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READ ALL ABOUT IT: Fortnightly PE Newsletter providing exercise workouts, sports articles & tasks for PE lessons during the closure. The newsletter, tracker & answer sheet can be downloaded on the website & will be needed for your PE lessons


Some students this week have absolutely excelled and should be extremely proud of themselves. Check out the video of our Lockdown Legends:


We are sharing some of the comments below that we have received from the recent parent survey. The feedback is very positive and we thank parents and carers for recognising and appreciating our efforts to support their families and children


The English department will be running the following extra-curricular competitions for students each week; Bedrock and Writing:


Future Talent, in partnership with Barclays Life Skills, has managed to secure astronaut Tim Peake in an exclusive FREE virtual Q&A session for young people aged 11-18 on Thurs 21st Jan from 5-6pm. Details, including how to register are here


Please watch (& sing along?!) to this weekend's free online concert: MICHAEL BALL: HEROES - FULL SHOW | The Shows Must Go On via Available now until Sunday!


We are really proud of all of our Y11 Historians this week who have been learning remotely about the ways in which the Nazis persecuted minority groups in the 1930s. Here are some thoroughly detailed notes from a fantastic student


How to upload completed work to Show My Homework / Submitting work online:


Check out this fantastic work from Ms Miele's art group


Please see the important update regarding the Spring Term


Our wonderful new violin teacher's advent calendar of Christmas music is at & there is Christmas Music By Candlelight at via do check out all the free shows over the holidays!


Wishing you a Happy and Safe Christmas from all the staff and students at Harris Academy Orpington


Our last day of term will be Thursday 17th December 2020, when we will finish at the normal time. Our return date in January will be Monday 4th January 2021 for all students and staff.


After school Computer aided design. Fantastic efforts from year 11 Engineers!


The Sixth Form at Harris Academy Orpington provides students with the opportunity to study in an exciting and rewarding learning environment. See the link to our Virtual Open Evening:


Beautiful twilight sky over Harris Orpington


We are consulting on our Admissions Policy for entry into 2022-2023. For more information and how to respond to the consultation, please visit our website.


Really proud of Yr10 who have been studying forces & stresses. They've built geodesic domes using cocktail sticks & jelly sweets, then constructed their own shapes to show how triangles are used in design due to their strength, which hold the weight of several bricks!


Well done to our dedicated and amazing Yr 11’s who yet again stayed late last night for intensive coursework catch-up, with the added reward of a Domino’s feast. Same again tonight and tomorrow! 😊


Beautiful sky over Harris Orpington this evening!

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Term Dates 2020-21

Autumn Term 2020

Wednesday 2 September to Thursday 17 December 2020 incl.

This is for students’ 2nd day and onwards

Year group             Time               Entrance/Exit

7                              8.00am            Tintagel Road

8                              8.15am            Tintagel Road

9                              8.30am            Tintagel Road

10                            8.00am            Ramsden Road

11                            8.15am            Ramsden Road

12                            8.30am            Ramsden Road

13                            8.30am            Ramsden Road

This staggered start will continue for the duration of the first term, or until government advice changes.  Please note this staggered start does not apply for your child’s first day, they should arrive at the normal time of 8.30am on this day.        

Half term: Monday 19 October to Friday 30 October 2020 incl.

Staff INSET days (no students to attend):

  • Wednesday 2 September 2020
  • Thursday 3 September 2020
  • Friday 2 October (Federation Teaching and Learning)
  • Friday 18 December (moved from 4 January 2021)

Christmas Break – Monday 21 December 2020 – Friday 1 January 2021 incl.

Spring Term 2021

Monday 4 January to Wednesday 31 March 2021 incl.

Half term: Monday 15 February to Friday 19 February 2021 incl.

Staff INSET days (no students to attend):

  • Friday 12 February 2021 (Federation Post 16)

Easter Break – Thursday 1 April 2021 to Friday 16 April 2021 incl.

(Good Friday 2 April / Easter Monday 5 April 2021)

Summer Term 2021

Monday 19 April – Friday 23 July 2021 incl.

Half term: Monday 31 May – Friday 4 June 2021 incl.

Staff INSET days: None

Bank Holiday: Monday 3 May 2021 (Academy Closed)

Since attendance at school is key to success, parents and carers are urged not to take family holidays during term time. It is now illegal to take students out of school during term time without the Principal’s written authorisation.