We love this, well done Victor from our Year 3! You're keeping our spirits up!


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J K Rowling has surprised everyone by announcing a new book which she is publishing chapter by chapter on a new website. Completely different to Harry Potter.


"I really enjoyed the fitness workouts. And my 60 minute bike ride, three times a week with my mum." Victor, Year 3 Congrats to Victor and Jashanpreet, winners of our Fitness Diary competition!


A happy Eid Mubarak from our families to yours!


Ms Poolman and Ms Gringeri are filming a school tour for our new year 7s today, so you can have a look around. It will be on our website soon!


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Get involved with breaking a Guinness World Record! Author and illustrator, Rob Biddulph, wants you to take part in the world's biggest online lesson ever. Thursday 21 May 4-4:30pm. Register today!


School nurse, Ms Ward, has put together some helpful information sheets for students on topics such as mental wellbeing, emotional and sexual health, and sleep. Read and download them at


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We love this... head to Roald Dahl's YouTube channel to see a host of film stars reading 'James and the Giant Peach' in instalments from their homes. Chris Hemsworth, Eddie Redmayne, Meryl Streep and many more.


Tune in to another wonderful story time. This week join Mrs Lee for one of her favourite picture books and help us celebrate reading!


Need mental health and wellbeing support? is a safe, confidential support service for all young people in . Counsellors available 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year


Bitesize has suggested 7 simple ways we can all show for Mental Health Awareness Week.


Harris Garrard continues its evolution into a secret garden in the heart of London. We are so lucky to have such wonderful spaces for learning.


This week join Mr Sheppard for story time as he shares one of his favourite stories!


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Don’t miss out on some career talks this week. Follow the link below to find out more:


Give a big hand to the winners of our 'Write a Biography' challenge. We asked students to interview a relative or neighbour on the phone, and then write a short biography. Read the fantastic winning entries at


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Introducing our Virtual Cyber School! Head over to to find out how you can get free access to over 200 cyber security challenges with CyberStart Game. Already playing? Your licenses have also been extended so you can keep developing your skills 🎁


today making some beautiful log badges and insect houses. That way they can also during isolation.


Join Mr Butcher for our first Storytime! Nothing beats hearing a story being read aloud and this is one of our favourites! Follow the link to watch now -


Mr Smith has a new independent learning challenge for all our students... Keep a fitness diary! Find out more at


Our and Team, including Kim and Lisa (pictured last year), is working hard to improve and refresh their skills while school is closed, so they can provide even more support to students/families when we reopen. More at

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Key Workers - Letter to Parents

Dear Parents/Carers

Harris Garrard Academy has been contingency planning now for the last few weeks to ensure that we can support in the current situation by remaining partially open for vulnerable children, and the children of key workers on the frontline of this crisis. 

We will follow government guidance on the definitions of 'key workers' to ensure the number of students who attend is manageable in light of the skeleton staff in operation at the academy. The government has listed the following as ‘key workers’

National Health Service, Armed forces, Teachers and childcare staff, Care home workers, Social workers, Police officers, community support, civilian staff, Prison officer or other probation staff, Firefighters, Local authority planners, Environmental health officers, Highway Agency traffic officers, Supermarket delivery drivers.

The full list is set out here.

Families will be able to opt-in or opt-out on a weekly basis, providing we are notified before the start of each week.

It is important to note, that in line with social distancing guidance by government, where you have any alternative options for childcare, your children should not be in school with others.  Please do not leave your children with the elderly or other vulnerable adults.

The academy will complete a daily register and will contact you if you have opted into the provision, but your son/daughter has not attended.  If you have opted-in for the week, we will expect you to notify us by 8:30am, if they are unable to attend on a particular day (or even sooner if you can) by phoning reception or emailing . This will enable us to keep your children safe, plan for their day and make sure they have lunch.

If you would like to opt into this provision and meet the criteria for keyworkers, please could you email with confirmation documentation, to Confirmation documentation can include, for example, Work ID Card, Letter of employment, current wage slip (all details redacted except name and employer) or another appropriate piece of evidence to demonstrate you are employed in the ‘critical workers’ list. Alternatively, you can come into reception and reception staff will validate your documents.

Teachers and support staff are developing our plans to ensure a high-quality provision we hope you would expect from us. However, it should be noted that this will not be a normal academy provision. Secondary students will be supervised and supported mainly through independent and online learning. In primary, students will follow activities that are learning based.

At a time in which there is a great deal of anxiety and stress among families, we are doing our best to provide an environment that makes your roles as key workers easier to fulfil and ensures your children are well cared for and given the support they need. We will welcome children in on Monday morning and continue to develop our provision during this period. 

In secondary, please could pupils arrive in school uniform, for 9am. They will be dismissed from school at 3.10 pm. There will be lunch provision available for students.

In primary, please could pupils arrive in school uniform, for 8.30am. They will be dismissed from school at 3.30 pm. There will be lunch provision available for students.

Students who attend this provision should be in full school uniform.

With best wishes,

Chris Everitt

Assistant Director Harris Federation Secondary Education