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Thank you to for our Christmas tree! We take hundreds of students to Frylands Wood Scout Outdoor Centre each year. They are raising funds for the centre through a charity tree sale!


Our Year 12 students are encouraged to complete the Senior Prefect application form on our website:


Our Year 7 netball team continued their winning form with a dominant win over Archbishop Lanfranc. The team worked exceptionally well together and showed excellent sportsmanship, including encouraging and supporting the opposition.


Our Year 8 football team returned to their winning ways last night, with a emphatic 8:2 win over Trinity. The boys dominated from start to finish and even had a little left in the tank at the end! Raffael was MOTM, controlling the game from the middle. Well done!


Our Year 7 and Year 8 netball teams made their debut last night against Orchard Park. Both teams left victorious, showing excellent team working skills and determination. A great start for both teams! Well done.


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Thank you for the warm welcome I received today when delivering ZAP workshops to Years 7 & 8’s. A fantastic start to


Year 8 played their third National Cup fixture this week. The boys were fantastic, coming from behind to lead 2:1 with a minute to go. A questionable penalty caused the game to go into extra time and eventually penalties, which unfortunately led to our first defeat.


This evening's Year 8 fixture at Kingdale has gone into extra time. Students are expected to return to the academy at the later time of 16:30.


On Tuesday our Y7/8 girls football team attended their first tournament of the year. They played 5 tough games against local schools and showed tenacity and courage, resulting in some excellent results! Highman's Highlight® was a fantastic goal by Diorella. Well done girls!


We were honoured to have our very own Mr Gurung lay a wreath in today's assembly. Mr Gurung served for over 18 years in the British Army, stationed in countries as far afield as Hong Kong and Nepal


Massive congratulations to the students who took part in the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge yesterday. They were all fantastic and it was tough to choose our 5 finalists!


We welcomed Lesley Urbach from to the Academy last week. Lesley spoke to our students about her family's experiences during the holocaust.


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Twitter I have been invited into today to give a talk on my journey, business and the importance of health and fitness. I am both excited and extremely nervous!! Wish me luck


Following on from our successful Year 11 Raising Achievement Evening, here are some recommended revision books for our GCSE students:


We are running Intervention Sessions for our GCSE students over the half term break. Please see our most recent letter for details:


This week our Year 7s are going on trips to Frylands. A letter has gone out detailing everything you need to know. Have a great time!


Year 8s played their first ever football match representing the Academy yesterday. They played Archbishop Tenison's and came away with a 7:2 win! Well done to the squad and to Nyle, who was named Man of the Match.


Open Evening is this evening! Our gates will open at 16:30 and will close at 19:00. Local parking restrictions are in force, so please plan your journey accordingly! We can't wait to meet you.

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.

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Governance & Scheme of Delegation (Academies)

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± FGP± 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± FGP± 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 4/4 N/A 09/03/2016 09/03/2024
Phillip Wheatley Principal Principal of Academy N/A N/A 01/09/2017 01/09/2021
Dominic Sterling Sponsor Governor None 2/4 N/A 08/11/2017 31/08/2022
Christina Worrell Sponsor Governor Employee of Westminster City Council 2/4 N/A 14/03/2018 31/08/2022
Shawn King Sponsor Governor None 3/4 2/3 18/09/2019 17/09/2023
Byron Cole Sponsor Governor None 0/4 N/A 06/10/2015 01/10/2021

Vikneswaramoorthy Piratheepan

Sponsor Governor None 1/4 N/A 13/02/2020 12/02/2024
Ishia Beckford Parent Governor None 2/4 N/A 01/09/2016 01/09/2024
Hilary McNevin Sponsor Governor None New New 14/10/2021 14/10/2025
Lola Charles-Samuel Sponsor Governor None New New 28/09/2020 28/09/2024

± 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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