Your first point of contact with Hartley Primary Academy is usually at the School Office, which is open between 8.40am – 4.00pm daily.
If you wish your child to start at Hartley, as a result of moving into the area and/or transferring from another school, please place your child on the list for future entrants by completing an In-Year Admission Form. Details of how to apply are available from our office staff. For new reception children a KCC ‘Reception Common Application Form’ will need to be completed (this is an online process), expressing Hartley as your first preference. The office staff will be pleased to answer any questions you may have. Kent County Council’s website on School Admission can be found here.
Pupils are admitted to school in accordance with the Hartley Primary Academy Admissions Policy. All forms should be completed and returned to the school by the deadline indicated on the form.
If you have any difficulty completing the forms please do not hesitate to contact the school office, where help will be given.
Allocation of Places, School Admission Policy and Planned Admission Limit
Places will be allocated according to the published criteria in priority order:
Children in Local Authority Care.
Current family association (an elder brother or sister in the school at the time of entry).
Child of a teaching member of staff.
Health reasons (for which a medical certificate may be needed).
Nearness of children’s homes to school.
Hartley Primary Academy has a Planned Admission Limit of 60 children per year group.
Parents do not legally have to send their children to school until the term after they are five. We find in practice, due to effective transition procedures, children younger than five cope well in their first year with our wonderful staff who have particular skills with our youngest children.
Older children are admitted to the school if we have a vacancy in their year group.
Parents are advised that there is no guarantee that pre-school children will be placed in the same Reception class as their friends. We have a number of criteria which are taken into account when allocating children to their new classes; friendships are not part of our defined criteria.