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Year 7s explore the parts of a microscope observing cells.


Our Year 11 students are excited to be doing practicals again in their natural environment.


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The basketball and rugby academy teams finally get their season underway today. Thank you and for hosting us.


Mr Kameni hits a six launching the new HCACP Cricket Club. Every Thurs after school.


There's never been a better time to study mathematics. Mr Kameni is running a Hegarty weekly competition with amazing prizes available for our top students.


Chef Mat and his team return to serving lunch the old fashioned a table, in the canteen. What is the secret to Chef Mat's outrageous roasted cauliflower?


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Teams two and three have just arrived! Four days and three nights hiking across the Welsh mountains completed! Fantastic achievement from all students to complete their DofE Gold Qualifying Expedition!


Looking forward to welcoming our new year 7s and year 12s this morning!


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Second team climbing to the highest point in mid-Wales, at 752 metres above sea level. Heading to their campsite now.


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First team arrived at the summit of Plynlimon and descending to camp.


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Third team have summitted an incredibly windy but sunny Plynlimon mountain.


Good luck!!


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Up early and with rucksacks packed, our three DofE Gold teams have now set off on their qualifying expedition. Four days and three nights ahead, hiking over the Welsh mountains to the coast at Borth!


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... and at the finish! An epic three day DofE Silver Qualifying Expedition completed! Huge well done to all three teams, conquering the Seven Sisters coastal path today.


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Good morning campers! A beautiful sunny morning at Merrylands eco-campsite. Students getting ready for day two of their DofE Silver Qualifying Expedition.


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Off to the south coast we go! Starting our DofE Silver qualifying expedition in Uckfield, Sussex. Destination after three days: Birling Gap. From countryside to seaside, let's go teams!


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Congratulations to all our students who got their A Level results this week at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace. Big thank you to the fantastic teachers for their hard work last 2 years and who played their part in the successful results day - Proud moment!


Thank you to for hosting Summer School - we learnt so much and had a great day!

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Year 7 Induction 2021

We are delighted to welcome all our new Year 7 students to HCACP. You are about to start an exciting new journey at secondary school, and we want you to know that you are already an important part of our Academy community and family. 

Whilst we are currently experiencing different and, in some ways, difficult times, we are so looking forward to meeting you all and ensuring you feel welcome and part of our HCACP community.

Here at HCACP we have high expectations of you and this is to ensure that you leave us as the best versions of yourselves and having made exceptional academic progress.

I understand that you will be experiencing a mixture of emotions in the time leading to you joining us, and I would like to reassure you that whether you are feeling excited, eager, anxious or nervous, you are going to be extremely well supported in your transition to secondary school life and learning.

On this page you will find lots of important information, please check this page for key dates for events happening online and at the Academy.

You can also follow us on Twitter @HCACP (you don’t need to have an account). Look out for the hashtag #HCACPYear7 to find out more information, get to know your Academy and get involved in challenges and enrichment activities

Katherine CumberbatchMeet the Principal: Ms Cumberbatch

I would like to offer you all a very warm welcome to Harris City Academy Crystal Palace. We are delighted you have gained a place at the Academy and will be joining us in September.

Our Academy motto is, ‘All Can Achieve’ and this means that all our students will achieve their absolute best whilst they are with us. Starting secondary school is both an exciting and nervous time and we hope to make your transition as smooth as possible especially during these challenging times. 

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you and your families into our community and I look forward to welcoming you all soon.

Ms Cumberbatch, Executive Principal

Core values logoWhat does a HCACP student look like?

Everything we do here is underpinned by our 5 Core Values. You will hear these 5 important words every day as a reminder that we are all one community and we are here to support, encourage and inspire each other.

  • Courtesy
  • Courage
  • Community
  • Contribution
  • Cooperation

During this challenging time we have added the additional core value, ‘Connection’. We want you to feel connected to the Harris City Academy Crystal Palace community so when you do start learning with us things will not feel completely new

Find your way around

Here is a virtual tour of our Academy. We know you will be excited to see it perhaps for the first time, so here is a video of the most important parts of the school! Don’t worry, you will be shown around and given a chance to find your way.

Getting to know you and beginning your academic journey

We are really looking forward to getting to know all about you and preparing you for your transition to secondary school life and learning. You will receive your Transition Workbook in the post.

The aims are for you to give us important information about yourself and how you demonstrate our Core Values already, and to prepare you for secondary school learning and ensure you arrive with an excellent understanding of how challenging and rewarding your new academic journey will be. You will receive this in the post but you will also be able to download it here:

We are so looking forward to getting to know you and seeing you shine in the many extra-curricular activities we have planned for you.

Free school meals - how to apply

If you think you may be entitled to Free School Meals, please apply using this link: Free School Meals Application.  Croydon Council will review your application and advise you of the outcome.  We will also be notified of their decision.

Registering for free meals could also raise an extra £900 per student for the school, to fund valuable support like extra tuition, additional teaching staff or after-school activities. If you have any queries or require assistance, please contact