A fitting end to day one of our rewards trip! Followed by an early start today - fingers crossed for good weather! 🤞☀️


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Amazing and very proud of Harris Garrard for the hard work and positive progress with our children.Many thanks to the school team and parents for the support.


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Congratulations to and Hurst who are through to next weeks Borough Kwik Cricket Finals


This is a joint trip for students at and our academy too, as a reward for students with an exceptional number of Harris Points. Find out more about our rewards scheme at


Thank you , , , and all the many people who made yesterday's Whittington Course such an success. Raising aspiration through 'behind the scenes' visits in London's financial district. Report and pics at


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8 shortlisted to find the best secondary school in the UK & we’re thrilled to be sponsors! Congratulations


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So proud of my school and the tireless hard work that the staff put in to make a genuinely positive difference to students’ lives! 🙌🙌


Absolutely delighted to be shortlisted! This is thanks to the hard work from students, staff and parents that support our school. 🤗


We're extremely proud of Judith, Year 7, who won a Literacy Award recently for her entry on the book 'Ruby Tanya'. Judith was presented with her award at Bexley Civic Office in an awards ceremony. Well done, Judith! Read more


8 out of 10 of our chicks have hatched so far and we can’t wait to handle them. Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets from the office for a chance to name them!


Happy Hatching Day to our first two chicks! Remember to buy a raffle ticket to win a chance to name them! Mr Shephard wants to call one ‘Piri Piri’ but we’re sure you can be more creative!


Our eggs have arrived - we can’t wait to see them hatch!


Really proud of Judith for being chosen as runner-up in the Literacy Awards for her piece inspired by reading Ruby Tanya. Congratulations! Thanks to for organising our entries.


Glad to see others enjoying our Art Gallery space! Thanks to the art team for putting lots of work into updating and maintaining our gallery.


Look at those crowds!! Not that our students were keen to throw wet sponges at members of the Senior Leadership Team... Follow the line to donate to Mr Wheatley’s marathon fund


First day back and year 11 are already stuck into a waking talking mock for English!


Our year 12s spent Wednesday evening exploring their future options


Exciting scenes at our Knowledge Maestro competition today. Congratulations to the Enterprise and World Studies hubs for being victorious!


Our Sixth Form is proud to announce its first cohort of students, who will complete their Bronze Awards by the end of the Summer Term. Find out more at


From Rudolf Hess to Lady Jane Grey. Year 5 have been learning about famous prisoners in the . This lovely writing is by Debbie. Great drawing too. Loads more great learning for our primary phase students at

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Posted on May 21st 2018

"My Time on the Scholars Programme"

Brilliant Club   Elliot and TimothyTimothy (centre), Year 9, writes about the Scholars Programme, which gives students at Harris Garrard Academy the chance to study university level topics with a PhD research student.

Taking part in the Scholars Programme was a great experience for me. The chance to learn about the reign of Queen Elizabeth I at a high level was one that I was very grateful for.

Over the last two terms, I have been studying this topic with Dr Dustin Neighbours (right). His expertise and knowledge in this field was fantastic but what I was particularly impressed with was his outgoing and friendly nature. He encouraged me to keep going when I struggled. The aims of the Programme were to give students a chance to develop the key skills that will help me throughout, what I hope to be, a successful future. For example, I feel that my confidence within this topic has massively improved as now, when asked questions, I can give more detailed answers. This has allowed me to engage more in group discussions.

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Picture: Elliot, Timothy, Taliyah, Fauve, Oliver at Goldsmiths College for their Graduation Ceremony from the Scholars Programme.

University trips

As part of the Scholars Programme, I was thankful to be able to attend not one, but two university trips. This provided me with the opportunity to observe the facilities and services that are offered to students, to listen to inspiring anecdotes from teachers and students.

As part of our final trip, to Goldsmiths University, we took part in a Graduation Ceremony to celebrate our successful completion of the course. This gave me a taste of what I will, hopefully, one day achieve at the end of my university career. It was also great to be able to celebrate with the others in my year and students from all across the country.

These trips have given me the motivation to work harder whilst I am still at secondary school. Furthermore, receiving advice from my parents, teachers and friends has really helped me to understand the challenges of university.

2,000 word essay

The most difficult task that I was faced with during the Programme was the final assignment – a 2000 word essay. After weeks of extra academic sessions and tutorials, this was a task to see what I had learned and listened to. I was given a deadline and some sources to analyse. As I was typing, I always had a judgement and criticism for what was appearing on the screen, so when I submitted my work, I was extremely nervous. However, I ended up getting the second highest mark in the group!

The point I am trying to get to is that through this I have learned that it is completely normal to struggle when trying to understand and analyse sources, while ensuring that my writing has a clear and concise structure. Despite the fact that I was given such a high mark, I now have even more motivation to push myself further into my studies and hope to someday reach the level where my work exceeds my own expectations.

I’d like to sign off by saying that I loved taking part in the Scholars Programme and hope that now I can push myself more into my studies.

Timothy, Year 9

The Scholars Programme is run with Brilliant Club, an award-winning charity that exists to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities.

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