Your first point of contact with Hartley Primary Academy is usually at the School Office, which is open between 8.30am – 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. Please send your completed In Year Admission Form to 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 and previously looked after children including those who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.
  • 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.

Reception Places – for September 2023 Intake

Primary school applications closed on 16 January 2023.

If you have not applied and are a Kent resident, please contact 

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.

Parents are advised that there is no guarantee that nursery 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.

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