Please note that uniform orders must be placed with our uniform supplier, Brigade, by 7th August to ensure delivery in time for the start of term. See our uniform page for full details.
We are delighted that you 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.
It is my pleasure to extend my warmest of welcomes to you as you join the secondary phase here at Harris Garrard Academy. Like you I am also new to the Academy and will be joining you in September starting my own journey as Head of Academy. I am thrilled you have chosen Harris Garrard Academy and I cannot wait to meet you all.
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 students we will expect you to give your best at all times. For many of you returning in September will be the first time you have been to school in 23 weeks! I can only imagine that along with excitement there is an element of worry and anxiety about your start. Please rest assured that your teachers and tutors are very understanding and are ready to welcome you and support in your transition from primary school to HGA.
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 and our unrelenting support, the academy adopts a mantra of ‘every day, every child, no excuses’.
Steve West, Head of Academy
Enjoy a lightning-fast tour of Harris Garrard Academy
Starting Year 7 in September? Join us on a very, very quick tour of our academy. Come on!
Watch how 'Learning Changes Lives'
What's it like at Harris Garrard Academy? Watch our video introduction.
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.
Uniform - measuring your child and ordering
Our uniform page has complete details of the uniform you will need. Our uniform supplier, Brigade, have also produced a handy online ordering guide. This explains how to measure your child for sizes and also how to order online.
Orders must be placed by 7th August, but we recommend you do it as soon as possible to ensure delivery in time for the start of term.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
Free school meals
The admissions booklet (see above) also contains a section relating to free schools meals which we urge you to complete to find out whether or not you will be eligible. You can also check your eligibility and apply online for Free School Meals at this link.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.