Harris Academies
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Academy Admissions

Welcome to the Harris Academy Admissions information page.

A brief summary of the application procedure for entry into Harris Academy Battersea are detailed below: 

Details of our admissions criteria and our full policy, with can be downloaded from further down the page. 

For details of our open evenings for prospective Students, Parents and Carers, please view our news page.

Academy Admissions Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7622 0026
Address: Harris Academy Battersea, 401 Battersea Park Road, Wandsworth, London, SW11 5AP

Year 7 Applications

The Academy has an admission number of 180 in Year 7 for September 2016. Applications for Year 7 places can be made via the LA’s Common Application Form which will be found on your home Local Authority’s website. The LA will write to parents with offers in March. Our criteria for allocation can be found in our Admissions Arrangements.


In-Year Applications

If you wish to apply for a place in another year or our current year 7 then please complete the Harris Academy Battersea application form which can be found here and return it to the Ms. Metcalf; Admissions Officer or Ms. Patel; Admissions/Assistant Principal.

If you are looking for a place in Harris Academy Battersea because you have recently moved into the area, or your child is at another secondary school and you feel that a change of school would benefit their education and/or general well-being, you are entitled to apply for a school place.

Since September 2013, the law allows you to apply directly to Harris Academy Battersea.  Please contact Ms. Metcalf; Admissions Officer or Ms. Patel; Admissions/Assistant Principal, (contact details above) to request an in-year admission form, or download from (see below) Please note that there is no guarantee that a place will be available, but you have the right of appeal if you are refused a place.

If you wish to apply for a place in our sixth form, please complete the application form here. Applications need to be returned to Mr. Wells; Head of Sixth Form/Assistant Principal.                                                                 

Sixth Form Entry Requirements 2016/17
Course Level Requirements
4 A Levels 7 A* - C grades in full course GCSE subjects.
3 A Levels 5 A* - C grades in full course GCSE subjects.
4 A Level / BTEC Level 3 Combination Combination of 7 A* - C grades at GCSE or merit or above in BTEC subjects.
3 A Level / BTEC Level 3 Combination Combination of 5 A* - C grades at GCSE or merit or above in BTEC subjects.
A Levels require a B grade in a relevant GCSE subject.
BTEC Level 3 subjects 5 A* - C grades at GCSE or equivalent, with at least a Merit or C grade in a relevant BTEC/GCSE.

Specific Requirements - A Levels
Course Level Requirements
Math's Any student wishing to study A Level Math's from a GCSE grade B will have to pass an algebra test to assess their suitability for the course.
English Literature Students taking English GCSE double award should have a minimum of a B grade in English Literature and a B grade in English Language. If doing the English GCSE single award, a minimum of a B grade is required.
Science Based Subjects Students taking GCSE Double Award Science must have at least a BB grade for Core and Additional Science as well as a B grade or above in relevant subject modules.
Students taking GCSE Separate Sciences must have at least a B grade in the relevant Science subject.


For Parents/Carers who Wish to Appeal

Parent(s) wishing to appeal against the Academy’s decision on admissions, for any year group, should complete an Appeal Form (see below) stating the reason for the appeal, based on the published Admissions Criteria.

If you wish to appeal you must contact Admissions at the Academy who will send you an appeals form to complete.
Completed forms should be sent to the Chair of Governors who will then forward the completed form to the Clerk to the Appeal Panel. The address for the Chair of Governors is:

Dorothy Deakin, Chair of Governors, Harris Academy Battersea, 401 Battersea Park Road, Battersea, London, SW11 5AP
Completed appeal forms for Year 7 and Sixth Form must be received by the Academy by the closing date 31st March 2016 at 5pm.

The appeals will be heard, in private, by an Independent appeal Panel. The Clerk to the Appeal Panel will make an appointment within a reasonable time, Appeals may be made in English or the Parents’/Carers’ first language.
• Only one appeal per application is allowed.
• Appeals are conducted in person, and you may bring a friend.

The Appeal Hearing

The Academy will arrange for an Independent Appeals Panel to consider the Academy's reasons for refusal and your reasons for wanting to attend the Academy. The Panel will consist of 3 people (2 will have education experience and one will be an independent person with no education experience).

The Panel will consider the case put forward by you and the Academy. They must consider the admission arrangements for the Academy and the reasons why you want to attend that particular school.  The Panel must exercise its discretion by balancing the weight of your argument (for wanting to attend) against the Academy’s reasons for refusal i.e. the prejudice that one more student would cause to the education of the students already offered and the Health and Safety of all the students already attending the Academy, also taking into account the Academy's published admission arrangements. 

The decision of the Independent Appeals Panel is binding on the admissions authority and the Parents.

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