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Harris City Academy Crystal Palace Kinetic won 4-0 against John Fisher in the Surrey County Cup Round 1 🏆


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We are extremely grateful to for taking the time to meet students and staff for his documentary He is also generously supporting students at the academy to study robotics


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Celebrations have been underway at this week as the school celebrated its 30th anniversary 🗣 “Students have enjoyed hearing about the history of the school and about the difference it has made to the lives of generations of local children”


The HCACP October Newsletter is now available. Special 30th Anniversary edition.


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Congratulations to a truly school.


PGL day 2 - what a day!


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Terrific team performance from the Yr11 football team to win through to the next round of the National cup today.


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Harris City Academy Crystal Palace Kinetic made it 2 wins from 2 games in the ESFA Super League Group Stage with a 3-1 away win against Esher College 💪


Tune in tonight, 'THE BLACKPRINT' .... we are looking forward to this!


Find lots more 30th Anniversary pictures and news in this half term's newsletter ....


Happy 30th Anniversary to ! What a wonderful day we've had!


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Our U16 Boys and Girls Table Tennis 🏓 Competition is underway ! Good Luck 🍀 to all the schools taking part. Thank you to for hosting our event.


7.15am this morning ⁦⁩ , the year 7 football team in training


Auditions for our concert this Thursday lunchtime and after school.


Sixth Form Open Afternoon 12.10.21 This event is for Internal Students and will take place on Tuesday 12th October from 3.30pm for students. Parents are invited to attend a Sixth Form presentation at 5.00pm.


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Don’t underestimate the impact your kindness can have on someone. From sending a text to a friend to let them know how you appreciate them, to saying ‘have a nice day’ to a shop assistant, you could give someone the little boost they need.


We investigate a hypothesis and draw conclusions.


The HCACP Sixth Form Virtual Opening Evening will start today at 6pm. View the livestream at the following link

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Virtual Learning Provision - Parent Information

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to student, parents or carers about what to expect from virtual learning if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home. This also includes academy closure. This information can also be found in other locations on the website but is all in one place here for ease of access.

For details of what to expect where individual pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page

If local or national restrictions mean students are unable to attend the academy the expectation is that they learn virtually through a timetable of lessons delivered on Microsoft Teams.

Students would be expected to follow your year group specific Virtual Learning timetable, attending each lesson and engaging fully. This is a full timetable of four lessons at day although we have reduced the lesson length by 10 minutes to allow everyone time to log on and resolve any technical issues. A standard timetable can be seen below

At the end of each academic day you should still be completing at least one hour of independent study or enrichment. If you do not have enough, please email your class teacher.


Lesson 1

9:05 – 10:15

Lesson 2


Lesson 3


Lesson 4

13:50 - 15:00

After academy


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Virtual learning expectations

The expectations for virtual learning will be shared at the start of each lesson and our students know them well. However, it is helpful if parents reinforce these expectations and check that they are being met as they will increase the efficacy of the “live lesson”.

What is expected from me?

You will be expected to follow your “live lesson” Timetable. You will complete the work set in the lesson on paper and bring it in to show your class teacher when you return to school and you can stick it into your exercise book. The best way for you to manage your workload at home is to follow your timetable closely.

Are you ready to learn?

  • You should ensure you have a quiet space to work in
  • Make sure all other devices such as phone, games consoles etc. are put away so that you cannot be distracted
  • Make sure you have the correct equipment ready for your lesson, pen, paper, calculator etc.

Are you engaged in the learning?

  • Students need to follow the lesson carefully, listening to instructions and explanations and should feel confident and comfortable asking for help if they need it (see below)
  • You should engage with the teacher and answer any questions posed to you either by unmuting yourself and speaking or through the chat function
  • You should ensure you are clear on which tasks need to be completed during and after the lesson and ask if you are unsure
  • You should submit all work within 24hours or according to the deadline set out by your teacher.

How will we check on student engagement?

