Harris Academies
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Academy Admissions

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 MUST complete the Supplementary Information Form, along with medical or professional evidence then return it to the Academy along with proof of residence by 31st October 2015. 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 Form as well.

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

Open Evening

Our Open Evening will be held on Monday 14th September 2015 between 5.00pm – 8.00pm

Please Note: that there will be no admittance to the Academy after 7.30pm

The Harris City Academy Crystal Palace car park will be CLOSED. However, if you or your child is disabled, arrangements will be made allowing you to have access to the car park if you are coming by car. Please telephone the Academy providing details of your car registration number, model and colour, prior to 12:30pm on Monday 14th September 2015.

It is recommended that you give yourself plenty of time to view Harris City Academy Crystal Palace. Over 3,000 people attend our annual Open Evening therefore the information that follows is important to ensure that you gain the most from your visit to the Academy.

PARKING ON OPEN EVENING – MONDAY 14th SEPTEMBER 2015

Parking in the roads near to Harris City Academy Crystal Palace will be impossible because of the very large number of visitors and a Traffic Management Order is in place. This will mean that there will be a one way system in the roads surrounding the Academy, on Mowbray Road, Maberley Road (in front of the Academy) and Sylvan Road. In addition parking restrictions are in place.

The car park at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace will be closed. Residents will have parked on both sides of the street and consequently parking will be unavailable.

We strongly advise that you walk to Harris City Academy Crystal Palace. We have arranged a free park and ride system involving a shuttle bus from Canada Gate car park at Crystal Palace Park. There is ample parking in that area and a bus will transport people to and from Harris City Academy Crystal Palace at frequent intervals commencing at 4.30pm through to 7.15pm. After 7.30pm the bus will operate until 8.15pm but will only take visitors back to the Canada Gate car park, please see below.

We request that you DO NOT ENTER or PARK in the shaded roads. See map below for the free park & ride system from the Canada Gate car park at Crystal Palace Park to Harris City Academy Crystal Palace.

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Harris City Academy Crystal Palace will be closed to new visitors from 7:30pm

Alternatively, it is a twenty minute walk from the Canada Gate car park to Harris City Academy Crystal Palace. Please do not park in the roads nearby to Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, it will not be possible and will lead to congestion. The Traffic Management order has driving and parking restrictions and suspension between 4.00pm and 8.00pm.

Crime prevention advice: lock your vehicle; always check that all windows and sunroof are closed. If you must leave valuables in your car, lock them in the boot. The Police will be in the area to help you. Please help them by using the Canada Gate car park and the bus provided. Your co-operation would be very much appreciated by Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, local residents and the Police.

Testing Days

Year 6 Testing - December 2015

INFORMATION ABOUT TESTING DAY SESSIONS

Our Year 6 Primary School Testing sessions will be held either on Friday 11th December 2015 or Monday 14th December 2015 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 2015).

We are announcing our Testing Day sessions at this early point in the year to enable any interested parents to ensure that their child is available to attend their allocated test session.

Fixed Test Sessions: 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.

Testing Day letters will be sent out at the beginning of December 2015.

If you have applied to any other Harris Academies you will ONLY need to sit the test at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace.

Parking: Please note that parking in the roads near the Academy will be impossible because of the very large number of visitors so please help us by walking, using public transportation or using the roads a little further away. Please allow a lot of extra time to drop your child off to sit the tests; if your child is late to the tests they will not be able to enter the exam room. Our car park will be closed to visitors.

Regarding the Application Process:

Please Note: All applications for places need to be made via your Local Authority at the latest by the 31st October 2015, and the Harris City Academy Crystal Palace Year 7 Admissions 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 MUST complete the Supplementary Information Form, and return it to the Academy along with proof of residence by 31st October 2015. NB completion of a supplementary information form for Harris City Academy DOES NOT constitute an application to the Academy. You MUST complete the Local Authority COMMON APPLICATION FORM as well, and list us as one of the choices on the form.

The Local Authority will then inform us of everyone that has put us as a choice on the Common Application Form and from that list our Academy Admissions Manager will be sending out letters the first week of December 2015, inviting your child to sit the test, on either Friday 11th December 2015 or Monday 14th December 2015

Key Dates

These are the Admissions Process Key Dates for the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Tuesday 1st September 2015
Pan London online application process starts

Early September 2015
Prospectus, Additional Information Booklet and Supplementary Form available to download from our website

Monday 14th September 2015
Open Evening (5.00pm to 8.00pm) No admittance to the Academy after 7.30pm

Saturday 24th October 2015
Local Authority’s recommended closing date (Friday before half term)

Saqturday 31st October 2015
Final closing date for receipt of all applications (paper & online). Also deadline for Supplementary Forms along with evidence to be considered for extra time for the test, to be sent to Harris City Academy Crystal Palace.

