Starting Year 7 at Harris Garrard Academy in September? Join us for a lightning-fast tour of our academy with Ms Poolman and Ms Gringeri. Come on in!


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Thumbs up for episode 4 of the CHANGE episode, now live on YouTube channel. Click the link in our bio/below to have a look


Fancy growing a bit of salad at home? Free kits for residents!


We love this, well done Victor from our Year 3! You're keeping our spirits up!


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J K Rowling has surprised everyone by announcing a new book which she is publishing chapter by chapter on a new website. Completely different to Harry Potter.


"I really enjoyed the fitness workouts. And my 60 minute bike ride, three times a week with my mum." Victor, Year 3 Congrats to Victor and Jashanpreet, winners of our Fitness Diary competition!


A happy Eid Mubarak from our families to yours!


Ms Poolman and Ms Gringeri are filming a school tour for our new year 7s today, so you can have a look around. It will be on our website soon!


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Get involved with breaking a Guinness World Record! Author and illustrator, Rob Biddulph, wants you to take part in the world's biggest online lesson ever. Thursday 21 May 4-4:30pm. Register today!


School nurse, Ms Ward, has put together some helpful information sheets for students on topics such as mental wellbeing, emotional and sexual health, and sleep. Read and download them at


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We love this... head to Roald Dahl's YouTube channel to see a host of film stars reading 'James and the Giant Peach' in instalments from their homes. Chris Hemsworth, Eddie Redmayne, Meryl Streep and many more.


Tune in to another wonderful story time. This week join Mrs Lee for one of her favourite picture books and help us celebrate reading!


Need mental health and wellbeing support? is a safe, confidential support service for all young people in . Counsellors available 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year


Bitesize has suggested 7 simple ways we can all show for Mental Health Awareness Week.


Harris Garrard continues its evolution into a secret garden in the heart of London. We are so lucky to have such wonderful spaces for learning.


This week join Mr Sheppard for story time as he shares one of his favourite stories!


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Don’t miss out on some career talks this week. Follow the link below to find out more:


Give a big hand to the winners of our 'Write a Biography' challenge. We asked students to interview a relative or neighbour on the phone, and then write a short biography. Read the fantastic winning entries at


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Introducing our Virtual Cyber School! Head over to to find out how you can get free access to over 200 cyber security challenges with CyberStart Game. Already playing? Your licenses have also been extended so you can keep developing your skills 🎁


today making some beautiful log badges and insect houses. That way they can also during isolation.

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Wellbeing at Home

While the school is closed we will continue to provide guidance and emotional support to young people and their families. We have strong links with lots of external agencies and do not want any family to feel isolated during this difficult time. 

We are Foodbank Voucher holders and we have supplies of sanitary towels for the young girls who maybe in need. Remember, we are here to help and 'a problem shared is a problem halved'.  We would be happy to help.

Julie McMahon, Harris Garrard Academy

Listening Ear drop in sessions

Our ‘Listening Ear’ Drop-In sessions will be available every Wednesday from 9am to 1pm while the school is closed, based in our secondary section. Please call 0208 320 4800 and ask to speak to a member of the safeguarding team if you would like come along. This service is available to all families and students from primary, secondary and sixth form. But you do need to call to let us know you are coming.

A message from school nurse, Ms Ward

Dear Students, 

I hope you are all safe and well? I would like to share some information to help you look after yourselves during this difficult time. I have put together some helpful numbers/email addresses that young people can access for help and support, plus some guidance sheets. You can read and download them below.

I look forward to seeing you as soon as we can. Please take care and keep safe.

Kind Regards

Sarah Ward, HGA School Nurse

Mentally Health Schools 

Mentally Health Schools have produced a free coronavirus toolkit. It includes resources for parents to use with vulnerable children or children with SEND, a resource from Stonewall for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as a resource pack for staff wellbeing and practical activities for adults and children to help stay mentally well during this time. Download the toolkit.

Online and telephone therapy

We are pleased to inform you that Harris Garrard Academy are now offering online and telephone sessions with specialist practitioners. Online and telephone sessions are being offered to:

  • Students with SEND who have open referrals to the ASD Advisory Service, Speech and Language Therapy Services or Educational Psychology Services 
  • Year 6 students with a diagnosis of speech and language needs or Autism
  • Parents of students with EHCPS.

Click on this link to find out more.

Mind in Bexley

Are you feeling worried, stressed or down right now and you need somebody to talk to? The Mind in Bexley wellbeing line is open on 0203 912 0048, Monday-Friday 9am-6pm.

Other mental health information

The Harris Federation has also compiled a list of mental health information for parents and students, to help maintain wellbeing while schools are shut. Download the list here.