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A very short but successful year of sport at . Looking forward to what the 2021/22 academic year has to bring.


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The sports day 2021 did not disappoint. Well done to everyone who participated. What a close year 8 boys 100m. Who took the 🥇?


Well done to all the competitors who took part in the annual HCACP Sportsday.


The HCACP Newsletter for July 2021 is now available from


Sports Day - a beautiful day for it ⁦! ⁩ ⁦


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A clean sweep for the Yr9 and 10 athletics team at the sports day today. We are very proud of you all!🏆🏆🥇🥇#winners


Useful information re E-SCOOTERS.


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Spot the DofE group #24


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Our four DofE Gold teams up early and ready to begin their adventure across the Brecon Beacons!


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As sad as our pupils were about the final, they were devastated to see the ugly, racist abuse that followed. ’s response is brave and dignified. He is and always will be a role model to children in this country, on and off the pitch.


20th of July. HCACP students will be celebrating multiculturalism with a range of exciting cultural activities.


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Truly magnificent performance from the Yr8 boys and girls athletics team today, crowned champions. We are all so proud of you all.


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It’s double gold for the Yr8 boys and girls relay teams at the championships. 🔥🔥🔥🥇🥇


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Students from 14 secondary schools took part in a virtual COP26 climate conference this morning with . They discussed the progress that has been made since Paris 2015, held each other to account and collaborated to develop solutions 🌎


HCACP students cooking up a storm today for work experience


Two fantastic illustrations, drawn from scratch by Allieah in Year 10. Discipline, hard work and practise pay off.


We are currently due to arrive back at HCACP at approx. 5.45pm but that does depend on the traffic


We are on the way back! Current eta back at HCACP is 5.30 but Friday London traffic is unpredictable, we will update!


Last day at !


Our pro marshmallow toaster, Malakai and Jaheim! Enjoying a campfire at

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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