Harris Federation responds to local parents on new Harris Academy Wimbledon admissions

The ‘nodal points’ which determine admissions to the new Harris Academy Wimbledon have been changed to put greater emphasis on children from Colliers Wood, following consultation with local parents.

Chris Randall, the Harris Federation Director of New Projects who ran the consultation said:

“From our consultation meetings with parents at local primary schools and the written feedback we received, it is clear there is a real need for additional secondary places and a great deal of local support for the new academy.  Many across the local community asked us to consider moving one of the ‘nodal points’ further to the south of the borough to meet high demand for places from families in the Colliers Wood area. We have listened and have added Colliers Wood station as a nodal point for the new school.

“Harris Academy Wimbledon will benefit from the Harris Federation’s extensive experience in running schools including Harris Merton and Harris Morden, both of which are successful and oversubscribed schools.  We look forward to working with local parents and the wider community as we develop and build a successful, high achieving and happy school for local families.”

The other nodal points have been confirmed as Merton Abbey Primary School and Haydons Road Station.

Parents who are interested in finding out more can visit the Harris Academy Wimbledon website: http://www.harriswimbledon.org.uk/

  • The new academy will be part of the Harris Federation, a charity led and run by teachers. There are 41 Harris primary and secondary academies in and around London.
  • The new co-educational academy will open in September 2018 with 120 places in year 7. It will be temporarily housed in a redeveloped adult education centre on Whatley Avenue, moving to a brand new school building at the heart of the regeneration of the High Path area in London SW19 in 2020.
  • Every Harris academy so far to have been inspected by Ofsted has been rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ – with the majority ‘outstanding’ and Harris schools came top in the most recent Department for Education league tables in five London boroughs.