Welcome to the Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich information page. Details of our open days, which normally take place in September and October each year, will be published on the website. Our full policy, with details of our admissions criteria, can be downloaded from further down the page. This page contains a brief summary of the application procedure for Year 7 and in-year admissions.
Academy Admissions Contact Details
Telephone: 020 7732 2276
Address: Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich, Homestall Road, London SE22 0NR
Admissions are dealt with by Natalie Francis, PA to the Principal.
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Under the terms of the Schools Admissions Code 2012 all schools and academies must consult on their admissions arrangements once in seven years or earlier if changes to the admissions policy are proposed. Harris Girls’ Academy, East Dulwich has a consultation period between 1 December 2016 and 31 January 2017.
We are not proposing any changes to our admissions arrangements for 2018-19 for primary to secondary transfer or in-year admissions in years 7-11.
Please downland details of the proposed changes to our Post 16 entry requirements for the academic year 2018-19, highlighted in yellow. The proposed changes in the admissions arrangements to Year 12 is solely a revision of the entry criteria to courses and the sixth form overall because of the change in GCSE grades being introduced.
Our admissions policy can be downloaded from the bottom of this page. Any comments should be written to: Admissions, Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich, Homestall Road, London SE22 0NR.
Year 7 applications
Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich will admit 150 girls in Year 7. If the number of applications exceeds 150, girls with statements of Special Educational Needs in which the Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich is named, will be admitted before others.
For the remaining places, Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich will seek to ensure that the ability profile of the intake reflects the range of all applicants by employing a Fair Banding System.
Along with all schools and academies, we offer a series of open evenings and open mornings during September and October annually. These are always advertised in the local newspapers and via a banner outside the academy. Dates and times also go up on our website.
We strongly advise parents to come and visit us during one of those events if they are considering the academy as one of their possible selections for the admissions application. During the open evenings, the Principal will make a presentation to parents and at all events, she is available to talk to parents individually and discuss any questions they may have.
All applications for the academy are through the common online application process and your application should be made direct to the borough in which you live.
We will then be notified of your request for a place (though not how you have ranked us) and we will write to you in late November/early December inviting you to our testing day. It is critical that your daughter attends this test as we need the information gained from it in order to place her in our admissions list. The test is not a pass or fail test, it is a non-verbal reasoning test and simply guides us in knowing how to place your daughter. We have a duty to admit students across a 9-band spectrum, with a certain number of students coming from each band – predetermined for us.
If you have applied for more than one Harris Academy, you will only be invited to test at one site and we will share the results between us.
We send our offer list back to Southwark and they will then review this in the light of any offers that each school/academy has made to a particular student. They will then offer you the school highest up your ranked application list that has made you an offer. (For example, if you have placed us 2nd and another Academy 1st and we both offer your daughter a place, you will be offered Another Academy.) You will receive this offer letter from the local authority at the end of February/beginning of March.
Please note that we are not advised where you place us in terms of preference and this is not part of our determination of how places are offered at all. Our places are offered in accordance with the criteria published in our Admissions Policy (which can be downloaded below).
We keep a waiting list and would strongly advise that you call us immediately if you do not get a place with us and had wanted one. We will then communicate with you directly if a vacancy arises and liaise with your local authority to confirm any subsequent offer made. Our waiting list is dealt with according to our Admissions Policy also in terms of order of places offered.
Non-verbal reasoning test
All applicants must take a non-verbal reasoning (NVR) test that places them in a rank order. We will then place all applicants in one of nine ability bands, each containing, as far as possible, the appropriate number of children based on their performance in the NVR test.
Within each of the nine bands applicants will be considered in accordance with the criteria below, applied in order:
- girls in public care
- girls for whom admission to a specific school is essential because of special circumstances, to do with significant medical needs, social needs or special educational needs
- girls whose siblings currently attend the school and who will continue to do so on the date of admission.
- girls’ proximity to the school between the main entrance to the student’s home and the road junction of Shelbury Road and Colyton Road, using straight-line, computer calculated measurements
Parents and carers may wish to appeal against the outcomes of the admissions process. If you wish to appeal you must either contact the academy on email@example.com stating that you wish to appeal. A form will be sent to you. Alternatively you may complete the appeal form which is available below.
You should attach to your appeals form any relevant documents or evidence which you feel support your case together with a covering letter.
Completed forms should be sent either by post to the Clerk to the Appeal Panel at Harris Girls’ Academy East Dulwich, Homestall Road, London, SE22 0NR or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed appeal forms must be received by the Academy by the closing date 12th April 2016 at 4pm.
The appeals will be heard in June 2016 in private, by an Independent Appeal Panel. The Clerk to the Appeal Panel will make an appointment within a reasonable time and 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 three people (two 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.
Applications for an in-year admission should be sent directly to the Academy using the form which can be downloaded below. We will advise on whether we have any vacancies in that year group.
Classes are determined by test results and therefore, even if we have a vacancy in the year group, we still need to clarify whether there is a space available in the appropriate class. We will therefore invite your daughter in for testing so that we can establish whether we have a suitable place available for your daughter at the point of your admission request.
We will notify you as to whether we are able to offer a place upon receipt of test results.