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Congratulations to Caitlin and all staff and students at on their fantastic results


Our students are celebrating some excellent results today! “I want to congratulate our Year 11 on these fantastic results, which indicate the enormous progress they have made during their secondary education." Mr Everitt, Executive Principal. Find out more


Celebrating some fantastic results at HGA! A huge well done to all of our students we are incredibly proud of you.


Don't forget our school is OPEN to students and families tomorrow and every Weds during the holiday (9am to 1pm) if you'd like to chat to our staff about anything on your mind (tea and biscuits on offer)! Find out more


Students, parents, carers... got something on your mind? Kim and Lisa are in school today (9am to 1pm) so why not pop along and say hello. We're OPEN every Weds morning during the holidays for anyone in our community who wants a 'listening ear' (and maybe tea and biscuits!)


Want to talk someone? Need support? Don't forget the school is OPEN to all students and parents/carers tomorrow and every Weds during the holiday (9am to 1pm). Everyone welcome. Tea waiting! Find out more


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After eight years (my placement school) it’s the end of an era. Thanks for all the heartfelt cards and gifts and to everyone has helped me over the years. Of all the lovely messages in cards, this is by far my favourite.


Royal Borough of are offering free meals for children during the holidays through their Holiday Meals Mobile Kitchen. Find out more


Happy holidays everyone! But don't forget we are OPEN to students and families every Weds during the holiday (9am to 1pm) if you need to speak to someone. Come along and meet some staff for support, a chat and maybe a cup of tea! Find out more


Find out how Year 4 have been working with our secondary teachers to add depth and challenge to their and lessons in Year 4. at its best!


So much to celebrate at our secondary Academy Awards Evening!! 🎉 🏆 🎊 🥇#dontwishforitworkforit


Year 4 really enjoyed learning about historic costumes, etiquette and dance . They got to make and take home wax candles as well. A great day out and great learning too!


Congrats to our students who competed so well in the Sports Day yesterday. Fantastic day! Special mentions: Samuel (Yr 9), Samuel (Yr 10), Jefferey (Yr 7), AJ (Yr 7), Leoni (Yr 9). But all 27 of our competitors showed great maturity and


Our coaches are on their way back from sports day, but we are experiencing some delays due to traffic. Great efforts from our competitors today - well done!


Come to our 'Listening Ear' drop-in sessions, every Wed (9am to 1pm), from 31st July until 28th Aug. It means we're OPEN during the Summer holidays if you need to speak to someone, meet some staff or just have a chat and a cup of tea! All our families and students very welcome!


Kyle is all prepared for an Antarctic expedition 5/5!!


Here we go again! Year 7 B side at the National Maritime Museum. 🌊 🏛


Mr Mulhere browsing the selection at our secondary book fair! 📚 📖


A fantastic all-through sports day today!! A huge thank you to our wonderful PE staff and all our students. Well done to the victorious hub: Enterprise!


A HUGE well done to our year 7s Amirah, Lacey-Mai and Neha for their hard work at yesterday’s Spelling Bee hosted by . Thanks for having us!!

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Posted on April 29th 2019

'Walk and Talk' Masterclass for GCSE English Exam

The English Language GCSE is one that requires a great deal of independence and skill from our students. It may seem simple in principle, but it is anything but.

Students are expected to read some very challenging unseen texts, and then give a detailed and thorough analysis, all under exam conditions and with limited time. They must then switch gears for the latter part of the examination and write creatively and professionally – using a topic or stimulus that they are unlikely to have ever written about before.

With all these different elements it is no wonder that students nationally underperform on their English Language in comparison to their English Literature. The English Department at the Harris Garrard Academy are determined to ensure our students buck this trend and have been working with our students to ensure they feel ready to take on this challenge in the summer.


Advice, tips and insights

Our most recent initiative involved a four hour 'Walking Talking Mock' for the whole of Year 11 (pictured above), and on the first day back after a two week holiday, just to add insult to injury!

The students, along with their English teachers, went through each question and examined a range of example texts as part of the lecture-style session.

With an experienced staff team, which includes a number of AQA examiners, we were able to share advice, tips and to provide an insight into the common mistakes that students tend to make. The students behaved impeccably in what was undoubtedly a gruelling day; their maturity and work ethic made us all very proud.

This qualification develops students' ability to communicate, decode and infer with confidence. Employers and universities will often look at a student's English Language grade as it demonstrates their transferrable skills and the potential they have to learn in all fields. We want to give our students access to every opportunity that they could wish to explore and feel confident that the work they are doing in these areas will have a transformative effect on their futures.

Ailish Langan, Director of Learning for English