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Welcome to Harris Academy Purley

I am delighted to welcome you to Harris Academy, Purley, and honoured to be the new Principal.  The Academy is extremely proud to carry the Harris name, a name synonymous with quality, excellence and enterprise.

HAPU is an outstanding, vibrant, mixed school for students aged 11- 19 with specialisms in enterprise and sport.  We are ambitious to build on the outstanding success of the Academy thus far, already a well-established centre of academic, artistic, sporting and technological excellence.  We teach students from diverse backgrounds, cultures and abilities and enable them to make exceptional progress both academically and in their wider personal development.

Our passion and expectation is that each and every student who joins Harris Academy, Purley achieves and exceeds their ‘potential’.  We want our students to be inspired and engaged in their learning, developing strong ambition and resilience to succeed.  In all aspects of school life we emphasise the traditional values of respect, integrity and self-discipline.  These underpin our entire philosophy.  

Our students join us for a seven year journey, with the expectation that they will continue their education into our Sixth Form, run in partnership with the highly successful Harris Federation Sixth Form.  We believe students across the school benefit from these excellent role models.

Yours sincerely

Phillip Wheatley, Principal


About us


We are part of the Harris Federation Sixth Form. Our Sixth Formers are role models for our younger students.

The Sixth Form offers everything our students love about their Harris education in an environment where they are treated as young adults. It involves a step change and a new relationship with teachers: our Sixth Formers wear suits not uniform and plan for a working day that fits in with a new type of learning.

Our students look at Sixth Form as the race to the finishing line of their pre-University education. This period of their education is filled with opportunities to develop their experience and to work with leading practitioners in the field they are interested in.

We also have links with top London universities including King’s, Imperial and Goldsmiths, enabling our students to attend university lectures and conferences.

The Harris Federation Sixth Form has progression agreements with several good universities in London and the South East and is continuing all the time to expand this list. This means that, if our students can make the grades, they are guaranteed an offer of a place at these universities.

The Sixth Form regularly sends students to top Russell Group Universities, specialist Arts, Drama and Stage Schools and direct into training for the careers of their choice.

Facilities available


The library is open from 8am every day, throughout the school day and everybody is welcome. Computers and printers are available for staff and students.

Students do not need to register for the library, and there are no late fees for overdue books.

Our is a well-stocked library, containing over 10,000 books.

Students can borrow up to three books, for three weeks at a time. We have a wide ride of fiction and non-fiction. Please see recommended reading lists for each year group at the bottom of the page.

Students can access help with their homework in the library before and after school in our homework clubs. They can also use resources and computers for research, and use the printers.

3G Football Pitch


3G Football Pitch hire at Harris Academy Purley is a third generation outdoor sports grass filled with rubber, 3G pitches look like grass offering similar playing characteristics. They are viewed as the future of synthetic turf, with the durability of the surface allowing matches to be played on a regular basis. The rubber infills allow studded boots to be used for extra grip, in addition to shock absorption. Installed over shock absorbing underlay, the sports turf will offer extra comfort and increased playing performance.


Artificial 3G sports grass has been used to hold UEFA Champions League games, and FIFA promotes the use of synthetic football surfaces and third generation pitches.

  • Meets FA standards
  • Non-abrasive with the look of natural grass
  • Provides a firmer grip and enables better ball control
  • Can be used with rubber studs or moulded footwear
  • Reduced risk of injury due to its impact absorbency

Additional facilities:

Changing rooms, toilets and free car park on site.

Sports Hall

Schools Plus Purley Sports Hall hire is a multi-purpose Sports Hall with a Uniturf surface. Floor heated, modern sports hall hire with great lighting and various sports markings is located in Purley, Croydon. Sports hall is available for hire by clubs, schools and the general public, every day of the year. From 6pm – 10pm on weekdays and 9am – 9pm during weekends.

Sports hall hire at Harris Academy Purley is suitable for netball, football, badminton, basketball, dodgeball, volleyball, fitness classes, pole vaulting, trampolining and cricket (nets with four wickets). Excellent changing rooms, toilet facilities and a free car park on site. A wide range of equipment is available for our customers to let: Netball posts, Badminton, posts, Football goals, Cricket nets, Tennis posts and net, Volleyball posts and net, Fitness matts and more equipment to be confirmed.

Uniturf with extra cushioning for cricket
650 lux average (approx)

Associated activities:

Basketball, Badminton, Cricket, Fencing, Football, Netball, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball, Futsal, Dodgeball, Acrobatics,

The hall can be used as an Exhibition Hall to compliment events like conferences and seminars being held in the Theatre Hall.

Additional facilities:

  • Changing Rooms
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Free Car Park

Assembly Hall

Theatre & Music hall hire. Very versatile, suitable for theatre and music performances, conferences, worship, family events, ceremonies and wedding receptions.

Up to 400 capacity, big stage, outdoor courtyard.

Additional facilities:

Changing rooms, toilets and free car park on site.

Performance Studio

Dance and Drama studio with fitted mirrors, air conditioning, AV system, excellent changing rooms, toilet facilities and a free car park on site.

Activity Studio

Versatile space suitable for every kind of activity like martial arts classes, drama rehearsals, art workshops or seminars. The studio is equipped with a projector and sound system and have the access to an outdoor courtyard.

Multi Use Games Area

Hard surface outside area equipped with floodlights, suitable for a lot of different activities. Excellent changing rooms, toilet facilities and a free car park on site.


Additional support

In order to further support our Sixth Form students during their exam preparation, we are offering a variety of Intervention Sessions.  These sessions allow students to access further support in their subject areas.  Intervention sessions are run by experienced and dedicated staff and provide an excellent opportunity for our students to enhance their progress.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Harris Academy Purley directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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