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


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.


We're pleased to support 2022 at Harris Garrard Academy!


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!


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


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!


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!


"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!


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!


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.


Year 9 A-Side are enjoying the sunshine and learning about plants at RHS Wisley for their 4th Character Day of the year!


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.


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.


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"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!


Year 12 students making the most of the sun, and their dedicated outside area, during their mindfulness hour last Friday.


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!


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.


AC Slater from the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge came to HGA last week to support KS4 students in writing passionate speeches!


We welcomed author for and he delivered some fantastic workshops for budding KS3 writers


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Co-Curricular Activities

The academy offers a wide and rich co-curricular programme designed to nurture, develop and stretch the talents and interests of all students.

We want all pupils to be exposed to every possible opportunity that they might not have in their everyday life. Through the programme, students can gain the knowledge and cultural capital they need to become responsible, effective and active citizens.

Many of the co-curricular activities are open to students across both the primary and secondary phase. This provides a chance for students to develop social skills by communicating with pupils of all ages. In addition, Sixth Form students are encouraged to form, recruit for and run their own societies, or support staff in running clubs for younger students.

Clubs available for sign-up - secondary phase

Clubs are after school 3.10pm unless stated. Remember you will not be a member of a club until a signed permission slip is received.





Badminton (before school)

Miss F Picton


Rock climbing

Mr Rayner

Also Y11 with Mr West


Mr Mulhere



Mr Dennis

Girls Football

Mr Edaferhoro


Boxercise (also Y11)

Miss Ferran



Miss Ferran

Irish Dance

Miss Baker-Wells


Cooking Club

Miss Miller-Peart

Pure Dance  (also Y11 performing arts)

Miss Baker-Wells

K Club

Miss Khatun

Pure Musical Theatre

Miss Baker-Wells


Pure Drama

Miss Baker-Wells


Football (Y9)

Mr O’Connell

Language Club

Mr Rivo


Girls Football

Mr Edaferhoro

6th Form Performing Arts

Miss Baker-Wells


Miss Jackson


Pure Singing

Miss Baker-Wells


Coding Club

Mr Habing



Miss Presilia


(4.10pm Y11)

Mr Pexton

Football (Y8)

Mr O’Connell



Meanwhile, Elsewhere History Club

Miss PIckett


(4.10pm Y11)

Miss L Picton

Tag Rugby


Mr Rayner


HGA Business club


Miss Ogunmefun

Hand Embroidery

Miss Costa



Homework Support Club

Miss Pickett



Pampering club


Miss Ogunmefun


Miss Ali

Debate Club


Miss Hall



Music Club

Mr Dennis


(12:30pm – 1:10pm)

Mr Dennis









































Pupils are told about activities through Harris News and by their tutors. At the secondary phase we host a Co-Curriculum Fair each September. This is an opportunity for students to speak with the staff leading activities and to sign up for an activity. Permission slips are sent home so that parents are not only aware of the activities their child will attend, but also to encourage them to attend more and take an active role in this.

As a Harris Academy, we are also part of Harris Experience. This programme has been designed for the most able students from Year 9 onwards. It exposes them to a range of cultural experiences that take their learning well beyond the curriculum. Recent examples range from learning the art of auctioneering at Christie’s to a day of lectures at the University of Oxford.

Building resilience

One of the aims of our co-cuuricular programe, alongside our formal and informal curricular offer, is to develop resilience in our students to help them meet the challenges that modern day life brings.

When we devise the co-curricular offer we consider the following components that build resilience and offer development opportunities for our students outside of our core curriculum offer. These are known as the seven Cs of resilience:

  1. Competence
  2. Confidence
  3. Connection
  4. Character
  5. Contribution
  6. Coping
  7. Control

We encourage students to participate in activities that enable them to step outside of their normal comfort zone, whilst taking calculated risks and learning informally through mistsakes.

Measuring the impact

Registers are taken at every co-curricular activity so that we can track exactly who is attending which clubs, how many and how often. This is useful information for the school so that we can ensure that every pupil at HGA is given proper guidance in choosing activities and are positively reinforced; more pupils will then have access to these important activities. This information will also allow us to evaluate the co-curriculum programme regularly.

Enrichment last year

While the school was closed to most pupils due to Covid-19 we also ran an Enrichment at Home programme for all students.

Download our list of co-curricular clubs from November 2019 and January 2020.