Harris Garrard Academy has been held up as a model of good practice by Department for Education (DfE) for the way we have adapted our curriculum to help students recover after disruption due to Covid. . Find out more


Our Y11 Leavers did an incredible job of performing their GCSE Speaking and Listening speeches today to inspire all of Year 10 for their drop down day! Well done to all involved!


Come to a free NHS webinar focused on the emotional wellbeing of young people aged 11+ in . For parents and care givers. Monday 21st June, 7 - 8.30pm.


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Delighted for and so proud of our Director of Secondary Education- Carolyn English awarded an OBE today. So deserved, thank you for all you do for our students. Congratulations 🥳 👏🏽🙌🏼


There will always be challenges ahead but we all stand together knowing ‘Learning Changes Lives’. Good luck class of 2021!


Rewards week at the Academy. Congratulations to students who have won iPads for their efforts.


All students and staff at HGA thoroughly enjoyed DEAR Day today, three opportunities throughout the day to DROP EVERYTHING and just READ!


What’s this! It’s our super HGA staff chosen by students as their superheroes! I couldn’t agree more! Not all heroes wear capes!


Of all the heroes our students have chosen to celebrate for we feel this one deserves special mention. Mason here celebrating our hero Captain Sir Tom Moore. Not all heroes wear capes.


Today at we are celebrating our keyworker heroes! - Here Y4 send a huge thank you to our wonderful nurses, doctors and police officers.


The March edition of our student periodical, The Whole Shebang, is out now. This issue is on , with articles and poems by students in Years 8-11 and creative writing by primary students. In partnership with . Download your copy at


A massive thank you to our testing team. Not a single positive case and with their support HGA is safely fully open.


We welcomed year 11, 13 and all of our primary students back today. Students in classrooms, back where they belong.


Creative Voice are taking the flag pole this half term. After an amazing effort from everyone at HGA, Creative Voice topped the leaderboard for online attendance! Well done all!


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A lovely snowy day at HGA today


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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.

HGA Primary TT 22.1.21

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 are 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.

Maths image 2Early Years Maths

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 have 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.


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Primary Newsletter - Friday 5th February

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

Week 5 newsletter