Children can pick up a free healthy packed lunch from libraries and leisure centres during the May half-term, excluding the bank holidays. There's no need to register beforehand, just come along. Locations and serving times at


This week our primary team competed in the 3v3 Bexley borough finals with the winners representing Bexley at . The team performed excellently to win the event with scores of 8-0, 16-0 and 8-0 in the final.


We're pleased to support 2022 at Harris Garrard Academy!


Students celebrate their success in the Scholars Programme, with a graduation ceremony at SOAS University of London. They studied peace, conflict & gender with a PhD scholar and wrote 1500-word essays. We are very proud of our scholars!


Harris Garrard's Tag rugby team participated in their second mini-league event. They performed excellently winning 7-3 and 5-1, and we look forward to the final event in a few weeks time


Harris Garrard's girls rugby team competed in Kent schools' tournament recently. They were fantastic, making it all the way to the final. It was great to see over 100 primary school girls engaging in tag . Well done team!


Year 7 pick up litter in for 's campaign. Thank you to , who loaned us litter-picking equipment and removed the rubbish we collected. V proud of our students!


"Something wicked this way comes..." Today, our Year 11s were treated to a trip to The Globe to see a performance of their GCSE English Literature text, Shakespeare's Macbeth!


Our Year 1 & 2s really enjoyed taking part in the football festival. The teams had great fun, scoring lots of goals and using teamwork. Thank you to for organising and we look forward to their next event!


Today, Year 8 supported by the humanities department, enjoyed a day on the Thames, taking in London’s most famous landmarks. Staff and students enjoyed playing guess the landmark and waving to tourists.


Year 9 A-Side are enjoying the sunshine and learning about plants at RHS Wisley for their 4th Character Day of the year!


Our Easter Holiday 'Listening Ear' drop-in sessions are for all HGA parents and students (primary, secondary and Sixth Form). Come along on Weds 6th April (9am-1pm) and Weds 13th April (9am-1pm) if you fancy a chat with our staff or need some support. We'd love to see you.


Last Friday, we were visited by a very special member of the community, Abena Oppong-Asare, our local MP and Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. "She shared her journey into politics with us and was truly an inspiration," said Head Student, Daniella.


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"It was great to meet the students from years 5 and 6 at Primary School who participated in the Spanish Workshop “Los detectives culturales” ¡Enhorabuena chic por el gran trabajo!


Year 12 students making the most of the sun, and their dedicated outside area, during their mindfulness hour last Friday.


Harris Garrard had their first tag rugby mini-tournament this week. They put their learning from our PE lessons to good use winning both games, 5-2 and 4-2. Everyone had great fun and we look forward to the next one!


Last week our boys played a cup fixture against Fairford Academy. After a great match in wet conditions, we came out on top winning 5-2. Harris Garrard now progresses to play Danson Primary in the semi-finals.


AC Slater from the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge came to HGA last week to support KS4 students in writing passionate speeches!


We welcomed author for and he delivered some fantastic workshops for budding KS3 writers


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Posted on August 31st 2021

Year 12 Apprentice Event with Glaxo Smith Kline

The Year 12 Apprentice event is run each year and provides students in Year 12 with the opportunity to work in small groups, on a real brief, delivered by employees at a Fortune 500 company.

575px GlaxoSmithKline Logo.svgThis year saw students work on a healthy schools brief, delivered by the world’s sixth largest pharmaceutical company, Glaxo Smith Kline, via video link. Students were tasked with improving the health and well-being of everyone at school, including teachers, students, support staff and even visitors to the school.

The two-day event was intense and after their brief, students had time to conduct research and brainstorm their initial ideas.

Students were provided with real data about the school and the local area, including a survey of all staff and students about their views on healthy living. Students were then taught how to write pitches, write a business plan and how best to visually present their initiatives before presentations had to be submitted between 11.00 and 11.10 on day 2, with time then given to students to practice their group pitches.

All six groups presented brilliantly and the initiatives that Year 12 came up with were as follows:

  • Group 1: An overhaul of the canteen food (a renewed focus on heathy, varied food)
  • Group 2: Sports and fitness clubs (clubs supported by 6th form for lower years)
  • Group 3: Lifelong Learning Initiative (a focus on preparing students with life skills)
  • Group 4: The Buddy System (buddying 6th form students with KS3)
  • Group 5: Harris Wellbeing App (an extension to the existing Harris Federation App)
  • Group 6: Emotional Enhancement Programme (a wellbeing journal and club proposal)

The winners were group 6, with an excellent initiative centred around a wellbeing journal that can then act as a referral to a lunch time wellbeing club, supported by sixth form students. Group 6 will be given an initial investment of £300 to pilot their project, but all of the groups will be asked to further develop their ideas. 

What students said...

Alfie D said: "The Year 12 Apprentice Day is a day I will never forget. It is a day where all its challenging demands and expectations were full of enjoyable and engaging tasks that each highlighted common strengths and weaknesses. I believe that the Apprentice Day helped me realise things about myself, for example, when I was pitching my idea to the teachers and the GlaxoSmithKline representatives, my anxiety and introverted nature seemingly vanished and I was able to successfully deliver the pitch to them. I was also able to answer quick fire questions to a high degree of formality."

Esther N said: "We will be given £300 to implement our idea to help the younger years to have a smooth secondary life experience, which contributes to good mental health. My group and I have the responsibility to continue this and make it work - our teachers believe in us."