Harris Academy Purley

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Harris Academy Purley
(formerly Haling Manor High School)
Motto not known at present
Type Academy
Principal Mrs Carol-Anne Alcock
Specialism Sport and Enterprise
Location Kendra Hall Road
South Croydon
Greater London, England
United Kingdom Coordinates: 51°21′12″N 0°06′34″W / 51.35323°N 0.10934°W / 51.35323; -0.10934
Local authority London Borough of Croydon
DfE URN 101809 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 903
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Website www.harrispurley.org.uk

Harris Academy Purley (formerly Haling Manor High School) is an Academy secondary school in South Croydon, England. Haling Manor High School was one of only fifteen schools in the country to be awarded specialist status as a music school.


Before becoming an 'Academy' the school was named Haling Manor High School. There were two 'wings' to the school for many years: Pampisford Wing which was originally South Croydon Boys Technical School; and the Kendra Wing which was originally South Croydon Secondary Modern School. Origins went further back to what was Wadden Secondary School. (There was a famous entry in the punishment book from that era: 'X' received 6 strokes of the cane for letting off a paper bag during an air raid' - cited by Michael Round, previously Headmaster) The first Headteacher of Haling Manor was a Mr. Fox (not to be confused with Richard Fox, Head of Science and Senior Master who spent his entire career at the school) and the first Deputy Head was Mr. Piper. Michael Round replaced Mr Fox and was Headmaster 1975-1996 (21 years). His then Deputy, John Troake, took over as an equally successful Head until August 2009 when the school was passed to the Harris Foundation.

Up until 31 August 2009, the school was a comprehensive Secondary High School.

From 1 September 2009, it became part of the Harris Federation of schools, and was renamed to Harris Academy Purley, under the leadership of Carol-Anne Alcock. Mrs Alcock had previously been the headteacher at Selsdon High School.[1]

The school is situated in South Croydon, not Purley.


The school had a GCSE pass rate of 23% achieving 5 A*-C grades (as of July 2009) including English and Maths and had one of the highest achievement rates in the capital when taking into account CVA (contextual value added) meaning that from relatively low prior attainment pupils show good levels of progress.[citation needed]

As Haling Manor High School (Headmaster: Mr John Troake MA) 76% of all year 11 students left in 2008 with 5 A* - C grades, above the national average. 41% of all children left the school with a modern foreign language grade A*-C in 2009 again beating most Croydon schools and the national average. The school is ranked 78th in the country for CVA. This ranks the school in the top 3% of schools for the amount of progress students make.[citation needed].


  1. ^ Edwards, Anna (18 May 2009). "Selsdon High headteacher to take charge of new South Croydon academy". The Croydon Advertiser, UK. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 

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