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The competition is heating up in Battle of the Bookworms. Taking place NOW. May the odds be ever in your favour! Find out more... https://t.co/jxy0vo5YQd https://t.co/NfMtBUmURv


The stage is set for our Battle of the Bookworms final after school today. £250 to the winners of our literary quiz! Come and watch... Good luck to our six finalist teams: Active Readers; Hopes and Dreams; All Tea All Shade; Les Petty’s; Homophones; and To Read or Not to Read. https://t.co/EuWh4nNOmY


So much talent at our Summer Soirée last night... Thank you to the students, teachers and parents that supported the wonderful performances. https://t.co/NmHVccnmRS


Thank you for bringing in your instruments and showing us the different families. We love working together with to help bring music to students https://t.co/A5xd2SQpaU


Berlin travel update. Students are crossing from Calais to Dover now, estimated to arrive back at the Academy at 10.15-10.30pm. The secondary car park will be open half an hour before where parents can wait for the coaches, which will pull into the secondary car park. Thank you.


Our Year 10 Berlin trip students are now on a replacement coach and heading to Calais from Germany, following the break down of our bus. We'll give you an updated time of arrival as soon as we can. All students fine and in good spirits!


More pics from days 3 and 4 of our Year 10 to Berlin https://t.co/s3igO2FuHA https://t.co/zjq3XrMp0w


Year 10 Berlin Trip return. Due to a mechanical fault on the bus the students are currently delayed in western Germany. We are waiting for a replacement bus but everyone is well and in fine spirits! We will message again with a revised ETA in the UK asap.


Pics from day 2 of our Year 10 Berlin trip are at https://t.co/s3igO2FuHA. The focus of today has been resistance and terror in Nazi Germany, including a moving visit to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. https://t.co/L1Z8xVXnSA


Year 10 are on their way to Berlin! More pics and reports at https://t.co/DvkweXkKZE https://t.co/LQvAU6sKBl


Get the latest news from Harris Garrard Academy. Our July 2018 newsletter is at https://t.co/Xj4h0F9dXk https://t.co/aYU6zbw1yW


The heats of our 2018 Battle of the Competition take place after school in the drama hall, 10-12 July. 16 teams competing to answer questions on their favourite . Find out more https://t.co/jxy0vo5YQd. https://t.co/xzlQ1KAAjs


Read this week's Primary Newsletter, with loads of news and useful info for parents. Year 6 have been learning about Ancient Greece and making their own Grecian pots! Read this week's newsletter at https://t.co/ZtRRvg8zxb https://t.co/O10KZSiRRk


Look at our amazing catering team supporting England whilst serving St. George cakes and a tasty roast! https://t.co/J2aZ88Jpv2


A fitting end to our year 12 English tour, attempting the quick crossword on the journey back to the academy. Thanks to and for their historical and literary marvels. https://t.co/EJ4xQ05FGA


Our Year 12 students have just finished their -themed tour at . Thank you for having us! https://t.co/EMtqrDPoh6


Year 12 literary tour of London begins at the Treasures of the exhibition. Highlight so far: Bronte’s handwriting, which is microscopic! https://t.co/Z9dNJZKZ9g


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Billie and Peter have entered our Creative Writing Competition. And you can too! Open to all students... Find out more at https://t.co/A06fuPBjAB. Closing date 29 June 2018 https://t.co/gUBEL1kSE6


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Posted on July 17th 2018

Letter to Parents - End of Term 2018

Dear parent/carer,

It is a pleasure to write to you at the end of our first year as Harris Garrard Academy.   The remarkable pace of change and the dedication of our staff and students have ensured that our first year has been truly awe-inspiring.   The academy is characterised by the highest expectations of staff and students alike.    As a result, we are quickly realising our motto, ‘Learning Changes Lives’.  

