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Our Y12 Historians had a great taster day at yesterday. They look part in lectures and debates, and got to speak to current UCL Humanities students.


The HCACP Summer Carnival pulls into town on Tues 16th July. Join us for an afternoon of performance and celebration. Doors open 5pm. Tix £3 adult £2 concession.


Motivational speaker David McQueen visited HCACP yesterday to give Year 10 students valuable advice and top tips in preparation for their upcoming mock exams.


A real 'Who done it' for our junior detectives taking notes and forensic samples at a simulated crime scene today at HCACP with consultancy.


Year 7 and Year 8 had the amazing BRIT school sixth form students in today leading their first dance workshop ready for the BRIT festival in July. The girls worked so hard and loved learning some new dance moves.


The HCACP Summer Carnival pulls into town on Tues 16th July. Join us for an afternoon of performance and celebration. Doors open 5pm. Tix £3 adult £2 concession.


The fabulous Peter Long has kindly donated money raised with Beautiful Croydon calendar to purchase an upgraded set of tenor pans for the Academy. Students were so excited to play the beautiful sounding instruments.


Watch the semi final here live at approximately 15.45. Good luck to the team!!!


👏👏👏👏 Huge well done to our girls’ team - have made the national semi final in Nottingham!


After three days of challenging hiking and navigation in Sussex, three teams have their DofE Silver Practice Expedition completed!


Reflecting on a day's hiking around Bewl Water on the DofE Silver Practice Expedition.


Day two scenes on the DofE Silver Practice Expedition


Fantastic work today by the sports leaders at today’s Primary sports day. You were an absolute credit to the Academy.


Congratulations to Thye-Lakh! Has not missed a day off school since year7!


Great half term trip to .


The HCACP newsletter for May 2024 is now available from


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.

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Palace Scholars

Palace ScholarsMore Able Provision at HCACP
Nationally what we define as more able students are known as “High Prior Attaining students”. students who are significantly above “average” in their KS2 assessments. Given that we are committed to ensuring All Can Achieve and that 30% of students in each year group are on our more able register, we have a range of programmes to ensure they are prepared to achieve grade 7s and higher in their GCSEs and go on to top Universities and Apprenticeship programmes. The Palace Experience programme, which becomes the Harris Experience programme in KS4 & KS5, is designed to support our more able students through providing additional experiences which enrich students’ cultural capital and provide additional depth and context to their knowledge.

Palace/Harris experience
This is a two – part programme which takes place over 5 years. It aims to broaden the academic and cultural experience of our most academically promising students. The programme is run across the Harris Federation and creates fantastic opportunities for our students to work with other more able students from across London.

On the programme, students are exposed to a wealth of high-end academic and cultural experiences ranging from world class art auctioneering with Christie’s to a trip to the Royal Opera Houses, to a day of Science in Action at Imperial College or a bespoke day of lectures at Oxford University.

The overall aims of the programme are to help students secure top grades and to go on to Russell Group Universities or Graduate Apprenticeship Programmes. In the short term, we aim to have our KS4 Harris Experience cohort remain within the Harris Federation for Sixth Form.

Palace Scholars programme
Our Palace Scholars programme builds on the work of Harris Experience to provide more opportunities to pupils with a target of a grade 7-9 between Years 8-11. 

As part of this programme, students will be able to:

  • Complete a Scholars passport based on three values: Aspiration, Resilience, and Innovation. Students will complete tasks and subject challenges for each value. Each task will be reviewed and signed off by a Palace Scholars mentor. The passport aims to expand pupils’ talents, improve prospects, and raise aspirations.
  • Attend masterclass lectures on a variety of topics including Ethical Philosophy.  The Teleological Argument and The Perfect third (Maths).
  • Take part in our Generating Genius programme run by the science department.
  • Take part in university taster sessions and summer schools. Opportunities include a STEM summer school at Imperial College London and languages taster sessions at Queen Mary University of London.
  • Take part in careers talks from guest speakers from a range of different sectors.
  • There are 62 languages spoken at HCACP! Students who speak another language at home, or who are self-taught in another language to a proficient level, are also offered the opportunity to achieve an additional GCSE or A-Level through our Community Languages programme.

Programmes offered

  • Palace Scholars Year 8 to 11
  • Place Experience Years 8 & 9
  • Harris Experience Years 10 & 11
  • Harris Experience Advanced Years 12 & 13
  • Generating Genius Year 10
  • STEM enrichment Year 7 to 11
  • French reading clubs Year 7-11
  • MFL university taster sessions Years 10 &11
  • Masterclass lectures Year 8 to 11

Real world experience
Read our Palace Scholar's account of their visit to Brunel University

If you have any questions or queries about any of our programmes or simply to find out more about our provision, please contact Ms Owusu, Faculty Director or Ms Hilldrup, More Able Coordinator,