Make sure you take the time to grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy the latest version of our weekly newsletter. Now published via it has all the latest news, updates and pupil achievements for you to enjoy:


thank you for the imaginative trip around the U.K. with our Year 1 pupils. With Baxter Bear at the wheel our pupils got a grand tour of all four parts of the United Kingdom!


There are some amazing book corners in our classrooms that clearly show the value teachers place on reading!


Today it’s the turn of Year 4 to take ownership and team-run the set up of the Football Club. Pitches set up, teams picked and the football is flowing! Here we learn problem-solving as well as football skills! 🤔 ⚽️




As the sun is setting in Orpington, the football club is in full flow with members taking ownership and picking their own teams, tactics, creating their own carousel for matches, and team practice games while they are not on the ‘main pitch’. Great work by all!


October School - A happy end to a hard and enjoyable week of maths and reading. Well done to all the students. 👏


October School; today students are enjoying logic games, in maths - Tyrone beat his teacher Mr Sawh 7 - 0!!!


October School Year 6 tackled more reading challenges today!


October School pupils are exploring synonyms📚


October School is off to a good start! Children are reading, looking closely at poetry and discussing the use of imagery...


HPAO PTA - we are holding our Autumn Fair this Friday at the Academy and look forward to seeing you🙂


Mini Autumn Fair coming up soon!


PTA School Disco coming soon! Take a look below for the details!


HPAO Sports Clubs are now all live on ParentPay for bookings. Places are being booked quickly so book now to avoid disappointed! Tennis is the latest addition and starts on Monday! All clubs are 3:30-4:30PM


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Coffee Morning 30th September 2021! We look forward to seeing you 🙂


Football club is back! First week- indoor 4v4s with a Futsal ball! These children have really been working on their dribbling over the summer!

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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

Our full policy, with details of our admissions criteria, can be downloaded from the bottom of the page. A summary of the application process follows for Reception and In-Year Admissions.

We will be hosting several open days for 2022 applications, where the Executive Principal Mr Matt Britt will provide an introduction to HPAO, followed by a tour around the school.

Open Days for September Admissions 2022 

Mornings (10am - 11am)

  • Thursday 4th November 2021
  • Monday 11th November 2021
  • Wednesday 12th January 2022

Afternoons (4pm - 5pm)

  • Wednesday 24th November 2021
  • Wednesday 8th December 2021

We are looking forward to meeting you all.

Academy Admissions Contact Details

Sue Ebanks Office Manager/PA 

Telephone: 01689 830 383
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 2022.

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).

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 here .

For Parents/Carers who Wish to Appeal

Parents 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 Sue Ebanks at the School telephone 01689 830383.

Completed forms should be emailed to Clerk to the Appeal Panel at by 10 June 2022

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 14 clear school days in advance of the hearing.

Applicants will be sent a copy of the school's case at least 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.

*Please see amendments to current regulations due to Covid-19 situation, below.

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.

Should you require an appeal form it is here.

How to Apply

Complete the application form online here via eAdmissions. Please note that you cannot apply for a place directly to the Academy.

Key Reception Dates for 2022-2023

1 September 2021

Local Authority Online Application Website Open.

15 January 2022

Online closing date for Application Forms.

18 April 2022

Local Authority informs Parents/Carers of allocated school.

2 May 2022

Acceptance of place deadline.

15 May 2022

Deadline for appeals to be made in writing to the Academy.

May - June 2022

Appeals to be heard.

31 December 2022

Waiting Lists closed and replaced by casual admissions waiting lists, Parents/Carers will need to re-apply for an In-Year transfer through the local authority after the 1st January 2022, if still waiting.

In-Year Applications

Applications should be made using the Bromley in-year application form naming Harris Primary Academy Orpington as the preferred school. Please note that there is no guarantee that a place will be available, however, you do have the right to appeal should a place be refused.

Further information on how to apply through the London Borough of Bromley can be found here In-Year Applications.

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