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Thank you so much to our brilliant young artists for sharing their Digital Futures exhibition with the SLT. Their presentation generated so many interesting conversations about the future of technology. Thank you so much!


Winners of the London Debate Mate Cup! Huge congratulations to our debating team - you are incredible!


Our future lawyers loved their day . Thank you for the opportunity.


Thanks to supporting year 11 students' well being. A great session today with NASYouth helping students prepare for exams.


You’re very welcome - thanks for continuing to invite me! Your brilliant school has a special place in my heart.


You’re very welcome - thanks for continuing to invite me! Your brilliant school has a special place in my heart.


Not everyday you have your GCSE Text signed by the author


Our Y11s loved their creative writing workshop with . The next generation of authors here 👏


Almost a decade of studying 's brilliant 'Pigeon English' at HGAED. The highlight of every Y11's year in English is the Q&A with the author himself! Thank you so much for being so generous with your time. 📙


Our brilliant Ms Noah being recognised for all her work to promote good mental health in our communities. A inspiration to our students! 👏


Our brilliant choir performing with 6,000 young people . We could not be prouder of your passion, resilience and confidence. A proud day for HGAED!


Our Art History Society visited the Courtauld Gallery to learn more about significant figures in art including Edouard Manet.


Inspiring trip to Dulwich Picture Gallery for our Y10 GCSE Photography students.


Wonderful Shibori creations by our Y10 Art Textiles students 💙


Great day for year 10 students. Visit to with and thanks to the staff and students making us welcome. Interesting Q&A and debate.


ASME Clinic guided our students through the process of creating and marketing a skincare product for


A huge thank you to ASME Clinic for their brilliant careers event. Our students loved making their own skincare! 💜


Great day for year 10 students. Visit to with and thanks to the staff and students making us welcome. Interesting Q&A and debate.


A huge thank you to for celebrating with us. Our students loved learning about all the protective equipment officers use and were delighted to have the opportunity to try the shields!


Capturing 💜

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

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Our Learning Model

In order for all students to acquire the knowledge, skills and cultural capital essential for their future success, we aim for high quality, effective teaching to ensure that long-term learning and progress are achieved by all students.

In particular, we ensure that all pupils are challenged by teaching to the top and scaffolding the learning of those who need extra support.

Our approach to teaching and learning is firmly rooted in the latest and best educational research. We believe that having high expectations for students and ourselves will have positive benefits for the whole academy community. Therefore, we have identified the essential elements of a lesson that ensure all teaching is effective. Teachers make use of the following principles when planning and delivering their lessons.

  • Every lesson has a clear purpose.
  • Knowledge acquisition is sequenced so that new material builds on existing knowledge.
  • Retrieval practice is used to activate and consolidate prior learning.
  • Explanations are broken down into manageable chunks. Key disciplinary literacy is deconstructed and taught explicitly.
  • Strategies for the completion of tasks are modelled by teachers.
  • Guided and independent practice encourages collaborative and independent learning. Opportunities are provided regularly for the application of knowledge and skills in new scenarios.
  • Checks of students’ understanding allow teachers to identify gaps in learning and re-teach concepts as needed.
  • Reviews of learning ensure that students are aware of their progress during lessons.
  • Feedback from teachers provides specific guidance so students can improve and progress.

Whilst we stipulate the above features across all lessons in the academy, departments still have the flexibility and autonomy to implement their curriculum in the way that best supports pupils to make progress within their individual subject area.  

The HGAED learning model that all staff refer to when planning their lessons is available HERE. The key educational research that underpins our learning model is within this document.

For further details on our teaching and learning policy, please visit the Teaching and Learning page.