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Girls turn


Students getting ready for the year 10 200m race. HAO sports day


Year 12 and 10 attending the Spirituality Conference today


Year 7 students have created some fantastic Islamic inspired art prints


Some of our Year 8 students completed their watercolour lesson in the sunshine. They produced some fantastic work!


Including an 'in action' video!


Year 8s learned about forces and propulsion in their recent workshop, creating cars powered by balloons! Check out some of these awesome designs!


Year 10 started their virtual work experience this morning with Everyone is working hard


Year 10 engaging with Holocaust Memorial day and exploring the discrimination and atrocities


We're pleased to see another team have escaped!


I 'wonder' which Year 7 will win our reading bingo today?


More 'escape' room antics and team building from 'The Big Picture' Day


A great start to our ‘The Big Picture’ Day! So far we have had interactive timelines with Year 10. Year 9 trying to ‘escape’ the ranch from ‘Of Mice and Men’ and Year 7 completing team building. There’s more fun to come!


It was lovely to welcome the ‘Globe Players’ back to perform Macbeth to our year ten students today. Students are already looking forward to next year’s performances of An Inspector Calls and A Christmas Carol


Really pleased to announce that our new Student Principals are Lee Carew and Georgia-Jane Cullern and our new Student Vice-Principals are Jude Moulton and Abbie McNeice. Really excited for what they are going to bring to their new roles in September 2021


On Wed 23rd June, the History department arranged for Year 8 to meet a real-life Militant Suffragette! We were very lucky to host Julie Maynard, an actor who visited us through the Museum of London’s outreach programme.


Tell me your fears Year 8! Coming Monday 28th June 2021


Year 8 it’s nearly time to face your fears... coming Monday 28th June.


Year 8, Omar, created this fantastic prehistoric design for his mechanical cam toy, with outstanding results!


Year 8 something is coming on Monday 28th June...

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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As part of the Harris Federation, we benefit enormously from the expertise of the central team and opportunities to work alongside the outstanding Harris Federation Sixth Form, of which we are not formally part but from which we benefit.  

The Sixth Form at Harris Academy Orpington provides students with the opportunity to study in an exciting and rewarding learning environment. We aim to prepare young people for an ever-changing world that values self-confident, well-educated and enterprising people.

The Sixth Form years are the most stimulating and engaging phase of a student’s education. They develop more as learners over these two years than at any point in their education so far. Students will experience more independence in their thinking and learning than ever before, and Harris Academy Orpington will help them to develop these essential skills for the future.

Our goals are firstly to ensure that all students reach their target destination, whether university or the professional work place, and secondly that they continue to learn, long after they have moved on.

We are committed to the success of each of our students and aim to deliver:

  • Exam success
  • Challenge, relevance and engagement
  • Appropriate skills for living, work and happiness
  • Self-identity and a feeling of self-worth
  • Excellent opportunities and experiences

Student Principal Announcement

The role of head boy and girl has a long standing history within education.  But at Harris Academy Orpington we feel this role should be decided based on the person for the position and not on their gender.  With this in mind, from 2021, the title of head boy/girl is replaced with Student Principal.  We would therefore like to formally congratulate our Year 12 pupils, Georgia-Jane Cullern and Lee Carew who have been appointed the prestigious titles of Student Principal for the next academic year. 

Georgia-Jane comments, “Thank you for this opportunity! I’m honoured to be Student Principal, I can’t wait to have a positive impact on the school and help this school and the students be the best it possibly it can be.” Lee adds, “I am looking forward to being Student Principal and work with the teachers and students at Harris Academy Orpington.”

The role of Vice Student Principal is awarded to Abbie McNeice and Jude Moulton.  Jude who is passionate to get started commented, “I am honoured to be a part of this leadership group and I cannot wait to work with senior leaders and students to make this school a better place”.  Abbie added, “Thank you so much for my new role as Vice Student Principal, I am very glad to be working closely with other students, teachers and the Student Principals to help this school and its students reach full potential”.

All four pupils were awarded their roles after undergoing a rigorous application process, including video hustings and interviews.  All students performed amazingly throughout the entire process and it was a very close call. 

We are confident that they will ensure that the positive changes which they spoke so passionately about in their applications and in the interview process, will be implemented.

Amy Harrison

Head of Sixth Form

Director of Social Sciences