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Admissions Introduction

Applications for places will be made in accordance with Local Authority admission arrangements and will be made on the Common Application Form provided and administered by the Local Authority. The Academy will work to the common admissions timetable agreed by Croydon Local Authority.

The Harris City Academy Crystal Palace Supplementary Information Form can be found on our website but will also be available on our Open Evening, and will then need to be returned directly to us at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, although not compulsory, we would appreciate the completion of this form, but if you require a concession (for example DSEN or Medical Needs), you MUSTcomplete the Supplementary Information Form, along with medical or professional evidence then return it to the Academy along with proof of residence by 31st October 2014. NB completion of a Supplementary Information Form for Harris City Academy Crystal Palace DOES NOT constitute an application to the Academy. You MUST complete the Local Authority Common Application Formas well.

The Harris City Academy Crystal Palace will admit 180 students each year.

This year’s Opening Evening is on Monday 15th September 2014 between 5.00pm – 8.00pm, but there will be no admittance to the Academy after 7.30pm.

All applicants will take a standardised Non-Verbal Reasoning Test and a test to measure Technological Aptitude. Ten percent of places will be reserved for students based on their aptitude for Technology.

The remaining places will be allocated by placing students, based on the results of their Non-Verbal Reasoning Test, into one of nine ability groups. The assessment is not a pass or fail test. It is designed to ensure that students of all abilities have a chance of gaining a place at the Academy.

Where the number of applications for admission is greater than the published admissions number, applications will be considered against the criteria set out below. After the admission of students with statements of Special Educational Needs, where the Academy is named on the statement, the criteria will be applied in the following order:

a) Looked after children and children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a residence order or special guardianship order). Such students will be given top priority in each band before the oversubscription criteria is applied.

b) Admission of students whose siblings currently attend the Academy in Years 7 – 11 and who will continue to do so on the date of admission.

c) Remaining places in each ability band will be allocated by drawing lots in geographical zones. Zone A will be a zone up to a 2 mile radius from the fixed point shown on the map on display in reception at the Academy. Zone B will be a zone over 2 miles’ radius from the point on the map. (90% of places will be allocated to Zone A and 10% to Zone B).

Testing Days 
Our Year 6 Primary School Testing sessions will be held in December 2014 during term time and applicants will be allocated a fixed test session. Parents need to ensure that their child is available to attend the allocated Fixed Test Session, there will be NO other opportunity to sit the test, if you are late or miss the allocated session. We receive over 2,000 applications each year and due to this very large number we will be UNABLE to swap your allocated test session. (details of which will be sent to all applicants in early December 2014).

Proof of Residence
A copy proof of residence must be submitted on Testing Day with the child’s name written on it with their date of birth, alternatively with your Supplementary Information Form submitted in October 2014.

It must be the following:
A copy of your most recent Council Tax Bill for 2014-15 (Please Note: The Academy is unable to make photocopies)

Admissions Appeals
The final deadline for Admissions Appeals is 31st March 2015. Appeals should be made to the Clerk to the Appeal Panel, at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, Maberley Road, London, SE19 2JH.
 Appeals must be made by 31st March 2015. No appeals will be considered after this date. Please Note: The Academy does not provide help with appeals.

If applying to Harris City Academy Crystal Palace please list the Academy on the Common Application Form which is to be returned to the Local Authority.

Please complete the Harris Academy Supplementary Information Form and return it, along with proof of residence, to the Admissions Manager at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, Maberley Road, London, SE19 2JH by 31st October 2014.

Admissions Manager: Sharon McDonald

DfE No: 306 6906