The Garrard Choir already in London for the festival! Come and join us- free entry at the Scoop! 1pm


Check out our extensive list of co-curricular clubs for this term. We've got something for everyone including and much more. See you at a club soon! Full list at


You can now download all this term's Knowledge Organisers from the page of our website at


The Year 6 Choir has just arrived at St George the Martyr Church for the final rehearsal for the Totally Thames Festival performance which is this Sunday!


Open evening and mornings at Harris Garrard Academy, Sept and Oct 2019. See all four dates at First one, Tues 1 Oct, 5.30pm. Our teachers and students look forward to welcoming you!


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Our students are celebrating some excellent results today! “I want to congratulate our Year 11 on these fantastic results, which indicate the enormous progress they have made during their secondary education." Mr Everitt, Executive Principal. Find out more


Celebrating some fantastic results at HGA! A huge well done to all of our students we are incredibly proud of you.


Don't forget our school is OPEN to students and families tomorrow and every Weds during the holiday (9am to 1pm) if you'd like to chat to our staff about anything on your mind (tea and biscuits on offer)! Find out more


Students, parents, carers... got something on your mind? Kim and Lisa are in school today (9am to 1pm) so why not pop along and say hello. We're OPEN every Weds morning during the holidays for anyone in our community who wants a 'listening ear' (and maybe tea and biscuits!)


Want to talk someone? Need support? Don't forget the school is OPEN to all students and parents/carers tomorrow and every Weds during the holiday (9am to 1pm). Everyone welcome. Tea waiting! Find out more


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After eight years (my placement school) it’s the end of an era. Thanks for all the heartfelt cards and gifts and to everyone has helped me over the years. Of all the lovely messages in cards, this is by far my favourite.


Royal Borough of are offering free meals for children during the holidays through their Holiday Meals Mobile Kitchen. Find out more


Happy holidays everyone! But don't forget we are OPEN to students and families every Weds during the holiday (9am to 1pm) if you need to speak to someone. Come along and meet some staff for support, a chat and maybe a cup of tea! Find out more


Find out how Year 4 have been working with our secondary teachers to add depth and challenge to their and lessons in Year 4. at its best!


So much to celebrate at our secondary Academy Awards Evening!! 🎉 🏆 🎊 🥇#dontwishforitworkforit


Year 4 really enjoyed learning about historic costumes, etiquette and dance . They got to make and take home wax candles as well. A great day out and great learning too!


Congrats to our students who competed so well in the Sports Day yesterday. Fantastic day! Special mentions: Samuel (Yr 9), Samuel (Yr 10), Jefferey (Yr 7), AJ (Yr 7), Leoni (Yr 9). But all 27 of our competitors showed great maturity and


Our coaches are on their way back from sports day, but we are experiencing some delays due to traffic. Great efforts from our competitors today - well done!


Come to our 'Listening Ear' drop-in sessions, every Wed (9am to 1pm), from 31st July until 28th Aug. It means we're OPEN during the Summer holidays if you need to speak to someone, meet some staff or just have a chat and a cup of tea! All our families and students very welcome!

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Welcome to the careers page at Harris Garrard Academy.

We hope you find the below information useful. This page was designed by the Careers Ambassadors team (pictured below) and Ms Biosah. We will continue to update the page throughout the year. If you have any queries regarding careers, please contact Ms Biosah at or on 020 8320 4800.

The Harris Garrard Careers Ambassadors

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

The world has changed greatly in the last 20 years with many people working in jobs today that simply didn’t exist when their parents left education.

The idea of a ‘job for life’ has disappeared. What’s important is to recognise these exciting new opportunities that are available and to gain the knowledge, skills and expertise that will enable you to work in those areas. You can download our higher education booklets below.

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 Early Years Foundation Stage to Year 13 and beyond. Various careers-related opportunities are provided via a number of different methods such as assemblies, tutor time programme, careers fairs, character days, practise careers interviews, career workshops, trips to employers and universities, and visiting speakers. The academy utilises the expertise of the Harris Federation Careers Advisor who supports students on a regular basis either during drop in sessions or also for booked appointments. 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.

Please see a summary of the HGA Careers Programme for all years below. If you require further information on our programmes, please contact Ms Biosah at or on 020 8320 4800.



Type of Activity

Provider Access

All year

Assembly programme – All Years

  • Labour market trends
  • Raising aspirations




February 2019

Careers Fair – Years 5,6,9-13

An evening was put on for pupils to speak with external visitors to discuss career options.

A range of employers and higher education providers attended.

Information Evening

External Providers

All year

Tutor time programme – All Years

As part of the tutor time programme (taught by tutors during the week) students cover a variety of careers related key skills such as:

  • Listening and presenting
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Creativity
  • How their curriculum links to their careers
  • Employability

Tutor time programme


All year

Careers Ambassadors

Four pupils have been appointed as Careers Ambassadors. They had to apply and interview for the role. So far they have:

  • Helped to plan the Careers Fair
  • Created posters to raise awareness of careers
  • Every Friday morning they meet with one peer and discuss career options with them



November 2018

Character Day – Year 7

Workshops were ran on rotation so that pupils covered a variety of topics/skills, such as:

  • Interview skills
  • Internships
  • Types of work you can do.

