We’re proud to announce we’ve just received our Level 3 Gardening Award!


A “wild” picnic on our roof terrace today to celebrate the end of Thank you for our yummy lunches!


An example of the amazing progress our Reception children are making. Writing this week compared with only 2 months ago!


Learning in Early Years today.


Snail racing and planting this week.


Monday morning excitement! Our mushrooms have grown.


Eco club having fun in the sun planting succulent mini gardens!


Children enjoying lunchtime club today.


Movie night! Thanks to our fabulous PTA for arranging.


We had a special visitor in the academy today. Thank you Easter bunny and HPAPW PTA for our yummy eggs.


Huge congratulations to all the children who received their Silver Attendance Certificate today. All of these children have 100% attendance since September. Amazing!


Congratulations to all the children achieving 100% this term. These children received their Bronze Certificate!


Our children engrossed in reading at after school club tonight. Great phonics teaching resulting in a love of literature.


Our talented HPAPW artists!


It’s a beautiful day for lunchtime play at Purley Way!


We’ve had a brilliant World Book Day! Thank you parents and carers for all your hard work with the costumes!


Just some of our children getting in to character today!


Wally is even busy hiding in our learning for today.....can you spot him?


It’s World Book Day and the team at HPAPW are very excited!


We love writing at HPAPW! Nathanael wrote a whole dinosaur story today - well done.

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Academy Admissions

Welcome to the Harris Primary Academy Purley Way Admissions Information page. Reception places at the Academy are open to all children and we are part of the Croydon Council admissions process.

Reception Applications – September 2019

The Academy has an admission number of 90 in Reception for September 2019

Applications for places in Reception should be made on London Borough of Croydon’s Common Online Application Form. Key information on primary school admissions can be found on the Local Authority’s website. Forms should be submitted in accordance with the LA’s published deadlines for applications (normally early to mid-January before the academic year in which the child is eligible for entry).

Reception Key Dates

Saturday 1st September 2018

Online Application Process opens

Tuesday 15th January 2019

Deadline for receipt of applications

Tuesday 16th April 2019

Outcomes published to parent/carer

Tuesday 30th April 2019

Deadline for receipt of acceptances

Thursday 16th May 2019 Deadline for appeals to be made in writing to the Academy
May - June 2019 Appeals to be heard
1st September 2019 Waiting lists closed and replaced by casual waiting lists, parents/carers will need to re-apply as a casual admission, if still waiting


If you are unhappy that you did not receive an offer of a school place at Harris Primary Academy Purley Way, you have the right to lodge an independent appeal with us.

In-Year Applications

If you are looking for a place in Harris Primary Academy Purley Way because you have recently moved into the area, or your child is at another primary school and you feel that a change of school would benefit their education you are entitled to apply for a school place. 

Since September 2013, the law allows you to apply directly to a school or Academy instead of the Local Authority. 

Please contact Admissions at the Academy on 020 38721970 or to request an HPAPW In-year Admission Form. 

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.

For Parents/Carers who wish to Appeal

Parents / Carers wishing to appeal against the Academy’s decision on admissions, for any year group, should contact the Academy and request an Appeal Form stating the reason for the appeal, based on the published Admissions Criteria.

Completed forms should be sent to the Clerk to the Appeal Panel at:

Harris Primary Academy Purley Way, 4th Floor Norfolk House, Wellesley Road. Croydon. CR0 1LH

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 that 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.


    If you have any questions regarding admissions, please contact Donna Neblett:


    Telephone: 020 3872 1970

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