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That Friday Feeling!Our Reception children, on their way back from the Natural History Museum, showing how we all feel on a Friday!#HPAHP


Natural History Museum 🦕 Today our Reception children visited the Natural History Museum.They had a great day out exploring the exhibits and finding lots of dinosaurs!#HPAHP


Epic Maths! 🧮 In an HPAHP first, today we presented two Epic awards for Mathletics. These two superstars have been earning certificates every week since the start of the year.Fantastic achievement!#HPAHP


British Science WeekToday we’ve had whizz, bangs and lots of excitement as we hosted Silly Science workshops throughout the school day.Every year group took part and were inspired by just how amazing science can be!#HPAHP


British Science Week!Miss Zulver launched our Science Week celebrations in assembly on Monday.The message was simple:🧪 At HPAHP we are all scientists! 🧪Everyone can be a scientist through exploration and curiosity of the world in which we live!#HPAHP


British Science Week!This week we are celebrating British Science week.Lots going on:🧬 Silly Science Workshops🧪 Writing inspired by influential scientists🧬 Lots of exciting investigations 🧪 Home projects that are due on Thursday!#HPAHP


Who’s behind the book? 📕 Last week, as part of our World Book Day celebrations, the children had to work out which staff member was hiding behind the book cover.It certainly took some working out!#HPAHP


World Book Day! 📚 Last week our love of reading came to life as our favourite book characters joined us at HPAHP!


World Book Day! 📖 Last week we celebrated World Book Day at HPAHP.So many wonderful costumes and characters as our love of reading came to life!


Maths Club! 🧮Maths club isn't just about numbers. This week the children explored shapes and patterns!Some great problems from Wondermaths to solve!#HPAHP


Nursery Consultation!We are currently consulting with the community about our exciting plans to open a Nursery Class in September 2024.Find out more and give your views via our website: you have any questions, please contact the school office!


World Book Day 2024A date for your diary!🗓️Thursday 7th March 2024We will be celebrating World Book Day and encouraging all children to come to school dressed as their favourite book character. We cannot wait!Lots of exciting events planned - watch this space!#HPAHP


We love Maths! 🧮Times tables are key part of life at HPAHP. We are delighted to have launched Times Table Travellers with our Reception children this week.We hope they enjoy their mathematical tour of the globe!#HPAHP


PTA Coffee MorningOur PTA are hosting a coffee morning this week to discuss exciting plans for the rest of this academic year.🗓️Friday 23rd February 2024⏲️8.45am📍HPAHPCome along and have a coffee, hear the plans and suggest some others!#HPAHP


Haling is home! 🏠 After being on display as part of Croydon Stands Tall, our giraffe has returned to his permanent home.It’s great to have you back Haling!#HPAHP


A New Nursery For South Croydon!We are delighted to announce our plans for a nursery class from September 2024.We are consulting with our community about these exciting plans.For more information and to book a space at one of the consultation events, visit our website!


Energy Savers ⚡️This week, our Year 1 children became energy hunters. They searched the school for devices that used electricity.They then came up with ways that we could reduce energy wastage.#HPAHP


Energy Savers ⚡️This week, Year 6 have been finding out about decarbonisation. They investigated what it was and how it related to the energy we use in school!#HPAHP


Energy Savers ⚡️This week our Year 2 children have been investigating the impact they have on our environment. They explored both the positive and negative impact their actions have on our planet.#HPAHP


Energy Savers! ⚡️This week our Year 3 children have been designing energy heroes. First they collated all the ways we could save energy. They then turned these into super powers for their heroes!#HPAHP

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Applying for Reception Sept 2024

Deadline for primary school applications: 15 January 2024

This step-by-step process is for parents of children born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020, applying to start primary school in September 2024.

There is a different application process if:

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What you need to complete your application form

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After you apply



September to December 2023

Parents can contact primary schools to arrange visits.

15 January 2024

Application Deadline for all Reception places.  

09 February 2024

Closing date for applications from people moving into the borough, or changing address after 15 January 2024.

16 April 2024

Outcomes published to parent/carer
16th May 2024 Deadlne to appeals to be made in writing to the Academy

May - June 2024

Appeals to be heard

September 2024

Children start school in Reception.

Waiting lists

If a school gets more applications than it has places, it will keep a waiting list for reception until at least 31 December 2024. The order pupils get added to the list will be based on the school's admission criteria.

Children who receive an offer at a lower preference school through the normal round of admissions (admission to reception) will be automatically placed on the waiting list for higher preference schools.

It is your responsibility to inform the local authority if you do not want your child to be on the waiting for a higher preference school. In the event that a place becomes available at one of your higher preference schools, the place offered at your lower preference school will automatically be withdrawn. 

Schools outside of Croydon

If, in the normal round of admissions to the reception class, you have named (a) school(s) outside Croydon, you must check the relevant local authority’s arrangements to be placed onto their waiting list. 

Changing your preference

If you get offered a place at the school that was your first preference, you can only change your preference and be added to the waiting list for lower preference schools in exceptional circumstances.

Any change in circumstances will need to be supported with relevant evidence. All requests to be added to a waiting list should be made in writing to the School Admissions team.



Parents / Carers wishing to appeal against the Academy’s decision on admissions, for any year group, should contact the Academy and request an Appeal Form stating the reason for the appeal, based on the published Admissions Criteria.

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

Harris Primary Academy Haling Park,
50-58 Haling Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR2 6HS

 All appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.

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.