratulations to Active Science who came out on top (again!)

27/09/21

Don't miss the Harris Garrard Academy this Thurs 30th Sept, 5-7.30pm. We look forward to welcoming Year 6 students and parents. Watch a video intro from Head of Academy Steve West at https://t.co/svyu5AUgRf https://t.co/Ci8DMSFWi7

27/09/21

Students at Harris Garrard Academy are working with our advisor to learn how their education will help shape their futures https://t.co/sYnUQD0FPp

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Teaching & Learning

Our academy is a community in which we support and encourage each other to achieve our personal best. We combine the traditional values of discipline, respect and good behaviour with contemporary best practice in teaching, learning and technology.

Teachers take the time to get to know and understand each child. Whether they need to be stretched, are struggling, or are somewhere in the middle, we will always work to inspire the best in all our students. Children learn best when their school environment is safe, inclusive and welcoming. We have a culture of mutual respect between students and staff, and zero tolerance of bullying in any form.


Bringing learning alive

We provide students with a high quality education that raises standards and aspirations. This means:

  • Offering a full, broad and balanced curriculum, and helping every student find something he or she excels at
  • Keeping class sizes as small as possible, and employing teachers who make learning fun and engaging
  • Giving support to students who need it through extra tuition in literacy and numeracy
  • Offering a range of specialised courses for our Most Able students
  • Setting regular homework - for Year 7 students this will usually be two or three subjects per night
  • Encouraging debate, participation, and a spirit of enquiry.

How we approach lessons

To explain in a little more detail what goes on inside the classroom we've created a short document called Why we approach lessons the way we do. It sets out, for example:

  • the pedagogical research we have taken into account when planning lessons
  • what a typical lesson at Harris Garrard Academy might look like
  • the six pedagogical principles we use
  • how we use Rosenshine’s Principles and other up-to-date cognitive research to foreground our teaching approach in science
  • our approach to continuous professional development for our staff, including the pride our staff take in their own teaching practice
  • and the strategies we use in every lesson to aid learning (including ‘Do Now’ tasks, graphic organisers, and approaches to marking).

Download Why we approach lessons the way we do. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

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