We are delighted that your son/daughter will be starting in the secondary phase of Harris Garrard Academy in September.
This page outlines the Academy’s values and ethos, summarises some key expectations, and provides some information about the transition process.
The academy’s motto is ‘Learning Changes Lives’. This motto underpins everything that we do. The academy is characterised by the highest expectations of conduct and achievement for all. It is a happy and caring community, but one in which academic achievement remains an unrelenting focus.
To achieve this vision, we must all ‘row together’. As parents and carers, you have a key role to play in ensuring your child’s success. When school returns to normal, it will be your responsibility to ensure that your child attends school every day, on time and in full academy uniform. It will be your responsibility to ensure that your child completes any homework that is set and reads regularly and widely. It will be your responsibility to support the academy – its ethos, its policies and its decisions. It is only by supporting the academy that you can truly support your child’s education.
To honour the high expectations that we have of all students, the academy adopts a mantra of ‘every day, every child, no excuses’. This applies to academic and pastoral matters alike.
Dan Smith, Head of Academy
Preparing for transition
In previous years, the academy has held a Parents’ Information Evening and an Induction Day at which students could meet key members of secondary staff, learn more about life in Year 7 and ask any questions that they may have.
Although we are keeping the situation under review, it seems unlikely that we will be able to hold these face-to-face events this year. However, we are putting in place alternative arrangements to ensure that you and your child are fully supported through the transition process.
More information about this will be circulated after half term. In the meantime, you can find a wealth of information in the Transition section of our website, where you can also see our term dates and timings of the school day. Please note our term dates and the timings of the day may need to be reviewed, depending on how the coronavirus pandemic develops. The latest details will always be on the website.
A copy of our admissions booklet has been posted to you. You should complete the booklet in full and return it to the academy in the stamped, addressed envelope provided by Friday 5th June.
If you need to help or advice in completing the booklet, please contact Ms. Beattie, our Admissions Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. She can arrange a convenient time to speak with on the phone or, if absolutely necessary, arrange a socially-distanced meeting.
Completing the booklet enables you to provide us with the information that we are required by law to hold about your child. Please be reassured that we only collect essential information and we only retain it for as long as is absolutely necessary. The booklet also contains a section relating to Free Schools Meals which we urge you to complete to ascertain whether or not you will be eligible.
As part of the admissions process, you will need to provide copies of the following documents, in order for us to verify both your own and ’s identity:
- Your child/ward's full (long) birth certificate or passport
- Your passport or photo ID (e.g. driving licence)
- Proof of address (e.g. a utilities bill or bank statement) that is no more than three months old
- Child Benefit or Tax Credit letter
Please submit photographs or scanned copies of these documents via email to email@example.com. These documents will only be viewed by one authorised member of staff and, once verified, the email and attachments will be deleted from our system. If you have any queries or concerns about this, please contact Ms. Beattie. You may also be required to bring the original copies of the documents to the school at a later stage, but this is not necessary now.
Uniform and equipment
With regards to uniform, you can download our Uniform and Equipment Policy from the Student Welfare page of our website.
From Wednesday 23rd September, we will be switching uniform supplier to Casey’s Schoolwear. However, until that time, all uniform orders, including those for new Year 7 students, should continue to be placed with our current uniform supplier, Brigade Clothing.
All branded items of clothing should be purchased from Brigade’s website: www.brigadeuniformdirect.uk.com. Purchased items are then delivered directly to your home address. The deadline for ordering in time for a September start is Friday 7th August. However, you are strongly advised to order the uniform as soon as possible, to mitigate against any unanticipated delays.