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is the theme of the latest issue of our student periodical, The Whole Shebang, just published today! Includes fantastic about the high seas by primary students . Download your free copy now


Billie and Peter have entered our Creative Writing Competition. And you can too! Open to all students... Find out more at Closing date 29 June 2018


'Life and learning should be a festival of the mind,' Socrates. Welcome to Ms Price from , pet therapy dog Monty and who are here to deliver the exciting Amazing Brains project - encompassing the wonders of comedy with the foundations of science!


Download this week's Primary Newsletter for parents at Read about about our amazing Year 6 cricket team, a special Roald Dalh BFG reading, end of term reports and much more...


Year 1 have been using primary colours to help them discover secondary colours!


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Harris Garrard Academy is looking for an Innovation Leader for Spanish. Apply now


Our Year 6 team performed fantastically in a schools competition yesterday and has been named the third best Year 6 team in the whole of . After just five weeks of coaching! Great work everyone, we're proud of you


We're really proud of you all! Students and their coach! A fantastic achievement. Do send us some pics if you have some...


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congratulations to our outstanding cricket team for finishing joint second out of the 64 schools in Bexley we where very unfortunate to have only missed out on qualification for the London youth games by run difference. Good luck to both Danson Primary & old Bexley


A huge well done to our Year 6 team who have made it in to the semi-finals at the County Cricket Tournament. So they’re one of the top 4 teams in the borough! You’re all champs


We enjoyed hosting your event and meeting you all!


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Apply for our and today to start a career you will love in one of our amazing academies. Head to our website for more info👉🏽 or apply via UCAS code 1TZ!


Years 4, 5 and 6 are supporting Harris Garrard Academy in strength at the Sports Day at Crystal Palace Sports Arena


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Is your child in Year 8? Download our options booklet here to help them choose their subjects for Year 9


Chair of Governors Beverley Johnston meets former students, Jack and Vince, as part of our yesterday. The two spoke with our current Year 10 about their career paths with and . Find out more


Big thanks to barrister for a great five minute introduction to networking for our Year 10 students as part of their day in the City of London.


Thank you to everyone for making our annual possible – giving Year 10 students a taste of working life in Canary Wharf and the City of London. Including . Find out more


A big THANK YOU to everyone for supporting our annual – giving students first-hand experience of working in the City of London. “Today has helped me find out in life what I want to do." David, Year 10. Find out more


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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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