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19/05/24

📚✏️ Even on a Saturday, over 120 of our dedicated students showed up to hit the books! We're incredibly proud of their hard work and determination. Keep shining! 💪👏 pic.twitter.com/RyXBLgI13d

04/05/24

Year 11 aced their maths walking talking mock with Mr Sadiq this Saturday! 🧠💯 They tackled high-mark questions, got expert feedback, and leveled up their exam skills. 📚✨ Couldn't be prouder of this hardworking crew - they're ready to crush the GCSE! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/R1gSRW145B

29/04/24

Year 10 students rocked their Rise workshop today with ! 🌟 They completed challenges to work collaboratively, develop problem-solving and teamwork skills, and gain work experience. 💼🧠💡 pic.twitter.com/jIM5I55z2b

26/04/24

Fasten your seatbelts 🛂 Year 11, we're about to take off! 🛫 Hoping for a smooth flight ✈️ and successful departure! 🛬 pic.twitter.com/b5MFjEkJ3V

26/04/24

🏆 Year 9 boys football team 🥅 through to Harris Cup semi-final! 🔥 Determined to retain trophy after thrilling 6-5 win! 🙌 Player of the match Chetam scores winner! 🏃‍♂️ Great team effort and resilience! 🏆 pic.twitter.com/WD3KisjVwn

26/04/24

Saddle up for an unforgettable day at the British Racing School! 🏇 took us on a thrilling journey, revealing the secrets of horse care and the paths to becoming a champion jockey. 🏆 Hooves thundering, hearts racing - an experience we'll never forget! 🐎 pic.twitter.com/5x6w3aj6De

27/03/24

🌟 Our amazing pupils showcased incredible 'Character (to)day' diving into a variety of topics & activities! 🚀 Year 7s showed immense Courageous Advocacy, delving into Bee habitats and acing the Big School litter pick! 🐝🗑️ pic.twitter.com/zt2ebNR4ea

27/03/24

Ahoy there! ⚓️ The Year 9 crew from HGA set sail today for the Maritime Museum in Greenwich. 🌊 Anchors aweigh for a character-filled adventure on the high seas! ⛵️🌟 pic.twitter.com/yTfUrlmJjh

26/03/24

🏐🎉 Incredible news! Our year 8 netball team has smashed their way to the Harris Cup semi-finals! 🌟👏 Big shoutout to our amazing players, especially the year 7 stars shining bright! 🌟✨ Let's cheer them on as they face ! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/E4mK2T0cAT

20/03/24

🚀 Kicking off Creative Careers 2024! 🎨 Students are diving into a world of possibilities, exploring diverse pathways in the creative industry. 📸#CreativeCareers2024 pic.twitter.com/otVpl4Ua0K

20/03/24

We are officially 8th best school in London for Indoor Athletics!This week, our primary team took part in the SHA finals. The team, who represented competed against the 11 other best boroughs in London. Huge congrats to our students and pic.twitter.com/3SK9s4WLpc

19/03/24

🌟 Thrilled to share moments from the Speak Out Regional Final! 🎤 Megan Farr and May Mbabazi shone brightly, representing Harris Garrard Academy with their powerful voices. A celebration of young talent and the magic of expression. ✨ pic.twitter.com/yI8GICW9uF

15/03/24

Off to the we go, with Year 8 in tow, to witness love's timeless tale in a contemporary glow. Thanks to ’s generous sponsorship, Shakespeare's words will leap and dip. 🎭💔 pic.twitter.com/ezNpvHdema

08/03/24

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07/03/24

📚✨ The halls of HGA have transformed into a literary wonderland as our secondary staff channel their inner bookworms, dressing up as their favorite book characters! From the whimsical to the wicked, can you guess the characters? 📸🎭 pic.twitter.com/y8azMifcNq

06/03/24

The yr5/6 Netball final took place between today.Both teams have done exceptionally well to reach the final & were undefeated in their league so we knew we were in for a close game

05/03/24

The yr5/6 Netball final took place between today.Both teams have done exceptionally well to reach the final & were undefeated in their league so we knew we were in for a close game

01/03/24

Just wrapped up another fantastic week at HGA, proving that even when the skies open up, we find our pot of gold in the learning of our students. 🌈 https://t.co/jKjPQHPkQ2

01/03/24

HGA Sixth Formers' visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau was a powerful reminder of history's darkest chapters. Their solemn reflections will echo in our hearts and history classes. pic.twitter.com/k1CaBME2Ns

29/02/24

Excited to kick off day 1 of the Y12 Biology Residential! 🌿 Stay tuned for updates, insights, and all the fascinating discoveries we'll make together! pic.twitter.com/6nqWUWrZBE

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Character & Mindfulness Education

One of the academy’s mantras is ‘Character is Key’. This is constantly referred to by staff and is reiterated regularly during assemblies, timetabled lessons, break and lunch times, Character and Mindfulness lessons and throughout our Character and Mindfulness Days.

