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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.


Two more teams competing their DofE Bronze Practice Expedition in the sunshine at High Elms Country Park! Great effort in hot conditions today!


Enjoy 42 seconds of magic from our HCACP Steel Band rehearsal. They play so fine, don't you agree?


HCACP students were fortunate enough to attend t masterclass at Steinway hall with the incredible French.  The students had a wonderful time learning about composing and playing some very expensive pianos!  Thank you to for arranging the event.


Congratulations to our wonderful year 13 students


If you are interested in the terrible impact on children and families living long-term in unsuitable temporary accommodation, listen to this podcast - thank you to the parents who shared their stories


Our amazing HCACP Anti-Bullying Ambassadors


Two terrific teams at the start and at the end of a successful DofE Bronze Practice Expedition!


HCACP Students take in a little culture at the National Art Gallery today.


Curious cows watching one of our DofE expedition teams!


Lunch with a view after climbing a steep hill on their DofE Bronze Practice Expedition!


Music 🔥 🧨👌. An outstanding curriculum, endless performance opportunities, a thriving peripatetic programme, fully inclusive of all students and all types of musicianship. Thank you 🥇Team Music 🎶 and to Katie Stanton for your brilliant leadership.


Enduring high winds, torrential rain, and freezing temperatures, our three DofE Gold teams have done brilliantly to complete their practice expedition! With thanks to for another amazing expedition experience.


Taking a break climbing and then having lunch atop Bannau Sir Gaer on day one of the DofE Gold Practice Expedition.


Admiring the view over Llyn y Fan Fach.


RT : Downhill to camp after a day hiking across the Brecon Beacons.

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KS4 Options 2024

This course brochure 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 at GCSE and beyond. We have many years of experience in helping students secure the very best results so that they can confidently progress to the next stage of education or training. We know you well and have a wide range of data on your performance, expected progress and abilities.

The Year 9 Parents Evening and options event in February 2024 is an incredibly important event where aspects of the course programme will be explained. There will also be presentations from Subject Leaders, meetings with tutors and a Microsoft Forms Course Preference form to complete after the evening has concluded.

It is important that you read the information in this booklet very 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. Your parents/carers, teachers and Form tutors will help guide you to make choices to ensure you have the greatest chance of success. Think carefully about what you want-not the courses that your friends are doing. You should think about your future goals in life, what you are good at and what you enjoy. At GCSE, it’s important to pick a broad and balanced range of subjects. For this reason, we do strongly recommend that most pupils consider GCSE Citizenship as one of their GCSE options as it prepares pupils so well as global citizens.

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 Language and GCSE English Literature, 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 vast majority of students at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace follow. However, the EBacc courses are not always the most appropriate for everyone and there will be an opportunity to discuss different options with the 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 (Language or Literature at Grade 4+)
  • 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. Please do seek our advice and guidance along the way-and remember, you’ll take the grades you get at GCSE with you for the rest of your life, so choose subjects carefully with this in mind.




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