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Harris Academy Purley
Kendra Hall Road
0208 681 1141 (choose option 4)
Open Evening and Open Mornings
Open Evening 2021 will take place on Thursday 23rd September from 16:30. You will have the opportunity to look around our academy and ask questions to our staff and students.
Due to capacity restrictions, we ask that you make a reservation for the Principal’s Address using the form below.
Last admittance will be at 19:00, with the academy closing at 19:30.
Kendra Hall Road will be closed to visiting traffic (except Blue Badge holders), so please take public transport or walk where possible. We also request you wear a face coving while in the building, unless you are exempt.
If you missed our Open Evening, we will also run two Open Mornings, where you will have the opportunity to take a brief tour of the Academy on a typical school day. These will take place on Wednesday 6th and Wednesday 13th October at 09:15. You must reserve a space on one of these tours using the forms below.
Year 7 Applications
The Academy has an admission number of 190 in Year 7 for September 2021.
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 11th December 2020. 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 2021 (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
CAF forms returned to home Local Authority
Harris Federation Testing Day
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
National Offer Day (Your Local Authority will inform you of the outcomes of your applications)
The deadline for you to accept or decline your offer
Appeals Deadline (appeals must be received by the academy no later than 16:00)
26 April to 28 May
*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.
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.
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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.
In-year waiting list applications 2020-21
Please use the form on the link below to apply for a place at Harris Academy Purley secondary school. Please note this is for students aged 11-16. Sixth Form students should apply through the Harris Federation Sixth Form website, see section below.
Sixth Form applications
For admissions to our Sixth Form, please refer to the Harris Sixth Form website here.
We will hold a Sixth Form Open Evening in September. Please check our website in August for a confirmed date.
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.