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Children move in to classy £11m school building


Harris Primary Academy Purley Way moved into its new permanent home this term.

Children in reception have now reached the end of their induction to school, while those in year 1 have also been delighted to familiarise themselves with their new, high-quality school building.

Croydon Council handed over the newly-completed £11.08million building to the Harris Federation as part of its programme of building and expanding schools to meet growing demand for school places in Croydon.

Harris Primary Academy Purley Way is led by head of academy Jane Robinson, who works closely with executive principal Paul Robinson and the team to provide children with an excellent education.

Ms Robinson said: “We are delighted with our new building – it is engaging, inspiring and the children are already very settled and very happy.”

Miranda Farrelly, a member of the Parent Teacher Association, added: “It feels really special to be the first ones here and get to see the school grow right from the beginning. It has been so exciting to see the new building and the opportunities our kids are getting – all the space and everything new.”

As a brand new academy, Harris Primary Academy Purley Way currently educates children in reception and year 1; however, when full it has capacity for 630 pupils.

The school also has a stunning hall, an ICT suite, library, and a roof-top learning deck which spans the length of the building, as well as small group rooms and a break-out space to support children with special educational needs. The building is sound-proofed, ensuring a peaceful environment for learning.

Pupils were equally delighted with their new learning space. Year 1 pupil Arayah said: ‘I love my new lunch hall and food.’ David, also in year 1, added: ‘I love my phonics lessons and the teachers are really kind.’

Cllr Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “Harris Primary Academy Purley Way is an absolutely stunning new building and the exceptional design ensures a fantastic learning environment for children.

“It’s great to see the whole school community enjoying their new high-quality space, which is something they can take huge pride in. With places for up to 630 children, this new school is part of Croydon Council’s investment to ensure a school place for every child.”