Harris Academy Orpington
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Harris Academy Orpington (formerly The Priory School) is a non-selective secondary school and sixth form with academy status in Orpington in the London Borough of Bromley which joined the Harris Federation in September 2016.
In 2006 its predecessor The Priory School gained specialist sports college status, focusing efforts on sports and the community; it was the only school in the borough to have this status. The school converted to academy status in May 2012. An Ofsted report carried out in March 2016 rated The Priory School as ‘inadequate’, and as a consequence the school was taken over by the Harris Federation in September 2016 and re-named Harris Academy Orpington.
Harris Academy Orpington is part of the Harris Federation, a not-for-profit charity that runs 24 secondary academies in and around London, including Harris Academy Beckenham, and Harris Academy Bromley.
Three quarters of Harris secondary academies inspected have been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, with the remaining quarter judged to be ‘good’ - an unmatched track record. Education charity The Sutton Trust has produced successive reports concluding that the Harris Federation is among the top academy trusts for improving the prospects of disadvantaged students. Harris Academy has places in year 7 for 180 students each year. Admissions are made via the Bromley Secondary Schools Admissions form.
- The Priory School Ofsted Reports
- Allin, Simon (17 May 2016). "Struggling Orpington school joins top-ranked academy trust". Bromley Times. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
- Struggling Orpington school joins top-ranked academy trust
- The Academy Effect, The Sutton Trust