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We're still in recovery from our recent cyber attack. Thankfully, not everything has a microprocessor. Thank you to all our staff, students and families for being patient and working through it!


Due to current technical difficulties, the following letter is not currently on our website:


The academy's internet is down and as a result, students will be unable to connect to online lessons today (29 March). Our email system is also affected. If you have an urgent message, please contact us by telephone 0208 681 1141


Term Dates for the next academic year are now on our website:


Our staff have put together Easter care packages for families eligible for Free School Meals. They contain recipes and ingredients for at least 4 nutritious meals, along with activities to promote a health mind and body. Please register via the letter:


A letter regarding home testing kits is now on our website:


Our Sports Hall is now a rapid lateral flow testing centre, ready for the start of the Government's mass testing in schools programme! Teachers and support staff are trained and ready to guide you through the test. We're looking forward to seeing you all!


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Are you considering your College options? Join us at our virtual Career Pathway events in March and discover where your chosen courses could take you. Book your place now:


Letters regarding our reopening this month are on our website. Please follow the link within the letter to give consent for COVID testing on-site. Thank you in advance!


Year 12 Parents and Carers' Evening is on Thursday 25th March 2021! Follow the link for more information and to view your pre-booked appointments:


We are delighted our students will be returning to school in just under 2 weeks. Please read our letter from the Principal regarding our reopening on 8th March 2021


We have a number of LGBTQ+ tasks for our students to attempt this term including lip-syncing to a well-know song, recreating the inclusive rainbow flag and designing a LGBTQ+ Month logo. Have a look at these slides to find out more:


Our virtual Year 8 Parents' Evening is approaching (25th February 2021). There is a letter on our website explaining how this process works:


Leilani has submitted a homemade lava lamp for the Faculty Challenge


National Apprenticeship Week is approaching! Check out our website for online events you can get involved in!


It is Year 9 Parents' Evening on Thursday (4 Feb). Check our website for information on how to attend virtually...


Mr Ahmad is pleased to announce the launch of our Faculty Events and Competitions. This is a great opportunity to take part in some fun and interesting activities, earning points for your faculty in the process. Check out this short video to find out more:


Literacy for Learning have a number of conferences for students and parents to enjoy, starting today at 4pm with a keynote speech from Alex Quigly entitled ‘Literacy in Secondary School – Successful Ways Forward’. Check our website for links and timetable:


If you have any concerns about a student's mental health or wellbeing, please complete this form to assist us in providing help and support for the student:

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Governance & Scheme of Delegation (Academies)

The Role of Governor

Within England, there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors, who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The roles of individual Governors, and subsequently members of a Governing Body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

  • Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academy.
  • Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards it’s set aims and objectives.
  • Finally the role of role of the Academy Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principal, i.e. a 'critical friend.'


The Governing Body of Harris Academy Purley

The Academy is a member of the Harris Federation. Ultimate responsibility for the Academy rests with the Board of Trustees of the Federation, (Federation governance details and scheme of delegation can be found here), but much of the work of the Board is delegated to the Local Governing Body (the Governors of the Academy). Some Governors are appointed by the Federation whilst others are elected by parents or guardians of students at the Academy or by staff. Governors have opportunities to undertake professional development both through programmes organised by Harris Federation and the Academy.

At Harris Academy Purley, the Governing Body are linked to Academy Departments and have involvement in whole school roles and responsibilities – below is more information regarding individual Governor links.

Chair of Finance and General Purpose Committee is Mr Paul Jacobs

The Chair of the Academy can be contacted via the Clerk to Governors, Ms Tracy Roberts via her email: or by writing to the Academy directly:

FAO: Clerk to Governors
Harris Academy Purley
Kendra Hall Road
South Croydon

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Chair of Governing Body

Name Role Interest AGB(2019-2020)  FGP(2019-2020) From To
Paul Jacobs Sponsor Governor Trustee Fetal Medical 4/4 3/3 01/09/2009 01/09/2021

All governors have a 4 year term with the exception of the Principal and other Harris Federation staff.

Current Governors

Name Role Interest AGB (2019-2020) FGP (2019-2020) From To
Christopher Sadler Sponsor Governor Governor of Harris Westminster + Family member sponsor 4/4 3/3 01/09/2009 01/09/2021
Daniel Moynihan Sponsor Governor CEO of Harris Federation N/A N/A 01/09/2009 01/09/2021
Evelyn Dsane Sponsor Governor None     09/03/2016 09/03/2024
Phillip Wheatley Principal Principal of Academy N/A N/A 01/09/2017 Not Recorded
Dominic Sterling Sponsor Governor None 2/4 N/A 08/11/2017 31/08/2022
Christina Worrell Sponsor Governor Employee of Westminster City Council 3/4 N/A 14/03/2018 31/08/2022
Shawn King Sponsor Governor None NEW NEW 18/09/2019 17/09/2023
Byron Cole Sponsor Governor None 0/4 N/A 06/10/2015 01/10/2023

Vikneswaramoorthy Piratheepan

Sponsor Governor None NEW NEW 13/02/2020 12/02/2024
Ishia Beckford Parent Governor None     01/09/2016 01/09/2024

AGB = Academy Governing Body meetings attended last year / FGP = Finance and General Purpose meetings attended last year


Federation Financial Information

Information regarding what the Harris Federation spend and how they spend it can be found on the Federation website.

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