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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'A Parent's Guide to Black Lives Matter' - resources, activities and tips for families to empower children to work towards racial equality. View and download at


You'll find thousands of online digital books at - and our students have a FREE login. You'll find full details (and other reading ideas) on the Reading at Home page of our website


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Art is a great way for kids to get creative, so why not enter our competition; 'Get Arty'. For a chance to win a £30 voucher all you have to do is take a photo, create a picture or write a poem of/or about nature.Enter here:


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We’re pleased to launch today TALKLINE - a free telephone counselling service for anyone feeling anxious, stressed, lonely or isolated. Open 5-9pm Mon-Fri and 9-9pm Sat/Sun. Funded by to help us help you through Covid-19


If you need uniform for September why not order it online now? Please order by August 7th at the latest, but earlier if you can, to make sure you have what you need for September. Full details at


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Are you a resident who wants to explore the beauty of nature around you? We want local residents, of any age, to create an art piece inspired by nature and enter a competition. Deadline 12pm Tue 30 June 2020. More info here:

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Change of Leadership for 2020/2021

Chris everitt 1016Dear Parent/Carer

I am under no illusions that the past few months have been a very difficult time for the whole country and our local community in which we serve.  We are aware that it is not just children that feel the isolation, increased anxiety and the desire for life to return to some sort of normality.  We know these feelings can lead to increased family pressures and demands.  We are here for all our community if you need us, and will continue to be here, whilst we navigate through this road map to some sort of normal life.  Please contact us if we can help in any way, as we have access to many third-party support agencies who may be able to offer support in various circumstances.  The academy is currently closed to visitors (except in emergencies), but reception is staffed daily and can be contacted via telephone or email.  We can then make the necessary arrangements, depending on what support is required.  This can include a socially distanced face to face meeting, which will be held outside, weather permitting.

I am writing to you today to inform you of some changes to the academy leadership from September 2020.  Daniel Smith, Kate Magliocco and Pavan Chandhoke will be leaving the academy at the end of August to take up well deserved promotions in other organisations.  I would like to take this opportunity to put on record my sincere thanks to all of them for their determined leadership, drive and ambition over the last 3 years at Harris Garrard.  The academy would not be where it is today without this type of leadership.

Harris Garrard has made tremendous progress over the last 3 years under their leadership, with students achieving their best ever results across all phases.  The academy has also been transformed from an undersubscribed school to one that is welcoming 240 new Year 7 students in September and has a lengthy waiting list across all phases.  This will be the largest year group the academy has ever taken.  When we took over the school in September 2017, we only had 60 students in Year 7, this year group has now grown to 120 since we opened through mid-year admissions.

I am sure that you will join me in wishing Daniel Smith, Kate Magliocco and Pavan Chandhoke all the best in their future careers.

One of the many advantages of being part of a successful, large Multi Academy Trust, is the access to talented leaders within the federation.  The Harris Federation operates a number of succession planning programmes to ensure that we continue to develop and grow outstanding future leaders within the trust, who have aligned values to what this academy believes in.

Everything we do in this academy is aimed at increasing a child’s life chance to lead a successful, fulfilled and happy life, whatever career path they take.  I often say to students, ‘I don’t mind what career you choose, just be the best you can be at it, and remember you could be working for 50 years’!

This vision materialises in students being able to develop the master key that enables them to unlock any future door, without restriction or limitation.  Along with this master key, we are passionate about developing resilience, cultural capital and an informed understanding of diversity in all students, so they can effectively engage with a challenging and complex society, that will bring many ups and downs in a lifetime.

I am therefore delighted to announce that we have appointed internally from within the Harris Federation, Steve West and Francesca Perry.  Steve will become the Head of Academy from September and Francesca will oversee the primary phase as an Executive Principal, along with overseeing her existing school.  Steve and Francesca have been in Harris for a number of years and will be taking Harris Garrard to the next phase of its journey.  They will be writing to you soon to introduce themselves to you personally and in more detail.

In my role as Assistant Director of Secondary Education, I will continue to operate as the Executive Principal of the academy

I am adamant that everything we achieve; we achieve together and as a team.  As soon as we know what September looks like we will write to you again with an update about our plans, to keep you fully informed.

Please look after yourselves, look out for each other and stay safe in these difficult and uncertain times.  We are here if you need us, please just get in touch.

Yours sincerely

Chris Everitt

Assistant Director Harris Federation Secondary Education