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Onwards to the finish!


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Congratulations to all our This Is Geography video contest winners, especially Kyle from and Ella from , who received special recognition for their efforts. You can read more about the programme and view some winning entries here:


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It doesn't get better than ; partnerships produce teaching and learning


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Hiking from Coney Hall to Frylands via Addington Hill on the third DofE Bronze Practice Expedition. An excellent team finishing the day and getting their campsite set up efficiently.


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It's absolutely wonderful to be able to bring some of our to see some practice . A huge to the teams & speakers involved!


The May 2022 Edition of the HCACP Academy News Letter is now available.


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So proud of the superb contribution of Head of History and Politics, Robert Primus, to this documentary which was on Channel 4 last night - and of all Harris City Academy Crystal Palace students who expressed their thoughts so eloquently to


Year 7 and 9 students taking part in the preliminary local rounds of the Harris Federation Spelling Bee.


arrisPlease be sure to check out our Palace Life page on the HCACP website for all the latest on what is happening for the week!


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Final climb to the finish at High Elms. Soaking wet day but two very determined teams persevered throughout to complete their DofE Bronze Practice Expedition!


Well done to our Silver DofE group & thank you to Mr Ewers!


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👏 wow, fantastic film- well done to all those who made it and all those who star in it!


Seçkin mastermind Gabriela Soares proudly displays her Sussex Enovation Centre Business Competition Digital Presence Award.


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Admiring the view from Addington Hill. Teams now departed the lunch spot and hiking to Frylands Wood campsite.


Congratulations to our students from our student company, Seçkin winners of the the Digital Presence Award in the Sussex Enovation Centre Business competition.


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Winners are grinners!!! Big well done to the Year 7 Netball Team who won all their matches at the Final today! Well deserved 😊


Staff enjoying jam roll making as part of the celebrations of World Mental Health week.


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Kinetic Harris City Academy Crystal Palace lifted their second trophy in a week as they won the Cup after a 3-0 victory against Stoke Newington! 🏆⚽️ 📸 - Matt White


Year 11s tackling the climbing wall last night after intensive English, Biology and Physics revision


Year 11 students working incredibly hard on their third and final revision residential!

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PSHE stands for the Personal, Social, Health and Economic Wellbeing Education. Find our more about our PSHE curriculum.

Relationships and Sex Education

The Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum is a statutory requirement. There are parts of this curriculum that crosses over with the PSHE curriculum as well. The aim of this curriculum is to give young people the information they need to help them navigate all types of relationships, human sexuality and both mental and physical well being. 

The RSE lessons do not encourage early sexual experimentation but teach young people to understand human sexuality and to respect themselves and others. It aims to enable young people to mature, build their confidence and self-esteem and understand the reasons for delaying sexual activity. We want to build lessons that will support our young people throughout their lives, to develop safe, fulfilling and healthy sexual relationships, at the appropriate time.

Tutor Time

Tutor Time at HCACP is spilt across five days with five different sessions. Each session is 25 minutes and has set reading time (DEAR) each morning.  Students develop their character and cultural capital each day through a different themed activity (see below). All tutor time is sequenced against the same theme, but developed specifically to each year group.

  • HCACP news sessions focus on key historical events of that week and act as a discussion topic. Along with giving students and staff a chance to look at notices for the forthcoming week, they celebrate successes of the previous week and look at the tutor groups culture for learning points.
  • Careers sessions focus on key employability skills. The skills are; Leadership, Problem Solving, Listening, Creativity, Staying Positive, Teamwork, Aiming High and Presenting.
  • PSHE sessions concentrate on SMSC, PSHE and Citizenship. Specifically looking at the development of pupils understanding of tolerance, right and wrong and relationships.
  • Literacy sessions are taught across key texts, and look at inference and, the ability and confidence of students to read, think, write and share.


All students attend weekly assemblies which are focused on the careers’ employability skills, a core theme from the PSHE/Citizenship curriculum and one of the Academy's core values. Assemblies also encourage community and a sense of loyalty to the Faculty of which they are part. Assemblies help to supplement the tutor time programme, providing a time where students can engage and enquire in a different context with the six core themes. Every assembly starts with a culturally relevant piece of music and finishes with the Academy Homily which explicitly notes tolerance and acceptance of one another’s beliefs.

Assemblies are delivered by senior leaders, middle leaders and students as well as visiting speakers from organisations such as the Daniel Spargo Mabbs Foundation, Growing against Violence, Great Men, CEOP (a national crime agency) and a wide range of other partners. A broad range of topics is investigated each year under themes which promote British values such as tolerance, respect, a moral compass and empathy.

Educational visits

Students regularly take part in educational visits and trips, to develop their understanding of historic and culturally significant events and landmarks within the world. These visits and trips give students the opportunities to develop an association when retrieving key information whether this be in lessons or in conversations in their everyday lives. Some examples of trips that the Academy has been on in the last year include: our Holland Football Tour, China trip, NASA Space Station trip, Austria ski trip, Excel Careers Fair and various visits into London’s museums and theatres and other cultural offerings.

Duke of Edinburgh

The Academy is incredibly proud to be a Directly Licensed Centre for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, offering Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels to all students from Year 9 through to Year 13.

The DofE award is a highly prestigious extra-curricular programme that is recognised around the world for developing a huge range of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills amongst participants – incredibly valuable for future study and employment.

Over the past three years, more than 260 students have participated in the DofE Award, completing activities in the volunteering, physical, and skills sections, as well as completing a self-sufficient expedition. It provides students with a life-changing opportunity to engage in experiences that challenge them, enhancing their skills in leadership, resilience, cooperation, team-work, communication, and confidence. Participants must consistently display high levels of commitment and determination to achieve a DofE award, which is why it is rated as the most important extra-curricular activity undertaken at school by a huge number of major employers across the UK.