We are now on Instagram! Follow on Instagram to keep up to date with events and celebrations at the school!


We hope the Free School Meal Voucher (FSM) Scheme will extend during the Holidays. Vouchers totally £90 per child could be available. To be eligible, children must be in receipt of (FSM). We encourage all parents to apply as the criteria has changed.


We received a lovely letter from Juvenile Arthritis Research (JAR) thanking our children and staff for their Support. We raised over £160 that will go to continued research to cure this debilitating autoimmune disease. Well done everyone for wearing purple!


A snapshot of pupils celebrating Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Day by wearing something Purple and raising funds to support the Charity. Well done everyone👋


Kent Cricket and Chance 2 Shine were in today coaching Year 2 on their Cricket skills. Don't forget we have after school cricket clubs on Mondays and Thursdays! 🏏


World Ocean Day 8th June 2021


Even during the half term, we are thinking about what is important. We do hope you are all enjoying your half term break and the beautiful sunshine 🌞


Wraparound care update! Starting September 2021, Energy Kids will be facilitating breakfast and after school clubs. More information will follow shortly.


To celebrate , Year 6 took part in the newly-formed annual inter-house football tournament. This year’s winners were Cardiff! Well done to all of Year 6 that were involved in the afternoon of games!#SFW2021


Coffee morning tomorrow at 9am. We look forward to seeing you.


This week is Schools’ Football Week 2021. All week in PE HPAO students will be joining the campaign and playing football! On Wednesday Year 6 will be taking part in an inter-house football tournament to celebrate the day!


AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS ARE COMING BACK... commencing 7th June. To book your child’s place, please contact the school office All clubs will be on a first come, first served basis.


A Date for your Diary: 18th June 2021. Wear Purple for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)


Chance to Shine! Kent Cricket will be in every Wednesday with Year 2 helping to teach the children Cricket. This will be for 6 weeks from the 9th June at 12:10-13:10.


Year 6 Leavers Hoodies - can be purchased via the PTA. Please contact the school office for further details or email the PTA to place your order at:


A Date for your Diary 28th May 2021 - Come join our PTA for a Coffee☕️.


The HPAO PTA is back! working with the school to deliver fun events and activities. Long Term, and when Covid restrictions allow, the PTA will organise regular events and themed days for the school as well as to ensure parents voices are heard🙂


Celebrating Eid - We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Muslim families and friends an auspicious Eid and a fun day of celebrations! We had a lovely visit this morning from Adam Haleem. Thank you Adam for your kind gifts!


Hot off the Press!! Covid Update from the DfE. We can now plan our Sports Day for each year group. Also, following the June half term, some after school clubs will commence. More details will follow😊


This week's fresh meal menu from Barings includes Smoky Bean Chilli and Sausages and Winter Mash. Parents and carers are very welcomed to collect now, remember to bring a shopping bag with you!

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6 September 2019Harris Primary Academy Orpington judged ‘Good’ by OfstedChildren and teachers at Harris Primary Academy Orpington are celebrating after being judged ‘Good’ by Ofsted in their first inspection since joining the Harris Federation in 2016. Ofsted inspectors praised the school’s transformation over the past three years, from being previously judged as ‘Requires Improvement’ under the predecessor school to becoming ‘Good’ across all inspected categories. The report says that the strong leadership at the school has been instrumental to its success. It says that the school’s leaders, including governors, ‘refuse to accept second best’ for pupils. Other notable comments from the report include: ·         ‘Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. Their behaviour and attitudes to learning reflect the values of the school’ ·         ‘Pupils are safe. Staff care for pupils. Adults respond well to pupils’ welfare needs and ensure that pupils are well looked after’ ·         ‘Pupils from early years to Year 6, including disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), are achieving well’ ·         ‘Leaders monitor pupils’ progress in reading, writing and mathematics routinely, so they can quickly support those pupils who need to catch up’ ·         ‘The curriculum is broad and balanced’ ·         ‘The family support officer is instrumental in providing tailored support for pupils’ emotional needs’ ·         ‘Leaders are knowledgeable about the range of pupils’ needs’ ·         ‘Staff are proud to work at the school’ Matt Britt, Executive Principal of Harris Primary Academy Orpington, said: “I am sure everyone will be delighted to read the Ofsted report and to know that this community is served by a good school, reflecting the huge improvements made since the Harris Federation took over the predecessor school, which required improvement. Our school has a vibrant curriculum and dedicated and talented staff. The report reflects the hard work of our pupils, parents, staff and governors. “I became a teacher in order to play a part in helping children from all backgrounds achieve their best. It is therefore heartening that Ofsted have recognised that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those with special educational needs, are thriving at our academy.”
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