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22/08/19

Retweetd From Harris Federation

Congratulations to Caitlin and all staff and students at on their fantastic results https://t.co/kDf2aJ8Asr

22/08/19

Our students are celebrating some excellent results today! “I want to congratulate our Year 11 on these fantastic results, which indicate the enormous progress they have made during their secondary education." Mr Everitt, Executive Principal. Find out more https://t.co/rEZl4950vW https://t.co/uQcbH7UKyr

15/08/19

Celebrating some fantastic results at HGA! A huge well done to all of our students we are incredibly proud of you. https://t.co/bSeiZsuHU7

13/08/19

Don't forget our school is OPEN to students and families tomorrow and every Weds during the holiday (9am to 1pm) if you'd like to chat to our staff about anything on your mind (tea and biscuits on offer)! Find out more https://t.co/YLy2hVvXqr

31/07/19

Students, parents, carers... got something on your mind? Kim and Lisa are in school today (9am to 1pm) so why not pop along and say hello. We're OPEN every Weds morning during the holidays for anyone in our community who wants a 'listening ear' (and maybe tea and biscuits!) https://t.co/5CCupY4Eie

30/07/19

Want to talk someone? Need support? Don't forget the school is OPEN to all students and parents/carers tomorrow and every Weds during the holiday (9am to 1pm). Everyone welcome. Tea waiting! Find out more https://t.co/YLy2hVvXqr

25/07/19

Retweetd From Frances Bywater

After eight years (my placement school) it’s the end of an era. Thanks for all the heartfelt cards and gifts and to everyone has helped me over the years. Of all the lovely messages in cards, this is by far my favourite. https://t.co/Y0LOPhYNB8

23/07/19

Royal Borough of are offering free meals for children during the holidays through their Holiday Meals Mobile Kitchen. Find out more https://t.co/yODJSl35al

23/07/19

Happy holidays everyone! But don't forget we are OPEN to students and families every Weds during the holiday (9am to 1pm) if you need to speak to someone. Come along and meet some staff for support, a chat and maybe a cup of tea! Find out more https://t.co/YLy2hVvXqr

18/07/19

Find out how Year 4 have been working with our secondary teachers to add depth and challenge to their and lessons in Year 4. at its best! https://t.co/oBSW4xc6nx https://t.co/QtVfJwg3s9

16/07/19

So much to celebrate at our secondary Academy Awards Evening!! 🎉 🏆 🎊 🥇#dontwishforitworkforit https://t.co/faftDUBBvV

16/07/19

Year 4 really enjoyed learning about historic costumes, etiquette and dance . They got to make and take home wax candles as well. A great day out and great learning too! https://t.co/C7eCTfu9M1

12/07/19

Congrats to our students who competed so well in the Sports Day yesterday. Fantastic day! Special mentions: Samuel (Yr 9), Samuel (Yr 10), Jefferey (Yr 7), AJ (Yr 7), Leoni (Yr 9). But all 27 of our competitors showed great maturity and https://t.co/9IWLTm3yIq

11/07/19

Our coaches are on their way back from sports day, but we are experiencing some delays due to traffic. Great efforts from our competitors today - well done!

10/07/19

Come to our 'Listening Ear' drop-in sessions, every Wed (9am to 1pm), from 31st July until 28th Aug. It means we're OPEN during the Summer holidays if you need to speak to someone, meet some staff or just have a chat and a cup of tea! All our families and students very welcome!

10/07/19

Kyle is all prepared for an Antarctic expedition 5/5!! https://t.co/ZRjWrOB3us

10/07/19

Here we go again! Year 7 B side at the National Maritime Museum. 🌊 🏛 https://t.co/viWbMGBf3E

09/07/19

Mr Mulhere browsing the selection at our secondary book fair! 📚 📖 https://t.co/L426Rxcymp

03/07/19

A fantastic all-through sports day today!! A huge thank you to our wonderful PE staff and all our students. Well done to the victorious hub: Enterprise! https://t.co/RuDNPzD2YZ

03/07/19

A HUGE well done to our year 7s Amirah, Lacey-Mai and Neha for their hard work at yesterday’s Spelling Bee hosted by . Thanks for having us!! https://t.co/66ngOu0x9D

Harris Academies
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Curriculum Overview

The overarching aim of Harris Garrard Academy is to end cycles of poverty and disadvantage and improve the life chances for all students. By doing this, we improve the life of our local community.

