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03/04/20

THANK YOU to all our parents, students and teachers who have been so amazing in the past couple of weeks, as we've transformed ourselves into a virtual school. Our building may be closed to most students, but our school community continues to make sure that

02/04/20

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Read our special edition newsletter packed with resources for young people, those who work with young people and parents. You can even find out how to send a message to Sir Jack!: https://t.co/FJGOHESPiP https://t.co/isbA8MBL5o

02/04/20

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Have you checked out our pages yet? You'll find: 📚 Online storybooks 📚 Games and quizzes 📚 Competitions 📚 How to draw videos 📚 Rhymes 📚 Downloadable activities 📚 Recipes Basically, SO much booky goodness! Head this way: https://t.co/uoYIy4fucr https://t.co/QcE6QfOomb

01/04/20

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Join me, Chris Bradford, author of the Young Samurai and Bodyguard series for a virtual author visit like no other on Friday 10th April 2020 at 10am GMT! https://t.co/r20UubxZwF

30/03/20

Evening all, Ms Day (Head of PE) will be taking part in daily workout tomorrow at 9am. Please feel free to join ... https://t.co/RSodAxNLdW

26/03/20

Remember to collect your learning packs from the primary office! Also have a look at this free resource now available to you all... https://t.co/6g6IcsdS1g

22/03/20

Retweetd From Gavin Williamson

You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home, you should. https://t.co/n1B1gngVWr

22/03/20

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😀 PE WITH JOE starting Monday morning at 9am on my YOUTUBE channel: The Body Coach TV 📺 Please please share this with as many people as you can ❤️ Our kids need this more than ever. Share it on your stories, your wall, your Twitter, whatsapp and school newsletters ❤️ https://t.co/ioFGeFRpuK

20/03/20

A busy library today as our students ensure they have plenty of reading material to keep them busy over the closure period! https://t.co/ybS5nP4knB

20/03/20

Key worker parents - please see this important information on our website. Thank you. https://t.co/fmxp5o6mBG

19/03/20

So proud of you...

19/03/20

Retweetd From Ryan Manning

So so proud of the Y11s I worked with today who, despite all the uncertainty, still came in, still wanted to do the mock paper we planned, still want our feedback. You are amazing! 💪🤩🙌 https://t.co/kDZQku66eK

17/03/20

Dear Parents/Carers, In the light of the dynamic and changing nature of the situation regarding coronavirus Covid-19, we have created a remote working support area on our website for secondary pupils. Find out more https://t.co/vYUIb7zS9Y

17/03/20

Parents/Carers - Please note that any new information from the school about coronavirus, including details of possible school closures, can be found at https://t.co/r91RP67GNr. This will always have the very latest information. Thank you.

11/03/20

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A-may-zing!!! LONDON Youth Games in three sports- netball, basketball and rugby; super proud of our Thamesmead Titans!! https://t.co/ZyfWEIdHQW

11/03/20

We can’t wait! https://t.co/WqtWZGzrTD

09/03/20

Wowsers! We’ve done it! 3 finals won and we’re going to represent at the in 3 different disciplines! https://t.co/Cj8vUIWY0e

05/03/20

To celebrate World Book Day, Year 8 had a fantastic time today in creative writing workshops and assemblies led by published author - well done Jake and Amy for winning a free signed copy of Reni's book! Thanks for coming in Reni! https://t.co/YV7qgp9oTB

05/03/20

Students raised £182 for through a Readathon earlier this term, to help buy new books for every major children’s hospital in the UK. “There are people out there who don't have books,” said Leila, Year 4. "I love reading so it was a fun way to raise money.”

05/03/20

Our six student Wellbeing Ambassadors visited the primary phase yesterday to talk to younger students about and . Well done to our ambassadors Kai, Amandeep, Rubie, Mia, Kimari and Sonnie. Read more https://t.co/buPDfpZQSh https://t.co/ObIJtChG4h

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Welcome

Chris everitt 1016Our physical school is temporarily closing, for most students, but our ‘virtual school’ stands ready for you and your children.

