Download the May 2022 parent update for all the latest news from the academy. Download your copy at


“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.


Download the first of our new parent updates at Keep in touch with the opportunities available to your children at Harris Dulwich Girls.


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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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June holiday football camps for girls ages 5-16 in South London with Girls United FA ⚽️🙌 Book your space for 3 days of developing football skills, having fun and making friends -


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 9 Options

Making curriculum choices in Year 9 is a very important process here at HGAED. It is an opportunity for you and your daughter to take increased control of the education choice on offer to her.

The options chosen for Years 10 and 11 will affect how your daughter will spend her time at school for the next two years. The choices made will also influence what options are available after Year 11 in terms of further study. These options will be studied alongside our core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, MFL, Core PE and PSHE (see our KS4 curriculum presentation at the bottom of this page).

It is vitally important to choose subjects for the correct reasons. Spend some time with your daughter thinking about what subjects she enjoys doing, what keeps her interested and motivated.

There was an Options Market Place Event for all Year 9 students in January 2022. Key people such as Heads of Department discussed what it’s like to study their subject at GCSE. This event was a chance for students to ask questions regarding the various options on offer. We also encourage students to gain additional information from staff at the academy, friends and extended family to guide, advise and support them in this important decision-making process.

Parents' Information Evening

Click HERE to download the presentation from our Year 9 Options Parents’ Information Evening in January 2022.

Options booklet

All students will be given an options booklet which will give the full range of courses on offer in Key Stage 4 and give you an overview each subject.

Click HERE to download a copy of our options booklet.

Good reasons for choosing an option

  • You are good at the subject
  • You think you will enjoy the course
  • It fits your career ideas and plans
  • It goes well with your other choices
  • It helps to give you plenty of choice post 16
  • You think you might want to continue studying it post 16
  • Your research shows that it will interest you and motivate you to learn

Bad reasons for choosing an option

  • Your friends have chosen it
  • You think it will be easy
  • Someone else thinks it is a good idea
  • You like the teacher you have now
  • You did not have time to research your options properly

Important dates 2021-22

W/C 13/12/21 - Launch assembly (during coaching time). This is to introduce students to the process and give some good, general starting advice.

18/1/22, 13:30 -15:00 - Year 9 Options Market Place (Hall). Heads of Department and subject specialists to meet with all students and give every student the opportunity to ask subject specific questions. This event is designed to give students more information on the key knowledge and skills that will be required and developed.

20/1/22, 17:00 -17:45 - Year 9 Options Parents Information Evening (Via Microsoft Teams). Mr Bonful will explain the process to parents and carers so they are fully informed and can support their daughter in the best possible way. Full details are in the letter given out on 16th December. 

21/1/22 – 28/1/22 - Option Forms Submitted (Online). Students will be given a form to make their choice of humanity, first and second preference for Option A and Option B. These are not final choices but will allow the academy to see which courses are most likely to run. 

3/2/2022 - Y9 Parent Consultation - This will be an opportunity to discuss progress and attainment in all subjects, alongside suitability for options courses selected.

After February 2022 half term - Confirmation of choices. Students are interviewed 1 to 1 and option choices are discussed with a senior leader. Final confirmation letters sent to parents/carers.

Information for parents/carers

Below is a short video that we feel will help students and their parents/carers start discussing what options are best for their future aspirations.

Letters home and presentations

Click on the links below to see other useful documents you might like to read.

Key Stage 4 - An Overview

Year 9 Options Launch Assembly Presentation