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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.


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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Is your child is looking for a secondary - check out our essential guide Open days TOMORROW include: 's&StOlaves There are open days all week!


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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Feeling Safe & Getting Support

This page is all about feeling safe and knowing where to get support when you need it. You'll learn about our pastoral system and your "coaching group".

We have four houses (Imperial, Kings, Manchester and Oriel) and you will be assigned one of these houses before the Summer break. You will be in the same coaching group that meets each day for your entire time at HGAED and this group and your “coach” is the first layer of pastoral support. These groups are led by the Head of House and there is also an Assistant Principal attached to each house.

Meet Ms Robson, Vice Principal

Meet Ms Thompson, Year Coach

Thompson 1Hi, soon to be Year 7s! I hope you are all excited to start your secondary school journey!

I am Ms Thompson. I am a Geography Teacher (as shown by my love for standing on or near volcanoes - see picture!) and I am also a current Year 10 coach.

Your coaching group is made up of other Year 7s who may not be in your class sets. This is a great way to meet friends and help support one another in your start at secondary school.

You will see your coaching group, and your coach, every day! The great thing about this is that you build a comfortable and familiar community in your coaching group, and it acts as an opportunity to catch up with your coach if there is anything you need.

In coaching, you also learn about many different topics that help you understand more about the physical world around you, the rights of the people around us, and our responsibility to both.

See you all soon! Ms Thompson

Meet the Heads of House

In each film you'll learn about different aspects of the pastoral support at HGAED.

  • Click here to meet Ms Kidsley, Head of Manchester House – learn about our four houses, coaching time, and the importance of lanyards/ID.
  • Click here (film coming soon!) to meet Ms Noah, Head of King's House - learn about assemblies, punctuality and attendance.
  • Click here to meet Ms Palmer, Head of Oriel House – learn about additional support services such as counselling, Mistakes Lab, strengthening minds and our SHARP system. 
  • Click here to meet Ms Mehmet, Head of Imperial House – learn about behaviour and mutual respect, sanctions and rewards.

The Harris Girls’ Academy Pastoral System Structure

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