Harris Academy Beckenham

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Harris Academy Beckenham (formerly Kelsey Park Sports College) is a secondary school and sixth form located in Beckenham in the London Borough of Bromley. The academy is run by the Harris Federation.

History

Harris Academy Beckeham started life as Alexandra Boys School, in Parish Lane, Penge. The school opened in 1875 and consisted of one room. Throughout the following ninety years the school suffered war damage, theft, icy inkwells but more importantly it outgrew the site.Template:Fact

In the mid-1950s, it was decided to move to a new school which would be built on the Elgood Playing Fields in Beckenham. However, it took more than 10 years for these plans to become a reality. On 23 April 1968, Kelsey Park School for Boys opened. In 2005 it achieved Sports College status resulting in Kelsey Park changing its identity and renaming to 'Kelsey Park Sports College'. Following the Sports Status, the college was one of the first schools in London in favour of putting boxing into the National Physical Education Curriculum and was part of the campaign sponsored by Amateur Boxing Association of England.

Harris Federation

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Following growing pressure from local parents in the Beckenham area for a co-educational school a public consultation in February 2011 regarding the future of the school concluded that Kelsey Park Sports College was to become a co-educational academy sponsored by the Harris Federation from September 2011 with the Kelsey Park name being scrapped. The first co-educational year is due to begin from September 2012. Brian Lloyd stepped down as head teacher of Kelsey Park Sports College after six years along with 20 other members of staff throughout the school. Rebecca Hickey of the Harris Federation was appointed as Acting Principle.

Future plans

A Multi-Purpose Sports Hall was under construction from September 2010 and was completed in July 2011 for first use in September 2011. Minor refurbishments of the main reception, classrooms and overhaul of the networking system took place over Summer 2011. Plans for a redevelopment for the rest of the school are due to be discussed with Harris Federation for the co-educational intake to begin for September 2012.

Plans were drawn up to create a food technology block due for completion in 2011, however these plans were scrapped in July 2010.

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