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Awards Evening kicks off with performance from HLAW music club! What a band! 🎤🪘🎹 🎶— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () March 14, 2024


BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS 😍 so excited to give out our prizes for tonight’s Awards Evening 📚 🏆— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () March 14, 2024


Great game by Preston Manor & great sportsmanship by one and all. Thank you for coming. All your team played with such effort and skill— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () March 8, 2024


For , year 7 were lucky to have a visit from Dan Hischovits, a lawyer at the Roald Dahl story company. Tying in with , he spoke about careers in publishing, Roald Dahl’s life and read a bit of the BFG!— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () March 8, 2024


Excellent Year 9 Parents Evening tonight.— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () March 7, 2024


Happy ! We love reading at HLAW and read every day. What are you reading?— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () March 7, 2024


Proud to support our sister school and the Headteacher of Primary Emily Smith. Please do sign up, every little helps.— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () March 5, 2024


Can you spare £10?Crowdfunding to support children and their families at Harris Academy Tottenham. on JustGiving— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () February 20, 2024


Happy Lunar New Year to all celebrating! 🐉 🌙— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () February 11, 2024


While most of their teachers are around London doing subject specific professional development with , lucky year 11 get a day of Walking Talking Mocks in maths, English and science. They are being brilliant scholars today, taking it super seriously.— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () February 9, 2024


First day back feeling! This expressive portrait by Ted in yr13 perfectly captures the feeling of the first alarm ⏰ on the first day of a new term 😳— Harris Lowe Arts () January 8, 2024


We are proud to announce that some of our students’ work will be shown at the creative mentors annual exhibition at the Tabernacle Notting Hiil from 30th January- 3rd February. All welcome!— Harris Lowe Arts () January 24, 2024


Another highlight from .., luckily at HLAW we don’t believe that ‘bambinatum est magitum’— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () February 8, 2024


Full house of year 11s for an academic lecture of Jekyll & Hyde from prof Gail Marshall from— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () February 8, 2024


2 more performances of to go- one matinee for 400 primary school students, and an evening performance tonight. Get your tickets via the academy website now before it sells out!— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () February 7, 2024


What a brilliant, dedicated, talented cast. Not revolting children at all!— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () February 7, 2024


The cast sounds brilliant 🤩— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () February 6, 2024


Huge excitement at HLAW tonight as our performing arts company perform night 1 of !— Harris Lowe Academy Willesden () February 6, 2024


Braving 45mph winds to measure pebbles! Enough to blow the away!! Future climatologists & beach experts! Geography Field Trip for 6th Form with Harris Academy Tottenham— HarrisTottenham () February 6, 2024


Braving 45mph winds to measure pebbles! Enough to blow the away!! Future climatologists & beach experts! Geography Field Trip for 6th Form with Harris Academy Tottenham— HarrisTottenham () February 6, 2024

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Academy Admissions

Our full policy, with details of our admissions criteria, can be downloaded from the bottom of the page.

Our admissions officers are:

How to apply

Due to being consistently over-subscribed, we have increased the number of places available in Year 7 to 210 from September 2023. Applications are made through the London Borough of Brent’s secondary school admissions process

We offer ‘Aptitude Places’ for students demonstrating an aptitude for Sport or the Arts – this can include sponsorship for students demonstrating exceptional talent. Please download the Aptitude Place Supplementary Form from the bottom of the page and return the completed form if you would like to apply for an ‘Aptitude Place’. Forms must be returned by Friday 10 November 2023. You will then be invited in for an aptitude place interview.

Occasionally places become available in year in all year groups, so if you wish your child to transfer to our school from elsewhere, please contact School Admissions at the London Borough of Brent to put their name on our waiting list.

Harris Lowe Academy Willesden will set admission arrangements annually. Where changes are proposed to admission arrangements there will be a public consultation on these arrangements. If no changes are made to admission arrangements the Academy consultation will only take place at least every seven years.

A copy of the approved Admissions Policy for 2023-24 and onwards can be found below.

Joining us in Year 7

One of the biggest challenges that any student faces during their academic career is the transfer from primary to secondary school.  We are confident that we have an excellent transition programme to ensure that students settle in quickly and enjoy their first few weeks at Harris Lowe Academy Willesden. Further detail about how we support students with the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 can be found on our Transition page.

For parents who wish to appeal - Year 7 admissions 2023-24

Any parent(s) wishing to appeal against the academy’s decision on admissions, for any year group, should complete an appeal form stating the reason for the appeal, based on the published admissions criteria. You can also obtain an appeals form by contacting the academy by phone, email or in person.

Completed forms should be sent to the Clerk to the Appeal Panel at: Harris Lowe Academy Willesden, Doyle Gardens, Willesden, London NW10 3ST. Completed appeal forms must be received by the academy by the closing date 15th April 2024 at 4pm. Please notethe academy does not provide help with appeals.

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; the provisional dates have been booked to be during the months of April/May. 

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. Appeals must be made by 4pm on 15th April 2024.

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.

23 09 14.Harris Academy Willesden.1007 (1)Year 7 key dates 2024-25

31 October 2023 – CAF forms returned to home Local Authority

1 March 2024 – National Offer Day - Local Authority informs parents/carers of allocated school

15 April 2024 – 4pm deadline for appeals to be made in writing to the Academy

May – Appeals will be heard in two stages between Tuesday 7th May 2024 until Friday 10th May 2024.

1 September 2024 – Waiting lists closed and replaced by casual admissions waiting lists. Parents/carers will need to re-apply as a casual admission, if still waiting

Additional supporting information

If an appellant 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.

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 three people (two 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. Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least ten clear school days in advance of the hearing. Appellants will be sent a copy of the school's case at least seven clear working days in advance of the hearing.

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