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01/07/22

Our school performance of Little Shop of Horrors is on Tuesday 19th July. Doors open at 6pm for a 6:30 start! Have you reserved your seat? 🌱😵🌱 https://t.co/MhNuQSVOB0 https://t.co/UGBtG813Hz

01/07/22

This looks great 👍

28/06/22

We achieved an impressive 56 medals and 1 gold trophy at Federation Sports Day. Our boys finished 3rd overall and our girls finished 2nd! A fantasic achievement. Great to see students supporting one another. Y10B=5th Y10G=5th Y9B-TBC Y9G=2nd Y8B=3rd Y8G=2nd Y7B=4th Y7G=1st https://t.co/CtLQubq44F

17/06/22

There are planned rail, tram & underground strikes on Tue 21st, Thur 23rd and Sat 25th June. Croydon Tramlink drivers will walk out on 28-29th June & 13-14th July. Disruption expected to last several days. Please keep this in mind for your commutes! 🚜🚁 Details from TfL to come

13/06/22

Our end of year exhibition for art, textiles and photography is taking place this evening until 18:00. Parents and carers are welcome. https://t.co/wrCi69sOWc

26/05/22

Today was World Day at HAPU! We celebrated with cultural activities including language lessons, world cuisine tasting and even dance classes! Many attended school in cultural dress. Thank you to the students who helped organise the day and to staff who ran sessions! https://t.co/1vUhHJM3SH

23/05/22

On Saturday Ethan competed for in the 4x100m relay at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. He ran the 4th leg and received the baton in second place and did what Ethan does best - WIN! He finished nearly a second ahead and helped set a season best of 43:03 🥇 https://t.co/qhmQPmIEQm

17/05/22

On Monday evening, the Academy hosted the regional finals of the Jack Petchey "Speak Out" Challenge! Talented students from across the borough spoke about topics important to them. Chidi delivered a talk entitled, 'A man thought he could be.' View it here: https://t.co/f0RLHOHO8y

17/05/22

On Monday three Y7s competed in this term's South Quadrant Cook Off at HASN! The students had 1 hour to produce a three-course meal with the theme 'The Queen's Jubilee'. Merton were *crowned* the winners, but as you can see the dishes looked (and tasted) amazing! https://t.co/QiYQl0rFi5

10/05/22

TfL have announced bus strikes in south London on May 11th, 16th and 17th. Buses in Croydon, Thornton Heath, Streatham and Brixton are among those affected. Please keep these strikes in mind when planning your journey to and from school! 🚌 https://t.co/tYXF8Gt0Ca

09/05/22

After a competitive game that went into extra time, our boys managed a 5:4 win against St Joseph’s on Friday. Their next game will be the final! Good luck! ⚽️ https://t.co/KiH8tRQVB6

06/05/22

Earlier in the week, our students met with author Simon James Green, who came to talk about the process of having his novel 'Noah Can't Even' published. His novel deals with 🏳️‍🌈LGBT+ themes and Simon was overwhelmed by the way our pupils support and promote equality and diversity https://t.co/11NzYrCOPz

05/05/22

PE had the pleasure of taking Y7 and Y8 teams to the Croydon Athletics Relay Championship. The Y7 girls were just beaten on the line for a podium finish. The Y8 boys competed in a final against Trinity, HCACP, Tenisons and Oasis to finish 1st and be named Croydon Champions! 🥇

05/05/22

It was great so see our students so engaged in rugby training yesterday. The session was led by a coach from the Matt Ratana Foundation and will get the players ready for our game against Lanfrac! 🏉 https://t.co/PCXfE8aSJy

28/04/22

Our amazing Year 8 football team managed a 5-2 victory over Clapham in their semi final yesterday. The boys will face either Harris Academy Riverside or East Dulwich in the final! Goals courtesy of Raff, Kahlan and Judah! ⚽️

20/04/22

Our latest Newsletter is available from our website: https://t.co/FJsf6qaA69 https://t.co/YkfWoFDIOo

14/04/22

The issues in the Academy kitchen have been rectified. Hot and cold meals and snacks will be available from Tuesday 19th April.

