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!


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 🥇


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:


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!


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! 🚌


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! ⚽️


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


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! 🥇


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! 🏉


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! ⚽️


Our latest Newsletter is available from our website:


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


We've cooked our dinner and pitched our tents. We're now enjoying the sunset ☺️


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! 🏕️💨


Earlier in the week we posted about Gardening Club being busy planting crops before the break. We are now excited to announce 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! 🚜🥕🥔


A letter regarding Year 11 Prom and intervention sessions has been published on our website:


⚽️ Our newly formed Y7 girl's football team are having a busy year. Not only have they competed in a Croydon Schools tournament AND the U13s league, they also played a Y7-8 competition against some very tough opposition and were excellent throughout. Well done girls!


A letter form the Principal has been published on our website:


Our Year 7 rugby team returned to Riddlesdown for another friendly. Previously, we had a smaller group and had to borrow players, but this time we were able to play as our own team. We came up against a Riddlesdown side that had more experience and only lost by one try 8-7 🏉


Despite this year's hot weather coming to an end 😅 Gardening Club took to the allotment for the final time this term to get their shooting potatoes in the ground. The club has planted a variety of vegetables and look forward to a September harvest 🚜🥔🥔

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Sport at Purley

We provide our students the opportunity to become resilient, hardworking, respectful and fair. We aim to show students that they can achieve success no matter what experience or ability they have.

Sport at Harris Academy Purley is growing year on year, with teams now regularly competing in local, regional and national competitions in football, basketball, netball, rugby, cricket, athletics and table tennis. We have created links with local community sports teams to enhance our extra-curricular activities to ensure that every student can take part in sport outside of the classroom.

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Our football teams, both boys and girls, compete in the Croydon Schools League, Croydon Schools Cup, Harris Federation Cup and English Schools Cup. Students have access to regular training sessions alongside a competitive fixture list.

Croydon Football League

Federation Football Competitions

HAPU Basketball


We have partnered with Greenhouse Sports to develop Basketball at Harris Academy Purley. We have a full-time basketball coach who co-ordinates fixtures, before school and after school clubs, and who runs gifted and talented sessions for our more able basketball players.

Our basketball teams, both boys and girls, compete in the Croydon Schools League, Greenhouse Sports League, Croydon Schools Cup, Jr NBA League, Harris Federation Cup and English Schools Cup.  Students have access to regular training sessions alongside a competitive fixture list. Students have gone on to represent Harris Knights Basketball Team.

Croydon Schools Basketball

HAPU Netball


Our Netball teams compete in the Croydon Schools League and the Harris Federation Cup.  Students have access to regular training sessions alongside a competitive fixture list.

Croydon Schools Netball

HAPU Cricket


Cricket is very popular and has grown alongside our partnership with First Ball Cricket Academy.  They run indoor nets over the winter to improve core skills ready for fixtures against local Croydon schools in the summer term. 

First Ball Academy

HAPU Athletics


Our Athletics teams compete in the Croydon Schools Athletics Competition, Croydon Schools Indoor Athletics, English Schools Track and Field Cup, and Harris Federation Athletics Competitions.

Basketball highlights filmed and edited by one of our Year 11 students