Thematic Day


November 2018

University visits – Year 10 and Sixth form

All year 12 students must visit at least one university during the summer term, and a variety of visits are facilitated by the sixth form team. Years 12 and 10 visited Sussex University.

University Visits


March 2019

Character Day – Year 9

Workshops were ran on rotation so that pupils covered a variety of topics/skills, such as:

  • Interview skills
  • Apprenticeships
  • CV writing
  • Life Skills
  • Entrepreneurship

Thematic Day

Internal and External

March 2019

Career advisor tutor time session and Looking ahead forms – Year 11

Each year 11 tutor group filled out a looking ahead form which gathers data on intended destinations and interest in potential career pathways, allowing the careers team to target further interventions.

The intention was to engage tutors with the career aspirations of their tutees and to determine intended destinations.

Tutor Time


3rd April 2019

Federation Careers Fair

Sixth Formers attended a large careers fair at Harris Crystal Palace to meet a wide variety of employers, further and higher education providers.

Careers Fair

Harris Crystal Palace

All Year

Careers Interviews – Years 11, 12, 13 and 10 so far.

Students identified as in need and/or students put forward by tutors have ‘early action planning’ careers meetings, setting targets for Key Stage 4 and beginning to think about work experience.

Careers advisor interviews

Federation Advisor

All Year

Personal Careers Guidance – All Years

Every Thursday and Friday break and lunch time pupils are able to visit the careers advisor as a drop in session, which has been very popular.

Personal Guidance

Federation Advisor

All year

Sixth Form Assembly Programme

  • UCAS
  • Employability skills
  • The world of work
  • Labour market trends
  • Aspirations
  • First Impressions



All year

Tutor time programme – Sixth Form

The sixth form delivered tutor time programme (taught by tutors during the week) covers a variety of careers-related themes such as:

  • Study skills & independent learning
  • UCAS and personal statement writing
  • Personal finance
  • Employability skills
  • Social media cultivation and technological literacy

Tutor time programme

Assistant Principal for Sixth Form

November 2018

University visits – Year 10 and Sixth form

All Year 12 students must visit at least one university during the summer term, and a variety of visits are facilitate by the sixth form team. Years 12 and 10 visited Sussex University.

University visits


8th to 12th July 2019

Careers enhancement week

All year 12 students are required to complete 1 week of work experience at the end of Year 12. They are supported by the Academy in finding and completing this.

Work Experience

Assistant Principal for Sixth Form

16th July 2019

Employability Workshops

Year 12 students are attending a day of workshops called a WOW day. The workshops are:

  • ‘Apprenticeships’ delivered by Cap Gemini
  • ‘Raising your Digital Profile’ – Department of Work and Pensions
  • ‘Interview Skills’ – Delivered by Pathway
  • ‘Balancing studying while working’ delivered by Pearson


Employability Workshops


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 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 pupils starting in September 2019 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.

We also 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 really welcome you contacting Youlande Biosah on 020 8320 4800 or

Year 10 higher education booklet

Year 11 higher education booklet

Labour market trends

We believe that young people need access to up-to-date careers and labour market information as it is important for social mobility. Many pupils have high aspirations but are unaware of how to plan for succeeding with them. Therefore, we provide information, guidance and explicit teaching of:

  • employability skills, career pathways and progression routes in the local labour market
  • job applications and interviews
  • educational institutions, courses, qualifications, entry requirements and costs
  • employment sectors, employers, jobs, salaries and employment trends
  • jobs, training and apprenticeships
  • financial planning

Up-to-date labour market information can be found of the government’s website at:


The information, advice and guidance we give our students helps them with the transition from Year 11 to Post 16.  Destinations data for our 2017/18 cohort are given below.

Year 11 cohort - 2018 leavers

  • Staying in education or training 93.4%
  • Apprenticeship 2.2%
  • Left the UK 0.7%
  • Activity not captured in the data 2.9%
  • NEET 0.7%

Year 13 cohort - 2018 leavers

  • Employment 8.7%
  • Staying in education or training 73.9%
  • Apprenticeship 8.7%
  • Activity not captured in the data 4.3%

Employers and visitors from other external organisations

Thank you to all the external organisations we have worked with including: The Department for Working Pensions; Criterion Theatre; PricewaterhouseCoopers; London Ambulance Service; Toolroom Records; Parenta; North Kent College; All Dimension; Pathway CTM; Ernest and Young; Army Cadets; Charlton Athletic; White Hat; London College of Performing Arts; National Apprentice Service; Newcastle University of London; NCS; Cap Gemini; and Pearson.

Access to external providers/speakers

We welcome outside speakers and organisations to contribute to our careers programme. An organisation wishing to request access should contact Youlande Biosah on 020 8320 4800 or Requests will be considered in line with our visiting speaker procedure within our safeguarding policy.

This page is up to date as of Monday 1st July 2019. The page will next be reviewed in October 2019.


Harris Careers Education