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


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


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


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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🌳👏🏻


We loved having you, thank you very much!


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!


Our Sixth Form students are off-timetable today engaging in workshops around and


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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 🌳🙏🏻💕


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.


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!


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


Year 10 students combine their study of Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty with a scene from their GCSE English text, Jekyll and Hyde.


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


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


No need to register for our secondary on Thursday 30th September (5 - 7.30pm). Just come along! We look forward to meeting you. . Details


Take a tour of our secondary school building on Fri 1st Oct, 9.15-9.45am. Register for our at


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


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!)


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


Students at Harris Garrard Academy are working with our advisor to learn how their education will help shape their futures

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Character & Mindfulness Days

At Harris Garrard Academy we believe that Character is Key. To that end, Character and Mindfulness Education is a strand which runs throughout the curriculum, encompassing academic lessons, out of class activities, dedicated Character and Mindfulness lessons as well as Character and Mindfulness Days.

Character and Mindfulness Days give students the opportunity to explore the world and issues beyond their regular timetabled lessons, in order to enable them to broaden and deepen their knowledge of themselves, their wider community, and the world.

Click HERE to view our Character and Mindfulness Day plan for 2021-22.

In doing so, students can develop their cultural capital and the life skills they need to improve their confidence, resilience and independence. Areas which have been explored on previous Character and Mindfulness Days have included:

  • Equality, diversity, inclusion and mental health, including healthy coping strategies and managing challenge and change
  • Outdoor education, encompassing not only the importance of nature but also the environmental impact of humans
  • Careers, including target setting for the future, understanding the world of work, as well as the opportunity to work with a multinational company (GSK) to develop transferrable skills for future careers.

How we measure their impact

The impact of these days is measured through both qualitative and quantitative feedback from students, which is then analysed to ensure that desired outcomes, in terms of improving student access to a range of valuable experiences, are met, and to inform future planning, thus ensuring that these days continue to provide students with the very best knowledge and experiences beyond the classroom. 

Character and Mindfulness Days 2020-21 - what happened?

Character and Mindfulness Day 1 – Friday 9th October 2020. In direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the theme for our first Character and Mindfulness Day in 2020-21 was mental health and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). Click HERE to download an outline of the content for the day.

Character and Mindfulness Day 2 – Tuesday 1st July 2021. Character Day 2 for KS3 was centred around outdoor education and the environement. This helped to equip all our students with an understanding of the natural world and how to protect it. Click HERE to download an outline of the content for the day.

Character and Mindfulness Day 3 – Wednesday 14th July 2021. Character Day 3 was centred around careers. We believe it is important for all students to be aware of the labour market in the surrounding area. Using the local context and the interests of each year group we planned a bespoke series of sessions. Students completed a survey based on their career interests, which we used to help plan Character Day 3. Click HERE to download an outline of the content for the day.