This page contains an overview of our curriculum across all Key Stages. Details of the curriculum for each subject (for primary, secondary and sixth form) can be viewed on our Subjects pages. Our curriculum policy can be downloaded from the Teaching and Learning page.

“Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again”. Vincent Van Gogh


Garrard Prim 43The purpose of our curriculum

We begin with the principle that all children are equal and have an equal entitlement to knowledge. The inventive design of our curriculum and its high-quality implementation are integral to our core values at the academy, every child, every day.

Knowledge in isolation from life experience has limited value and impact. Poorly-sequenced knowledge can cause uncertainty and confusion. We believe that knowledge must be embedded, developed and reinforced to ensure that our students use their knowledge to make informed lifelong decisions.

As they progress through the academy, students’ knowledge-application and wisdom grow exponentially, teaching them new independence, resilience and character at every stage of their development.

We encourage students and staff not to be afraid to make mistakes. Life is a journey and we learn new knowledge and new application techniques after every mistake we make.

We firmly believe that our curriculum not only develops life knowledge in all our students but teaches them how best to use this knowledge throughout their lives.


Curriculum choices

The purpose of this academy is entwined by the curriculum we provide. We do not believe in pre-determined curriculum pathways that can limit a student’s choice based on their ability, characteristics or background.

HG042We passionately believe in giving students the information and knowledge to make informed decisions about their curriculum entitlement, supported through comprehensives careers guidance at pivotal times in a child’s life.

High quality teaching is the medium by which skills, core knowledge and applied knowledge can be dissipated through a well-sequenced curriculum model. The nature of the Harris Federation makes us collaborative, and this collaboration of subject specialists and researchers means our students benefit from the very highest quality in teaching and the most powerful knowledge. It also enables us to ensure that curriculum knowledge and understanding of our teaching and support staff is central to the personalised and continued professional development that all our staff receive to ensure it has impact in the classroom, for every child, every day.

Our curriculum, then, becomes a deliberate and explicit guarantor of equality as we work to close the limits to opportunity that exist in society. We ensure all our students have access to a broad and balanced body of knowledge regardless of demographics and starting points. We harness the expertise from within our Federation across primary and secondary phases to develop a challenging and rich ‘all-through’ curriculum model, whilst systematically sharing best practice across academies, phases and the wider Federation.


Challenging and stimulating

The high expectations we have of every single member of staff and the school community drive forward this mission to open opportunities for all young people in an area of deep disadvantage. The collaborative aims of the Federation and our academy mean we can draw on our understanding of the local context to create challenging and stimulating lessons and activities.

Each subject discipline has its own curriculum document which has been developed by the academic research communities we have built. The subject specialist consultants work in tandem with subject leaders in each academy for each phase. There are high expectations of subject knowledge from teachers so alongside these documents there is a commitment to providing regular high-quality subject-specific training for all teachers during the year. All our teachers are encouraged to be readers and researchers into their own subject discipline.


The aims and principles of our curriculum

Educational Success: Every Child, Every Day

Garrard Prim 15To provide all students with opportunities to access and engage with the best that has been thought and said, but also to help students comprehend that while knowledge is powerful it is also insecure, contested and evolving. We encourage our students to see themselves as contributing to scholarship.

We secure concepts in English and Mathematics in early phases and this acts as a gateway to acquiring core knowledge in a rich range of subjects such that we develop students’ expertise within those individual subject disciplines.

An enriched vocabulary enables a better understanding of concepts and ideas and we facilitate access to knowledge beyond our students’ ordinary daily experiences. We do this by expanding their cultural capital and the breadth of their vocabulary. Children are exposed to a variety of texts both fiction and non-fiction, a wide range of creative arts and thoughtfully-planned learning outside the classroom.

We recognise that “the curriculum” is not just a timetable and that engagement in co-curricular opportunities is encouraged at every stage through everything from the Co-curricular after school programme, Army Cadets, The Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Character Programme, the Harris Experience, the Federation Sports Day and the events that give platforms for all the talents.

The Harris Garrard Academy drives forward curriculum pedagogy with a level of demand which develops:

  • scholarly and physical and emotional stamina and rewards resilience and resourcefulness
  • opportunities for deeper conceptual understanding through enquiry, discussion and debate of knowledge
  • knowledge, experience and motivation to make informed choices when selecting subjects to study to a higher level.

Details of the curriculum for each subject can be viewed on our Subjects pages. Our curriculum policy can be downloaded from the Teaching and Learning page.