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18/07/18

The competition is heating up in Battle of the Bookworms. Taking place NOW. May the odds be ever in your favour! Find out more... https://t.co/jxy0vo5YQd https://t.co/NfMtBUmURv

18/07/18

The stage is set for our Battle of the Bookworms final after school today. £250 to the winners of our literary quiz! Come and watch... Good luck to our six finalist teams: Active Readers; Hopes and Dreams; All Tea All Shade; Les Petty’s; Homophones; and To Read or Not to Read. https://t.co/EuWh4nNOmY

17/07/18

So much talent at our Summer Soirée last night... Thank you to the students, teachers and parents that supported the wonderful performances. https://t.co/NmHVccnmRS

03/07/18

Thank you for bringing in your instruments and showing us the different families. We love working together with to help bring music to students https://t.co/A5xd2SQpaU

02/07/18

Berlin travel update. Students are crossing from Calais to Dover now, estimated to arrive back at the Academy at 10.15-10.30pm. The secondary car park will be open half an hour before where parents can wait for the coaches, which will pull into the secondary car park. Thank you.

02/07/18

Our Year 10 Berlin trip students are now on a replacement coach and heading to Calais from Germany, following the break down of our bus. We'll give you an updated time of arrival as soon as we can. All students fine and in good spirits!

02/07/18

More pics from days 3 and 4 of our Year 10 to Berlin https://t.co/s3igO2FuHA https://t.co/zjq3XrMp0w

02/07/18

Year 10 Berlin Trip return. Due to a mechanical fault on the bus the students are currently delayed in western Germany. We are waiting for a replacement bus but everyone is well and in fine spirits! We will message again with a revised ETA in the UK asap.

01/07/18

Pics from day 2 of our Year 10 Berlin trip are at https://t.co/s3igO2FuHA. The focus of today has been resistance and terror in Nazi Germany, including a moving visit to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. https://t.co/L1Z8xVXnSA

30/06/18

Year 10 are on their way to Berlin! More pics and reports at https://t.co/DvkweXkKZE https://t.co/LQvAU6sKBl

28/06/18

Get the latest news from Harris Garrard Academy. Our July 2018 newsletter is at https://t.co/Xj4h0F9dXk https://t.co/aYU6zbw1yW

26/06/18

The heats of our 2018 Battle of the Competition take place after school in the drama hall, 10-12 July. 16 teams competing to answer questions on their favourite . Find out more https://t.co/jxy0vo5YQd. https://t.co/xzlQ1KAAjs

22/06/18

Read this week's Primary Newsletter, with loads of news and useful info for parents. Year 6 have been learning about Ancient Greece and making their own Grecian pots! Read this week's newsletter at https://t.co/ZtRRvg8zxb https://t.co/O10KZSiRRk

21/06/18

Look at our amazing catering team supporting England whilst serving St. George cakes and a tasty roast! https://t.co/J2aZ88Jpv2

20/06/18

A fitting end to our year 12 English tour, attempting the quick crossword on the journey back to the academy. Thanks to and for their historical and literary marvels. https://t.co/EJ4xQ05FGA

20/06/18

Our Year 12 students have just finished their -themed tour at . Thank you for having us! https://t.co/EMtqrDPoh6

20/06/18

Year 12 literary tour of London begins at the Treasures of the exhibition. Highlight so far: Bronte’s handwriting, which is microscopic! https://t.co/Z9dNJZKZ9g

18/06/18

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is the theme of the latest issue of our student periodical, The Whole Shebang, just published today! Includes fantastic about the high seas by primary students . Download your free copy now https://t.co/Uok4zmL6XL https://t.co/G7bxINueTx

18/06/18

Billie and Peter have entered our Creative Writing Competition. And you can too! Open to all students... Find out more at https://t.co/A06fuPBjAB. Closing date 29 June 2018 https://t.co/gUBEL1kSE6

18/06/18

'Life and learning should be a festival of the mind,' Socrates. Welcome to Ms Price from , pet therapy dog Monty and who are here to deliver the exciting Amazing Brains project - encompassing the wonders of comedy with the foundations of science! https://t.co/TdIzmEazGZ

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Welcome

Chris everitt 1016As Executive Principal, 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

c.everitt@harrisgarrard.org.uk