Thank you to for our 15 year partnership award. We are looking forward to many more years working with you.


When the primary hall is in use and we get to use the secondary sports hall! Benefits of being an all-through!


Lots of interest at the secondary sign up for all of our clubs last night!


Some home made musical instruments children in Year 4 made over the Christmas holidays. Fantastic work everyone! Children played their instruments in lessons today, which they enjoyed immensely.


Years 5 and 6 are getting ready to perform in their first Carole service


Thank you to all the staff, parents and students for making tonight’s Christmas concert a roaring success! Your time, effort and support is much appreciated.


It’s a full house for the Christmas Concert !


Thank you for the parental support


Hi Hughes'! It's great to see you- you're both looking great! You're missed by your peers and teachers! Merry Christmas!


Year 6 fully supporting on We've raised over £280 so far and still counting!


at HGA! All of the primary phase staff and children are helping raise money for


We can't wait to see the Christmas Nativity shows in a few weeks' time! Got to make sure Ms Brand's voice keeps going until then!


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Day 3 of with led by Executive Principal of Chris Everitt | enjoying listening to Lohengrin in the corridors over lunch


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Mince pies and Q&A ! Monday 10th December from 4.30pm


An amazing music lesson taking place at HGA. teaching different rhythms using claps and playing new notes.


We're pleased to announce the Yr5/6 Carol Concert will be at St. Augustine's Church in Belvedere. Check the newsletter for details!


Alfie is our playground king after beating Mr Smith on our new mega board. "This was the first time I've played Mr Smith," says Alfie. "It was a bit of an achievement for me. I knew he'd be a challenge." Top work, Alfie!


Come to our Sixth Form Open Event, Weds 21 Nov, 5-7pm. At Harris Garrard Academy, Yarnton Way, Thamesmead, DA18 4DW. Discover all the the fantastic opportunities on offer. Find out more at


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Inspiring words for the students at ! It's such a privilege to be able to visit our during their !


Our KS2 netballers won their match tonight 24-0! They were aiming for 26 goals! High expectations even when winning at HGA!

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Posted on May 9th 2018

Lord Harris Meets Students at Harris Garrard Academy

Lord Harris spent the morning at Harris Garrard Academy today meeting students and unveiling a plaque to mark the school’s official opening.

Children from the school choir performed specially-arranged songs and Sydney, Year 8, a British National Open Dance Champion, gave an expert performance of traditional Irish dancing.

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Harris Garrard Academy opened in September, taking over from the Business Academy Bexley. There has been major investment in the building to improve the teaching environment as well as in leadership and teaching.

“Changing the school is important but most important is giving you an excellent education,” Lord Harris told students before unveiling a plaque. “You’re going to make this school really outstanding.”

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“A new vision”

“We’re a new school with a new name but more importantly a new educational vision, leadership and expectations,” said Chris Everitt, Executive Principal. “The students are wonderful and have risen to the challenge, showing their resilience, aspirations and a belief that anything is possible.” Applications to join the school have increased hugely since the Harris Federation took over, with 210 families accepting places for September 2018, compared to 78 in 2017 (before the school joined the Harris Federation).

“The school feels highly improved already,” said Sir Dan Moynihan, Chief Executive of the Harris Federation. “The students are really positive and we’re determined to get the best possible results for them. There’s still lots to do but it’s feeling like a really great start.”

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“Down to earth”

As Lord Harris toured the school, sixth formed Laura, Year 12, told him she’d been involved in meeting and interviewing teachers. “I told him I wanted to get involved in the school and he said he wanted it to feel like it was really our school,” she said.

Isaac, Year 10, said: “He was really down to earth and chatted about sport and other things. It was nice to meet him.”

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“Outstanding educational environment”

Beverley Johnston, Chair of Governors added: “The governors are extremely proud to be part of this exhilarating journey towards providing an outstanding educational environment. Rapid progress has already been made and students are reporting huge improvements to their learning and enjoyment. Our aim is to maximise the life-chances of our children and young people through an excellent academic and personal education which ensures that they are well-prepared to go out into the world and to have highly successful working lives."

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Cllr Teresa O’Neill said: “We are delighted that the Harris Federation is taking over. Young people deserve the chances they will offer and I’m sure the Harris Federation will add a lot of value."

Lord Harris told students that all 44 Harris Federation schools are “a family working together to be top class.”

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Michelin in our Reception class shows Lord Harris that she can label the different parts of a plant.

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