Becoming a Member of Our School

As a Community School, we admit pupils in line with the London Borough of Sutton Admissions policy. The exact dates for admission are laid down by the London Borough of Sutton. Their polies are available here:

PDF icon LBS Sutton Community Schools Admission Arrangements for Entry in 2018-2019

PDF icon LBS Sutton Schemes for Co-ordination of Admissions to Year 7 and Reception in Maintained Schools and Academies 2018-2019

PDF icon LBS Sutton Community Schools Admission Arrangements for Entry in 2019-2020

PDF icon LBS Sutton Schemes for Co-ordination of Admissions to Year 7 and Reception in Maintained Schools and Academies 2019-2020

 

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Located close to Hackbridge Station, our school has been at the heart of our community for over 100 years.

Having been a popular three form entry primary school with a maintained nursery for many years, we are currently in the process of an exciting expansion which will see us become a four form entry primary school, with maintained nurseries, on a split site from autumn 2019.

We aim to work in partnership to enable each child to reach the highest possible standards of learning, whilst encouraging everyone to develop an enthusiasm for life, together with a sense of pride in themselves, our school and our community.

Our original ‘Hackbridge Corner’ site has a 52 part-time place nursery (15 hours universal free education) and three forms of entry (90 pupils) from Reception to Year 6.

Our new ‘London Road’ site will have a 26 full-time place nursery (30 hours free education (15 hours universal plus 15 hours extended entitlement)) and one form of entry from Reception to Year 6. In 2019/2020, we will house a Reception class and a Year 1 class on this site, as a result of our expansion from September 2018.

The ‘London Road’ site will expand by a year group each year until it is fully one form of entry from Reception to Year 6 by September 2024.

Across both sites, the school is very fortunate to have specialist provisions for ICT, Music, Design & Technology/Art and well-equipped libraries. In addition to these, we also have a specialist Sports Hall at our 'Hackbridge Corner' site and are very excited about the addition of a new playing field on our 'London Road' site. On both sites, we have wonderful pond areas providing an ideal space for science and quiet activities. Our Family Room at 'Hackbridge Corner' provides a venue for a range of family activities, including our Friday morning 'Stay & Play' sessions which are open to pre-school children and their parents/carers in our community. 

We are fortunate to be able to offer children the opportunity to access age appropriate play spaces as they move through the school. There are separate playgrounds for each age range.

The Early Years Foundation Stage department of our school consists of three Nursery classes – Caterpillars and Tadpoles (morning and afternoon places - 15 hours) and Honeybees (all day 30 hour places) and four Reception classes – Badgers, Hedgehogs,Squirrels and Moles. Parents must apply to London Borough of Sutton Admissions Department during their child's time in Nursery for a place in our Reception classes. At the end of the Reception year, children move into Key Stage 1. This covers Years 1 and 2; children aged 5 years to 7 years.

At the end of Year 2, children move into Key Stage 2. This covers Years 3 to 6, children aged 7 to 11. At the end of Year 6 children move to a wide range High Schools.

Each class in Key Stage 1 and 2 is named after an animal or bird.

During a normal school week, twenty four hours and thirty five minutes are spent on teaching for Reception & Key Stage One, with twenty five hours for Key Stage Two, excluding the daily act of worship and all breaks.

For Reception pupils joining us from September 2018 onwards, the London Borough of Sutton will allocate 120 pupils to the school and then, after the national offer day each year, the school will determine which site each child will attend for that year and advise parents accordingly.

From September 2018, pupils within the school may be educated on either school site each year and not just at the school site which they originally begin at.

Pupils at either school site will also access the facilities and resources on either school site e.g. the new school playing field on the ‘London Road’ site or the Sports Hall on our ‘Hackbridge Corner’ site.

 

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Nursery

The majority of children are admitted to our nursery classes in the September after their third birthday. We are also able to admit children at the beginning of the Spring and Summer terms after their third birthday, if spaces are available. Applications for nursery places must be made directly to the school and not to the local authority. Details can be found on our website here.

Reception

Children are admitted into Reception in the September of the academic year in which they will have their fifth birthday. Children who attend our nursery also have to make an application to join Reception as this is not automatic. Applications for Reception places must be made online to the local authority Admissions Department at >www.sutton.gov.uk/admissions.

Mid-Term Admissions

If we have places in-year across any year group from Reception to Year 6 in the school, we may also be able to admit children 'mid-term'. Applications for mid-term entry need to be made centrally to the local authority Admissions Department. They can be contacted on 020 8770 5000 or online at www.sutton.gov.uk/admissions.

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When children begin Reception, the cohort is divided between four classes. Where information about a child’s pre-school or day nursery has been included in their ‘starting school’ application, we will contact that setting so that we can plan for their needs when they start school.

We will consult with the parents/carers of twins/triplets to ascertain their family preference for whether the children are placed in the same class as each other from Reception onwards or across the classes in the year group.

We do not have a fixed policy on mixing classes each year, but it is in the best interests of all children that we consider the make-up of classes on an annual basis in order that their quality of learning is maximised and it is therefore policy for us to look at each year group in the summer term to decide whether any remixing would be beneficial. Parents are always notified where we are considering this for any year group and we would like to reassure you that this is never a decision which is taken lightly.

If your child begins at a normal transfer point then you will be invited to attend one of our intake meetings where the process of ‘starting nursery’ or ‘starting school’ will be explained.

If your child joins us as a 'mid-term entrant', we will invite you to an Admissions meeting before they join the school. We will also ensure that he or she spends some time with a member of our Inclusion Team. This will help them to settle in quickly and ensure that they have several members of the school team who they can turn to in their first few days.

Tours for prospective parents are run fortnightly by the Senior Leadership Team.

Please see our School Tours/Open Days page for details of the times and dates when you can visit the school - places on school tours can be booked by telephoning the School Office on 020 8647 7974.

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Transfer to High School

Transfer to High School takes place at the end of Year Six when most children are eleven years of age. Applications for secondary school places must be made centrally online to the local authority Admissions Department online at www.sutton.gov.uk/admissions.