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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.


Open Evening is tomorrow from 16:30! Please reserve a seat at our Principal's Address using the form below. Further information is available on our website.


Open Evening 2021 is on 23rd September from 16:30. Please visit our website for more information and to book a seat at our Principal's Address:


Congratulations to our GCSE students for their superb results! Best of luck with whatever you've chosen to do in the future!


Congratulations to our fantastic Sixth Form students for their fabulous results! It has been a pleasure having you here! Best of luck in the future!


Letters regarding examination results days and our Principal's End of Term letter can be read on our website:


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Huge thanks to the lovely staff from who have been shuttle run driving our children for our sports days yesterday and today!


Our Parent Information Evening for parents of Year 6 students joining us next year will take place on Microsoft Teams on Monday 12th July at 5:30pm. A link to the meeting will be sent to your email just before the event. We look forward to you joining us!


Well done to our Year 10 football team for their 4:2 win against Archbishop Tenisons yesterday. The goals came from Joshua, Khyro, Reece and Callum. A big thanks to Sixth Formers Romel (referee), Tomiwa and Eric (Linesmen) for officiating the game.


Today was a Year 12 Taster Day. Year 11 students had the opportunity to experience lessons in some of the subjects they hope to take next year


Summer School is still going ahead from 26th July to 30th July (09:30-14:30).


Parent Induction Evening will now take place virtually (Microsoft Teams) on Monday 5th July at 18:00


Our Key Stage 3 Art students have entered Heroes Stamp Design competition. The entries have been fantastic. Here are some of our favourites:


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Absolutely fabulous day Yr 12. Such a pleasure to work with you all.


Unfortunately, I'm not always available to go into classrooms to take photos. I visited as many as I could in the time that I had!

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Work Experience

As part of our careers programme, we provide Year 10 students with the opportunity to take part in Work Experience.

Participation is not compulsory, but represents the possibility for students to engage in a week long experience that could provide a valuable insight into the world of employment.

Complete the online survey 11 October

Work Experience is an opportunity to experience working life. Harris Academy Purley will do it's best to support you with finding a placement. However, many organisations request direct contact from the student. Since placements are incredibly competitive, we strongly advise that you start contacting companies early and find a placement yourself. There will be knock backs; no is a common answer. Don't give up! The survey below helps us direct you and support you in finding a suitable organisation to work with for a week.


The process

If students wish to take part in the week, the following steps need to be completed by the deadlines above.

  1. Complete the online survey
  2. Complete the Work Experience Booking Form, which you can download from the bottom of this page.
  3. Arrange an interview with your work experience employer.

As soon as your Work Experience Booking Form is returned, the Academy will make contact with your prospective employer to confirm the placement and to send them relevant documents.

Online Survey Link

How to find a placement 

A work placement is your opportunity to spend a period of time outside the classroom, learning about a particular job or area of work.  It can help you decide on your options for after Year 11 and will give you the opportunity to develop and show evidence of vital skills such as self-confidence, communication, independence and a variety of others, depending on what kind of placement you do.  

What types of Work Experience Can I do? 

Most of you will be expected to find your own placements. Think about what you want to do.  What are your favourite subjects? Ask for help making a list of related jobs.  If you start looking in time you will be able to find a suitable placement. 

English: Newspapers, Libraries, Press Officer, Teacher, Solicitors, Advertising, TV & Film, radio 

Maths: Banking, Accountancy & finance, Engineering, Meteorology   

Geography: Environmental services, Development organisations, Charities, Politics 

Family is often a good source for finding placements.  Do your parents/guardians do something you are interested in? How about your brothers and sisters or your aunties and uncles?  Do you already know anywhere you may like to work? e.g. a shop that you like, or an organisation you pass on the way to school?   

Go to and search for a local business in the field of work you would like to do.

For example, you could search for "solicitor" in "Croydon". Give this a try!

Yell Website

You could also try where you can research job roles and sectors, up-to-date industry insights, job opportunities for subjects you are studying and more.

Tips for a successful placement  

Make a list of 10 places you would like to apply to.

Call or visit them and ask if they have work experience opportunities.  For example: “Hello, I’m enquiring about the possibility of organising a work experience placement with you from 2nd July.

If they offer work experience, they will tell you what to do next.  Remember, competition for work experience can be really tough, so you'll need to make the right impression when asking them.

Be selfish. Don’t ask for you AND a friend; employers are unlikely to want a group of friends hanging out at their business. You will also come across more confident and keen if you are asking just for yourself.

World of Work

Click here to fill in the Year 10 and Year 11 survey

Click here to fill in the Year 9 survey

Virtual work experience opportunities

Dates: 22nd June 2021
Eligibility: 14- 19 year olds interested in Construction.
Application Deadline: 24th May 2021

Thames Water- Technology Revolution 
Date: 23rd June 2021 
Eligibility: 14 – 19 year olds.
Application Deadline: 30th May 2021 

Govia Thameslink Railway 
Date: 24th June 2021
Eligibility: 14 – 19 year olds interested in how technology is used in the transport industry.
Application Deadline: 3rd June 2021 

British Airways
Dates: 23rd June 2021
Eligibility: 14+ Interested in Women in Engineering 
Application Deadline: 31st May 2021

Virgin Money - London 
Dates: 25th June 2021
Eligibility: 14 -19 year olds.
Application Deadline: 28th May 2021

VMLY&R Commerce
Dates: 26th - 30th July 2021
Eligibility: 16+ Interested in Marketing/ Communications/ Advertising
Application Deadline:  07th June 2021

SCS Railway (Camden Students only)
Dates: 28th June - 2nd July 2021
Eligibility: 15+ 
Application Deadline: 31st May 2021
Springer Nature (Camden Only) 
Dates: 30th June 2021
Eligibility: 16+ 
Application Deadline: 1st June 2021

Architecture 00
Dates: 17th June 2021
Eligibility: 14+ 
Application Deadline: 31st May 2021

Dates: 8th July 2021
Eligibility: 14+ interested in Television Production
Application Deadline: 14th June 2021

Camden Sparks (Camden Only) 
Dates: 28th June - 2nd July
Eligibility: 14+ 
Application Deadline: 7th June 2021

Page Downloads

Title Date  
How to apply for WEX at... 16th Apr 2018 Download
Speakers for Schools WEx for July 2021 24th Jun 2021 Download
WEX FAQ from April 30th Apr 2018 Download
WEx Finance Task 26th May 2021 Download
WEX Template Letter to Employers 28th Feb 2018 Download
WEx with REED 26th May 2021 Download
Work Experience Booking Form 26th Feb 2018 Download
Work Experience FAQ 27th Feb 2018 Download
Work Experience Year 10 06th Nov 2018 Download
Work Experience Year 12 06th Nov 2018 Download