The ducklings are leaving us today to pastures new with Miss Andy, so other classes have been looking after them before they waddle off🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥


Ship ahoy! Year 5 were all aboard the cutty sark today for a voyage of discovery


We have amazing writers in our Retelling the story of the very hungry caterpillar. 🐛#successforall


Day 8 in the House at We have 5 fluffy friends


Day 7 in the HPAO house. The ducklings are looking very fluffy, they love having a cuddly and are rather playful!


Some of our families are skydiving in June to raise money for expupil Lewis who is currently being treated for leukaemia for the second time. You can sponsor them by following the link. All money goes to our St Andrew’s house charity


Thank you for a slick, well run morning of cross country children and families had a wonderful time.


A team of smiling Year 4 boys who finished an amazing morning of cross country for . Well done to all staff, mums, dads and carers for coming along.


She is the one and only superstar Year 4 girl runner! Woohoo!


A team of 5 Year 3 boys - all from St Andrew’s house! Also thrilled with themselves and their accomplishment.


A team of 6 all smiles. All winners to us. Year 3 girls. 🏃‍♀️🏃🏾‍♀️


The Year 3 girls are off!


Today we have three HPAO ducklings!


Fabulous book character outfits for from Mrs ‘Paddington’ Abey, Mrs ‘Rainbow fish’ Dench and Mr ‘Trunchbull’ Robinson.


HPAO staff yoga session last night to restore and refocus.


The farm visited HPAO today much to Year 1s delight! They got to see calves, lambs, pigs, chickens and goats. They were able to stroke them and even got to feed the little lamb his milk!


Parents enjoyed reading with their children in this morning too.


For today parents came in to read with their children.


We are celebrating today. Wonderful turn out from staff and children! We are celebrating being readers.


The first HPAO ducklings have hatched! “It’s super exciting”

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.


PSHE is taught throughout the school and is considered to be a really important subject at Harris Primary Academy Orpington.

PSHE sessions offer classes the opportunity to discuss issues such as bullying, British values and current issues being discussed in the news and society in general.

At Harris Primary Academy Orpington we promote ‘British Values’ through our spiritual, moral, social and cultural education which permeates through the curriculum offer and supports the development of the ‘whole child’.

We recognise that such development is most successful when those values and attitudes are promoted by all the staff and provide a model of behaviour for our pupils.

‘British Values’ have been identified as:


Rule of Law;

Individual Liberty;

Mutual Respect;

Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs:

At Harris Primary Academy Orpington we serve a multi-faith community where each person is respected and valued equally without regard to ability, gender, faith, heritage or race.

Pupils are encouraged to experience British Culture through our curriculum themes.  Schools take part in local and Harris Federation sporting activities which help to instill ‘fair play’ and engender a ’team spirit’.

The staff work closely with parents, carers and other professionals to ensure that the pupils are happy, well cared for and enabled to learn the skills they need to live a fulfilling life as part of their community

Our Pupil Learning Council will use class circle times to listen to the views of their peers and feed that into PLC meetings. They also feedback the outcomes of PLC meetings to their classes.

We welcome many visitors into our school to support our PSHE teaching- the London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police, London Transport, Child line and the school nurse will be regular visitors.

We have a weekly P4C assembly  which is an enquiry based approach to open up children’s learning through the exploration of ideas.

P4C benefits for children

  • Gives children the possibility of seeing that their ideas have value, and that others have different ideas that have value too.
  • They realise that they don’t always have to be right.
  • They have the confidence to ask questions and learn through discussion.
  • All learners have opportunities to genuinely enquire.
  • A chance to speak and be heard without fear of getting an answer wrong.
  • Gives children who are not considered “academic” a voice and a chance to flourish.
  • Gives the “academic” children a chance to think outside the box.