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Jack delivered a fantastic speech at the Speak Out Challenge regional finals this week! Several teachers from our English department went along to support him throughout the evening!


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Students attended a special assembly on Eating Disorders this morning, delivered by Phoebe from the SLAM team (South London and Maudsley). For further information, head over to:


This afternoon, the RAF popped in to help launch the 'rocket cars' students have been designing as part of


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Students at are taking part in Games Force training. Thank you the students loved learning the roles and responsibilities when delivering a competition.


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Our celebration of British Science Week got off to a 'flying' start with a Birds of Prey display by for our Year 7 and Year 8 students!


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Year 9 Football team came from 3-1 down against Quest Academy to draw the match 4-4. In extra time Harris Purley were victorious 6-4, onto the semi finals.


Students enjoyed a trip to Cambridge University last week. Maybe some students will want to visit again after Sixth Form?!


Today, students have been voting for the Young Mayor of Croydon...


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Year 7 student getting the opportunity to participate in a hip hop dance session


Staff and students arrived in some amazing costumes for World Book Day this year! How many can you name?


Head of MTV's Talent and Music division Anna Karatziva, came in to talk to some of our students about the music and media industry


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Our Year 8s are enjoying a Design & Technology trip to today!


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Tomorrow's Year 7 Football match V has been postponed due to the snow. It is now next Tuesday (6th March). It is a league and cup double header!

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.

Academy Admissions

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You can download our Admissions Policy, which has details of our admissions criteria, from the bottom of the page. A brief summary of the application procedure for our Sixth Form, Year 7, Reception and in-year admissions can be found below.

You could also download our Prospectus.


Open Evening and Open Mornings

The Academy will hold an Open Evening on Thursday 14th September 2017 from 5pm-8pm.

There will be four opportunities for parents and carers to see the Academy on a typical school day, by booking a place on one of our four Open Mornings. To reserve a place, please contact our Admissions Officer using the details below.

Our Open Mornings will take place on Monday 25th September 2017, Tuesday 3rd October 2017, Wednesday 11th October 2017 and Thursday 19th October 2017.


Admissions Contact Details

Telephone: 0208 681 1141 (choose option 4)
Address: Harris Academy Purley, Kendra Hall Road, South Croydon, CR2 6DT


Year 7 Applications

The Academy has an admission number of 190 in Year 7 for September 2018

For admissions into the next year’s Year 7, parents and carers are required to complete an online application form (known as the “Common Application Form” - CAF) which can be found at  No applications direct to the Academy can be accepted.

Parents are strongly advised to read carefully the full Academy Admissions Policy and information and advice from the local authority. The main points to remember are:

  • You must submit an application form to your Local Education Authority if applying online by 31 October 2017.  A place at any secondary school can only be offered if an application has been received.
  • Think carefully about the order in which you place your chosen schools on the form.  You should enter your most preferred school first on the list. Please remember to enter the full name of Harris Academy Purley  There are several different Harris Academies and an entry of simply “Harris Academy” will be ignored.
  • You will be invited to a testing day on 8th December 2017.  This is a non-verbal reasoning test and ensures places are offered to all bands of ability.
  • Be sure to include at least 3 different schools on your preference form.

On 1st March 2018, the local authority will notify you of the school where your child has been offered a place.  If you are happy with the offer, you MUST ACCEPT this place by returning the Acceptance Form to the Admissions Department at the Academy.

If you are unhappy that you did not receive an offer of a school place at Harris Academy Purley, you have the right to lodge an independent appeal with us.


Key Year 7 Dates

31st October 2017

CAF forms returned to home Local Authority

8th December 2017

Harris Testing day

1st  March 2018

Local Authority informs parents/carers of allocated school

3rd April 2018

Deadline for appeals to be made in writing to the Academy by 5pm

April-June 2018

Appeal heard

1st September 2018

Waiting Lists closed and replaced by casual admissions Waiting Lists.
Parents/Carers will need to re-apply as a casual admission, if still waiting.

Sixth Form Applications

For admissions to our Sixth Form, please refer to the Harris Sixth Form website here.


In-Year Applications

If you are looking for a place at Harris Academy Purley because you have recently moved into the area, or your child is at another secondary school and you feel that a change of school would benefit his/her education and/or general well-being, you are entitled to apply for a school place. 

Since September 2013, the law allows you to apply directly to Harris Academy Purley.  Please contact the Admissions Department at the Academy (contact details above) to request an In-Year Admission Form or download it using the link at the bottom of the page. Please note that there is no guarantee that a place will be available, but you have the right of appeal if you are refused a place.


For Parents/Carers who Wish to Appeal

Parent(s) wishing to appeal against the Academy’s decision on admissions, for any year group, should complete an Appeal Form (see below) stating the reason for the appeal based on the published Admissions Criteria.

If you wish to appeal you must contact the Admissions Department who will send you an Appeals Form to complete.

Completed forms should be sent to the Clerk to the Appeal Panel at:

Harris Academy Purley
Kendra Hall Road
South Croydon

Completed Appeal Forms for Year 7, must be received by the Academy by the closing date shown on the table above.

The appeals will be heard in private by an Independent Appeal Panel. The Clerk to the Appeal Panel will make an appointment within a reasonable time.  Appeals may be made in English or the Parents’/Carers’ first language.

  • Only one appeal per application is allowed.
  • Appeals are conducted in person and you may bring a friend.


The Appeal Hearing

The Academy will arrange for an Independent Appeals Panel to consider the Academy's reasons for refusal and your reasons for wanting to attend the Academy.  

The Panel will consist of 3 people (2 will have education experience and one will be an independent person with no education experience).

The Panel will consider the case put forward by you and the Academy. They must consider the admission arrangements for the Academy and the reasons why you want to attend this particular school.  The Panel must exercise its discretion by balancing the weight of your argument (for wanting to attend) against the Academy’s reasons for refusal i.e. the prejudice that one more student would cause to the education of the students already offered and the Health and Safety of all the students already attending the Academy, also taking into account the Academy's published admission arrangements.  

The decision of the Independent Appeals Panel is binding on the Admissions Authority and the Parents.


All the policies below have been signed by the Chairman of Governors.