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“Doing yoga is good because sometimes I need to wind down. It helps me mentally and physically." Year 8 student. Find out more about our after-school yoga with . Read more


Year 10 have been discovering what studying at Cambridge and Oxford is really like. Our students visited Cambridge, while others had a ‘virtual’ visit to Oxford. Read more


Our Year 9 King’s Scholars take part in a ‘Your Career Path’ workshop. This looked at GCSE options, post 16 options, and pathways beyond post 16 to university and careers. Thanks to for the great session. More at


Years 7-11, please check out the schedule for your return to school on the website. Looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow for testing and to seeing you all back at school. Happy New Year!


A reminder to years 12 and 13 that you should be testing in advance of your return on Wednesday for the new school term


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A fantastic day, year 12 given advice about their future sixth form journeys from and current students, followed by workshop to support critical thinking in interviews 'is Maths art or science?'; 'is a hot dog a sandwich?'


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year 11 students had a fantastic afternoon discussing reactions to art - Frida Khalo, Velazquez, suffragette Mary Richardson and so much more. thanks for an inspiring afternoon.


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King's College () have distributed Acer tablets to some of our students through the King's Scholars programme . They were distributed last week and the students are delighted!


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Southwark Safer Schools team have held a PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education) day last week and here's what they had to say on it 🤩


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Harris Fitness at Harris Dulwich Girls has now reopened to the public, with the majority of classes, if not all, resuming as normal. The new outside football pitch and tennis/netball court are also now available to hire. Find out more


Kenyea, Year 7, wrote this lovely poem for Mother's Day which we wanted to share with you. We hope you enjoy it too.


Thank you so much to our amazing LFD testing team and our brilliant pupils who’ve so quickly got used to the tests. We’ll get through this together-as always ☺️


We've had nearly 100 entries to our 'Imagine' poetry competition. Today we're sharing 'My Home' by Michaela, which won second prize. See the three winning poems at


A huge well done to everyone who entered our 'Imagine' poetry competition over the winter. We are fast approaching 100 entries! Congratulations to Magda for her poem 'Concentrate', which won 1st prize. See the winning poems at


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We are so proud to present our first pen portrait from a former student ⁦⁩. Gabby took every opportunity she was offered at the academy and is a fantastic role model for our students. It’s so great to hear about her experiences.


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It’s so wonderful to hear our students talking about mental health and well-being. Please follow our wonderful blog for a variety of opinion pieces. I’m sure you will agree the blog really does allow our students to express themselves

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Year 10 Work Experience

As part of our careers programme, we provide Year 10 students with the opportunity to take part in (virtual) Work Experience in the summer term 2022 (7th and 8th July 2022).

Click HERE to download FAQs about work experience this year at HGAED.

Participation is not compulsory but work experience represents the possibility for students to engage in a two-day experience that could provide a valuable insight into the world of employment in turn inspiring pathway choices in Year 11 and beyond.

Work experience is an opportunity to get a taste of working life. At Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich we will do our best to support you with finding a placement. However, many organisations request direct contact from the student. Since placements are incredibly competitive, we strongly advise that you to start contacting companies early and find a placement yourself. There will be knock backs; 'no' is a common answer. Don't give up!

How to find a placement

A work placement is your opportunity to spend a period of time outside the classroom, learning about a particular job or area of work.  It can help you decide on your options for after Year 11 and will give you the opportunity to develop technical and soft skills such as time-management, organisation, self-confidence, communication, independence and a variety of others, depending on what kind of placement you do. 

What types of work experience can I do?

Most of you will be expected to find you own placements. Think about what you want to do in the future or what are your favourite subjects currently at school.  Ask for help, making a list of related jobs.  If you start looking in time you will be able to find a suitable placement by the summer term.

Here are some work experience examples which could be relevant to your subject:

  • Museum, archive office, National Trust site  (History, Classics)
  • Gallery, workshop, branding department of a company, architect (Art, Design)
  • Talent agency, backstage theatre work (Drama)
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), translating company, journalism, broadcasting, library, publishing company (English Literature, Modern Languages)
  • Water works, research and development department at a local factory, green energy, oil and gas company (Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Engineering)
  • Pharmaceutical company, dental practice, nursing home, hospital or GP clinic (Medical Sciences and Human Biology)
  • App development company, IT security company, school IT department (Computer Sciences)
  • Local astronomy observation centres, automobile and aviation manufacturers (Maths, Physics and Astronomy)
  • Teaching your subject to younger students at school, writing articles for a blog or student magazine, starting a society or study group (All subjects)

Finding placements

Family and friends are often a good source for finding placements.  Do your parents/carers do something you are interested in? How about your siblings, cousins or your aunts/uncles?  Do you already know anywhere you may like to work? e.g. a shop that you like, or an organisation you pass on the way to school?  

Go to  and search for a local business in the field of work you would like to do. For example, you could search for "engineer" in "Dulwich".


You could also try where you can research job roles and sectors, un-to-date industry insights, job opportunities for subjects you are studying and more. There is a section on virtual WEX which includes details about industries accepting applications and businesses offering placements.


You could use your Unifrog account to find a local opportunity. You could also read this blog post to support you in finding a placement.

For example, search for apprenticeships/subject area and choose an industry from the comprehensive list such as estate agent and search for results in your local area.

SEND students

If your daughter (or son at sixth form) has SEND, we appreciate that they may require additional support in finding a suitable placement. Students identified will receive early career guidance to support their career choices and further help (if required) to find a role in the industry or subject appropriate for their level of need.

You could try Whizz Kiz, a charity which organises work placement and work skills days for disabled young people between 14-25 years old.

Top tips for a successful placement:

1.            Make a list of ten places you would like to apply to.

2.            Call, email or visit places of interest and ask if they have work experience opportunities. Use templates shared on Unifrog.

3.            If they offer work experience, they will tell you what to do next. Remember, competition for work experience can be difficult, so you will need to make the right impression when communicating with them.

4.            Focus on finding yourself a placement first. Avoid asking for you and a friend; employers are unlikely to want a group of friends hanging out at their business. You will also come across more confident and keen if you are willing to complete it on your own, it will be a great experience for you.