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Welcome to the Harris Academy South Norwood 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 and in-year admissions.
Academy Admissions Contact Details
Telephone: 0208 405 5152
Address: Harris Academy South Norwood, Cumberlow Avenue, South Norwood, London, SE25 6AE
Secondary Transfer Appeals 2020
In light of the current situation regarding the Covid-19 virus, we have taken the decision to extend the date by which admission appeal forms need to be returned to the Academy to 30 April 2020.
Where possible, if you have not done so already, please submit your appeal forms electronically to the following email address:
Depending on the situation at the time it is hoped appeals will be held at the end of June/beginning of July 2020.
Year 7 Applications
The Academy has an admission number of 390 in Year 7 for September 2020
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 2019-2020 (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 online by 31 October 2019. 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 13th December 2019, 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 2nd March 2020, 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 2019||CAF forms returned to home Local Authority|
|13th December 2019||Harris Testing Day|
|2nd March 2020||National Offer Day|
|16th March 2020||Deadline for receipt of acceptance/declines|
|31st March 2020||Deadline for appeals to be made in writing to the Academy|
|April-June 2020||Appeal heard|
|1st September 2020||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
|4 A Levels||
Must have a grade 8 average in GCSEs.
|3 A Levels||
Seven 9 - 5 grades in full course GCSE subjects. No vocational subjects allowed.
3 A Level / Vocational Level 3 Combination
Combination of five 9 - 4 grades at GCSE or merit or above in Vocational subjects.
Vocational Level 3 subjects
Five 9-4 grades at GCSE or equivalent, with at least a Merit or grade 4 in a relevant Vocational qualification or GCSE.
A Levels require a grade 6 in a relevant GCSE subject.
ECDL suitable for entry to vocational courses only
Extended writing A Level subject students will need a combination of at least grades 4 and 5 in English Language and English Literature
Any student wishing to study A Level maths from a GCSE grade 6 will have to pass an algebra test to assess their suitability for the course.
Students will need a combination of at least grade 5 and 6 in English Language and English Literature.
|Science Based Subjects||
Students must have at least a grade 6/6 for Trilogy Science GCSE (double award).
Students taking Separate Science GCSEs must have at least a grade 6 in the relevant Science subject for Biology, Chemistry or Physics A Level studies.
For Vocational Science students must have at a grade 5/5 for Trilogy Science (double award) and at least a Merit at Vocational Level 2
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
Completed appeal forms for Year 7 and Sixth Form must be received by the Academy by the closing date 31st March 2020 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.