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09/06/19

A fitting end to day one of our rewards trip! Followed by an early start today - fingers crossed for good weather! 🤞☀️ https://t.co/2ZPKvTisg7

09/06/19

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Amazing and very proud of Harris Garrard for the hard work and positive progress with our children.Many thanks to the school team and parents for the support.

09/06/19

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Congratulations to and Hurst who are through to next weeks Borough Kwik Cricket Finals

09/06/19

This is a joint trip for students at and our academy too, as a reward for students with an exceptional number of Harris Points. Find out more about our rewards scheme at https://t.co/M7O1YolVpx https://t.co/pIOShU2atZ

22/05/19

Thank you , , , and all the many people who made yesterday's Whittington Course such an success. Raising aspiration through 'behind the scenes' visits in London's financial district. Report and pics at https://t.co/wH7lqsWQbf https://t.co/kCbrG3gVRE

20/05/19

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8 shortlisted to find the best secondary school in the UK & we’re thrilled to be sponsors! Congratulations https://t.co/p9b2jQue3P https://t.co/vwoISnkYXc

20/05/19

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So proud of my school and the tireless hard work that the staff put in to make a genuinely positive difference to students’ lives! 🙌🙌 https://t.co/AmRbjQukPC

16/05/19

Absolutely delighted to be shortlisted! This is thanks to the hard work from students, staff and parents that support our school. 🤗 https://t.co/Cnb75O0Jpn

10/05/19

We're extremely proud of Judith, Year 7, who won a Literacy Award recently for her entry on the book 'Ruby Tanya'. Judith was presented with her award at Bexley Civic Office in an awards ceremony. Well done, Judith! Read more https://t.co/ebNAZjuQbx https://t.co/g2sRqZEIsM

09/05/19

8 out of 10 of our chicks have hatched so far and we can’t wait to handle them. Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets from the office for a chance to name them! https://t.co/OAS2tj86eC

08/05/19

Happy Hatching Day to our first two chicks! Remember to buy a raffle ticket to win a chance to name them! Mr Shephard wants to call one ‘Piri Piri’ but we’re sure you can be more creative! https://t.co/3P2AJgJ5bo

08/05/19

Our eggs have arrived - we can’t wait to see them hatch! https://t.co/DmogYx0FFj

01/05/19

Really proud of Judith for being chosen as runner-up in the Literacy Awards for her piece inspired by reading Ruby Tanya. Congratulations! Thanks to for organising our entries. https://t.co/Clq37OjaS3

01/05/19

Glad to see others enjoying our Art Gallery space! Thanks to the art team for putting lots of work into updating and maintaining our gallery. https://t.co/SeXi6uI04x

26/04/19

Look at those crowds!! Not that our students were keen to throw wet sponges at members of the Senior Leadership Team... Follow the line to donate to Mr Wheatley’s marathon fund https://t.co/OjhebVonum https://t.co/9cA8JM4Gbn

23/04/19

First day back and year 11 are already stuck into a waking talking mock for English! https://t.co/G4d01F462T

05/04/19

Our year 12s spent Wednesday evening exploring their future options

03/04/19

Exciting scenes at our Knowledge Maestro competition today. Congratulations to the Enterprise and World Studies hubs for being victorious! https://t.co/WUPhri7ZbU

03/04/19

Our Sixth Form is proud to announce its first cohort of students, who will complete their Bronze Awards by the end of the Summer Term. Find out more at https://t.co/1uVwhYNcQS https://t.co/X7eBhy2Xct

03/04/19

From Rudolf Hess to Lady Jane Grey. Year 5 have been learning about famous prisoners in the . This lovely writing is by Debbie. Great drawing too. Loads more great learning for our primary phase students at https://t.co/RA6vmfdHiJ https://t.co/SIrR2yQZqN

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Literacy

At Harris Garrard Academy we understand how important good literacy is for your child's development and life choices.  

Developing skills in literacy is about learning to use language to express, explore and communicate our thoughts, ideas and feelings with others. We do this through speaking, listening, reading and writing, and getting better at literacy means making progress in each of these areas. 

We owe it to our students to give them the very best literacy skills in order to improve their chances in life, and to enable them to succeed in whatever path they choose. We adopt a cross-curricular focus to promoting good literacy amongst our pupils and staff. We believe that promoting literacy is a whole academy responsibility and not just that of the English department. We also invite you to join us in developing your child's literacy at home.  


HGA Literary Canon

Harris Garrard Academy has its own 'Literary Canon' to promote a love of reading canonical texts. There are 100 incredible books on the Literary Canon list: 50 for Key Stages 4 and 5, and 50 for Key Stage 3.

Download the Key Stage 3 Literary Canon

Download the Key Stage 4-5 Literary Canon

Every student has a reading journal to start working their way through the canon and reading the books, and we give out prizes in awards assembly for those that have read the most books on the canon. Teachers are also read books on the canon to discuss with students and review them for a 'Canon book of the week'.


Drop Everything and Read

At the start of the school day, every student and member of staff stops what they are doing and read for 20 minutes. It's called Drop Everything and Read time.

“For a few minutes after tutor time the whole Academy, staff as well as students, will drop everything and read to encourage reading for pleasure,” said Executive Principal Chris Everitt.

Reading and literacy skills are the key to learning and pleasure. They open doors and allow our students to access all aspects of the curriculum, whilst improving oracy, communication and problem-solving skills.

Download our literacy policy from our Teaching and Learning page.