Come to our Sixth Form Open Evening. Thursday 11th November, 5-7pm - no need to register. It has never been easier to apply for Harris Garrard Academy's Sixth Form, thanks to our new online application form. Find out more at


Come to our 'Listening Ear' drop-in sessions, open to all families and students (primary, secondary and Sixth Form) on Wednesdays (9am to 1pm) during the holiday. It means we're OPEN during the break if you need to speak to someone. Details at


Thank you to for excellent sessions on sexual harassment and gender-based violence at our Sixth Form yesterday. "A lot of teens do not acknowledge their actions, or the words they use, and the effects that these might have." Lydia, Year 12


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What incredibly inspiring workshops w/30 awesome kids ranging from 11-15yrs old today academy. Delighted to co-host them w/#Andree & THE KIDS REALLY ARE ALRIGHT! 500 tree whips are going to a very deserving home🌳👏🏻


We loved having you, thank you very much!


Less than a month now to our Sixth Form Open Evening, Thursday 11th November, 5-7pm - no need to register. Our staff and students look forward to meeting you!


Our Sixth Form students are off-timetable today engaging in workshops around and


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Looking forward to presenting a workshop tomorrow w/ - Why designing & planting a woodland is a really empowering thing. It’s believing in a future & the generations to follow! Can’t wait to see the outcome 🌳🙏🏻💕


Amazing turnout today for the Year 10 boys' inter-hub competition. There was a lot of competitiveness shown throughout today. Every boy in Year 10 represented their hub with pride. Congratulations Active Science and Creative Voice for winning the match.


Good turnout today for the Year 10 girls' inter-hub competition. There was lots of intense games and quality on show today. Congratulations to Active Science and World Studies who came out on top today!


Our boys very much enjoyed playing football against St Gregory's, Tunbridge Wells, last week. A close match that went to penalties! Thank you to our hosts . . Report at


Year 10 students combine their study of Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty with a scene from their GCSE English text, Jekyll and Hyde.


Come to our Sixth Form , Thurs 11th Nov, 5-7pm - no need to register. We look forward to welcoming you . Find out more about our Sixth Form at


Thank you to everyone for coming to our Open Evening last week. Our final Open Morning of 2021 is on Monday 11th October, 9.15-9.45am. Details at


No need to register for our secondary on Thursday 30th September (5 - 7.30pm). Just come along! We look forward to meeting you. . Details


Take a tour of our secondary school building on Fri 1st Oct, 9.15-9.45am. Register for our at


For Year 9 boys it was the inter-hub competition yesterday. The teams represented their hubs amazingly and should be very proud of how they played. Congrats to World Studies and Creative Voice who both finished the tournament with eight points


Good turnout yesterday for the Year 9 girls inter-hub competition. Lots of fun and laughter. Congratulations to Active Science who came out on top (again!)


Don't miss the Harris Garrard Academy this Thurs 30th Sept, 5-7.30pm. We look forward to welcoming Year 6 students and parents. Watch a video intro from Head of Academy Steve West at


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Learning Resources - Primary

This area of our site is designed to support children and parents/carers should children need to study remotely.

If you need any support accessing remote learning please email Thank you.

While the school was closed we provided over four hours of tailored learning for each child through live lessons, recorded sessions, daily Purple Mash tasks and Individual Learning Packs.

On top of this, we had our daily assemblies and special art and DT sessions throughout the week.  We also ran some stand alone weekly cooking and art lessons and there were daily activities planned on Purple Mash to complete.

We are very pleased the school is open again now but would like to thank all our students, teachers and parents for their huge support with online learning over this testing period.

Mr Ben Sheppard

Head of Primary

The school day

Here is a breakdown of the remote lessons we ran while the school was closed. Download timetable as pdf.

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Recorded lessons on YouTube

While the school was closed our teachers created over 150 recorded lessons that students could watch. You can see all our recorded lessons, including for History, Science, Geography, RE and DT on our YouTube channel.

Individual learning packs

So that students could step away from their screens, we also provided them with Two Week Learning Packs which had further daily handwriting, writing, arithmetic and reading comprehension activities. 

Learning packs were also created with handwriting, maths and reading comprehension practise to help make sure our students had the option to engage with learning without a screen.

Our teachers

I also want to take this chance to thank my teachers. With little notice, they did a phenomenal job of designing and running an online programme for our students.

Mr Ben Sheppard

Head of Primary

Maths online home learning videos

Maths image 1Click HERE to watch short videos which provided primary school pupils with interactive lessons while they were self-isolating. The lessons are divided into:

  • Key Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
  • Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
  • Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5-6)

There is a video for each day covering a two-week period. There is also a pack for the children to use with the videos; this was in their home-learning pack.

It is important that each set of videos are completed in the set order. Most lessons are between 15-20 minutes long, each ending with suggested follow-up tasks; these tasks are intended to be completed at home using resources you find around the house.

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Early Years Foundation Stage pupils had paper packs and were encouraged to watch Numberblocks daily.

Click HERE to see Numberblocks series 1-4.

Counting is fun with the Numberblocks - a fun-loving group of numbers who work together to solve problems big and small.


Making sure the children were read to and were reading on a daily basis was one of the most important routines for them during this time. We encouraged children to read for at least 10 minutes a day and, if possible, talk about what they read.

Links to other learning

We also encouraged children to use other online resources. Here are some of our favourites.

BBC Bitesize - daily lessons for all year groups

Effective Maths - resources you can use at home 

STEM learning - home learning support for families 

Let us read you a story...

We love reading here at Garrard and especially the opportunities to read aloud stories to the children. Click on the links below to go see our very own Mr Butcher, Miss Lee, Mr Sheppard and Miss Buchanan.


Need Support Accessing Remote Learning?

Please email Thank you.

Primary Newsletter - Friday 5th February

Click on the image to download our newsletter for week 5.

Week 5 newsletter