Students will be marked in or absent in their lessons in the usual way by the classroom teacher either during or at the end of each lesson. Student attendance is tracked carefully and the academy will contact the parents of any students without high attendance in lessons in addition to the weekly tutor welfare calls.

Engagement in virtual lessons will be monitored primarily by classroom teachers who will expect students to actively contribute to lessons via that chat function. There will also be an expectation that students submit work according to the class teacher’s deadlines and at least once a week.

Engagement will then be measured and commented on as part of the weekly feedback that students will receive (please see below).

If students are not engaging in lessons or submitting tasks, their classroom teacher will make contact either by phone or email with the parents. They may instead refer the issue to the students’ tutor who will make weekly calls and or the students’ Head of year who tracks the overall attendance and engagement of students.

If students continue to struggle to engage with virtual learning, they may become deemed as “vulnerable” and will therefore be asked to attend our onsite provision. Alternatively, individual students may be assigned a member of the welfare team who will phone each day to support the students’ engagement.

What do I do if I need help with my work in the lesson?

You can use the ‘Q&A’ or chat function in Teams to ask the teacher a question. They may not respond immediately but will monitor this throughout the lesson. Students in Key Stage 4 and 5 will often be taught using a scheduled meeting which means they will be able to speak to their teacher and ask for help but you should only do this at an appropriate time.

When writing a message to the teacher in the Q&A section please sure appropriate language and not slang. You should write as you would speak to the teacher in lessons. If you are able to speak in your lesson, please wait for an appropriate time to do so and use language that you would use in a classroom setting.

How will I receive feedback?

Students will receive regular feedback during the lessons provided they fully engage though questioning and the submission of answers in the chat or shared verbally.

Students will receive weekly feedback through a variety of means such as self-marking Microsoft Forms quizzes, tasks on Show My Homework and other online platforms. Students may also receive feedback in the lesson following the submission of an extended task.

Students will receive brief written feedback every two weeks on a task they have completed and submitted to their class teacher.

What do I do if I need help with my work in the lesson?

You can use the ‘Q&A’ chat function in Teams to ask the teacher a question. You may not get a response straight away as the teacher will be delivering a lesson, so please be patient, they will do their best to get back to you.

Should I complete my homework?

You should still complete your homework set by your usual class teacher on SMHW.

What if we don’t have access to the internet?

If your son or daughter cannot access their virtual learning provision due to a lack of devices or not internet access, please email:

What to do if something goes wrong?

If you cannot access the lesson for any reason please visit the relevant year group tab which has the key contact information.

SEND students - additional support

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access virtual learning without additional support. We support these students by providing Teaching Assistants in lessons for students with EHCPs as well as small withdrawal groups and regular virtual “check-ins” to provide any additional, bespoke support as may be required.


Given the current situation with Covid-19 we have a small number of students isolating from the academy for a variety of reasons.

As your education is so important, we have put together a full timetable of “live” lessons which will be taught to students in the academy for you to join from home so that you don’t miss out on learning and fall behind the other students in your year group. Please note that the lesson might be taught by a different teacher to who you usually have but it will be a lesson to your year group, taught live in the academy and you will follow along on Microsoft Teams.

If you inform the Academy of the need to self-isolate you will be sent the details of the timetable of live lessons you should follow along with any further login instructions you may need.

If a student is sent home during the academy day due to being in close contact with a confirmed positive case of Covid-19 they would be allowed to collect their workbooks and would be expected to make their way home immediately. They would be sent the login instructions above and be able to attend live lessons from the following day.

During these lessons, which are streamed from the academy, you will be able to hear the teacher and see lesson slides in the lesson but won’t be able to see the teacher or students and you won’t be able to communicate to anyone in the room other than the teacher via the Q&A section. As these lessons are being taught live, we ask that only students join them.

There will be no live lessons for Performing Arts, PE or Computer Science, but instead you will have a learning pack to work through. This will be posted on Microsoft Teams

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