Welcome to the Harris Academy Admissions information page. Please look at our calendar page for details of our open mornings/afternoons for prospective Parents, Carers and Students. Our full policy, with details of our admissions criteria, can be downloaded from further down the page. Here is a brief summary of the application procedures for Nursery, Reception and in-year applications.
Academy Admissions Contact Details
Name of our Admissions Officer:
Mrs Charlotte Porter
Nursery Admissions for September 2019/January 2020
There will be two Nursery intakes for next academic year. All children must be 3 years old on or before 31st August for the September intake or 31st December for the January intake in order to be eligible for a place in the Nursery. Your child must be three years old to be able to start our Nursery.
Application forms for your child’s Nursery place are currently available from our main school office. Nursery applications cannot be completed online.
The deadline for Nursery applications for our September 2019 intake is Friday 5th April. Applications submitted to the Academy after this date will be considered late.
Reception Applications for September 2019
If your child was born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 they are due to start full-time school in September 2018. Please make sure you apply for your child's place by 15th January 2018.
We have 60 places available in our reception for September 2018. All reception places must be applied for via your Local Authority. If you live in Merton please follow this link to their online admissions system. Please note that the online admissions portal will not be available after 15th January.
|Reception Key Dates|
|15th January 2019||CAF forms returned to home Local Authority|
|16th April 2019||Local Authority informs Parents/Carers of allocated school|
|30th April 2019||Acceptance deadline|
|13th May 2019||Deadline for appeals to be made in writing to the Academy|
|June - July 2019||Appeals to be heard|
|1st September 2019||Waiting Lists closed and replaced by casual admissions waiting lists, Parents/Carers will need to re-apply as a casual admission, if still waiting.|
Secondary Application Process
If your child is currently in Year 6 the deadline to submit your secondary application form is Tuesday 31st October 2018.
Applying online is the method that is preferred by Merton Council as it is both quicker and easier. Applications can be submitted from Friday 1st September and the deadline for online submissions is Tuesday 31st October. Please note that applications cannot be submitted after this date as the e-admissions portal closes. If you would like to apply for your child's space online please follow this link.
If you do not have access to a computer or you would like some help applying for a school place, please make an appointment with Hannah in the school office; she will be more than happy to help you.
In Year Applications
If you are looking for a place in Harris Primary Academy Merton because you have recently moved into the area or your child is at another primary 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 place.
Since September 2013, the law allows you to apply directly to Harris Primary Academy Merton. Please contact admissions at the Academy (contact details above) to request an in-year admission form or download a form (see below). Please note that there is no guarantee that a place will be available but you have the right to appeal if you are refused a place.
All Reception places must be applied for via the Local Authority. Please call the Merton Admissions team on 020 8274 4906 to request a Common Application Form (in-year admissions form). The Admissions Offices are open between 9am and 2pm.
Please note that the school office is unable to deal with in-year Reception Admissions and all must go through the Local Authority.
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 Clerk to the Appeal Panel at
Harris Primary Academy Merton, Abbotts Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 1JW
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.
Timeline of Appeal Process
September 2019 entry
Appeals resulting from applications which are turned down for admission in September 2019 will be heard according to the following timetable:
Allocation letters sent out
Appeals lodged by
Appeals will be heard in two stages between
16th April 2019
5pm on 13th May 2019
June - July 2019
Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.
Applicants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least 10 clear school days in advance of the hearing.
Applicants will be sent a copy of the school's case at least seven clear working days in advance of the hearing.
Additional supporting information:
If an applicant wishes to submit further evidence, which was not included with their initial appeal, they should ensure this is received at least seven clear working days (not counting the day of postage or the hearing) in advance of your appeal.
Only a short document, such as a doctor’s letter not previously available, will be accepted up to five clear working days prior to the hearing. Any additional evidence or information received after this deadline will not be circulated and may not be considered at the hearing.