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23/05/22

Children can pick up a free healthy packed lunch from libraries and leisure centres during the May half-term, excluding the bank holidays. There's no need to register beforehand, just come along. Locations and serving times at https://t.co/yODJSl35al https://t.co/mf7naxlcZT

19/05/22

This week our primary team competed in the 3v3 Bexley borough finals with the winners representing Bexley at . The team performed excellently to win the event with scores of 8-0, 16-0 and 8-0 in the final. https://t.co/Q9ZyZiGz5X

17/05/22

We're pleased to support 2022 at Harris Garrard Academy! https://t.co/TLmeHs0kvw

11/05/22

Students celebrate their success in the Scholars Programme, with a graduation ceremony at SOAS University of London. They studied peace, conflict & gender with a PhD scholar and wrote 1500-word essays. We are very proud of our scholars! https://t.co/MXb09flSML https://t.co/sbEGwdXhxb

09/05/22

Harris Garrard's Tag rugby team participated in their second mini-league event. They performed excellently winning 7-3 and 5-1, and we look forward to the final event in a few weeks time https://t.co/qZH9MGyDCI

25/04/22

Harris Garrard's girls rugby team competed in Kent schools' tournament recently. They were fantastic, making it all the way to the final. It was great to see over 100 primary school girls engaging in tag . Well done team! https://t.co/604C3oIxaW https://t.co/uInmW6vSMN

12/04/22

Year 7 pick up litter in for 's campaign. Thank you to , who loaned us litter-picking equipment and removed the rubbish we collected. V proud of our students! https://t.co/jbHoBhXSUb https://t.co/haVXd36kEB

28/03/22

"Something wicked this way comes..." Today, our Year 11s were treated to a trip to The Globe to see a performance of their GCSE English Literature text, Shakespeare's Macbeth! https://t.co/8HvFI7zprG

28/03/22

Our Year 1 & 2s really enjoyed taking part in the football festival. The teams had great fun, scoring lots of goals and using teamwork. Thank you to for organising and we look forward to their next event! https://t.co/mBOIcXoXSI

24/03/22

Today, Year 8 supported by the humanities department, enjoyed a day on the Thames, taking in London’s most famous landmarks. Staff and students enjoyed playing guess the landmark and waving to tourists. https://t.co/3l3kmbA5B9

24/03/22

Year 9 A-Side are enjoying the sunshine and learning about plants at RHS Wisley for their 4th Character Day of the year! https://t.co/1doMnUQ0HI

23/03/22

Our Easter Holiday 'Listening Ear' drop-in sessions are for all HGA parents and students (primary, secondary and Sixth Form). Come along on Weds 6th April (9am-1pm) and Weds 13th April (9am-1pm) if you fancy a chat with our staff or need some support. We'd love to see you. https://t.co/OzvQFwWkwM

22/03/22

Last Friday, we were visited by a very special member of the community, Abena Oppong-Asare, our local MP and Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. "She shared her journey into politics with us and was truly an inspiration," said Head Student, Daniella. https://t.co/qiBHvsquUX

21/03/22

Retweetd From Consejería de Educación Reino Unido e Irlanda

"It was great to meet the students from years 5 and 6 at Primary School who participated in the Spanish Workshop “Los detectives culturales” ¡Enhorabuena chic por el gran trabajo! https://t.co/PL9AbR75HF

21/03/22

Year 12 students making the most of the sun, and their dedicated outside area, during their mindfulness hour last Friday. https://t.co/ukoe04wjLM

17/03/22

Harris Garrard had their first tag rugby mini-tournament this week. They put their learning from our PE lessons to good use winning both games, 5-2 and 4-2. Everyone had great fun and we look forward to the next one! https://t.co/b3AVIkaxMW

15/03/22

Last week our boys played a cup fixture against Fairford Academy. After a great match in wet conditions, we came out on top winning 5-2. Harris Garrard now progresses to play Danson Primary in the semi-finals. https://t.co/O73EvP5LkJ

06/03/22

AC Slater from the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge came to HGA last week to support KS4 students in writing passionate speeches! https://t.co/C0mDFf03VX

06/03/22

We welcomed author for and he delivered some fantastic workshops for budding KS3 writers https://t.co/39oT7gx2lD

03/03/22

Retweetd From Bexley School Games

A great effort from all involved https://t.co/3l2DW2TD4O

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Careers

“Careers education is about inspiration and aspiration as much as advice.”

At Harris Garrard Academy we believe a good quality Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme increases the aspirations and achievement of every student and supports our core vision, “Learning Changes Lives”.

At an early age, children are exposed to careers and work-related information that develops their sense of enquiry not only about careers and higher/further education but also about their individual skills and aptitudes.

Our Careers Lead is Kimberley Ferran k.ferran@harrisgarrard.org.uk

Read our latest news stories about careers.

Click HERE to download our Careers Policy 2021-22

Click HERE to download our Provider Access Policy 2021-22

Click HERE to download our Careers Delivery Plan 2021-22

Click HERE to download our higher education booklet 2021-22


Our careers vision

The vision of our careers team is that students will leave our academy with the drive and ambition to accomplish their chosen career pathway, and that they will become ambitious, successful, caring citizens equipped with the confidence and skills capable of making decisions in any given situation.


