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20/10/17

All the teachers at Harris Academy South Norwood wish you all a very safe half term.

19/10/17

Yesterday saw over 200 students come to Harris South Norwood to explore their dream: be the first https://t.co/uwxYU3vNYB

18/10/17

Retweetd From Schools Week

A 'healthy school' rating system that Ofsted would use should be compulsory, says Jamie Oliver https://t.co/wnPfGD0P4q

18/10/17

Lots of young people considering how to learn mandarin tonight https://t.co/DMvuCcdS1G

18/10/17

5 new planters designed & built by Mr Blake - will green our site even more https://t.co/n79YK7bqzM

18/10/17

Lovely to see so many visitors at our Sixth Form Open Evening https://t.co/0DaoYLfR9r https://t.co/gWkF0nb9ct

18/10/17

Retweetd From Sophie Keeble

Harris Sixth Form students working with to create innovative advertising campaigns https://t.co/EGCcStloHt

17/10/17

Retweetd From Harris South Norwood

Netball season has got off to a great start. Y8 team beat Shirley 5-2 on Monday and the Y9 team beat Harris Crystal Palace 13-5 earlier. https://t.co/UmLWlPMeSb

17/10/17

Netball season has got off to a great start. Y8 team beat Shirley 5-2 on Monday and the Y9 team beat Harris Crystal Palace 13-5 earlier. https://t.co/UmLWlPMeSb

17/10/17

Retweetd From Jonathan Limb

Inspiring whole staff email on the trials of challenge for all

17/10/17

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Our students taking part in the Harris in Harmony performance today at the ExCel centre. Well done. https://t.co/0fGqgmmCdJ

17/10/17

Retweetd From Harris Careers

Teacher/Lead Practitioner of English required .Apply now https://t.co/mhA3ONoJaR https://t.co/3GimL3gMup

17/10/17

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🏃 Players from the team at preparing for an away trip to Norwich tomorrow. Good luck! ⚽️ https://t.co/bxCryvZ0IG

17/10/17

Retweetd From Harris Sixth Form

Harris South Norwood invite you to their Sixth Form Open Evening: Wednesday 18 October 2017, 5.00 - 7.30 pm, at the Upper Campus SE19 3UG

17/10/17

Year 8 girls’ Netball team won 5-2 against Shirley High school last night

17/10/17

Mr Limb continues to share his teaching content in science https://t.co/MiX5jduMlj

17/10/17

Focusing on language and vocabulary. What we say can hurt or can inspire https://t.co/Vj9bW9nQcg

16/10/17

Y10s lost out to an excellent team. Couple of wonder tries by John-Kymani not enough in a 34-31 loss. Thanks for hosting us. https://t.co/DVUE9tYbBm

15/10/17

Need help with university access and admissions? UCAS are there for you https://t.co/h0yqA4uaCu

15/10/17

How do you get into 1 of UK's best universities? Have the right spirit. Foster right study habits. Do right things https://t.co/azeGe7RI46

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.

Academy Admissions

Welcome to the Harris South Norwood Academy Admissions information page. Please look at our news page for details of our open evenings for prospective Parents, Carers and Students. Our full policy, with details of our admissions criteria, can be downloaded from further down the page.  A brief summary of the application procedure follows, for Sixth Form, Year 7, Reception and in-year admissions.

Academy Admissions Contact Details

Telephone: 0208 405 5152
Email: admissionsh@harrissouthnorwood.org.uk
Address: Harris Academy South Norwood, Cumberlow Avenue, South Norwood, London, SE25 6AE


Year 7 Applications

The Academy has an admission number of 390 in Year 7 for September 2018

For admissions into the next year’s Year 7, parents and carers are required to complete an application form (known as the “Common Application Form” -CAF) which will be sent to them by their local authority.  No applications direct to the Academy can be accepted.