I would like to share with you some of the many highlights and achievements from this term:

  • The academy was officially opened by Lord Harris of Peckham
  • Our Year 6 students achieved impressive results in their Key Stage 2 SATS, achieving considerably higher than the national average and representing a 25% increase on the results of the predecessor school
  • All students participated in our inaugural all-through Sports Day, which culminated in a relay race involving students in every year group from EYFS to the Sixth Form
  • Over two hundred Year 6 students attended our induction day for entry into Year 7 in September 2018.  This included forty-eight of our own Year 6 students
  • Many students in the secondary phase attended our inaugural Awards Evenings
  • Every Year 13 student who submitted a UCAS application has received a university offer

Please can I draw your attention to the following announcements:

End of Term

The final day of the summer term is Thursday 19th July.   All phases of the Academy will be closing early on this day, with students being dismissed from 12:30.   


To ensure the smoothest possible start to the new academic year, please re-familiarise yourself with our Uniform and Equipment Policy.   This can be downloaded from the academy’s website.  In particular, please be reminded that:

  • overly-styled haircuts are not permitted
  • hair should be a natural colour only and no decorative attachments, braids or extensions are permitted   
  • tramlines or shapes must not be shaved into the hair or eyebrows
  • fake tan and make-up are not permitted
  • no piercings are permitted
  • the only acceptable footwear is black leather-fronted school shoes. Coloured laces and stitching are not allowed. Coloured tags (e.g. Kickers) are not allowed
  • coats must be plain black or navy blue, with only discrete logos permitted
  • any non-uniform items (including jewellery, mobile phones and hoodies) will be confiscated and returned at the end of the half term         

Our all-through curriculum

Developing our all-through curriculum will be an important focus for next year.    Some key features of this will be as follows:

  • Students in Years 3, 4 and 5 will have weekly art, product design and food technology lessons in the secondary phase, delivered by subject specialists
  • To prepare Year 6 students for the transition to our secondary phase, their afternoon lessons will take place in the secondary building each day and will be delivered by subject specialists across a broad range of subjects
  • All Year 7 maths classes will have one period a week delivered by a primary trained teacher.   This will support transition from Year 6 to Year 7 and ensure that teaching builds on prior learning
  • A comprehensive co-curricular programme will be introduced, consisting of a wide range of clubs and activities.  Many of these will be open to students from all phases of the academy 
  • All students, from every phase in the academy, will participate in a programme of six Character Days across the year.  These days will include a range of educational visits, cross-curricular competitions and workshops delivered by guest speakers

Changes in the secondary phase for 2018-19

Although most structures, policies and procedures will remain the same next year, please note the following amendments that will take effect from September 2018:

  1. Year 10 will attend Period 6 every Tuesday.   Year 11 students will attend Period 6 every Tuesday and Wednesday.   Students will be dismissed at 16:10 on these days, unless they are staying for intervention afterwards.
  2. The only PE bag that will be allowed will be the navy blue Harris drawstring bag, emblazoned with the academy logo.   Students in Years 7 to 10 will be provided with one of these bags this week.   No other sports bags or holdalls will be allowed.
  3. Non-regulation items that are banned in the academy (e.g. mobile phones, jewellery and hoodies) will also be confiscated if they are seen near the primary phase at any time, including when secondary students are collecting younger siblings.
  4. Any student that arrives at the academy late will sit a same-day Late Detention on every occasion, and also sit a Leadership Team Detention (until 17:00 on Friday) on every third occasion of lateness.

Year 11 Summer Projects

All Year 10 students have been given a Summer Project to complete over the holidays, in preparation for starting Year 11.   For every subject, the project requires consolidation of prior learning and preparatory work for the year ahead.    Please ensure that your child devotes substantial time to completing the project work, as it will provide students with the best possible foundations for success in Year 11.

Start of Autumn Term 2018

Students return to the academy on the following dates in September:

  • EYFS:                                   Staggered start, as communicated separately
  • Years 1 to 6:                      Wednesday 5th September @ 08:50
  • Years 7 and 11:                 Wednesday 5th September @ 08:30
  • Years 8, 9 and 10:             Thursday 6th September @ 08:30
  • Years 12 and 13:               Friday 7th September @ 08:30

Finally, I wish you a safe, relaxing and enjoyable summer.  I look forward to welcoming students at the gate on the first day back in September.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. D Smith

Head of Academy