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Academy Admissions

We welcome applicants of all academic abilities and backgrounds. In this section of our website you will find details of our admissions process. Our full policy, with details of our admissions criteria, can be downloaded below.

There are 180 places available in Year 7 every September and applications are made through the London Borough of Bromley’s coordinated admissions process. 

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Year 7 key dates 2019-20

24 September 2018

Year 6 Open Evening

25-28 September 2018

Year 6 Open Mornings, 9am-10am

31 October 2018

CAF forms returned to home Local Authority

14 December 2018

Harris Testing Day

March 2019

Local Authority informs parents/carers of allocated school

31 March 2019

Deadline for appeals to be made in writing to the academy

April-June 2019

Appeal heard

1 September 2019

Waiting lists closed and replaced by casual admissions waiting lists. Parents/carers will need to re-apply as a casual admission, if still waiting.


For parents who want to appeal - Year 7 admissions 2019-20

Any parent(s) wishing to appeal against the academy’s decision on admissions, for any year group, should complete an appeal form (downloadable below shortly) stating the reason for the appeal, based on the published admissions criteria. You can also obtain an appeals form by contacting the academy by phone or email, or in person.

Completed forms should be sent to the Clerk to the Appeal Panel at: Harris Academy Orpington,Tintagel Road, Orpington, Kent BR5 4LG. Completed appeal forms must be received by the academy by the closing date 31st March 2019 at 5pm. Please note: the academy does not provide help with 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; the provisional dates have been booked to be during the months of April/May 2017. 

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. Appeals must be made by 31 March 2019.

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.


Additional supporting information

If an appellant wishes to submit further evidence, which was not included with their initial appeal, they should ensure this is received at least seven clear working days (not counting the day of postage or the hearing) in advance of your appeal.

Only a short document, such as a doctor’s letter not previously available, will be accepted up to five clear working days prior to the hearing. Any additional evidence or information received after this deadline will not be circulated and may not be considered at the hearing.


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 three people (two 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. Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least ten clear school days in advance of the hearing. Appellants will be sent a copy of the school's case at least seven clear working days in advance of the hearing.

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