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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Excellent Futures – Careers at HGA

At Harris Garrard Academy we believe that a thoughtful, well-planned and implemented careers programme is an essential pillar in building a strong foundation for our students as they prepare for their future.

HGA Excellent Futures is a comprehensive careers education programme that includes networking experiences, community engagement, and knowledge of local, regional, and national workplaces to support students in realising their potential and shaping their futures.

Our careers vision

Our careers provision raises aspirations, instils ambition, and promotes achievement for our students. We engage, support, and empower our students to build confidence, resilience, and motivation. Students aim high, develop their skills and talents, and achieve their goals.

At an early age, children are exposed to careers and work-related information that develops their sense of enquiry not only about careers and higher/further education but also about their individual skills and aptitudes. Click HERE (coming soon) to download our Careers Plan Overview 2022-23.

We work to promote careers in a wide range of fields with multiple pathways to success that challenge stereotypes and discrimination, including further education, training, and apprenticeships. You can download our Careers Education Policy and Providers Access Policy/Baker Clause from the documents at the bottom of our Teaching & Learning page.

Harris Garrard provides accurate and focussed careers information, advice, and guidance to meet our students’ individual needs ensuring informed choices. Our Careers Lead, Kimberley Ferran, can be reached by email at

Our careers team

Many pupils have high aspirations but are unaware of how to plan for reaching them. Our quality careers guidance will broaden horizons and build cultural capital for our students whatever their background, allowing them the opportunity to find their path to a rewarding career.

Our Careers Advisor is John Milne ( from our Harris Federation Careers Team. Students can contact them at any time or drop-in for advice and guidance on Thursdays in the Careers Corner. Click HERE to visit the Harris Federation Careers Education website.

The world is changing rapidly and it is important to recognise the exciting new opportunities that are available. To prepare our students for this dynamic labour market, we provide information, guidance and explicit teaching of: 

  • employability skills, career pathways and progression routes in the local labour market 
  • job applications and interviews 
  • educational institutions, courses, qualifications, entry requirements and costs 
  • employment sectors, employers, jobs, salaries and employment trends 
  • jobs, training and apprenticeships 
  • financial planning 

Labour market information

When considering exciting opportunities for future careers, it’s important to have a good understanding of employment prospects within different industries, ie. is it a growing or declining sector?

Please use our Labour Market Information for All widget below to explore which careers are projected to grow to help guide your decisions.

It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.

Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.

We believe that young people need access to up-to-date careers and labour market information. Click HERE to view the Education Development Trust London LMI Bulletin - February 2022.

Our Careers Programme 2022-23

Our careers programme is comprehensive and tailored to our students needs. This means our careers education is:

  • embedded into the tutorial programme across all years
  • embedded into the assembly programme across all years
  • embedded into academy days across all years.
  • including Higher Education, Further Education, training and apprenticeship talks throughout the year
  • promoting Green Careers Week 7th – 11th November 2022
  • promoting Careers week 6th-11th March 2023
  • promoting Enterprise Week and links with business
  • promoting National Apprenticeship Week – February 2022
  • meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks
  • ensuring access to quality information about apprenticeships and other non-academic routes

An example of our careers programme for Year 7 can be seen below. Click HERE (coming soon) to view the Careers Plan Overview 2022-23.


Sixth Form careers

Our Sixth Form students receive extensive opportunities to broaden their experiences in the world of work. We offer:

  • Weekly personal development days with dedicated computer time including sign posted resources for online and in person work experiences, university taster courses, industry offers for apprenticeships and insight days.
  • Industry mentoring programmes to prepare the students for the world of work from providers such as Career Ready, the Social Mobility Foundation, M&G Skills for Life, and the Talent Foundry.
  • Careers focused academy days with speakers from industry and post-18 options providers, and trips to universities.
  • Support in gaining a relevant industry placement for a dedicated 2 week work experience in summer term.
  • A dedicated Careers resources folder on the student SharePoint.

Signposted resources for wider opportunities include:

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Sixth Form retention

Percentage of last year's Year 11s that are now in our Year 12 in 2023-24 – 25.85%

Percentage of last year's Year 12s that continued to study with us into Year 13 in 2023-24 – 100%