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05/12/18

We can't wait to see the Christmas Nativity shows in a few weeks' time! Got to make sure Ms Brand's voice keeps going until then! https://t.co/20hzQyJLXc

04/12/18

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Day 3 of with led by Executive Principal of Chris Everitt | enjoying listening to Lohengrin in the corridors over lunch https://t.co/Uy3NbrugOV

01/12/18

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Mince pies and Q&A ! Monday 10th December from 4.30pm https://t.co/PKvaFu3N05

30/11/18

An amazing music lesson taking place at HGA. teaching different rhythms using claps and playing new notes. https://t.co/2aB1et0N7E

22/11/18

We're pleased to announce the Yr5/6 Carol Concert will be at St. Augustine's Church in Belvedere. Check the newsletter for details! https://t.co/G24hsJJIk2

15/11/18

Alfie is our playground king after beating Mr Smith on our new mega board. "This was the first time I've played Mr Smith," says Alfie. "It was a bit of an achievement for me. I knew he'd be a challenge." Top work, Alfie! https://t.co/bjAij6pDwK

15/11/18

Come to our Sixth Form Open Event, Weds 21 Nov, 5-7pm. At Harris Garrard Academy, Yarnton Way, Thamesmead, DA18 4DW. Discover all the the fantastic opportunities on offer. Find out more at https://t.co/tQ4PiT9fSJ https://t.co/Jg6iCfAbNL

13/11/18

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Inspiring words for the students at ! It's such a privilege to be able to visit our during their ! https://t.co/ARkRif5TPU

09/11/18

Our KS2 netballers won their match tonight 24-0! They were aiming for 26 goals! High expectations even when winning at HGA!

08/11/18

The tables have turned: English teachers being the students learning about the writing and influence of Jekyll and Hyde. https://t.co/yK3U8Lfo7a

08/11/18

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We're looking for a . Interested? Find out more and apply today: https://t.co/XTcXdk0Bjm https://t.co/MoQoUMsArA

08/11/18

We've a new Code of Conduct for our students when they are out and about in the community. We are always looking for ways to further improve and develop our links with the local community. Let us know what you think. Read the Code of Conduct here https://t.co/J6A2Xsj8Kt https://t.co/Unq7pOybNr

07/11/18

and are two just of our popular extra-curricular clubs this year. See a complete list at https://t.co/CLPTw3VhAQ including and . Loads to enjoy! https://t.co/rd3QuT8fJ1

05/11/18

Year 11 spent Saturday afternoon enjoying an excellent production of Blood Brothers in preparation for their GCSE. Thanks so much for having us and good luck to all our students sitting mock examinations this week! https://t.co/5zmk0pIs5S

17/10/18

The coach is currently en route through lots of traffic. Looking at a 5.20pm arrival. Thanks for your patience.

17/10/18

Year 6 residential update: looking to be back around 5pm depending on the traffic. See you all soon!

16/10/18

These are just tasters of their amazing time! Have a look through our weekly newsletter for more; it comes out every Friday!

16/10/18

Don't worry she'll be home tomorrow!

16/10/18

Victory! A delicious feast prepared for our evacuees for their VE party tonight! https://t.co/c38Hjof1XN

16/10/18

Our year 6 evacuees exploring wartime recipes at Hooke Court! https://t.co/5sExUMArfR

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Curriculum Overview

The curriculum at Harris Garrard Academy is designed to ensure that each student is educated and supported to succeed in the world today, in line with the latest educational research.


Early Years Foundation Stage

In Reception, children are provided with a stimulating learning environment which encourages learning through play – a fundamental part of early learning. Learning is based around themes such as Ourselves, Animals and Transport, with the emphasis on areas such as 'finding and exploring' and 'self-confidence and awareness' as well as reading, writing and numbers. Download our Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum overview.


Key Stages 1 and 2 - Years 1-6

At Harris Garrard Academy, we help children to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to move on to the next stage of their learning. In addition to following the National Curriculum, our children focus on a different topic each term which they explore through, for example, science, art, PE, history, geography or religious studies. 

Topic-based learning helps children to develop a better understanding of the world around them, make connections and apply skills in different disciplines. Download a complete list of topics for 2017-18.

We also have Mandarin as our Modern Foreign Language in Key Stage 2.


Key Stage 3 - Years 7-8

Key Stage 3 is the bedrock and the foundation for our students to be successful when they leave Harris Garrard Academy. All students have a broad weekly curriculum offer of English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, French, Religious Studies, ICT skills, Physical Education, Design and Technology, Food Technology, Art, Drama, and Music.

Our intention is to give students a ‘taste’ of as many subjects as possible, whilst preparing them for, and informing them about, their GCSE options. Literacy and numeracy skills are developed in every subject and across the curriculum. We apply the following principles when devising and constructing our Key Stage 3 curriculum.

  • Key stages 3 and 4 are equally important and we do not devote staff resources to one at the expense of the other.
  • We try avoid spilt classes (ie classes with two teachers) at all costs.
  • We liaise with our feeder primary schools to identify what students have already learned, to ensure we do not repeat unnecessary content and keep the curriculum challenging and engaging.
  • To challenge students and measure achievement in Key Stage 3, we have robust, standardised, externally set and moderated half-termly tests.
  • We place equal emphasis on literacy and numeracy.
  • Intervention (ie extra teaching for students who need it) is as important for Key Stage 3 as for Key Stage 4. We track each student and each class for progress and all the Learning Hubs have Key Stage 3 intervention nights.
  • We have subject specialists teaching in all classes at both key stages.

Details of the wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer in Key Stage 3 can be viewed on our Subjects pages


Key Stage 4 - Years 9-11

In order to help prepare our students for success in an ever-changing world, we have developed a Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) Programme of Study that offers each student a focused Curriculum Pathway, as well as an option to incorporate personal interest into their studies.  

All students follow a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, Maths, Double Science, either Geography or History and BTEC First Sport. 90% of our students will also have a Modern Foreign Language as part of their core curriculum. Our students then select their additional subjects to make up their curriculum. This selection is made up of vocational courses and other academic subjects. The list of optional subjects is extensive and will give the students a real opportunity to experience a subject that they may then want to go off and study at university.  The Curriculum Pathway will ensure each student is academically challenged and engaged in their learning, resulting in the best chance of success across all their subjects.

Details of the wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer in Key Stage 4 can be viewed on our Subjects pages. You can also download our options booklet.


Key Stage 5 - Years 12-13

At Key Stage 5 we are part of the highly successful Harris Federation Sixth Form. Find out more about the courses on offer in the Sixth Form, from Art to English, Engineering to Chemisty. Further details of the Key Stage 5 curriculum for each subject can also be found on our Subjects pages