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The Summer Edition of The HAO Post has been delivered to students! Have a look inside to find out what the Academy has been doing this term:


This is the final week or the year. Please ensure that your child has 100% attendance as we will continue to learn until the end of the day on Friday. We hope you have a fantastic Summer!


So proud of our year 7 students for taking part in the annual Harris Federation Spelling Bee yesterday! They all demonstrated such an impressive level of intelligence and maturity 💪✍️


Good luck to all the cast and crew in our fantastic school production of Into the Woods tonight and tomorrow tonight! Tickets are available to buy on the door.


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Meditation through silent dough kneeding. What a perfect way to start the day.


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We love this photo looking down at our dining table this lunchtime at . 1 game of cards, 2 of uno and 3 of connect four. What better way to chill out with some brilliant students from


Don't miss our book fair starting on Friday in the library! 50% off all books and stationery!


We are excited to announce that our annual GCSE and A-LEVEL Art exhibition will be held next Thursday 27th June, 4.30-6.30 in the Art Block. We look forward to seeing you to celebrate the current GCSE and A-Level work.


Fantastic effort from the 32 Y7 and Y8 students at the athletic event at Norman park yesterday. This competition has given the students the experience and confidence for the Harris Federation regional competition, which allows them to qualify for the finals at Crystal Palace!


Don't miss the Faculty Friday vortex throwing competition tomorrow!


Tickets available now for our school production of Into the Woods!


Well done to James Cowling in Year 8 who performed with in a band competition in Stoke! Watch the performance here:


Thank you and well done to the 260+ students who have taken part so far in Faculty Friday Competitions! Mark Cahill was the winner of the Kick Up Competition before half term, with an amazing 280 kick ups! Keep on attending to gain positive points for yourself and your faculty.


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Why walk when you can run! Pupils of enjoying the amazing Sussex scenery this week


A huge well done to the girls who took part in an athletics competition at Norman Park on Tuesday this week. We finished a fantastic 4th out of 7 schools and faced some extremely tough competition!


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What a lovely day to be feeding our stunning Aberdeen Angus cattle. Great help from pupils of


Don't miss Faculty Friday tomorrow!


Can you solve our maths problem this week?


students valuating auction items and creating their own art space! The students designed two 3D outdoor bridges displaying graffiti art. Complete with viewing public and a boat! Very creative!!

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Meet the Governors

Mrs Beverley Johnston

Chair of Governors

Beverley was one of the founding members of the Harris Federation Board.  She was Chair of Governors at Harris Falconwood,  Vice-Chairman at Harris Westminster and is currently also Chair of Governors at Harris Garrard. She began her career in the travel industry and converted to modern language teaching and then school leadership in Kent. She has an MA in Educational Leadership from the London Institute of Education.



Ms Dana Nelson

Sponsor Governor

Dana started being a governor at Harris Academy Orpington Secondary in January 2017 overviewing drama, media & music classes.  She has also Chaired the Finance Committee meetings for the academy since September 2017.

Dana is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant and has around 15 years’ experience of working in a finance department for limited companies. She has experience in financial and management accounting, and commercial finance for IT industry, Solar technology and professional services. Since July 2016, Dana has been working as Financial Controller in a retail industry.

Before becoming Accountant, she studied drama and learnt to play an accordion when she was in secondary school.

For the last three years she has also qualified as a Pilates and Yoga instructor and teaches around five classes per week, in her local gym and community.

Ms Susannah French

Sponsor Governor

Prior to joining Harris Orpington as a Sponsor Governor in September 2017, Susannah was a parent Governor in a large secondary school for eight years.  During her time there she carried out several roles.  These included Chairing the Finance Committee and the Leadership and Management Committee and mentoring new Governors.  In addition, she has experience as a Pupil Premium Link Governor and a Health & Safety Link Governor.  She is currently the SEN Link Governor at Orpington.  

She has worked in a variety of roles throughout her career including Banking, Sales, Fitness and Education.  She holds a first-class degree in Law and currently works for a Charity in London, managing the operational side of the organisation. 

Mr Erdal Niyazoglu

Parent Governor

My name is Erdal Niyazoglu and I am in my second year as a Parent Governor at Harris Academy Orpington.

I have a background in Graphic Design and after leaving Art School, worked designing LP record sleeves. I then moved into the catering business and opened a number of Gastro and Thai restaurants. During this time, I employed over 100 staff and managed the finance of the group.  I have now sold all my restaurants and moved into property management. This has allowed me time to be a Governor for our school and a Chair for Darrick Wood Juniors.

I look forward to the challenge ahead with this active roIe. I am delighted and privileged to have an opportunity to serve as a Governor and to work with the staff and Governing Body, to strive and ensure that the school's high standards and achievements are maintained, and myself having five years of being a Governor under my belt, will also help the school.

I am also looking forward to my sons natural and excellent progress at our school.

Mr Peter Harris

Sponsor Governor

I have been a Governor for over 25 years at various Harris Academies, including Harris Academy Crystal Palace and Harris Academy South Norwood during its start up. At Crystal Palace I am the Currently the Chair Of Discipline, bit have also been on the Finance and General Purpose Committee and the Safeguarding Governor.

I joined Harris Academy Orpington from the start and I am the current Safeguarding Governor; I also have oversight of attendance. I feel we have a strong Governing Body, who will make sure the school gets the most out of its students. I am also a Hon. Fellow of Harris Manchester Collage Oxford, where I have been on the Investment Committee for over 10 years.

I currently work for Tapi carpets and floors as one of the Buyers and I have been there for three years. During my spare time I love to Cycle, walk my Lurcher Billy and read Autobiography’s.

Ms Naku Seushi

Sponsor Governor

Naku Seushi joined the Governing Body in September 2018. She is a Chartered Accountant and works in financial services industry. Naku’s experience includes governance, financial management and reporting.

Naku has a passion for Education and enjoys being active in the community. Her hope is to make a positive contribution to the school’s success.

She enjoy most sports, walking, local community activities and spending time with her two children.


Mr Andrew Griffin

Sponsor Governor

Andrew joined the Governors Board at Harris Academy Orpington in January 2019. Andrew currently holds the position of Lead Science Consultant at the Harris Federation, having initially joined the Harris Federation in 2006 as Science Coordinator for Harris Merton.

Andrew received his PGCE from the Institute of Education in 2000 having spent ten years prior to that, in academic and industrial biomedical research. He is an avid collector of classic British motorcycles from the 50's and 60's, which is restricted by the size of his garage.

Mr Ben White

Sponsor Governor

Ben joined the Governing Body as a Sponsor Governor at Harris Academy Orpington in 2017. He has spent the last 10 years working for PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising clients across the UK and internationally on strategy, technology and performance improvement initiatives. Prior to this, Ben worked in financial services and holds a BSc in Economics from Loughborough University.

Ben is also a trustee of the charity Enable Ethiopia which seeks to fund the building of health clinics, schools and water points in a rural part of Ethiopia. 

Click here to view further information relating to our Governors and the areas they oversee within the Academy.