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Come along to watch our talented Year 11 BTEC Music students perform in our spectacular Winter Showcase on Monday 16th December at 3pm #​wintershowcase


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Wonderful news from this afternoon. Another award! This time awarded by his school, , for his commitment to the sport he loves so much! 📷


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Thanks to for organising a question time event for their sixth form today- excellently chaired & wide ranging set of questions from students, great to engage in the debate with , & ahead of Election Day next Thursday!


students enjoyed a trip to Christie's Auction House today with and listened to a fascinating lecture on Art History.


Last week we were delighted to invite our year 7 parents to come and meet their child’s tutor. It was great to praise the students for the excellent work they have achieved in their first half term.


Why not take part in our huge range of clubs and activities?


Congratulations to Marco, one of our students, whose passion and talent for cycling is being recognised at a national level. Full story here:


Our Year 10's and 11's had the privilege of enjoying a brilliant performance of An Inspector Calls performed by this afternoon. It really helped to embed their learning for their GCSEs!


We are very proud of Louis, Year 8, whose story 'Evil' has been selected for publication in the anthology of creative writing in schools. Read it here:


Emma, Y11, writes about a project she helped with in Uganda during August 2019, living there for two and a half weeks.


Last Monday, 33 students visited the Oval Cricket Ground to watch vs Nottinghamshire. Watching such high level cricket has inspired our students to practise their skills on the playground and they even got some signatures!


Don't miss our careers event for years 10 and 11 tonight between 4:00pm and 6:30pm. There will be a number of Post 16 educational providers exhibiting and delivering small workshops to promote their opportunities!


Congratulations to the Years 12/13 sixth form team on a superb 5-0 victory against St Johns last Wednesday afternoon in their first competitive football league game this year. Throughout the game HAO were dominant, maintaining a lot of possession, creating lots of chances!


We are delighted to have achieved 17 of the ‘super’ Grade 9s, which are equivalent to getting an A**. A fifth of drama students achieved a Grade 9.


28% achieved the prestigious and challenging Ebacc qualification which means they successfully passed in Maths, English, Science, a Modern Foreign Language and a Humanities subject. This is higher than the recent national average (24%). A significant achievement for


Hard work pays off as 78% of students achieved a Grade 4 or higher in English this year and 67% did so in maths. The students could not have worked harder!


Fantastic GCSE results . 61% of students achieving basics. Well above National Average. So proud of the students!


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!

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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.

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.