Children can pick up a free healthy packed lunch from libraries and leisure centres during the May half-term, excluding the bank holidays. There's no need to register beforehand, just come along. Locations and serving times at


This week our primary team competed in the 3v3 Bexley borough finals with the winners representing Bexley at . The team performed excellently to win the event with scores of 8-0, 16-0 and 8-0 in the final.


We're pleased to support 2022 at Harris Garrard Academy!


Students celebrate their success in the Scholars Programme, with a graduation ceremony at SOAS University of London. They studied peace, conflict & gender with a PhD scholar and wrote 1500-word essays. We are very proud of our scholars!


Harris Garrard's Tag rugby team participated in their second mini-league event. They performed excellently winning 7-3 and 5-1, and we look forward to the final event in a few weeks time


Harris Garrard's girls rugby team competed in Kent schools' tournament recently. They were fantastic, making it all the way to the final. It was great to see over 100 primary school girls engaging in tag . Well done team!


Year 7 pick up litter in for 's campaign. Thank you to , who loaned us litter-picking equipment and removed the rubbish we collected. V proud of our students!


"Something wicked this way comes..." Today, our Year 11s were treated to a trip to The Globe to see a performance of their GCSE English Literature text, Shakespeare's Macbeth!


Our Year 1 & 2s really enjoyed taking part in the football festival. The teams had great fun, scoring lots of goals and using teamwork. Thank you to for organising and we look forward to their next event!


Today, Year 8 supported by the humanities department, enjoyed a day on the Thames, taking in London’s most famous landmarks. Staff and students enjoyed playing guess the landmark and waving to tourists.


Year 9 A-Side are enjoying the sunshine and learning about plants at RHS Wisley for their 4th Character Day of the year!


Our Easter Holiday 'Listening Ear' drop-in sessions are for all HGA parents and students (primary, secondary and Sixth Form). Come along on Weds 6th April (9am-1pm) and Weds 13th April (9am-1pm) if you fancy a chat with our staff or need some support. We'd love to see you.


Last Friday, we were visited by a very special member of the community, Abena Oppong-Asare, our local MP and Shadow Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. "She shared her journey into politics with us and was truly an inspiration," said Head Student, Daniella.


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"It was great to meet the students from years 5 and 6 at Primary School who participated in the Spanish Workshop “Los detectives culturales” ¡Enhorabuena chic por el gran trabajo!


Year 12 students making the most of the sun, and their dedicated outside area, during their mindfulness hour last Friday.


Harris Garrard had their first tag rugby mini-tournament this week. They put their learning from our PE lessons to good use winning both games, 5-2 and 4-2. Everyone had great fun and we look forward to the next one!


Last week our boys played a cup fixture against Fairford Academy. After a great match in wet conditions, we came out on top winning 5-2. Harris Garrard now progresses to play Danson Primary in the semi-finals.


AC Slater from the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge came to HGA last week to support KS4 students in writing passionate speeches!


We welcomed author for and he delivered some fantastic workshops for budding KS3 writers


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A great effort from all involved

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Extended Project Qualification

The Extended Project Qualification (Level 3) counts as half a full A Level. At Harris Garrard, the EPQ is offered to all Sixth Form students as an additional qualification alongside their traditional A level, or vocational subjects.


At Key Stage 5, the aims of the EPQ course are to teach independent research skills and critical thinking. The course also instructs the students on how to analyse the reliability of the sources of information that they find. In addition, students are taught to be self-motivated and to manage their projects effectively. These are crucial transferable skills and will help students with their broader studies and at university, as well as in future employment.


The EPQ course consists of 20 taught lessons. Each lesson prepares students for a part of their project. There are four types of EPQ available:

  • a dissertation (extended essay)
  • an investigation (fieldwork)
  • performance (any type of performance to an audience)
  • and finally producing an artefact (making on object themselves).

All receive the same recognition by the examination board. The lessons start off being applicable to students taking any of the EPQ options. Later lessons in the classroom specialise on specific types of EPQ. Practical work and discussions are an integral part of the course.

Amid the taught 20 lessons, students work on their projects, with guidance from their supervisor, who is assigned to work with each student. Students are expected to be prepared for meetings with their supervisor and to take the lead in organising the meetings. Alongside this, students are also required to keep a log of their progress as marks are awarded not only for the final product, but also in showing how they got there.



Students who gain an EPQ qualification are well prepared for university, employment, and apprenticeships because they are able to manage themselves and their time, can use a variety of resources, take decisions critically and review their own progress. EPQs are marked with support from the Harris Federation’s EPQ network and are graded A*-E.