Early December 2015
A confirmation letter will be sent to families inviting children to the testing day to sit the Non-Verbal Reasoning test and Harris City Academy Crystal Palace aptitude test.

Friday 11th & Monday 14th December 2015
Year 6 Testing – This will either be on Friday 11th December 2015 or Monday 14th December 2015 and applicants will be allocated a fixed test session on either day. Please Note: the allocated test date and time cannot be changed due to large numbers of applications that we receive every year.

Tuesday 1st  March 2016
Local Authority’s outcome letter posted to all Croydon parent/carers. Please Note: The Academy does not send out outcome letters, as you apply directly to your Local Authority.

Tuesday 1st  March 2016
During the evening parent/carers who applied online will receive an email/text alert telling them when they can log on to view their outcome.

Wednesday 2nd  March 2016
Outcome letter should arrive with parent/carers including those parent/carers who applied online.

Tuesday 15th  March 2016
Parent/Carers must accept or decline the offer of a place. Parents who applied online can accept/ decline their offer online.

Thursday 31st March 2016
Deadline for Appeals to be made, Please Note: no appeals will be considered after this date.

The Admissions Process - a summary

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).

Checklist
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 2015.

The Appeal Procedure for Harris City Academy Crystal Palace
FOR PARENTS/CARERS WHO WISH TO APPEAL

Parent(s) wishing to appeal against the Academy’s decision should complete an Appeal Form stating the reason for the appeal based on the published Admissions Criteria.

If you wish to appeal for a place at the Academy for your child, you will need to request in writing for an appeal pack, and all forms must be completed and submitted to the Academy by 31st March 2016 at 5pm.

Completed forms should be sent to the Clerk to the Appeal Panel, at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, Maberley Road, London, SE19 2JH. Please Note: The Academy does not provide help with appeals.

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; the provisional dates have been booked to be during the months of (April/May) 2016.

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.

Appeals must be made by 31st March 2016. 

School Admission Appeals Timetable 2015

September 2016 Entry
Appeals resulting from applications which are turned down for admission in September 2016 will be heard according to the following secondary admissions timetable:

Allocation letters sent out: 1st  March 2016
Appeals lodged by: 31st March 2016 at 5pm
Appeals for Harris Academies will be heard in two stages between: 27th April - 24th June 2016 (excluding 23th to 27th May)

The dates for the appeal hearings for Harris City Academy Crystal Palace have been provisional booked to be during the months of (April/May) 2016.

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.

Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least 10 clear school days in advance of the hearing.

Appellants will be sent a copy of the school's case at least seven clear working days in advance of the hearing.

Additional Supporting Information

If an appellant wishes to submit further evidence, which was not included with their initial appeal, they should ensure this is received at least seven clear working days (not counting the day of postage or the hearing) in advance of your appeal.

Only a short document, such as a doctor’s letter not previously available, will be accepted up to five clear working days prior to the hearing. Any additional evidence or information received after this deadline will not be circulated and may not be considered at the hearing.

Waiting List for September 2015 admissions to Year 7

In Year Applications need to be made directly to the Academy by completing an In Year Application  Form, which can be found on our website www.harriscrystalpalace.org.uk and then this needs to be returned to the Academy in order for your child to be put on our In Year Waiting List.

It is possible that not all children who are offered places initially will accept. Parents of unsuccessful children will be invited to write to the Academy Admissions Manager in order to be put on the waiting list, by 31st March 2016, if they wish their child’s application to be reconsidered should a place become available from his/her corresponding ability group.

The reserve list for the new intake will be dissolved on 31st December 2016. Vacancies thereafter will be filled on an In Year entry basis.

In-Year Admissions

In-Year Applications need to be made directly to the Academy by completing an In-Year Application Form, which can be found on our website www.harriscrystalpalace.org.uk and then this needs to be returned to the Academy in order for the process to commence for your child to be put on our In Year Waiting List. The Guidance for Parents document will assist you in completing the application form correctly.

Admissions Manager: Sharon McDonald

DfE No: 306 6906

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