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*Coronavirus Deadline Extension*
In light of the current situation regarding the Covid-19 virus, we have taken the decision to extend the date by which admission appeal forms need to be returned to the Academy to 30 April 2020.
Where possible, if you have not done so already, please submit your appeal forms electronically to the following email address: Admissions@harrispurley.org.uk
Depending on the situation at the time it is hoped appeals will be held at the end of June/beginning of July 2020.
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 and in-year admissions can be found below.
You could also download our Prospectus.
Open Evening and Open Mornings
Last year's Open Evening was on:
- Thursday 26th September 2019
We also offer four Open Mornings, which offer parents and carers the opportunity to tour the academy during a typical school day. These mornings are held on different days of the week in the hope of accommodating as many of you as possible.
Last year's Open Mornings took place on the dates below:
- Monday 30th September 2019
- Tuesday 8th October 2019
- Wednesday 16th October 2019
- Thursday 17th October 2019
To reserve a place at our next Open Morning, please contact our Admissions Officer.
Admissions Contact Details
Telephone: 0208 681 1141 (choose option 4)
Address: Harris Academy Purley, Kendra Hall Road, South Croydon, CR2 6DT
Admissions Consultation 2020
Admission authorities (individual academies) must consult on their admission arrangements at least once every seven years, even if the arrangements have not changed during that time.
The Governing Body are consulting on the admissions arrangements with effect from the 2021/22 year of entry. To view the proposal, please visit our consultation page.
Year 7 Applications
The Academy has an admission number of 190 in Year 7 for September 2020.
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 ignored.
- You will be invited to a Testing Day on 13th December 2019. 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 2nd March 2020 (National Offer Day) 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
31 October 2019
CAF forms returned to home Local Authority
13 December 2019
Harris Federation Testing Day
31 December 2019
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
2 March 2020
National Offer Day (Your Local Authority will inform you of the outcomes of your applications)
16 March 2020
The deadline for you to accept or decline your offer
30 April 2020
Appeals deadline at 4pm (received by the academy, in writing)
April to June
This data is accurate as of September 2019 for the Year 7 cohort. The furthest distance that a student lived, who gained a place under the 'nearness' rule was 2.312 miles. The distance for other bands includes:
|Band||Distance of furthest place offered|
Sixth Form Applications
For admissions to our Sixth Form, please refer to the Harris Sixth Form website here.
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
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.