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Thank you to our Oompa Loompa, Chef Simon, for our Roald Dahl’s Delumptious Dinner!


As scientists, Potter class have been identifying the bones in our skeleton and their functions. We have enjoyed listening to “these bones, these bones” to support our learning.


Retweeted From University of Hertfordshire

A brilliant speech by MBE upon receiving her Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Hertfordshire 🎓 Watch the full ceremony here:


Talk for writing in Milne Class. What do you think our story is about?


Year six Team Shakespeare artists learning how to draw self portraits using correct proportions linked to our Frida Kahlo study. Thank you Miss V for being a wonderful art teacher.


Team Tolkien demonstrated excellent teamwork , perseverance and resilience in PE today


Year six Team Shakespeare meeting their Reception buddies and getting to know each other


Elmer class enjoyed a Computing lesson outside today. We talked about how technology follow a set of instructions (algorithms). We went outside and practised being robots and giving each other instructions to follow


Super historians in Moomin Class! We ordered the events of WW1 in chronological order on a timeline.


Super Elmer mathematicians today estimating and counting accurately. We even matched our number to a 10 frame model


As marvellous mathematicians, Year 3 have been securing their knowledge of the place value of 3 digit numbers using manipulatives and pictorial representations


Year six gymnasts exploring transitions into and out of counter balances


We are excellent at ‘teamwork’ in Tolkien class. Great use of partner talk in maths today


In Year 2, we have been exploring different objects and describing the properties of each one.


In Milne class, we have created freeze frames to infer characters feelings


As amazing artists, Potter class began their collages, inspired by Henri Rousseau’s ‘Surprised’.


Exploring mood through movement in Tolkien class this morning


Year 3 have loved internalising our new text “Stone Age Boy” this morning creating our own actions


Year six Team Shakespeare historians researching life in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age in order to answer the question: would you rather be a child in the 21st century or the Stone Age/ Bronze Age/ Iron Age?


Elmer class have been using 10 frames and cubes today to be able to create different number sentences


In Moomin Class we have been practising counting in 10s.


Year six Team Shakespeare storytelling through drama and dance as part of our story writing hook session, focusing on creating mood.


Tolkien class enjoying working with their partners on a place value maths game today. A great way to assess what they already know!


Year 5 taking some mindful art time this afternoon to practice their continuous line drawing skills


Elmer had a great start to the day with some moving Maths Get fit counting to 100! It certainly woke us up


Fantastic ball skills in Elmer class today. All the children showed great control using different parts of their body.


Year six Team Shakespeare practising their ball skills and invasion games tactics inimical football matches.


Milne Class have began their new geography topic about UK and Europe.


Year six Team Shakespeare practising their ordering numbers skills with a place value game.


Elmer class enjoyed their phonics lesson outside on the balcony today. We loved learning our tricky trigraph 'igh'. We also learnt that 'tri' means three!


Milne have been inspired by Winnie the Pooh to create their own Positive quote posters


It was great to witness some excellent teamwork in PE this afternoon. Well done Tolkien class- keep it up!


In Dahl class this afternoon we became TV show presenters and we showcased all we already know about animals including humans, our new science topic.


Elmer loved their first ever trip to the Computing suite. They were very grown up and responsible.


Year six Team Shakespeare participating in an open air art exhibition of Frida Kahlo paintings, exploring subject matter, colours, mood and personal responses


Year six Team Shakespeare enjoying a Stormbreak activity called Copycat


That was close! We got to the Year 1 classroom this morning and Elmer was MISSING! We had to quickly go on an important mission around school to find him. Can you see where we found Elmer? 'regoingonanelmerhunt


Mindful hand art in Moomin Class. We have written how we feel about being back at school. We all said we were happy and excited!


If you had to describe your summer holidays as a fruit, what would it be and why? Such creative and imaginative responses from year six Team Shakespeare


Year six Team Shakespeare readers using mind maps to organise their research about Greta Thunberg, one of several inspirational people they’re Been learning about this week as part of our growth mindset week

Reception Admissions 2021

Welcome to Harpenden Academy and we are very much looking forward to welcoming all our new families to our school community. 

We were unable to meet many of you as we had to cancel some of our open days due to COVID19 guidelines. During the Lockdown period we produced a virtual tour of the school that we hope delivers an informative view of our school. The virtual tour is presented by our Headteacher, Mrs Davies, who guides you around our school. You will visit our EYFS teaching team and our current Reception class and you will be introduced to key members of staff. You will get to see some of our children at work and play as well as get a good oversight of our school building both internally and externally. You will even meet our school dog, Rosie Red!