We have added a Virtual Learning area to our website for secondary students. We will keep in touch closely with students and parents to support each other as we all adapt to this new situation. This is new territory for all of us, but we remain as one school community committed to making sure that Learning Changes Lives.


I'd like to welcome you to the Harris Garrard Academy website, where you can read about our primary, secondary and sixth form provision.

Harris Garrard Academy is a new school with drive and ambition. We are an all-through school, so pupils can join us in reception and stay until they have completed their sixth form education. There are also places available for pupils to join us in Years 7 and 12. Please see our admissions page for details of how to join our school. 

In September 2017, we joined the Harris Federation. This is one of England’s most successful groups of academies. All of their academies have been rated ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ by Ofsted within three years of opening.

The best we can be

At the heart of this success is an absolute belief in the ability of every student to shine – no matter what their background, ability or character. We combine the traditional values of discipline, respect and good behaviour with contemporary best practice in teaching, learning and technology.

We will accept no excuses for being anything but the best we can be. We focus on the development of our students as individuals, and guide them by allowing honest, trusting and equal relationships to form. We do this by regularly monitoring progress and understanding, using our developmental marking policy, class discussion, and role-modelling of expected behaviours.

Stronger as a team

When a student joins our academy some will already be high-fliers, others will be good all-rounders and some will face significant and individual challenges. Each student will already have a unique personality, gift and character that we will develop further by working together. I have made it clear to everyone at the academy that we are stronger as a team than a group of individuals, and that by pulling in the same direction we will achieve great things.

Bringing learning alive

Teachers take the time to get to know and understand each student. Whether they need to be stretched, are struggling, or are somewhere in the middle, we will always work to inspire the best in them. This means:

  • Offering a full, broad and balanced curriculum, and helping every student find something they excel at; 
  • Keeping class sizes as small as possible, and employing teachers who make learning fun and engaging; 
  • Giving support to students who need it through extra tuition in literacy and numeracy; 
  • Offering a range of specialised courses for our Most Able students; 
  • Setting regular homework - for Year 7 students this will usually be two or three subjects per night; 
  • Encouraging debate, participation, and a spirit of enquiry.

We encourage our students to be critical thinkers and promote these skills throughout the curriculum.  A student at Harris Garrard Academy will learn how to engage critically with foreign affairs, religion and society, issues of citizenship and the media, so they acquire the skills, and recognise the value of, thinking for themselves in a well-reasoned manner. This feeds into our desire to leave our students with the ability to apply these same skills to any context, for example, whether they are being subject to peer pressure, or being actively targeted by extremist ideologies.

Clear expectations

Children learn best when their school environment is safe, inclusive and welcoming. We have a culture of mutual respect between students and staff, and zero tolerance of bullying in any form.

We will work hard to get the best from all our students, reinforced by very clear expectations regarding conduct, manners, uniform and behavior which are non-negotiable and consistently enforced across the academy. We believe that success occurs in a framework of high expectations, whilst also acknowledging that mistakes provide valuable learning opportunities too.

This results in our students constructively engaging with resilience-building activities and a positive learning environment where students do not judge or discriminate against one another.  We also support our students in challenging their own preconceptions as part of being meta-cognitive learners and ‘thinking about their thinking’. 

This is a school at which everyone has the chance to find his or her own unique path to success, where everyone is aware of their rights and responsibilities towards themselves and others. I look forward to welcoming you in person, so you can experience our academy for yourself.  

Contact us

I hope that this website gives you the information you need and a sense of the aspirations we have for the pupils we educate. Whether you are a parent, prospective parent or member of our wider community, please feel free to contact us if there is anything further you require.

Christopher Everitt

Executive Principal, Harris Garrard Academy, and Assistant Director, Harris Federation Secondary Education

c.everitt@harrisgarrard.org.uk