Our curriculum and education provision aim to develop the following character traits in our students:

  • Determined resilience
  • Aspirational work ethic
  • Moral awareness and tolerance
  • Emotional capacity and understanding
  • Fulfilment and enjoyment

Character and Educational Attainment

Research suggests supporting the development of character traits such as these can improve educational attainment, engagement with school, and attendance. A literature review for the Education Endowment Foundation and Cabinet Office found that:

  • High self-efficacy, or self-belief, is associated with better performance, more persistence and greater interest in work
  • Highly-motivated children (linked to tenacity), who are driven internally and not by extrinsic rewards, show greater levels of persistence and achievement
  • Good self-control (or self-regulation, the ability to delay gratification) is associated with greater attainment levels
  • Having good coping skills (part of being able to bounce back) is associated with greater well-being.

Other studies have suggested that:

  • Schools which develop character well help drive equity and social mobility for their pupils
  • Access to character-development opportunities in schools can lead pupils that take part to be highly motivated, report fewer absences and have lower levels of emotional distress, for example.

Character and Mindfulness Days

The academy has a thoughtful and ambitious curriculum that is designed to give all pupils the knowledge and cultural capital they need to become confident, resilient and independent.

To help achieve this ambition, we run three Character and Mindfulness Days in the secondary phase during the academic year. On Character and Mindfulness Days pupils are not in their normal timetabled lessons but have the chance to experience different activities and trips. This allows us to balance the delivery of the National Curriculum whilst including PSHE, RSE, SMSC, RE and careers education and guidance. Character and Mindfulness Days are held across all year groups (years 7 to 13), with common curriculum aims and themes on each day.

Click HERE to find out more about our Character and Mindfulness Days.


Primary Character Traits

Garrard Prim 02In the primary phase of Harris Garrard, the children are taught the foundations of the character traits which they will continue to develop in the secondary phase. These character traits are types of behaviour and understanding that we want every child to develop during their time with us in Harris Garrard.

Resilience. This means that we expect you to bounce back when you find something tricky.  In the primary phase, we see a "fail" as a "first attempt in learning".  We encourage you to not give up but to keep trying to find out a solution to the challenges you face.  Never, ever give up but search for a better solution.  This forms the foundations for Determined Resilience which you will continue to develop when you join the secondary phase of our academy.  

Respect. We expect you to show respect to each other by listening to what is said and to treat each other in a kind way.    We talk to you about how you like to be treated and help you to treat others with this same respect and understanding.  This means that we all talk in polite voices to each other, and that the adults model respect in their relationships with you and with each other.   This forms the foundations of Emotional Capacity and Understanding which you will continue to develop when you join our secondary phase. 

Collaboration and Cooperation. We know that when you play and learn together, the academy is harmonious.  We provide you with lots of opportunities to learn how to listen to each other carefully, and to work as a team to solve challenges.  These skills are crucial for you to learn as they will help you throughout your life.  This forms the foundations of Moral Awareness and Tolerance which you will continue to develop when you are in our secondary phase. 

Happy and Enthusiastic. We want the primary phase to be full of children who are happy and enthusiastic in their learning and play.  This means that you will be able to make the best opportunity out of every experience we offer you.  We know that this will help you to continue to focus in your learning and to be successful in your life.  This forms the basis of fulfillment and enjoyment, which you will continue to develop when you are in the secondary phase. 

Be Smart. We want you to "be smart" when you are in our phase of the academy.  This means making good choices about your behaviour when you are walking around the academy.  To show your "Harris Hands" and to be ready to learn in your full uniform.  We know that when you show us "smart" you are focused and ready to learn.  This forms the basis of the Aspirational Work Ethic which is further developed when you join the secondary phase. 

A display board explaining our primary phase character traits is displayed prominently around the primary school.

24298 Harris Garrard Character Traits Display Boards Primary E1


Secondary Character Traits

HG018A trait is a personal quality or characteristic that is personal to you. It makes you the person you are. We are all unique, which is a great thing to be. However, as you go through life, we believe that you will need certain character traits to ensure that life gives you happiness and fulfilment. This is so we can all cope with the ups and downs that the modern life can bring for everyone. The Character traits below are what we will try and develop in you all at the secondary phase of Harris Garrard Academy.