From September 2011 all primary schools must offer children a full-time place at the start of the September term. However, legally children do not have to be in full-time education until the term after their 5th birthday.  Delaying your child’s entry into school is called ‘deferred entry’. You can request this, but your child must start before the end of the school year during which they turn 5.  The expectation is all those starting in September will attend full days but if you are a parent of a summer born child and have concerns over full school days please talk to us.

Virtual Parent Information Evening, Thursday 24th June 2021 at 6.30pm

We will be holding a virtual parent information evening on Thursday, 24th June at 6.30pm on the advice of Herts County Council.  All parents will have been sent a meeting link by our preadmission app, 'Operoo.' Please contact the office if you have not received your email.

This is a perfect opportunity for parents to meet our EYFS Teaching Team for the first time and to hear how the Reception year unfolds. The meeting will be hosted by our EYFS Lead, Mrs Aylott who teaches the Reception class from Monday - Thursday.  You will meet the whole EYFS Teaching Team: Mrs Haines who teaches the children on a Friday and Mrs Welch, our full time Teaching Assistant. There will be an opportunity for a Q&A session at the end. We ask all parents to kindly disable their cameras and mute their microphones. 

If you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact our office team by email on or by phone on 01582 716910.

Mrs Aylott has prepared a pre-recorded guide for anyone who was unable to make the meeting. Please click below to watch the video.

Mrs Aylott, Parent Information Pre-recording

Goody Bag

Parents usually leave our information meeting with a goody bag filled with key information and something special for the children joining us in September. If you would like to collect your child's goody bag then please ring the office on 01582 716910 to organise a collection time. The goody bags will be ready for collection from Tuesday, 29th June, next week. 

Teddy Bear's Picnic, 8th July - cancelled

In addition, following the government guidance we sadly need to cancel the teddy bear’s picnic.

FoHA Summer Social, 9th July, cancelled

We have cancelled our summer social organised by the Friends of Harpenden Academy (FoHA).  The FoHA will be planning summer picnics over the holiday period. Each week a date for a meet up in a different park in and around Harpenden will be scheduled. The meet-ups are for anyone to attend (ie.not specific to year groups etc.) and will be hosted by a FoHA Committee member or a Class Rep. Details to follow.

Sadly, with case numbers rising and the extension of restrictions by another 4 weeks, we felt it would be irresponsible to continue with our plans. 

Virtual Tour


A very high standard of uniform is expected at all times throughout the school day and on the way to and from school.Please ensure that all items of uniform and equipment are clearly marked with your child’s name.

All items can be obtained from the school suppliers:

School Uniform Preloved

Looking for a bargain?  Visit our pre-loved uniform page. Uniform items will be available to pick up from the school office within two business days. Returns or exchanges are accepted for unworn items. Please email with enquiries and we will be happy to help.


Established in St Albans in 1925

10 Leyton Rd, Harpenden AL5 2TL, 01727 853262

7 Acrewood Way, St Albans, AL4 0JY

Monday-Friday    9.00am-5.30pm
Saturday              9.00am-5.30pm

Please click here to see our uniform guidelines.


View our Prospectus

School Tour Reception Prospective Parents September PPT 2021

Primary Parent Information Booklet

EYFS Reception Teacher Passports 

Actions for Reception Parents

Copy of email sent to all parents 4th May 2021

Congratulations your school place at Harpenden Academy has been allocated and we are truly looking forward to welcoming all our new children and families into our Reception Ladybird class in September 2021.  You will already have acknowledged the offer of your child’s place through the County Admissions processing system. There are a few actions that we need parents to do to complete the application process and to ensure that you have all the information you need for a seamless and informed transition to our Reception class:

1 Login to Operoo and verify account information by Friday, 21st May 2021

Read your Parent Information Booklet once you have verified the Operoo account 

This booklet is a parent guide which will tell you everything you need to know about Harpenden Academy and our Reception induction.

3 Primary Data Collection Form to be submitted via Operoo by Friday, 21st May 2021
4 RSVP to Teddy Bear’s Picnic by completing the e-form via Operoo by Friday, 21st May
6 If eligible, apply for Free School Meals 

We do hope you find this information useful; if you have any questions please do feel free to email us on or to phone the school office between 8.00am-4.00pm.

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