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14/10/20

Dear students, we hope you have a restful half term from Fri. If you have any emotional concerns or worries over the holiday, remember you can get support from . It’s free, safe and easy to use. Watch the video below to find out more https://t.co/hfAVDIk4de

12/10/20

Announcement Winter PE Kit - A Quick Reminder for Parents https://t.co/Ho2vK3YWf9

01/10/20

The first of our Days this year takes place on Fri 9th Oct, for years 7-11. Activities on offer include sessions on relaxation, coping strategies, reframing negative thinking and the beauty of being unique! Find out more https://t.co/Cgc9uqTz3H https://t.co/pL0cfci24D

29/09/20

Our Virtual Open Day is now live! Meet the Head of Academy, take a tour of our school, and hear from our fantastic students too. It's all at https://t.co/sxmakcSr4T https://t.co/PGD5M1ysGs

21/09/20

Nothing like settling into the week with a good book in our wonderful new library. https://t.co/1o07UixSCf

17/09/20

A selection of our brand new DEAR books - we are so excited for students to start reading these in tutor time! https://t.co/HEMAdMjBEK

17/09/20

Find out more about our co-curricular clubs for Year 7 this term, including Japanese, Debate & Mock Trials, Cricket, Maths, History, K-Club, Running, Poetry and more! https://t.co/fYEk3Xop5C https://t.co/5NxsIj9LqR

26/08/20

We are really looking forward to welcoming all our primary and secondary students back to the academy in September. For the latest details about September reopening (including staggered start dates and times) please visit https://t.co/FAMny0WNlo. Thank you and see you soon! https://t.co/r53Kz4dQ6o

24/08/20

We are delighted to be opening the Academy to all our students in September. For the latest details about September reopening (including staggered start times and dates for our secondary phase) please visit https://t.co/3pDfHWCpt2 . We look forward to seeing you soon!

31/07/20

Dear parents, uniform orders must be placed with our uniform supplier, Brigade, by 7th Aug to ensure delivery in time for the start of term. Orders placed after the 7th Aug deadline will not delivered until mid/late September. See full ordering details https://t.co/VrBPlh7KMd. https://t.co/bDlrRvQBnb

17/07/20

A final socially distanced assembly was the right way to say a goodbye to our superb staff and students. Some moving onto new adventures and others to return in September for more exciting times at ! https://t.co/z7GcGMrWao

17/07/20

Free Young Summer Camp for young children who are eligible for free school meals. Details at https://t.co/kK3jhcC9DB https://t.co/idSJSaksLF

16/07/20

Dear students, don't forget https://t.co/98ZZ3YlIpe is available all summer. is an online service designed to support your - offering a safe and secure way to access mental health and wellbeing support. Find out more at https://t.co/XxT48AwBDO https://t.co/upwNY65P2I

13/07/20

15-17? ‘Keep Doing Good’ with this summer! Volunteering experience Make a positive impact in our local community Learn new skills Join thousands of young people who have signed up to ‘Keep Doing Good’ by pledging your time this summer at ➡ https://t.co/vEW11633xq https://t.co/CROM3jZc8A

10/07/20

How will your child travel to school in Sept? We want to encourage all students to make their way to school safely when we reopen. Please help us by completing very short survey. It will take a minute or less! Thank you. https://t.co/wAqgR08Z02

09/07/20

FREE online mini-modules to help mums develop their tech skills over the summer. https://t.co/hM4s3QOzIN

09/07/20

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Brilliant! What a wonderful team Have a wonderful summer all and we hope to see you soon. https://t.co/JI0I6O4g5k

09/07/20

Dear HGA Students... here is a video message from your teachers to wish you a happy summer and to say how much we are looking forward to seeing you next year. We hope you enjoy it and it makes you 😃https://t.co/dZwKjwgfiP

07/07/20

Young Greenwich in partnership with have put together an excellent online summer programme of activities. Find out more here https://t.co/lL6TJR8pfJ

07/07/20

Check out the 'audiobook' file on Student SharePoint to listen to the English Department reading Elizabeth Laird's 'Oranges in No Man's Land' aloud! Here's an excerpt of Ms Hall reading Chapter 3 📚 https://t.co/jnfwMFs52E

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Covid-19 Updates for Parents

On this page we'll keep you updated with anything you need to know in relation to Covid-19 and both primary and secondary phases of the academy.


Steve West   selected

Update: 19th October 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

We are very much looking forward to having students back at school on Monday 2nd November 2020.  The usual staggered start times will apply for all year groups and these can be found on the Timings of the Day page our website.  As you will have seen on the news, London has now moved into ‘Tier 2’ of the Government’s COVID alert system. 

