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Next week will be the start of Careers Discovery Week! Just a few days left to sign up and register if you haven't already! Sign ups can be done on , events, filtered to newest 😁 We hope to see you next week.


Year 10 Half-Term Masterclasses take place next week, please see the link to the timetable:


Year 8 students have been working with Royal Mail to create stamp designs for a competition based on their Covid Pandemic Heroes. Check out this selection of their work


HAO students have been making music even if the concert venue is their living room! Performances posted this week are bass guitar, ukelele, and piano. Check out HAO Creates Music! at


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Year 12 student


Calling all HAO music students! Sign up for an audition for Goblin Market asap!🎵🎤🎼


How can parents help their child prepare for a music performance exam? ABRSM has some great advice here!

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

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Meet Our Executive Principal and Head of Academy

Mr David Astin, Executive Principal

Hao 148Mr Astin has been teaching for 20 years, and with the Harris Federation since 2008. He began his career at a large school in Milton Keynes in 1995 and then taught at a very successful girls' school in Carshalton.

In 2008, Mr Astin was appointed Assistant Principal of our sister school, Harris City Academy Crystal Palace.  After that, he was a leader of the Harris Sixth Form and later the Principal of Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley. 

During this time, he helped to lay the educational foundations of the Harris Westminster Sixth Form, a collaboration with Westminster School which aims to prepare London’s brightest state school pupils for entry to the world’s best universities. Mr Astin, was appointed Executive Principal of Harris Academy Orpington in September 2018.

Mr Richard Carey, Head of Academy

Richard Carey

Richard is an experienced Senior leader having taught for over 20 years and  taking on various leadership roles within the Harris Federation for 11 years.

Richard was responsible for setting up a brand new Academy in East Dulwich which was deemed “outstanding” in its most recent Ofsted inspection.  He then utilised his experience to assist with the opening of Harris Academy Garrard in Bexley.  Richard has a passion for student welfare, and feels that all students must have the opportunity for a great academic education, develop their wider understanding of a modern Britain and become well-rounded young adults in the process.

As a local resident, he is fully aware of the need for a great school, serving the local community and welcomes any feedback from parents and carers.

Richard was appointed as the Head of Academy in Easter 2019 and is exceptionally proud of all the students and their achievements.