From September we will be offering Breakfast & Afterschool clubs as we team up with ! Take a look at the information on the images for your child to take part


Today Year 1 have invented ‘Tennis-ball’ and ‘Foot-boules’, whilst Year 4 made the creatively-named ‘cones, cones, cones’ and ‘10 foot bag’ with some incredible rules. Great to see the sharing of rules and games with each other!


Year 6 leavers party in full swing out in the sun! Teachers using all of their experience to pass on the dance moves to the best party songs in history 🕺🏾💃🏻 ☀️🔊


Year 2 have been using their leadership skills this morning. When given a box of equipment they have set up a mini football pitch, a tennis court, a ‘superstar-chicken arena’, “piggy in the middle tennis edition” and taken ownership of it all. Fantastic peer-teaching throughout!


Huge thanks to the PTA for paying for ice creams for every child. Due to the weather forecast, Year 6 plans for today changed from a Park Visit to a School Cinema and an Ice Cream treat!


Year 1 have spent time outside this morning recreating the story ‘We are going on a Lion Hunt’ using musical instruments 🦁 🥁🪘


Congratulations to Queen’s! We look forward to next year, when we will be able to have a real festival of sports and finally welcome all of the parents/guardians to enjoy the day with us!


The final count-up has been done, and the trophy has been handed… to Queen’s! The final scores were- 291- Queen’s 289- St Andrews 282- Oxbridge 269- Cardiff Well done to everyone that took part over the last 2 days, some amazing effort and learning opportunities through out!


Year 6 finished the day off to add the final points to the board…. Results are being counted and will shortly be announced!


Before lunch, year 5 had their turn to try and change the leaderboard!


Year 4 then took their chance to add some points to the leaderboard, with some pretty close finishes in the running!


Next up was Cowell class, which produced maybe the best photo of the entire Sports Day! It doesn’t matter which team you are on, we always help out a friend!


And they thoroughly enjoyed the obstacle race!


Inkpen class were first up for Sports Day today!


The scores at the halfway point of the Sports Days: 1st- Queen’s 2nd- St Andrews 3rd- Oxbridge 4th- Cardiff There are 17 points between 1st and 4th, so it is all still to play for!


The day finishes with Year 3 adding some much-needed points to the tally of their teams!


Year 2 having some fun with the obstacle race!


Before a break for lunch, year 2 put in an incredible effort for their events!


Year 1 are up now! Some amazing teamwork going on today!


What a great start to sports day with EYFS! Looks like red is in the lead!

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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 2021. Places will be announced on 16 April 2021. 

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.

Our open days for Reception 2021-2022 follows below:

Wednesday 11th November 9.30am

Thursday 12th November    1.30pm

Wednesday 18th November 9.30am 

Thursday 19th November    1.30pm

Due to Covid-19 we will be holding Virtual MS Teams Meetings. 

If you would like to arrange a Teams meeting outside of these times, please contact the main Academy Office on 01689 830383 or email  Please do take the time to meet us.

Academy Admissions Contact Details

Sue Ebanks 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 2021.

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).



View Digital Prospectus Online

Download a PDF


Reception Key Dates


15 January 2021

Online Applications made to home Local Authority

16 April 2021

Local Authority informs Parents/Carers of allocated school

30 April 2021

Acceptance deadline

5 June 2021

Deadline for appeals to be made in writing to the Academy

w/c 13 July 2021

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 emailed to Clerk to the Appeal Panel at:

by 5pm on 5 June 2021 

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.

And if you need an appeal form it is here

Admission Appeals during Covid-19 (2020)

The Government has made some changes to the School Admissions Appeals code to relax some of the requirements during the pandemic.

We have removed the requirement for documents to be delivered by post or in person and will accept appeals by email.

The new regulations, which will be in force until 31 January 2021, will:

  • disapply the requirement that appeals panels must be held in person and instead give flexibility for panel hearings to take place either in person, by telephone, video conference or through a paper-based appeal where all parties can make representations in writing
  • relax the rules with regard to what happens if one of the 3 panel members withdraws (temporarily or permanently) to make it permissible for the panel to continue with and conclude the appeal as a panel of 2
  • amend the deadlines relating to appeals for the time that the new regulations are in force

An appeal hearing could be heard by telephone, by video conference or on paper.  The Clerk will contact all parties prior to the hearing and establish whether everyone has access to the necessary equipment.  In line with the School Admissions Appeals code, where an appellant fails, or is unable, to take part in the hearing and it is impractical to offer an alterantive date, the appeal may go ahead and be decided on the written information submitted.  Where that happens, the appeal panel must take steps to ensure that the parties are able to fully present their cases, and be satisfied that the appeal is capable of being determined fairly and transparently.

Amendments to the regulations mean that appellants will be given at least 28 calendar days' written notice of a new appeal deadline and at least 14 calendar days' written notice of an appeal hearing (although appellants can waive their right to this).  All deadlines for the hearing of appeals must be as soon as reasonably practicable.  Decision letters should be sent within 7 calendar days of the hearing, wherever possible.  

Academy Admissions 2021-2022

We have an admission number of 60 in Reception for September 2021-2022. Details of our admissions criteria can be downloaded from our Admissions Policy at the bottom of this page.

Open Days for September 2021 Admissions

We will  be running virtual open days, the link will follow.

We will also be holding Teams Meetings on the days and times below. The Teams invitation will be emailed to you nearer the date. Should you wish to join us, please email to reserve a place.

4 November – 9.30am to 10.30am

9 November – 1.30pm to 2.30pm

18 November – 9.30am to 10.30am

23 November – 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Admissions Contact:

Sue Ebanks Office Manager/PA

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

We provide below a summary of the application process for Reception and In-year admissions.

Please note that we are a part of the London Borough of Bromley’s admissions process and information regarding making an application can be found on their website HERE.

Choosing a school for your child is an important decision and a step-by-step guide to applying for a school place can be downloaded 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 2021-2022

1 September 2021

Local Authority Online Application Website Open.

15 January 2021

Online closing date for Application Forms.

16 April 2021

Local Authority informs Parents/Carers of allocated school.

2 May 2021

Acceptance of place deadline.

15 May 2021

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

May - June 2021

Appeals to be heard.

31 December 2021

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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