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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Our new flag delivery today. As a community we stand strongest together. Together we can achieve anything.


A lovely snowy day at HGA today


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This (1-7 Feb), help your pupils to explore the different ways they can express themselves. 🎨 🎭 ✍️ 🎵 Our free school resources can be adapted for use in school, home-schooling, online lessons or independent learning. 👉


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Children will take more than a year to catch up with their education, Boris Johnson admitted yesterday, as he promised £300 million for extra tuition, summer schools and a “Covid premium”


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Congratulations to Active Science who take the flag pole for this half term. They the leading hub for Harris Points. Well done everyone whose hard work is earning those points, even from home!

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Key Stage 4 Options

If your child/ward is in Year 9, they will be starting their GCSE options in September 2021, which is very exciting.

The process for this starts now, which can feel scary for students. We want to assure students that they will get a lot of support from their teachers and Leadership Team throughout the process, regardless of the current lockdown.

Below we set out all the support we offer, as well as a clear timeline of events in the order they will occur. Should you have any specific questions regarding options for next year, please contact Kristen Gringeri, Vice Principal at

Watch our presentation for Year 9 students

Compulsory study and available options

At Harris Garrard Academy, all students follow courses in certain core areas, but there is choice for the remaining subjects. The subjects which are compulsory to study are:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Science
  • Spanish
  • PE

In addition to these, you can select three more subjects to study. You may select one subject from each option block, below:

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

PE Option

GCSE History

GCSE Geography

GCSE Triple Science

BTEC Business


BTEC Health & SC GCSE Sociology

GCSE Computer Sci

GCSE Art & Design

GCSE Food Tech

GCSE Product Design

BTEC Music

GCSE Drama

GCSE Dance

GCSE Religious Studies

National Curriculum PE




BTEC Sport


A timeline of events can be seen below, so you can see the types of guidance students will receive over the year.

Options 1

Options bookletStage One – Survey and Options Booklet

Students had an individual session with their tutor in December 2020 about how to use the Options Booklet to help them pick options. This was an important part of the process.

Then, over Christmas, students were encouraged to reflect and discuss with family members. After the holiday, students will have another individual session with their tutors on MS Teams to discuss their booklets.

Students receive careful and individualised guidance from staff here at the academy to help with their choices.

Click HERE to download our Options Booklet, created by the lead teachers for each subject.

Stage Two – Options Assembly and Website Launch

In January you will have an assembly led by Miss Gringeri, Vice Principal, to explain your options. This will be virtual, and pre-recorded. The assembly will include:

  • The subjects we offer
  • Our options for PE
  • Triple science
  • Timeline of events
  • Support you will be given
  • How to choose your options
  • This part of the website!

Stage Three – Careers Advisor and Parent Consultation

We wanted all of our Year 9 students to have a one-to-one meeting with our Careers Advisor in February. We will plan to have these in March 2021, when the school is hopefully re-opened.

We will have a parent consultation evening in February, so that parents have an opportunity to ask questions about options and for us to explain the process. More info on the consultation evening to follow.

Stage Four – Leadership Team Meetings and Option Selection

At this stage students will have had a lot of support and we will be arranging a one-to-one meeting for every child in Year 9 with a member of our senior and middle leadership team, who will be able to answer any questions students may have.

In these meetings students will choose their options. We will follow up with parents by confirming their child/ward’s choices by formal letter.

If you have any questions regarding options, please contact Kristen Gringeri, Vice Principal at