Don’t forget you can pick up a paper copy of the Spring 1 curriculum (emailed out this week) from the office.


So our love of reading even means we don’t want to go home........!


Visuals to support our Reception children’s “Fred talk” - oral blending their sounds to match the picture.


Excited to see the new pedestrian crossing close to being finished.


Some Year 3s discussing their favourite Roald Dahl story today! We just can’t get enough of hearing children sharing their love of reading!


Gardening Club’s homemade soup for parents and children to buy on the way home! Grown in our school vegetable patch.


The Purley Way team out in force!


Proud of our staff members who were nominated in various categories today! Congratulations! 🎉🎉


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Wonderful to hear the massed voices of students and staff.


3 of our amazing children rocking Harris in Harmony!


Some of our Year 3s working hard shown to the 4,000+ Harris staff


incredibly proud to see our OUTSTANDING on the board!


Team Purley Way ready for a fantastic conference.


We are proud to share the news that our recent Ofsted inspection graded the academy as OUTSTANDING in ALL areas!


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.

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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 Donna Neblett:


    Telephone: 020 3872 1970

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