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


Nothing like settling into the week with a good book in our wonderful new library.


A selection of our brand new DEAR books - we are so excited for students to start reading these in tutor time!


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!


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 Thank you and see you soon!


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 . We look forward to seeing you soon!


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


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 !


Free Young Summer Camp for young children who are eligible for free school meals. Details at


Dear students, don't forget 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


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 ➡


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.


FREE online mini-modules to help mums develop their tech skills over the summer.


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Brilliant! What a wonderful team Have a wonderful summer all and we hope to see you soon.


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 😃


Young Greenwich in partnership with have put together an excellent online summer programme of activities. Find out more here


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 📚


KS3! A reminder that you have ONE WEEK LEFT to submit your entries to the Lockdown Creative Writing Competition! See remote learning slides for more details and get your poems into the English Department ASAP! We can't wait to read them.


A nice art idea you might like to try!


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Have your say on the themes and issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movement. Write a story in 500 words for the competition. Categories for 5-9 and 10-13 year olds. Closes 3rd July. You can do it!

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Secondary - Covid-19 Updates for Parents

Steve West   selectedDear Parents/Carers

We are delighted to have our students back with us again and very proud of how they are settling back in.

On this page I'll keep you updated with anything you need to know in relation to Covid-19 and the academy.

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

Steve West, Head of Academy

Staggered arrival and dismissal times

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3:00pm or 4:00pm on Tuesday or if in intervention.



4:00pm or 5:00pm on Tuesday and Wednesday

Sixth Form (12&13)


3:30pm or 4:30pm if intervention. 5:00pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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

I wanted to ensure that there is absolute clarity on the use of face coverings in education settings as this has been a key feature in the news in the past week. We continue to follow Government guidelines on the use of face coverings in school and I have detailed the expectations of students below:

  • Face coverings are not required by staff, unless in the secondary phase where they cannot maintain a social distance to carry out their role, or students in the Academy as we are not currently in an area with a local lockdown.
  • Face coverings are not appropriate at anytime for children in the Primary Phase due to the increased risks with improper use.
  • Face coverings must be used on public transport when travelling to and from school by all students aged 11 and over.
  • Each student is responsible for the safe use and storage of their face covering. This includes having a plastic bag to store it in.
  • Face coverings should cover the nose and mouth. The Academy will be supporting Public Health England by promoting the correct use of face coverings and challenging students on the incorrect use.

We are continually monitoring this position and should the local public health situation change and we are placed into a local lockdown we shall follow the guidance by asking students to wear face coverings in communal areas and on the corridors only. It is important to note that face coverings are not required in the classroom at any time due to their negative impact on learning.

Our overall plan

  • The Academy will reopen to students in all year groups in September
  • 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.


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