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Our Y12 Historians had a great taster day at yesterday. They look part in lectures and debates, and got to speak to current UCL Humanities students.


The HCACP Summer Carnival pulls into town on Tues 16th July. Join us for an afternoon of performance and celebration. Doors open 5pm. Tix £3 adult £2 concession.


Motivational speaker David McQueen visited HCACP yesterday to give Year 10 students valuable advice and top tips in preparation for their upcoming mock exams.


A real 'Who done it' for our junior detectives taking notes and forensic samples at a simulated crime scene today at HCACP with consultancy.


Year 7 and Year 8 had the amazing BRIT school sixth form students in today leading their first dance workshop ready for the BRIT festival in July. The girls worked so hard and loved learning some new dance moves.


The HCACP Summer Carnival pulls into town on Tues 16th July. Join us for an afternoon of performance and celebration. Doors open 5pm. Tix £3 adult £2 concession.


The fabulous Peter Long has kindly donated money raised with Beautiful Croydon calendar to purchase an upgraded set of tenor pans for the Academy. Students were so excited to play the beautiful sounding instruments.


Watch the semi final here live at approximately 15.45. Good luck to the team!!!


👏👏👏👏 Huge well done to our girls’ team - have made the national semi final in Nottingham!


After three days of challenging hiking and navigation in Sussex, three teams have their DofE Silver Practice Expedition completed!


Reflecting on a day's hiking around Bewl Water on the DofE Silver Practice Expedition.


Day two scenes on the DofE Silver Practice Expedition


Fantastic work today by the sports leaders at today’s Primary sports day. You were an absolute credit to the Academy.


Congratulations to Thye-Lakh! Has not missed a day off school since year7!


Great half term trip to .


The HCACP newsletter for May 2024 is now available from


The HCACP Instrumental Concert is tomorrow at 4.30pm. An hour of recitals and exemplary musical acumen.


Two absolute superstars right here 👇🥇🤩! Have loved seeing their musicianship go from strength to strength and confidence grow. What a fantastic achievement passing Grade 6 vocal exam in Y11🥳. Huge congrats to Kira also for the Grade 8 Distinction 👏.


Congratulations to our talented students who took singing exams this half term.  Grace and Kumasi for passing their Grade 6 singing exams with a merit and huge congratulations to Kira for achieving a Distinction in her Grade 8 exam.


HCACP students were lucky enough to participate in literacy rhythm workshops with Ollie from .  It was great fun connecting syllables and rhythms together with some body percussion.

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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.

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Student Council

The Student Council is a group of students who act as the official voice of the student body.

We pride ourselves on having a culture that is built upon freedom and equality, where the student voice is heard on matters of importance such as how the school is run.

The student council is spilt into two sections: Faculty Cabinets and whole academy Student Council. The Council discusses and decides on issues that matter to the students and are important to the whole Academy, giving students the chance to make a real difference to the smooth running of Harris City Academy Crystal Palace. It encourages students to be  active citizens by building self-confidence, learning how to treat others, making decisions and developing leadership responsibility on behalf of the student cohort. 

Faculty Cabinets

A huge congratulations to all our successful candidates for 2023-2024.

Vote election poster

The Faculty Cabinets feed into the overall Student Council (see below). They meet every three weeks, chaired by the Faculty President and overseen by Ms Owusu (Assistant Principal) and their faculty coordinator/director.

To be elected to the Faculty Cabinet students must first be nominated in their tutor groups. The three top nominees are then entered into a ballot, with the election usually taking place in October.

Cabinet roles

The two winning candidates for each year group in each faculty make up the cabinet members. During the first cabinet meeting each member has the opportunity to pitch for the President role. Another round of voting takes place within the cabinet. The winner is elected as the President on a year’s term and the runner up is automatically elected the Vice-President.

The other roles within the cabinet are outlined below and each role has specific responsibilities.

  • Secretary for Quality of Education
  • Secretary for Personal development
  • Secretary for Culture for Learning
  • Secretary for Equality and Diversity
  • Secretary for mental health, well-being, and mentoring
  • Secretary for safeguarding
  • Secretary for Sports (x2)
  • Secretary for RAG

Click HERE to see full details of all the cabinet roles.

Members who represent their faculties in each of these roles form a sub-committee, led by senior prefects from the 6th Form and the academy leadership team. The sub-committee then presents once a year to the academy leadership team and parents' forum. The faculty presidents also present once a term to their faculty to update them on their progress and the Head Students present an update to the academy leadership team once a term.

Head Boy and Head Girl 2022-23

  • Edem
  • Afra

Student council logoStudent Council

The faculty cabinets feed into the overall whole academy student council. The Student Council is made up of the head students, their deputies and the faculty presidents and vice-presidents. This meets every three weeks and is chaired by the head students and overseen by Ms. Owusu (Assistant Principal). The student council present their progress to the Academy Leadership Team each term.


Pictured are the senior prefects for 2022-23.


The Academy offers Year 11 students the chance to take on added responsibility as prefects. Being a prefect is seen as a prestigious role within the Academy and students take part in a highly competitive application process in order to be selected as one of the prefects from their faculty.

Students complete an application form, seek references, and take part in small group assessment tasks and finally an interview. The prefects then represent the student body on duty during break and lunch time, role modelling behaviour, peer mentoring and helping set the culture, as well as assisting during parents' evenings, open evenings, and other external events.