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Well done to our KS2 Award winners today who have gone this week. Amazing achievements in Reading, Writing & Maths.


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Take a look here to see the fantastic work going on in our partnership 👇🏻


Fantastic session with Bromley FC last week. Looking forward the next KS1 training evening tonight:


Well done to all of our KS2 award winners who have gone above and beyond in Reading, Writing, Maths and Values this week.


Congratulations to our staff superheroes who have gone ‘above and beyond’ this week. Without their incredible hard work every day, HPAO wouldn’t be the special place that it is to work and learn.


If you contact the school’s office, you can put your son on the waiting list for next term to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to join the clubs!


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Our after school club at continued yesterday with a special visit from Jude Arthurs and Byron Webster 🙌 One lucky pupil even got to wear the skipper's jacket!


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Pupils at enjoyed a surprise visit from Marcus Sablier and Scott Wagstaff at yesterday's after school club! We have more to come today too!


It was great to have First Team players Scott Wagstaff and Marcus Sablier come and join us at the after school club today! The players even gave out tickets to the next two Bromley FC first team matches!


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We were delighted to celebrate the achievements of our KS1 pupils this week. Their hard work and excellent behaviour was recognised by their teachers and peers.


Well done to all of our KS2 award winners! Their hard work this week was outstanding. Teachers have out certificates for reading, writing, maths and values achievements


Congratulations to our new House Captains who were selected by pupil vote. We look forward to their first event - the penny roll - which will be launched this week!


Our Y1 pupils had a surprising visitor from outer space on Thursday. The dramatic crash landing in the hall will act as inspiration for their writing this week!


Congratulations to our EYFS superstars who have earned their awards this week


Our Y5 pupils discovered a mysterious letter in a bottle as part of their literacy this week. We look forward to the writing it will on Friday


Thank you to our amazing staff super stars who have been going above and beyond this week

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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

Rebecca Southern - Family Worker 

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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