🎉 Excited to kick off our culture evening with standing room only to celebrate the different cultures of our student community through dance, music, and so much more! Let's embrace and enjoy the rich diversity of our school. 🌍💃🎶


🎄✨ This week, the festive spirit has taken over Harris Garrard Academy! Our students and staff enjoyed a delightful lunchtime of festive dancing, getting everyone in the holiday mood. Wishing everyone a wonderful and festive time ahead! 🎅🕺💃


Lunchtime! 🥪


The last pic, a seemingly decrepit old computer? This was the world's first web server, marking the very beginning of what we know today as the World Wide Web. It first went online over 25 years ago at CERN, laying the foundation for the development of the internet as we know it.


Mr. Adams has unapologetically taken the liberty of sharing some nerdy and amazing photos from the computer section at the Science Museum! From technological innovations to really nerdy stuff, our Year 8 students are having a blast exploring the world of science and technology.


🦖 While Year 8 is exploring the wonders of science at the Science Museum, another group is stepping back in time at the Natural History Museum! They've even spotted a T-Rex dressed as Santa. Who said learning can't be festive? 🎅


🔬 Year 8 are off to the Science Museum today as part of our character education program! We're excited for them to explore the wonders of science and technology. Stay tuned for updates on their educational adventure. 🚀


Last Week our Indoor Athletics team took part in the Finals. The team performed excellently, winning the event and now have the opportunity to represent Bexley at the in February. Huge congratulation to the team and


Continuing the celebration of our talented students and the Christmas spirit at HGA, here are more highlights from our festive performances! 🎄🎶 Our talent show contestants truly shone, delivering heartwarming renditions of Christmas classics.


Our musicians at HGA never disappoint! Considering Christmas is approaching, a performance of Christmas songs by our music students and talent show contestants left us in awe. HGA has got the Christmas spirit!🎄❄️


Our year 11's got a special treat today - a virtual tour of , the UK's national synchrotron science facility!💡Students saw the impressive particle accelerators up close. 📸 We're so glad our students could experience this cutting-edge science, even remotely!


There were some outstanding individual performances during thefinal of our yr5/6 Sports Hall Athletics competition today. Well done to all the pupils involved & sports leaders for officiating👏🥇 🥈 🥉


And the finalists!



The shortlist…



Calling all future historians! 🏰 Our Year 7B Hi1 students created incredible Motte and Bailey castles, demonstrating their understanding of King William's England. Bravo, young minds!


Heat 3 of the SHA took place with 5 schools competing for a place in next weeks final. Congratulations to who finished in 1st place & well done to all who took part👏Thank you to for officiating at the event 🙏



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Harris Garrard Academy has been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted across all areas following its inspection in November 2021.

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This is the first time Ofsted has inspected the academy since it joined the Harris Federation in 2017. Its predecessor school, Bexley Business Academy, was deemed by Ofsted to be inadequate overall, but since 2017 we have been able to turn the school around thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff, students and community.

High expectations

The turnaround of the academy was noted in the Ofsted report, which said that the academy’s leaders have “very high expectations of what pupils will achieve. They are determined that all pupils will leave the school with the knowledge that they need to succeed in life. Everything that staff, governors and leaders do is based around this vision."

The report highlights that:

  • "Relationships between pupils and staff are positive. Leaders encourage pupils to be independent, to take on responsibilities and to treat everyone equally."
  • “Pupils enjoy school.”
  • “Leaders and governors have a clear and accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and development priorities. They are not complacent, and strive to be the best they can be.”
  • "Pupils in all year groups follow an ambitious curriculum. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons is positive."

Happy and successful

Kristen Gringeri, Head of Academy, said: “We are incredibly proud of what our staff, students and community have achieved in turning this school around since 2017 but we are also looking forward to the journey ahead too.

“There is much to celebrate – the Ofsted report shows we have created a happy and successful school with a culture of constantly looking to improve. We have made very significant progress over the past four years and have a very bright and positive future ahead of us too. I know our academy will continue to go from strength-to-strength.”

Ofsted Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think of the school. Visit the Ofsted Parent View website.