Parents are strongly advised to read carefully the full Academy Admissions Policy 2017-2018 (see at the bottom of the page) and information and advice from the local authority. The main points to remember are:

  • You must submit an application form to your Local Education Authority if applying on line by 31 October 2016.A place at any secondary school can only be offered if an application has been received.
  • Think carefully about the order in which you place your chosen schools on the form.  You should enter your most preferred school first on the list. Please remember to enter the full name of Harris Academy South Norwood, There are several different Harris Academies and an entry of simply “Harris Academy” will be ignored.
  • You will be invited to a testing day on 9th December 2016, this is a non-verbal reasoning test and ensures places are offered to all bands of ability.
  • Be sure to include at least 3 different schools on your preference form.

On 3rd March 2017, the local authority will notify you of the school where your child has been offered a place.  If you are happy with the offer, you MUST ACCEPT this place by returning the acceptance form to Admissions at the Academy.

If you are unhappy that you did not receive an offer of a school place at Harris Academy South Norwood, you have the right to lodge an independent appeal with us.

Year 7 Key Dates  
31st October 2017 CAF forms returned to home Local Authority
8th December 2017 Harris Testing day
1st  March 2018 National Offer Day
15th  March 2018  Deadline for receipt of acceptance/declines
31st March 2018 Deadline for appeals to be made in writing to the Academy
April-June 2018 Appeal heard
1st September 2018 Waiting Lists closed and replaced by casual admissions waiting lists. Parents/Carers will need to re-apply as a casual admission, if still waiting.

Post 16 Applications

Before applying, you should read our Sixth Form Prospectus.

Sixth Form Entry Requirements 2016/17

Course Level Requirements
4 A Levels 7 A* - C grades in full course GCSE subjects.
3 A Levels 5 A* - C grades in full course GCSE subjects.
4 A Level / BTEC Level 3 Combination Combination of 7 A* - C grades at GCSE or merit or above in BTEC subjects.
3 A Level / BTEC Level 3 Combination Combination of 5 A* - C grades at GCSE or merit or above in BTEC subjects.
  A Levels require a B grade in a relevant GCSE subject.
BTEC Level 3 subjects 5 A* - C grades at GCSE or equivalent, with at least a Merit or C grade in a relevant BTEC/GCSE.

Specific Requirements- A Levels

Course Level Requirements
Maths Any student wishing to study A Level Maths from a GCSE grade B will have to pass an algebra test to assess their suitability for the course.
English Literature Students taking English GCSE double award should have a minimum of a B grade in English Literature and a B grade in English Language. If doing the English GCSE single award, a minimum of a B grade is required.
Science Based Subjects

Students taking GCSE Double Award Science must have at least a BB grade for Core and Additional Science as well as a B grade or above in relevant subject modules.

Students taking GCSE Separate Sciences must have at least a B grade in the relevant Science subject.


In-Year Applications

If you are looking for a place in Harris Academy South Norwood because you have recently moved into the area, or your child is at another secondary school and you feel that a change of school would benefit their education and/or general well-being, you are entitled to apply for a school place. 

Since September 2013, the law allows you to apply directly to Harris Academy South Norwood.  Please contact Admissions at the Academy, (contact details above) to request an in-year admission form, or download from (see below) Please note that there is no guarantee that a place will be available, but you have the right of appeal if you are refused a place.


For Parents/Carers who Wish to Appeal

Parent(s) wishing to appeal against the Academy’s decision on admissions, for any year group, should complete an Appeal Form (see below) stating the reason for the appeal, based on the published Admissions Criteria.

If you wish to appeal you must contact Admissions at the Academy who will send you an appeals form to complete.

Completed forms should be sent to the Clerk to the Appeal Panel at

Harris Academy South Norwood
2 Cumberlow Avenue
South Norwood
SE25 6AE

Completed appeal forms for Year 7 and Sixth Form must be received by the Academy by the closing date 31st March 2016 at 5pm.

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, 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.

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 3 people (2 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.

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