For all of us, this means that there is a ban on mixing with other households indoors. When schools return after half-term, in accordance with the guidance we have received from the Government, students in all London secondary schools, will be required to wear face coverings in communal areas, for example, when entering the building and in corridors. They will need to remove their face coverings when they get to their classroom and store them safely in clear bags.

Some students have been wearing face coverings in communal areas anyway, but whilst London is in ‘Tier 2’ everybody should now adhere to this rule.  We recognise that some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings, such as, if they have a physical or mental impairment that prevents them from using one; if you are unsure whether this applies to your child, please contact us.  Likewise, if obtaining a face covering poses a financial difficulty for your family, please let us know and we will provide one. 

As always, if you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Academy.  

Stay Safe!          

Yours faithfully

Mr West, Head of Academy

PS This and all previous letters to parents relating to Covid-19 can also be found in our Letters Home page.


National Guidance on Coronavirus

Symptoms of coronavirus

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.


What to do if someone in your household develops symptoms of COVID-19 

If someone in your household develops symptoms of COVID-19, they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared.

All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. 

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home. 

Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community.

If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.

If your child or anyone in the household does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from NHS 111 at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ or by phoning 111.


How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19. Do:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Government guidance

The government has now published its final guidance on the wider re-opening of schools. You can read the latest government guidence HERE.


Staggered arrival and dismissal times

Please visit our Timings of the Day page for details of the staggered start and finish times for each year group in both primary and secondary phases.


Bus travel - important changes

From September until the end of October, TfL are planning to make the following changes to buses serving Harris Garrard Academy:

  • Route 180 is planned to run every other bus dedicated for school travel in the morning
  • Route 401 is planned to run with two additional bus dedicated for school travel in the morning peak
  • Route 601 is planned to run with three additional bus dedicated for school travel in the morning peak and two additional buses dedicated for school travel in the afternoon peak
  • Route B11 is planned to run with one additional bus dedicated for school travel in the morning peak

However, please do walk or cycle to school instead of taking public transport, if you can. To find out more about the new online Cycle Skills course, aimed at both those cycling for the first time, or those wishing to refresh their skills, click HERE.


Face coverings - clarification

When schools return after the October half-term, in accordance with the guidance we have received from the Government, students in all London secondary schools, will be required to wear face coverings in communal areas, for example, when entering the building and in corridors. They will need to remove their face coverings when they get to their classroom and store them safely in clear bags.

Some students have been wearing face coverings in communal areas anyway, but whilst London is in ‘Tier 2’ everybody should now adhere to this rule.  We recognise that some individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings, such as, if they have a physical or mental impairment that prevents them from using one; if you are unsure whether this applies to your child, please contact us.  Likewise, if obtaining a face covering poses a financial difficulty for your family, please let us know and we will provide one.


Our overall plan

  • The Academy will reopen to students in all year groups from September 2020
  • Students must return to their compulsory education
  • We shall be placing groups of students into ‘bubbles’ in all phases to reduce the risk of transmission
  • Students will continue to study a broad and balanced curriculum, as you would expect from HGA
  • Students will return in full academy uniform, including academy bag

We have taken steps to ensure that the Academy is a COVID secure workplace for staff and students and the safety of our community remains a top priority.  We implemented the following:

  • We have implemented new hygiene rules and hand washing routines for students
  • Extensive and advanced thorough cleaning of the Academy, using strong cleaning products such as bleach
  • Floor markings to help students recognise what a safe distance is from each other
  • A staggered start to the Academy day, staggered breaks and lunch times, to reduce contact with others
  • Reduction in the number of visitors to the Academy

Covid 1

See our plan for remote learning in the event of one or more students needing to return to remote learning.


Expectations

The following outlines what students must do while at the Academy:

  • Arrive to the Academy at your allocated time only
  • Students will wash hands before entering the academy building
  • Students will wash hands before eating
  • Students are to remain in their bubble at all times
  • Maintain social distancing where appropriate and able
  • Students will avoid using shops before or after school

Covid 2

I have also amended the mobile phone policy whilst students are at the Academy.  We operate a ‘not seen and not heard’ system, so that students are able to carry mobile phones at the Academy in readiness for an NHS Track and Trace App to help control the virus.

We do ask for your support at the end of the school day if you are picking your child up, in ensuring that you do not wait outside the Academy, which would prevent students and staff from social distancing from yourselves and each other.

Thank you.

Steve West, Head of Academy