We're looking forward to National Careers Week, 4th-9th March 2024. We will be using the many resources available, such as a virtual careers fair, films, talks and booklets to inspire our students about their future options and pathways.


🎉 What an inspiring afternoon at our Careers Fair! Students explored a world of opportunities with leading employers, colleges, and universities. Their futures look bright! 🌟 Check out the highlights 📸


Congratulations to everyone you have done yourselves, your school and your Borough proud


Congratulations to everyone you have done yourselves, your school and your Borough proud


We are officially through to the Sports hall finals. We finished inside the top 3 of todays qualifier and now will be one of 12 schools in the grand finals on the 19th March! This is the first time in the 3 years we have achieved this!


We have officially arrived at for the indoor sports athletics London finals representing to team Let’s go Garrard!!


Look what arrived in the post! These adorable handmade worry monsters were ordered from over a year ago. Big thanks to the talented knitters - they will bring comfort to many. Therapeutic tools for little ones.


Love is in the air (and candy in hand!) at HGA! Y11s selling roses & lollipops to make prom dreams come true. Talk about initiative!


HGA remembered the stories of the holocaust, assembly led by Mr Mukadam.


The girls at our school are selling baked goods all week to raise money for their cheerleading competition in February. The first day was a great success, and we thank everyone for their support! Come and grab some delicious treats to support the Legacy Cheer and Dance 2024 🍰🎉


KS3 students have mastered functions and formulas, so it's time for a little light relief! They're creating pixel art using conditional formatting in Excel. It's a fun way to apply their skills and unleash their creativity. 🎨💻



Our students had a blast at exploring science in action! 🔬🚀 They dived into the latest research and innovations at Queen Mary University of London. 🌟


🎉 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. 🚀

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Business & Economics

At Harris Garrard Academy, the curriculum offer at Key Stage 4 and 5 provides students with the opportunity to either follow the academic route of GCSE and A Level or the vocational pathway of Tech Award and BTEC National.

This is to ensure that students are studying a curriculum that is best suited to their needs and maximises their potential.

GCSE and A Level

The GCSE and A Level curriculum pathway has been designed to integrate the transferrable skills and knowledge learnt across other Key Stage 3 core subjects and complement these with a strong foundation of business skills and knowledge.

The Business GCSE course provides a stimulating and contemporary look at the world of business.  Students will study the practical application of business concepts. The schemes of learning will provide opportunities to explore theories and concepts through the context of events in the business and economic world. The knowledge and skills gained from this subject will provide students with a firm foundation in business for further study.

The GCSE provides a natural route into either a Business A Level or the Economics A Level here at HGA. To successfully deliver the Economics A Level we work collaboratively with the Harris Federation sixth form to develop our schemes of learning.  We follow their curriculum design whilst adapting it to the needs of our students. The content of the Economics A level course will give students understanding of how economies allocate their scarce resources to meet the needs and wants of their citizens.

Students will develop a greater understanding of the economic problems which face individuals, firms and governments on a local, national and global level and the alternative ways these problems can be resolved. We work with the Federation to monitor quality of delivery and to standardise assessment as we see this as a critical element to improve learning outcomes for our students and professional development for the business teachers.

BTEC qualifications

The BTEC qualifications allows our students the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to real life business contexts. The need for enterprising skills in the workplace has fast become a government focus to ensure students are given the chance to learn these skills. Our vocational curriculum gives the students that opportunity to acquire that knowledge and those key soft skills to progress into a number of roles in an organisation, or go on to further education. At Key Stage 4 students study the Tech Award in Enterprise

Students study three modules: Exploring Enterprises, including understanding of enterprise and entrepreneurs, how market research helps enterprises to meet customer needs and understand competitors, and how internal and external factors affect decisions made by enterprises; Planning and Pitching a micro-enterprise, including generating ideas, creating a business plan and culminating in a business pitch and review; and Understanding and Application of Knowledge of how SMEs promote and finance their business.

At Key Stage 5, students can choose to continue their study of business through applied learning with the BTEC National. The course is designed with mandatory and optional content that provides a balance of breadth and depth, while retaining a degree of choice so as to personalise our curriculum unit choices to the needs of our learners.

Throughout the delivery of the vocational courses we ensure students get exposure to real life businesses through live projects or educational visits to enrich their experience of the real working world. The schemes of learning deliberately consider transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, integrating activities that practice these skills and ensuring students understand the value of them, ready for higher education and the workplace.

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

For queries about the Business & Economics curriculum please contact Adam Lounici

Further details of the curriculum can be found below.


Careers relevant to Business and Economics include:

  • Business owner
  • Retail manager
  • Public sector manager
  • Accountant
  • Teacher
  • HR administrator/ manager
  • Finance administrator/ manager
  • Business analyst
  • Finance analyst
  • Account manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Marketing assistant
  • Sales manager
  • Government policy development
  • Lawyer
  • Economist
  • Journalist
  • Academic
  • Politician

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