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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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


In Reception Class this week we have been focusing on our topic . Ilyas is writing a list of picnic food he needs to take to the moon. Vital! And Renee is writing 'rocket sentences' in speech bubbles. Loads more at


About to board the mini bus to make our way to the Cory Riverside Energy planet where London’s waste is processed!


Hi from has come in to help us learn about the 3Rs!


Year 10 enjoying a production by today - always a delight to welcome people in!

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Posted on March 10th 2019

Literary Canon Launched on World Book Day

Canon2Harris Garrard Academy launched its 'Literary Canon' on World Book Day - a reading initiative designed to promote a love of reading canonical texts.

There are 100 incredible books on the Literary Canon list - 50 for Key Stage 4 and 50 for Key Stage 3. And we now have three brand spanking new copies of every single one in the library - that's 300 brand new books!

Download the Key Stage 3 Literary Canon

Download the Key Stage 4-5 Literary Canon

Every student now has a reading journal to start working their way through the canon and reading the books, and we plan on giving out big prizes in awards assembly for those that have read the most books on the canon.

"We have been inundated with students keen to have the books they've already read signed off in their reading journal," said Ms Matthews. "The launch has been so popular that we've already ordered more books to meet the demand!"

Canon 'book of the week'

Teachers are also currently reading books on the canon to review them for a 'Canon book of the week' in Harris news.

The Key Stage 3 launch on Thursday was a huge success and over half of the books were taken out of the library by eager students. All students that attended the launch got a free WBD book mark.

Queues outside the library at lunchtime for the launch of the HGA Literary Canon.


Every teacher in Key Stages 3 and 4 has a catalogue of the books, to help them encourage students to read.


Three copies of all 100 books on the HGA Literary Canon are now in the school library.