How can our parents/carers support our careers programme?

We recognise that parents/carers come from many different work backgrounds and can also contribute to helping our students make informed decisions. Therefore, if you are able to offer some time to deliver an occupational talk, host a stand at our annual careers fair, or are able to take a student for a work experience placement we would eagerly welcome you contacting James Case on 020 8320 4800 or j.case@harrisgarrard.org.uk.


How do we prepare students for the future?

Harris Garrard Academy understands that all students need to prepare themselves for progression through learning and education into adulthood. We aim to prepare students for life after school by providing information on the ever-changing future occupations and progression routes to sixth form, college, university or work/apprenticeships.

We are committed to providing a varied programme of activities for all students from Year 7 to Year 13 and beyond. Various careers-related opportunities are provided via a number of different methods such as:

  • assemblies
  • careers focused themes each half-term
  • careers fairs
  • Character & Mindfulness Days
  • practise careers interviews
  • career workshops
  • trips to employers and universities (actual or virtual)
  • and visiting speakers (including virtual talks).

The academy utilises the expertise of the Harris Federation Careers Advisor who supports students on a regular basis. Students also have the opportunity to book a personal appointment with the Harris Federation Careers Advisor by emailing gnade.gahoua@harrisfederation.org.uk. These sessions can be 1-2-1 or completed in a group.

We offer particular support for SEND students. The aim is to provide activities and events that meet the needs of the individual students. We offer independent and impartial careers guidance to support career and option choices, raising the aspirations of individual students and equipping them with the necessary skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding.


Useful careers websites

Harris Careers Education - aims to advise, support and inspire you, making sure that you get to where you want to be.

Start in Bexley - brings together the best information and inspiration about careers and study in the local area and beyond.

Unifrog.org - the complete destinations platform.

BBC Bitesize careers - Whether you’re deciding what to study, taking your exams, planning a career, or just curious, this site explains the world of work, with advice from people who've found the right path for them.

icould.com - real stories to inspire your career.

skillsbuilder.org - how to build essential skills at every stage of your life.


The Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are at the heart of the careers programme. These are eight benchmarks covering different areas of quality career curriculum (see below).

GATSBY BENCHMARKS


Evaluation of the careers programme, student voice and pupil impact

All of our events are evaluated by pupils in some way, either verbally or through a formal evaluation procedure. For example, after our careers fair in February 2019, pupils were given an evaluation form to complete where they could provide feedback on the evening. This data was then collated and analysed so that we can improve next year’s event. Student voice is extremely important to us in the academy and all suggestions are considered as ways to improve the pupils experience.

85% of pupils that attended our careers fair in February 2019 agreed that the event helped them in choosing their future career, and 97% of pupils would recommend the event to younger pupils for next year. Next year pupils would like to have more of the interactive workshops, as well as more leaflets for them to take away.

Careers booklets will be given to all Year 11 pupils as a method of tracking their career progression throughout their time at the academy. All one-to-one interviews with our Level 7 trained Careers Advisor are logged and tracked, as well as their destinations data being kept up to date.

Year 11 higher education booklet 2021-22


Destinations

The information, advice and guidance we give our students helps them with the transition from Year 11 to Post 16. 

Destinations data for our 2020/21 cohort are given below.

Year 11 cohort - 2021 leavers

  • Staying in education or training 93%
  • Apprenticeship 2.8%
  • Data not yet collected 2.8% 
  • NEET 1.4%

Year 13 cohort - 2021 leavers

  • Employment 7.5%
  • Staying in education or training 87.5%
  • FSM Staying in education or training 100%
  • SEN Staying in education or training 80%
  • Apprenticeship 0%
  • NEET 5%

Destinations data for our 2019/20 cohort are given below.

Year 11 cohort - 2020 leavers

  • Staying in education or training 89.9%
  • Apprenticeship 2.1%
  • Activity not captured in the data 6.4%
  • NEET 1.4%

Year 13 cohort - 2020 leavers

  • Employment 0%
  • Staying in education or training 85.7%
  • FSM Staying in education or training 100%
  • SEN Staying in education or training 87.5%
  • Apprenticeship 7.1%
  • NEET 14.3%

Provider Access Policy/Baker clause

This policy statement sets out our arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the Academy from Year 8 through to Year 13, for the purpose of giving them information on a wide range of education and training providers both academic and vocational. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

In line with the Baker clause, our academy gives students access to other FE colleges and training providers from Years 8- 13 to discuss non-academic routes that are available; this includes main Federation events such as Next Steps, where colleges and training providers are encouraged to attend, as well as academy initiatives guided by the careers link and the careers adviser. 

In addition to this, the  dedicated Harris Careers website outlines all of the Post 16 options. Students also have individual and guided access to Unifrog from Year 7 which offers additional impartial information. This outlines all educational routes that they may wish to consider.

Harris Careers Education