Academy Admissions

Welcome to the Harris Upper Norwood Academy Admissions information page


  • Harris Academy Upper Norwood for September 2016
  • Admission arrangements set in accordance with annex 1 of the supplementary funding agreement for the school.
  • Introduction (not part of the formal admission arrangements)


The Harris Academy Upper Norwood has been approved to close in 2018 and the school will gradually amalgamate with Harris Academy South Norwood. On the Upper site are students from Harris South Norwood alongside the only operating year group, year 11, for Upper Norwood.

  1. The Academy has no admission number for Year 7. There will be no admissions to Year 7 or into years which are not operating year groups.
  2. The Academy is not part of the LA’s co-ordinated admission arrangements for in-year and other year group admissions. If a parent applies for a place in an operating year group they should apply direct to the Academy. 
  3. During the period from 1 September 2014 to the closure of the Academy there will not be a Published Admission Number against which to consider applications for admission to operating year groups. 
  4. Admission to year groups without a Published Admission Number will be based upon the size of teaching groups already existing in the Academy and the efficient use of resources. Only girls will be eligible to apply for places.
  5. Where there is a vacancy into the operating year group in accordance with paragraph 4 above, the Academy must consider all applications for places in that year group and, unless the circumstances below exist, admit the child.  If more applications are received than there are places available, the place will be allocated using the oversubscription criteria set out below. The Academy may refuse admission to challenging pupils in cases where there are vacancies.  Such refusals will only occur where the student concerned has been previously permanently excluded from two or more schools or where special circumstances apply. Parents/Carers whose application is turned down are entitled to appeal.


Oversubscription Criteria

First criteria:       

Looked after children and previously looked after children. A 'looked after child' is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted under the terms of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. Such students will be given top priority in each band before the rest of the oversubscription criteria is applied.

If the first criteria does not apply, or there is more than one applicant for a place qualifying with the first criteria, then applicants will be given priority by nearness to the Academy (for clarity the Upper Norwood site) as calculated by straight line distance from the pupil’s home to the front gate of the Academy, with those living closest having priority. Distance will be measured in a straight line from the centre of the pupil’s main home to the front gate of the Academy using the Local Authority’s computerised measuring system. Where a pupil lives in a block of flats the centre of the block will be used to measure the distance. If pupils from the same block of flats are tied for the last place in a band, independently verified random allocation will be used to decide which pupil should be offered the place.   Where a student lives for part of each week at different addresses, the ‘home’ address shall be that address where the student spends the majority of the week. If two or more applicants are tied for the final place then the place will be decided using random allocation which will be independently verified.

 6. There will be a right of appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel for applicants refused admission.


For admission queries into the operating year group please contact the admissions officer

Telephone: 020 8405 5152


Harris Academy South Norwood

Cumberlow Avenue

South Norwood

SE25 6AE


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