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Our Sixth Form Open Evening is on Thursday. Students will finish at the end of Period 6 rather than Period 7 that day. Letters sent home.


Harris Academy Purley tops the performance table for pupil progress in Croydon!


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New performance data puts as top performer in for pupil progress


BBC News - ParentPay website unavailable for school meal payments


The Iceland Trip has landed and is on it's way back to the Academy. ETA is 3.45pm.


The Iceland trip is all on board and ready to depart Keflavik Airport. However, we are slightly delayed & will update periodically. EZY8508.


Our final stop in - Gulfoss in all its glory...


An unforgettable experience at the Geysirs


Þingvellir National Park - waterfalls and tectonic plate movement


Þingvellir National Park


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Geothermal Power


First stop of day 3 in is Orka Natturunnar Geothermal Power Plant


A glimpse of the northern lights from our hotel


Our final stop for the day...


Skogafoss Waterfall


Visit to the Black Sand Beach with its iconic Basalt Columns


A great morning hiking on the glacier ólheimajökull

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.


Higher Education Opportunities

In weeks that lead up to the Year 11 Raising Achievement Evening on Thursday 13th September it seemed appropriate and purposeful for Year 11 students to focus on the Higher Education opportunities that are available. The sessions are designed to help them make their final decisions about which pathway they plan to follow and give them invaluable advice about to successfully tackle what is largely considered to be the one of the most difficult transitions in education.

These sessions were supported by some of our sixth form prefects who were on hand to answer questions and provide first-hand experience of this next step in their education; what are they aiming for? We hope that they learnt a great deal form the sessions and now are able to intelligently reflect on their choices and if necessary make appropriate changes. I look forward to enthusiastically welcoming many of you into the new sixth form cohort in 2017!


Harris Higher Education Programme Booklet

The Harris Higher Education Programme Booklet can be downloaded below.  The aim of this new booklet is to remind Year 11 students about some of the key points about university education and other options and to take you through the Harris Sixth Form application process.  It is written for Year 11 students, parents and the wider family as well as tutors and staff.


Mock Interview Sessions

The Academy runs mock interview sessions for Year 11 and Sixth Form students each year.  The students have the opportunity to sit down with representatives from external agencies and businesses and discuss their plans for the future and what they feel they can offer prospective employers.  Below are images from this year's sessions.


STEM Careers Day at UCL

Each year, UCL hosts a Careers Day for Year 10 and Year 11 students, with the aim of introducing students to new and exciting careers in STEM subjects. STEM subjects include the fields of Science, Medicine, Engineering and Finance and the event is a fantastic opportunity for our students to talk to representatives from each of those sectors.

Participants can expect to learn what it takes to start a career in each field and how universities such as UCL can help them to achieve their goals. We will continue to give our students the opportunity to attend this event, as we believe it offers a valuable insight into fields young people may not otherwise get the chance to experience.


UCAS Report

In the 2015/16 Year 13 cohort, out of the Harris Federation Purley had:

  • the joint highest % of students per entire cohort that were placed at university (83%)
  • the joint second highest % of students who applied to UCAS going to Russell Group universities (16%)
  • by far the highest % of students going to their first choice universities (75%)

Page Downloads

Title Date  
Applying for Sixth Form 10th Oct 2016 Download
Benefits of University Presentation 09th Jan 2017 Download
Next Steps Evening Letter Home 14th Mar 2016 Download
NHS Careers Presentation 07th Dec 2016 Download
Y11 Introduction to Higher Education 04th Oct 2016 Download
Year 11 Higher Education and Sixth Form Information 05th Feb 2016 Download