1st round of the London Cup, saw Harris Orpington take on Harris Beckenham in a local rivalry. A good game with Harris Orpington claiming a 4-0 victory.


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Mr Stuchfield is raising awareness for - 'I am bravely sporting a truly egregious moustache in front of 800 children every day'.This is the before picture - Lets check back in at the end of the month for a progress check.To donate:


And taking the time to explore the trenches…Mr Koubaa joined in too!


Paying our respects at the Canadian memorial at Sanctuary wood


Yesterday was an early start for our avid historians! But they made it to Folkestone for the crossing over to Calais…



Thanks to those that attended this evening. It was great to see some alumni.


Fantastic display of our BTEC and Alevel Art and Design work at our Annual Art Exhibition


HAO are hosting its annual art exhibition, showcasing the amazing work of our students. This event is open to our parents and students and takes place on the 14 November, 5-7pm.


Our students are showing our visitors some of the experiments and course content they would cover in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


Mr Astin is leading the Principal speech. Learn what HAO Sixth Form has to offer, what Ofsted said about us, as well as what our students think about the school.


Our Student Principals are opening up the speech part of our Open Evening.


Our Sixth Form Open Evening is tonight form 4:30pm.Entrance via Ramsden Road.


Looking forward to seeing you at our Sixth Form open evening this Thursday 2nd November!


Our Open Evening for Sixth Form is this Thursday. Come and see the school and find out about the subjects we have on offer.


We look forward to welcoming all students back today, for the new half-term.


Would you like to shape the future of our school?For more information, click the following link:


Thanks so much MandM for donating over 6,000 kits to our young footballers- they love football and are SO PROUD to be wearing their new kits. An incredibly generous gift.


Another goal to HAO with the last kick of the game. Final score 9-1 HAO win amazing game!

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GCSE Options

If your child/ward is in Year 9, they will be starting their GCSE options in September 2023, which is very exciting.

The process for this starts now, which can feel scary for students. We want to assure students that they will get a lot of support from their teachers and Leadership Team throughout the process. Below we set out all the support we offer, as well as a clear timeline of events in the order in which they will occur. Should you have any specific questions regarding options for next year, please contact Ashtrid Turnbull, Faculty Director for year 9 at

Please find the link to the year 9 options preferences form here:

The deadline for the submission of choices have been moved to Wednesday 7th June 2023 to allow time for further discussion with you and subject teachers should that be required.

At Harris Academy Orpington, all students follow courses in certain core areas, but there is choice for the remaining subjects.

Compulsory study: 

The subjects which are compulsory to study and are part of our core curriculum are: 

  • English Language 
  • English Literature 
  • Mathematics 
  • Combined Science (students can change this to Triple Science should they wish to as one of their options)) 
  • Core PE 
  • RS (students can also study a GCSE in RS if they wish, which they can choose as one of their options) 
  • PSHE 

Available options: 

We also highly recommend that your child selects at least one humanities subject and one modern foreign language. Studies have shown that students who study these subjects are more likely to have success at higher education and university or apprenticeships further in their educational journey. Therefore, your child should choose from: 

  • Either History or Geography 
  • Either French or Spanish 
  • Two other options as laid out in the options booklet. 

Copy of the Options booklet can be downloaded below. 


A timeline of events can be seen below, so you can see the types of guidance students will receive over the year.

Stage 1:  Week of 15 May 2023: Options Assemblies with Faculty Director, and a copy of this can also be downloaded below.

Stage 2: Week of 15 May 2023: Students receive options booklets and website goes live for parents. Parents will be able to access the assembly presentation as well as the options booklet online

Stage 3: Week of 22 May 2023. Parents and students are able to access the options form online to make preliminary selections.