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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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KS4 Options 2021


This webpage has been put together to give you a clear understanding of the range of courses available to you as part of the Key Stage 4 Curriculum at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace. Our aim is to ensure that all students are put on pathways that will give them the greatest chance of success.

The Year 9 Virtual options event 3rd February 2021 is an incredibly important event where the options/ course selection process will be explained in detail. Both students and parents will be invited. Students should then take the time to review the information on the subject tabs of this page which, along with all the relevant course information, have videos from the subject leaders explaining what their subjects entail.

It is important that you read the information on this page carefully and discuss all options with your parent/carer prior to completing your Key Stage 4 Course Preference form. Think carefully about what is right for you and discuss the subjects with as many people as you possibly can. You should think about your future goals in life, what you are good at and what you enjoy. As well as your Key Stage 4 Course Preference subjects there are some subjects called ‘Core Subjects’ that all students MUST study to exam level. These are GCSE English, GCSE, Mathematics and GCSE Science. All students will also follow a non-examined course in Physical Education throughout their time in Key Stage 4.
The English Baccalaureate (EBacc)
The EBacc is a ‘basket’ of subjects which the majority of students at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace have been following for the past three years. However, the EBacc courses are not always the most appropriate for everyone and there will be an opportunity to discuss different options with the Year 9 Leadership team if necessary. The EBacc recognises students who have gained a grade 4-9 in the subjects from the following 5 categories:

  • GCSE English
  • GCSE Mathematics
  • GCSE Science
  • GCSE French and/or Spanish and/or Mandarin
  • GCSE History and/or Geography

This is now your chance to consider your own Key Stage 4 Course Preferences and identify those that you believe will give you the greatest chance of future success. 

Ms Katherine Cumberbatch
Executive Principal


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