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A wet and wild day in the North Downs to begin the 2020 expedition season with a DofE Gold practice day walk. Testing our navigational skills ready for the Welsh mountains in April with


HCACP Year 9 and 10 Music and Drama students visit the Royal Albert Hall for an Events Management Workshop, looking at jobs in the arts and events industry.


The HCACP Newsletter for this half term is available now


Select students a HCACP attend the launch of the Schools Career Pathway Programme 2020 this morning. Designed to help students set goals and find a pathway to success.


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The sports academy students working hard at Crystal Palace Sports centre tonight. Great to welcome some external applicants for next year too.


Our Parents' Forum is this Tuesday 11th. To see more events our full calendar is available here


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Congratulations to the U18 football team on a fine 3-1 victory in the Superleague fixture against . The win puts them into the last 16 in the country!


There will be no Saturday Intervention for Year 11 tomorrow.


Year 12 students spent the afternoon at the Hello Fresh office in Shorditch working in partnership with Hello Fresh employees. The students spent the afternoon learning to network and have learned about coaching as an essential leadership skill.


Premiership legend Wilfried Zaha visits HCACP as part of the Crystal Palace FC Positive Futures initiative.


HCACP students today learn about the LGBT topic in a special assembly with


Its Diversity Month at HCACP and the A Level Art Trip is this Thurs 6th. To see more events our full calendar is available here


The Hello Fresh Immersion Programme 2020 Launches at HCACP today


Some photos from this weeks HCACP Geography trip to Swanage


Our deepest thanks to Hannah Lewis for taking the time to visit HCACP and relate her personal experience of the Holocaust and WWII.


Huge thank you to returning ⁦⁦⁩ student ⁦⁩ and winner of the BBC’s apprentice for her inspirational talk on business / leadership ’t give up ’t think you can’t


Athletics and dance are also part of our amazing thematic day.


HCACP Students trying a little origami as part of our amazing thematic day.


The Crystal Palace FC Foundation talk to our Year 11 about the NCS summer camp

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Posted on February 4th 2020

2019 'Apprentice' Winner Carina Inspires Sixth Formers

Former student and 2019 Apprentice winner Carina Lepore (second left) returned to Harris City Academy Crystal Palace last week to inspire our sixth formers with her story of success.

Carina was a student here from 1998 to 2004 and rose to fame when she won the 2019 Apprentice TV competition, landing a job as Lord Sugar's newest business partner and £250,000 investment too. She is now owner and founder of the Dough Artisan Bakehouse in Herne Hill.

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Carina spoke to our Year 12 students at the academy about her journey since leaving school, and how she started her first business at the age of 18. She talked about entrepreneurship and what it was like to appear on the Apprentice.

She also met two of her old teachers: Mrs Sales in Food Technology (above, second right) and Ms Gatty in Media Studies teacher.

"I feel very inspired" - Disha, Year 12

"It was so great to meet and speak to Carina about how she built her business and landed the investment from Lord Sugar,” said Disha, Year 12. "She was such a lovely person and gave us some great advice. I’m feeling very inspired.”

Katherine Cumberbatch, Principal of Harris City Academy Crystal Palace added: "Carina is a fantastic role model to our students. She is a driven, ambitious businesswoman who has shown that with hard work and a passion to succeed our students really can achieve anything they set their minds to. It was a delight to welcome Carina back to the academy.”

Carina wants to help and inspire young people to achieve their goals and offered her time and advice to any of the academy’s students who wanted to meet her.