Our Virtual Open Day is now live! Meet the Head of Academy, take a tour of our school, and hear from our fantastic students too. It's all at


Nothing like settling into the week with a good book in our wonderful new library.


A selection of our brand new DEAR books - we are so excited for students to start reading these in tutor time!


Find out more about our co-curricular clubs for Year 7 this term, including Japanese, Debate & Mock Trials, Cricket, Maths, History, K-Club, Running, Poetry and more!


We are really looking forward to welcoming all our primary and secondary students back to the academy in September. For the latest details about September reopening (including staggered start dates and times) please visit Thank you and see you soon!


We are delighted to be opening the Academy to all our students in September. For the latest details about September reopening (including staggered start times and dates for our secondary phase) please visit . We look forward to seeing you soon!


Dear parents, uniform orders must be placed with our uniform supplier, Brigade, by 7th Aug to ensure delivery in time for the start of term. Orders placed after the 7th Aug deadline will not delivered until mid/late September. See full ordering details


A final socially distanced assembly was the right way to say a goodbye to our superb staff and students. Some moving onto new adventures and others to return in September for more exciting times at !


Free Young Summer Camp for young children who are eligible for free school meals. Details at


Dear students, don't forget is available all summer. is an online service designed to support your - offering a safe and secure way to access mental health and wellbeing support. Find out more at


15-17? ‘Keep Doing Good’ with this summer! Volunteering experience Make a positive impact in our local community Learn new skills Join thousands of young people who have signed up to ‘Keep Doing Good’ by pledging your time this summer at ➡


How will your child travel to school in Sept? We want to encourage all students to make their way to school safely when we reopen. Please help us by completing very short survey. It will take a minute or less! Thank you.


FREE online mini-modules to help mums develop their tech skills over the summer.


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Brilliant! What a wonderful team Have a wonderful summer all and we hope to see you soon.


Dear HGA Students... here is a video message from your teachers to wish you a happy summer and to say how much we are looking forward to seeing you next year. We hope you enjoy it and it makes you 😃


Young Greenwich in partnership with have put together an excellent online summer programme of activities. Find out more here


Check out the 'audiobook' file on Student SharePoint to listen to the English Department reading Elizabeth Laird's 'Oranges in No Man's Land' aloud! Here's an excerpt of Ms Hall reading Chapter 3 📚


KS3! A reminder that you have ONE WEEK LEFT to submit your entries to the Lockdown Creative Writing Competition! See remote learning slides for more details and get your poems into the English Department ASAP! We can't wait to read them.


A nice art idea you might like to try!


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Have your say on the themes and issues emerging from the Black Lives Matter movement. Write a story in 500 words for the competition. Categories for 5-9 and 10-13 year olds. Closes 3rd July. You can do it!

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Posted on September 25th 2020

Weekly Academy Update For Parents - 25th September 2020

Steve West   selectedDear Parents/Carers

Weekly Update from the Head of Academy

I hope this letter continues to find you all well and staying safe, as we continue to fight against the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases across the country.  You will have seen several large events this week, as the government’s scientific advisors and the Prime Minister addressed the nation.  As always, I shall make sure that we are ensuring that you have all the information you need to ensure that your children and the staff at the Academy remain safe.

Face coverings on public transport

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that face coverings should be worn by all students who are aged 11 or above on public transport.  We shall continue to support local bus companies and other providers in ensuring students are following this guidance and students should be aware that they could be refused entry to the bus, or other means of transport if they are not wearing a face covering.

A letter to all parents/carers from NHS Test and Trace

Dear parents and guardians,

This is an important letter to share some information on how we can work together to make sure we can continue to give children and young people the best education in the safest way possible.

One important part of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of pupils, parents and our communities is testing for coronavirus. We all have a duty to make sure that the right people have access to get tested at the right time. Every time a test is used inappropriately, a person with Covid-19 symptoms may miss out on getting tested. Therefore, I ask that you all follow these principles:

You should only book a test if your child has any of these three coronavirus symptoms:

1.  a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature)

2.  a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

3.  a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal

Your child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.

If you are unsure about whether to get a test, please check the official list of symptoms, on the NHS website, which is reviewed regularly:

Only the person with symptoms should get a test.  You do not need to get a test for anyone else in the household unless they also have any of the three symptoms listed above.  All members of the household need to self-isolate whilst waiting for the test result.

If the person with symptoms’ test comes back positive, other members of their household should continue self-isolating for 14 days and only get a test if they develop coronavirus symptoms.  

If a pupil in a class or bubble tests positive for coronavirus, anyone who is advised to self-isolate does not require a test unless they subsequently develop symptoms.  

No one else in the same class or bubble, as the symptomatic person needs to take any action unless advised by the school.  Schools have detailed guidance and access to a Department for Education and Public Health England helpline for advice and support.

Contacts of a person who has tested positive, must follow the guidance carefully and in full, which means they must stay at home for 14 days.  This is because it can take several days following contact with an infected person, before an individual develops symptoms or the virus can be detected.  Students should only book a test if they get symptoms.

The NHS has produced some guidance to help parents understand when their child can and cannot attend school which you may find useful: body/is-my-child-too-ill-for-school/

It is vital for children’s learning and future opportunities, that they are able to return to school and college.  It is therefore vitally important that we all work together and do our bit to make this possible.

Yours sincerely

Professor Viv Bennett CBE                                          Dr Susan Hopkins

Changes to the Start and finish times for our Primary Phase students

As a response to feedback from parents, carers, staff and students, we have made some adjustments to the timings for the start and end of the day in the primary phase.  Please see the table below for the revised times that will come into effect on Monday 28th September 2020.

Year group

Start time

Finish time





First Gate

Year 1



First Gate

Year 2



First Gate

Year 3



Middle Gate

Year 4



Middle Gate

Year 5



First Gate

Year 6



First Gate

Forest School

To close this letter some exciting news from our Primary phase.  This week saw our Year 1 students enjoy their first experience of Forest School.  We started our Forest School sessions with Degas and Monet Class.  Being surrounded by, and enjoying nature is an important part of our everyday life, and something we like to celebrate as part of our science curriculum.  With such wonderful grounds at Harris Garrard, we have been able to create a special forest area, where our students can listen to stories, explore habitats and learn about different plants and animals.  Each week our Year 1’s will be exploring these areas of the school with our Science Lead and their Class Teachers.  

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Academy.

Yours faithfully  

Steve West

Head of Academy