The local community are clearly grateful! Stay safe everyone.


Nice to hear about our windows bringing inspiration and joy in this time. we can’t wait to see your one!


You are so welcome! Well done Ali!


Love seeing our “Musician of the week” continues even at home! Well done!


Have you made your walk to school poster yet for the competition? If not, look on our website for details.


The children of our key workers have taken it to another level in Purley!


Stay at home everyone and stay safe!


A little something to brighten everyone’s day!


We loved seeing this video of you telling the time. Thank you for sharing.


Great repeating patterns and maths learning today. We'd love to see some writing tomorrow!


Super star! Well done!


Great to see! Well done!


Two certificates being posted out today! Well done for continuing to finish your bookmarks at home! Let Us know when you finish yours...


Great learning Ali! Well done! Keep up the hard work!


Great mental health reminders for ourselves and the children! We hope they help.


David Walliams is releasing audio books for free. Take a look:


We're so pleased! Don't forget it's on every day!


Practical maths for our Reception children at home today.


Pleased to see our children are still busy reading at home. Your new bookmark and certificate will be on its way to you soon! Well done!


We love seeing your photos of home learning! Please keep sending them to us to share!

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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 2020

The Academy has an admission number of 90 in Reception for September 2020

Applications for places in Reception should be made on the home London Borough of Croydon’s Common Application Form. These are accessible on their website and should be submitted in accordance with the published deadlines for applications (on or before 15th January 2020)

More detailed information about the admission process can be found here:


Reception Key Dates

1st September 2019

Online Application Process opens

15th January 2020

Deadline for receipt of applications

16th April 2020

Outcomes published to parent/carer

30th April 2020

Deadline for receipt of acceptances

16th May 2020

Deadline for appeals to be made in writing to the Academy

May - June 2020

Appeals to be heard

1st September 2020

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 3872 1970 or to request an HPAPW In-year Admission Form or alternatively you can download it here

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 our Admissons Officer.

Miss Hannah Machin


Telephone: 020 3872 1970

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