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16/10/18

These are just tasters of their amazing time! Have a look through our weekly newsletter for more; it comes out every Friday!

16/10/18

Don't worry she'll be home tomorrow!

16/10/18

Victory! A delicious feast prepared for our evacuees for their VE party tonight! https://t.co/c38Hjof1XN

16/10/18

Our year 6 evacuees exploring wartime recipes at Hooke Court! https://t.co/5sExUMArfR

16/10/18

Dilcy, Year 8, did this fantastic about and and different models of our solar system. She even included her own research sources. Well done, Dilcy! See more examples of out students' great homework at https://t.co/lvsyXH3lC1 https://t.co/oDh8LmNIBw

16/10/18

Retweetd From Parents and Teachers for Excellence

. once again had some brilliant results: , Harris St Johns Wood, and had great P8 scores of 0.34, 0.58, 0.89 and 1.27 respectively.

16/10/18

Good morning from Hooke Court! We really enjoyed our woodland walk and code breaking last night. https://t.co/etFBcmVmgB

15/10/18

Year 6 have arrived safe and sound! They saw Stonehenge and lots of sheep on the way! Looking forward to code breaking tonight!

11/10/18

Retweetd From HarrisBoys'Academy

Our provisional Progress 8 score for 2017-18 is 0.81, which is likely to put us in the top 2% of schools nationally. Amazing! Huge congrats to all our students and teachers ! Read more at https://t.co/cAlVvdPvdA https://t.co/chPkCRvMru

11/10/18

We're really proud that our provisional Progress 8 score is 0.34. This is an amazing achievement by our students and teachers in our first year and is likely to place us in the top 18% of schools nationally. Great work everyone! Read more https://t.co/kgs3TlSB82 https://t.co/qA7RtFlEG8

11/10/18

Thanks for the shout out Miss D'Souza was very surprised!

11/10/18

Miss D'Souza has been looking forward to this day since the summer! Looking at developing Effective Early Years Practice at HGA! https://t.co/emzRJJqoFF

10/10/18

Year 3 are investigating the different types of soil found on our site. Can you name the equipment we are using? https://t.co/u63QP5VtPf

09/10/18

Parents' Evening is in full flow at HGA! We're also selling tickets for the international evenings too! https://t.co/Sxmbgn2qqK

09/10/18

Finishing off our day by engineering our future! https://t.co/OBv3A3zFzu

09/10/18

Our students are loving exploring space at the Science Museum! https://t.co/tqB7fEipf9

09/10/18

Retweetd From HarrisBoys'Academy

Very proud to have received the Mayor of London's award for second year in a row - for being in top 5% of schools nationally for the past four years. Well done boys (and teachers!) https://t.co/SShJhDvPBZ. https://t.co/7qM3GuZtIR

06/10/18

Thank you for such an inspirational talk yesterday- we have the power!

05/10/18

We are looking forward to putting these posters on display for the amazing team at HGA. We change lives! https://t.co/PlUQGaSZXA

05/10/18

Thank you for being there so early to welcome us all Looking forward to sharing HGA's next set of amazing results next year! https://t.co/w2e8mttMRK

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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.   

Uniform

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