Determined Resilience. This means that you do not give up when things get tough. You show determination in everything you do to try to be the best that you can be. Some things in life can knock you down, but every time you should get up again with a new level of determined resilience.

Aspirational Work Ethic. Whether you are at school, university or paid employment, we want you to work hard every day so you can be the best you can be in your chosen career in life. You will work for nearly 50 years, so we want you to do something that motivates, you enjoy and that pays you well.

Moral Awareness and Tolerance. Harris manners is about morals and tolerance. We want you to do the right thing every day by displaying the Harris manners, morals and tolerance that make us thoughtful citizens and represent the British values that we live our lives through. We are all unique and we should be tolerant and respectful of other people’s opinions, beliefs and values.

Emotional Capacity and Understanding. This refers to understanding and helping each other. We will all go through our lives and need support and encouragement at some point from someone close to us. We should try and understand when someone needs some emotional support and do our best to try and make them feel better or try and get them support through telling an adult in the academy.

Fulfilment and enjoyment. Fulfilment refers to you being happy and content with something. We want you to be able to enjoy life to the full. This means working hard now to ensure that you enter a career that you are going to enjoy and that gives you and your family security in life. We are passionate about providing life experiences that enhance and develop these character traits.

A display board explaining our secondary phase character traits is displayed prominently around the secondary school.

24298 Harris Garrard Character Traits Display Boards Secondary E1


The six character benchmarks

When considering the intent, implementation and impact of our character education programme, we have considered the following six Character Education benchmarks included in the Department for Education guidance from November 2019. These benchmarks summarise the most important features of good provision for character education.

What kind of school are we?

  • How clearly do we articulate the kind of education we aspire to provide?
  • How do we ensure that all members of the school community (e.g. staff, pupils, parents/carers, governing body) understand and share our aims?
  • How effectively do we create a sense of pride, belonging and identity in our school?

What are our expectations of behaviour towards each other?

  • Are we clear on the importance of discipline and good behaviour in school life? How do we promote this understanding?
  • How well do we promote consideration and respect towards others (pupils and adults), good manners and courtesy?
  • How well do we promote a range of positive character traits among pupils?

How well do our curriculum and teaching develop resilience and confidence?

  • Is our curriculum ambitious for our pupils? Does it teach knowledge and cultural capital which will open doors and give them confidence in wider society?
  • Is our curriculum logically organised and sequenced, including within subjects, and taught using effective pedagogy, so pupils gain a strong sense of progress and grow in confidence?

How good is our co-curriculum provision?

  • Does it cover a wide range across artistic, creative, performance, sporting, debating, challenge, team and individual etc. so all pupils can both discover new interests and develop existing ones?
  • Do we make use of or promote local, national or international programmes or organisations? (e.g. uniformed organisations, Duke of Edinburgh, National Citizen Service etc.)
  • Is provision of high quality and does it challenge pupils and build expertise? Is participation sustained over time?
  • Are there ample opportunities for pupils to compete, perform etc., and is success acknowledged and celebrated?

How well do we promote the value of volunteering and service to others?

  • Are age-appropriate expectations of volunteering and service to others clearly established?
  • Are opportunities varied, meaningful, high-quality and sustained over time?
  • Do volunteering and service opportunities contribute to breaking down social barriers? Are they effective in making pupils civic-minded and ready to contribute to society?

How do we ensure that all our pupils benefit equally from what we offer?

  • Do we understand and reduce barriers to participation (e.g. cost, timing, location, logistics, confidence, parental support etc.)?
  • Do we enable young people from all backgrounds to feel as if they belong and are valued?
  • Is our provision, including our co-curricular provision, appropriately tailored both to suit and to challenge the pupils we serve?

Tracking peer-on-peer abuse and adapting educational provision

Harris Garrard Academy maintains a comprehensive peer-on-peer abuse tracker that records all incidents relating to the follow areas:

  • bullying (including homophobic, transphobic and biphobic)
  • sexual harassment (including derogatory language, inappropriate touching, upskirting and intimidation)
  • sexual violence
  • racist incidents
  • physical incidents

This information is reviewed monthly by the safeguarding review committee and the information on trends and analysis is used to evaluate and adapt our Character & Mindfulness curriculum, our safeguarding curriculum and our assembly programme, at all key stages across the Academy.

This may result in resequencing of curriculum topics based on priorities identified from the peer-on-peer abuse tracker or by adding new safeguarding topics that have been identified within the local context or via the tracker trend evaluation.