03/04/22

We've cooked our dinner and pitched our tents. We're now enjoying the sunset ☺️ https://t.co/F2djV2M9ZQ

01/04/22

Our Silver Duke of Edinburgh students have set off for a weekend of walking around Ashdown Forest on their practice expedition. It's a bit chilly! 🏕️💨 https://t.co/nV3FjbqDce

01/04/22

Earlier in the week we posted about Gardening Club being busy planting crops before the break. We are now excited to announce https://t.co/zdHtqQI6yK has granted us £1,994 to go towards our gardening project! We're eager to share what we use this amazing sum for next term! 🚜🥕🥔 https://t.co/2urCBAcRsd

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Harris Academy Purley
Kendra Hall Road
South Croydon
CR2 6DT

0208 681 1141 (choose option 4)
admissions@harrispurley.org.uk


Open Evening and Open Mornings

Open Evening will take place on Thursday 22nd September 2022

Open Mornings will take place on Wednesday 5th and Wednesday 12th October 2022


Year 7 Applications

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

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 http://www.eadmissions.org.uk. 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 by 31st October. 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 use our full name: Harris Academy Purley. There are over 50 Harris Academies across London, so entries of “Harris Academy” are invalid and therefore, ignored.
  • You will be invited to a Testing Day on 10th December 2021. This is a non-verbal reasoning test to place applicants in ability bands. A set number of places are allocated to each band to ensure a mixed ability intake.
  • Be sure to include at least 3 different schools on your preference form.

National Offer Day for secondary schools will be in the first week of March. 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. This must be done by the deadline shown below.


Key Year 7 Dates 2022

31 October

CAF forms returned to home Local Authority

10 December* 

Harris Federation Testing Day

31 December

Waiting lists closed and replaced by casual admissions waiting lists.

You will need to re-apply as a Casual Admission if you are still waiting at this point

1 March*

National Offer Day (Your Local Authority will inform you of the outcomes of your applications)

16 March*

The deadline for you to accept or decline your offer

29 March*

Appeals Deadline (appeals must be received by the academy no later than 16:00)

26 April to 28 May

Appeal Hearings

1st July Student Induction Day 09:30 to 14:30
1st July Parent Induction Evening 14:00 to 14:30

*Date is subject to change


Admissions Arrangements 2022-23

The Governing Body of Harris Academy Purley met on 26th February 2021 to review and consider the responses of the admissions consultation for intake in 2022-23. After careful consideration, the Governing Body have agreed to determine the arrangements. These can be found below.


Distance information

The table below shows the farthest distance a student, who was offered a place, lived from the academy. The farthest distance under the 'nearness rule' was 7.9 miles. This also took the 'siblings rule' into account. The farthest distance a student without a sibling at the academy lived was 5.5 miles.

Band Distance from academy
1 3.913 miles
2 3.476 miles
3 7.909 miles
4 3.397 miles
5 5.538 miles
6 2.783 miles
7 2.99 miles
8 3.19 miles
9 2.976 miles

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 for an in-year admission to Harris Academy Purley.  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.

In-year waiting list applications

Please complete the form on the link below to apply for a place at Harris Academy Purley. Please note this is for secondary school students aged 11-16. This form should not be used for Sixth Form students.

In-year Application Form for Year 7-11


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will my child be offered a place at Harris Academy Purley?

A: Our Academy is oversubscribed. More people apply than we have places to offer them. Applicants are placed on a waiting list in accordance with our oversubscription criteria found in the Admissions Policy. You will be notified once a place becomes available for your son or daughter.

Q: When does testing take place?

A: Testing is arranged every half term. Test results are not given out, as they are not graded 'pass' or 'fail'. The result will put your child into an ability band. A predetermined number of students are chosen from each band to ensure an even spread of abilities for each in-take. Please see our Fair Banding Test document at the bottom of the page for more information.


Sixth Form applications

Admissions into our sixth form should be made through the Harris Federation Sixth Form website

Each Harris academy with a sixth form will hold their own open event. Harris Academy Purley will hold an Open Evening for our sixth form in September, allowing prospective students an opportunity to see the facilities and courses on offer at this campus.

Please check our website in August for exact dates for all of our open events.


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
CR2 6DT

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.

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