EYFS WOW Day - are you a pirate or a dinosaur? EYFS are discovering their inner explorers .... what will they find?


Next up....its Tony Hadley lighting up the O2 at


Go HPAO! And a big wave to all the parents and carers cheering our fab pupils on at the O2 tonight


Looks like a good time being had at !


Update from the HPAO contingent at


Our singers have arrived at the O2 and are ready for rehearsals.


Which bit goes where? Year 6 getting to the heart of the matter with a dissection science activity


Some great tag rugby skills being honed in Year 5 this afternoon. Rain does not stop play at HPAO!


After our very own week of hustings and fevered voting, our new House Captains are in office!


Princess Royal marks 30 years of mud and magic in Pembrokeshire


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What an amazing experience!! 👍👍👍


We are on our way home and already missing Treginnis Farm! A lovely goodbye this morning from all the staff and children, we even had a few tears! What an excellent week for our Year 6s!


A great farewell evening at Treginnis Farm! The children have had the most incredible week filled with so many new memories. We are so proud of them all and everything they have achieved! Another special well done to our farmers of the week!


This morning’s beautiful trip to Porthlysgi Bay 🏝


A very special day at Treginnis Farm for our wonderful children! Meeting Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and the incredible author Michael Morpugo, who shared a story with the children!


Last nights birthday fun and pizza evening 🎉


Lots more fun, smiles and laughter!


Another busy day at Treginnis! Visiting the local city of St David’s and meeting the lovely little piglets!


More pumpkin harvest fun!

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Academy Admissions

Welcome to the Harris Primary Academy Orpington Admissions information page. Reception places at Harris Primary Academy Orpington are open to all children and we are part of the Bromley Council admissions process.

Applications should be made online or via the form which is available from the council. The deadline for applications is 15 January 2020. Places will be announced on 16 April 2020. 

Our full policy, with details of our admissions criteria, can be downloaded from further down the page. A brief summary of the application procedure follows for Reception and in-year admissions.

We have now set our open days for our Reception 2020 entry which are as follows:


5 November – 9.30am to 10.30am

7 November – 1.30pm to 2.30pm

19 November – 9.30am to 10.30am

21 November – 1.30pm to 2.30pm

 If you would like to arrange a visit outside of these open events, please contact the main Academy Office on 01689 830383 or email  Please do take the time to come and meet us.


Academy Admissions Contact Details

If you have any questions regarding admissions, please contact Vikki Melhuish using the details below

Telephone: 01689 830383
Address: Harris Primary Academy Orpington, Dyke Drive, Orpington, Kent, BR5 4LZ

Reception Applications

The Academy has an admission number of 60 in Reception for September 2020.

If there are more than 60 applications, places will be offered using the following criteria:

1)  Looked After and previously Looked After Children

2)  Children who the Harris Federation accepts have an exceptional medical or social need for a place at the academy

3) Childing with siblings at the Academy (who will still be attending on the date of admission)

4) All remaining places are allocated to children living closest to the Academy.


How to Apply

Applications for places in Reception should be made on London Borough of Bromley’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


15 January 2020

Online Applications made to home Local Authority

16 April 2020

Local Authority informs Parents/Carers of allocated school

30 April 2020

Acceptance deadline

5 June 2020

Deadline for appeals to be made in writing to the Academy

w/c 13 July 2020

Appeals to be heard

In-Year Applications

If you are looking for a place at Harris Primary Academy Orpington 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 and/or wellbeing, you are entitled to apply for a school place.

Applications should be made using the Bromley in-year application form and name the Academy as the preferred school.  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. 

Further information on how to apply through the London Borough of Bromley (including an application form) can be found at

For Parents/Carers who Wish to Appeal

Parent(s) wishing to appeal against the Academy’s decision on admissions, for any year group, should complete an Appeal Form (see below) stating the reason for the appeal, based on the published Admissions Criteria. If you need advice on making an appeal and what it entails please contact Vikki Melhuish at the School telephone 01689 830383.

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

Harris Primary Academy Orpington, Dyke Drive, Orpington, Kent, BR5 4LZ.

by 5pm on 13th May 2019. 

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whatever is the later date.

Applicants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least 10 clear school days in advance of the hearing.

Applicants will be sent a copy of the school's case at last seven clear working days in advance of the hearing.

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.

You can download a copy of the Admissions Arrangements below.

And if you need an appeal form it is here

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