Retweetd From LDNMayor Environment

Excellent blog from on the Mayor's Climate Kick-Start tree planting project at Academy


Amazing turnout for Year 7 and 8 girls football today. Lots of talent on show and some unbelievable moments! It was great to see everyone playing with a smile, while still being very competitive. Congratulations to Enterprise and Creative Voice who came out on top.


Good turnout today for the Year 7 & 8 Boys' inter-hub competition. There was lots of intense games and quality on show today. Congratulations to Enterprise who came out on top today!


Dezi, Michael, Dawid and Bolu celebrate winning 'Character Trait' prizes. They were amongst 60 winners in Term 1a, who showed traits including Determined Resilience, Aspirational Work Ethic and Moral Awareness and Tolerance. Well done!


Sixth Formers Yusuf, Lydia, Aleksandra, Javier, Lujain and Pavan plan their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) projects by learning how to use Gantt charts - a popular project management tool.


Each Friday our Sixth Form students spend an hour learning about mindfulness strategies. On Friday they took some time out to colour, read and listen to music. Sometimes 'stillness' is hard to come by, but our students know how important it is.


Year 12 students took part in a rigorous interview process yesterday with and as part of a fantastic year-long employability programme - including mentoring, masterclasses and work experience


Last night, 19 A Level English Literature students were treated to a trip to to see an incredible performance of Shakespeare's Hamlet! Alas, poor Yorick!


Find out what's happening at our Sixth Form Open Evening, tomorrow 11th November, 5-7pm. Includes subject demonstrations. Come along! No registration needed. Details at


Don't miss our Sixth Form Open Evening this Thursday 11th Nov 5-7pm. Meet our students and teachers and find out what our Sixth Form has to offer. No need to register - just come along!


Students attended a star-studded ceremony at the Barbican on Fri, hosted by TV presenter, Paralympian and climate activist, Ade Adepitan MBE. They were recognised for the work they did in planting 500 trees to launch the Climate Kick Start Campaign.


Our students are very proud to have been part of this.


Delighted and proud to be involved in this!


Retweetd From Peter Hutchings

First tree planting of the season! It really was a pleasure to work with the students they are so switched on to the issues we face due to climate change. A very inspiring bunch and a great start to the London Schools’ Climate Kick-Start


Come to our Sixth Form Open Evening next week, Thurs 11th Nov, 5-7pm - no need to register. We look forward to showing you around!


Come to our Sixth Form Open Evening. Thursday 11th November, 5-7pm - no need to register. It has never been easier to apply for Harris Garrard Academy's Sixth Form, thanks to our new online application form. Find out more at


Come to our 'Listening Ear' drop-in sessions, open to all families and students (primary, secondary and Sixth Form) on Wednesdays (9am to 1pm) during the holiday. It means we're OPEN during the break if you need to speak to someone. Details at


Thank you to for excellent sessions on sexual harassment and gender-based violence at our Sixth Form yesterday. "A lot of teens do not acknowledge their actions, or the words they use, and the effects that these might have." Lydia, Year 12


Retweetd From The Edible Bus Stop® ⧖⃝

What incredibly inspiring workshops w/30 awesome kids ranging from 11-15yrs old today academy. Delighted to co-host them w/#Andree & THE KIDS REALLY ARE ALRIGHT! 500 tree whips are going to a very deserving home🌳👏🏻


We loved having you, thank you very much!

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Design & Technology

Design and Technology provides pupils with practical experiences and problem-solving within a managed and structured programme of learning.  It is an area of study that focuses on questioning, analysing, designing and creating things: the very transferrable skills that enable a student to make sense of their experienced world and build connections between curriculum subjects.

At Harris Garrard, we believe that the study of Design and Technology builds up valuable skills in creative problem-solving, empathic understanding of others' needs and evaluation. Class-based group activities promote communication and teamwork skills.

We aim to develop, embed and consolidate knowledge, skills and understanding through schemes of learning in each year group – ensuring that our students can grow and reach their full potential.  The end goal is that students can respond to challenges with the confidence to use the iterative design systems we have both learned and practiced. 

Practical outcomes are the result of original creative responses brought about by independently knowing which skills, techniques and knowledge to apply.

In the Primary phase, Food technology and Product Design are taught as part of Design Technology, which is a key subject within the Primary National Curriculum.  

For further details about the DT curriculum please contact Richard Brooks

Full details of the intent, implementation and impact of our Design & Technology curriculum are contained in our curriculum plan, which can be downloaded below.

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 Currirulum - Design & Technology

Good buildings come from good people and all problems are solved by good design.’ Steven Gardiner 

Design and technology is an innovative subject which allows pupils to develop transferable life skills that they will use as they develop through education and later in life.  Through assessing, designing, making and evaluating, pupils are able to identify and address needs in a supported and controlled environment. 

The programme of study for Design and Technology states that ‘Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.’  

Key objectives of intent within the Design Technology Curriculum based on the National Curriculum 2014 guidance: 

  • Products are to be made for a purpose. 
  • Individuality should be ensured in children’s design and construction of products. 
  • Delivery of the two strands: Designing and Making and Cooking and Nutrition. 
  • More emphasis to be given on creating ‘innovative’ products in KS2. 
  • Teaching the importance of making on-going changes and improvements during making stages. 
  • Looking into seasonality of ingredients and how they are grown, caught or reared. 
  • The introduction of computing and coding of products in KS2. 
  • Researching key events and individual designers in the History of Technology in KS2. 

Within Design and Technology, we facilitate pupils exploring the following areas: 

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world 
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users 
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others 
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook 

Design and Technology enables pupils to use cross-curricular skills, particularly Maths, Science, Art and English.  It is vital to provide pupils with opportunities to nurture creativity, and innovation through design and exploring the designed and made world where we live and work.

Miss D’Souza, Primary DT Lead


Design Technology GCSE is ideal preparation for AS Technology courses and a range of other post-16 Art, Design and Technology courses.

It is also good preparation for a number of careers such as but not limited to:

  • Automotive engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Building services
  • Construction
  • Electrical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Architectural technology
  • Teaching
  • Digital & multimedia design
  • 3D design
  • Communication design
  • Interaction design
  • Management / administration
  • Spatial designer

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