Our Sixth Form went to Thorpe Park yesterday for an adrenaline-filled day as a reward for their hard work this year. A great time had by all!


Harris officially achieved the Gold award for our school games mark 2021/22!


The stage is set and we are very excited to welcoming our new students to HGA on their transition day. A great day ahead!


HGA's Year 10 Geographers have been out to the River Darent today practising their fieldwork skills - and not afraid to get wet in the process!


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A great start by in the 3v3 Basketball having won their league they are now through to the knock-out stage Finals🏀 Good luck 👏


On Monday our Basketball team took part in the 🏀 representing Bexley after winning our regional qualifier. 27 boroughs entered their best school from their region. We finished 3rd, winning 5 games whilst only losing 1!


80 of our students from HGA with the most positive Harris Points were rewarded with a trip to today! Here we see Mr Carr taking on a student at air hockey...


Plant life !


Year 7 students finding out about local history and STEM in the community at


Year 8 students discovering local art and artists


Year 9 students with plant babies at RHS Wisley


Final Character Day of the year! Year 7 students enjoying the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich


Our Student Eco-Council is looking forward to taking part in the Bexley Eco Festival 2022! Read about our Eco-Council at


Araceli and Halya, Year 4, are the winners of our KS2 poster competition, inspired by the ' aim of inspiring young people to be active. With over a 100 entries, our sports leaders had a tough judging process! Read more


After their recent title win, our primary basketball team set their eyes on challenging a teacher team to put their skills to the test. After two competitive and well-spectated matches, Team Children came out on top with 12-6 and 11-9 wins!


Congratulations to our students who took part in the UKMT Challenge 2022. We had three Silver and six Bronze certificates (Intermediate) and one Gold, three Silver and 26 Bronze certificates (junior). Fantastic work! Read more


Our Outstanding Food Award goes to Jay, Year 10, for his creativity and skills in his Food Tech GCSE. Here are two of his restaurant-standard dishes: chicken katsu curry and cheesecake duo (matcha strawberry and vanilla mango). Yum!


So proud of the effort our Year 11 are putting in at present. Attendance at our intervention sessions has been outstanding and we are sure this hard work will pay off in their exams. Great work, Year 11!


Congratulations to Aleksandra, who has finished her EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), culminating in a fantastic presentation delivered in front of her EPQ supervisor, Mr McCann, her EPQ peers and the Sixth Form Team. Great work! Read more


Congratulations to sixth former Lydia for winning the Jack Petchey Outstanding Achiever Award. Lydia was nominated for her all-round commitment to her education and laser-sharp focus on her dream of becoming a doctor. Amazing work, Lydia! Read more at

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Beautifully designed objects, fashion, buildings, cars, films, illustrations, photographs and ideas surround us. It is easy to forget that artists have carefully considered, developed and realised their creation.

Through contextual studies, students will explore historical, social, cultural, moral and political aspects of Art. We believe that Art provides an opportunity to develop expression, creativity, confidence and self-esteem.  Students are encouraged to take creative risks through experimentation with a diverse range of materials, techniques and processes.

Students learn how to solve problems creatively and how to reflect on and analyse their own and others’ work developing critical thinking skills.

For further details about the Art curriculum please contact David Rose

Full details of the intent, implementation and impact of our Art curriculum are contained in our curriculum plans, downloadable from the bottom of the page.

View/download medium term plans for all subjects. These are up to date as of 1st September 2021. Plans will be refreshed every term.

You can also download Knowledge Organisers for each year group from our Knowledge Organisers page.

Primary Curriculum - Art

Every child is an artist.” Pablo Picasso

Art and Design at Harris Garrard aims to engage, inspire and challenge children to equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, imagine and produce works of art.  

Our art provision is underpinned by several key concepts: 

  • Creativity 
  • Competence 
  • Cultural understanding  
  • Critical understanding 

At Harris Garrard, we see art as a platform through which pupils can explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to communicate ideas and meanings. It is this self-directed nature of teaching and learning in art which provides pupils with a sense of independence in our art lessons. We strongly believe that experimentation, innovation and risk should be encouraged, but that every piece of artwork and experimentation should be reflected on and be built on a foundation of both theoretical and practical knowledge. 

Throughout our provision of Art and Design, our pupils learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across different eras and cultures and to understand the contexts in which they were made. This more theoretical understanding will feed into their making; their ideas will become more complex and well thought out, linking to more diverse meanings and ideas behind the art works. It is this balance between the development of practical skills and theoretical engagement which we believe will produce well-rounded artists who have a profound engagement with art and other artists. 

We aim to provide a systematic and progressive development of practical skills through the exploration of different techniques and materials like charcoal drawing, screen printing and clay sculpture which underpin the students’ theoretical and critical understanding of art. 

Mrs Fisher Primary Art Lead


Art and Design helps students with a wide range of future career options including:

  • Graphic designer
  • Artist
  • Photographer
  • Fashion designer
  • Computer animator
  • Architect
  • Interior designer
  • Product designer
  • Jewelry designer
  • Website designer
  • Comic book artist
  • Gallery curator
  • Illustrator

Find out more about the careers programme at Harris Garrard Academy.