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Welcome to Harlands Primary School

Harlands Primary School  converted to an academy on 1 April 2014.  The company name of the academy is Harlands Educational Trust, which is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with company number 8876009. 

The registered office is at Harlands Primary School, Penland Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1PJ.

Legal documents relating to Harlands Educational Trust may be found here.

Open Day for Reception Admissions 2016

The application process for Reception Admissions in 2016 opened in October, and is managed by West Sussex County Council.

There will be an opportunity to visit the School for a talk from the Headteacher and a look around the classrooms.  This will take place on  Tuesday, 24 November at 2.00pm.  Please call the School Office to book your place. 

Much as we love children, we respectively ask that on this occasion they do not come with you as they can distract other people attending the talks and pupils who are doing their school work.

There will be ample opportunity for our new intake to visit on several occasions in the Summer term before they start at Harlands. 

Updated 22 October 2015

Consultation for expansion of Harlands School to 3 form entry

Harlands staff and governors have been asked to consider expansion to 3 form entry by West Sussex County Council to meet increasing demand on school places in the area.  From September 2016 an extra 45 reception places will be needed in the town.  Northlands Wood and Harlands have both been asked to consider increasing their numbers.  In addition, a new school will be built by 2019 at the south of the town to meet longer term needs.

Governors will not make a decision on expansion until the results of the consultation are published and considered.

The Haywards Heath Neighbourhood Plan, currently in consultation, is proposing to achieve an extra 2,204 housing units before 2031.  Existing housing commitments total 712.  Proposed allocations in the plan add a further 455 homes.  A substantial number of these are within the Harlands catchment area:  Penland Farm, Lucastes Road (almost complete), Harlands Road Car Park, Bolnore Road.

The plan to develop Harlands would need to be phased.  A temporary, relocatable hut would meet demand from September 2016 but then plans would be drawn up to provide new, permanent additional accommodation for a larger school.  Because of the nature of the school site and gradual increase in pupil numbers, building work would be phased to limit disruption to the school.

The expansion would bring both opportunities and challenges. The new build would provide additional classrooms and enhanced facilities such as extra hall space, dining facilities and much needed accommodation for group and specialist teaching.

Whilst the school may lose a proportion of its land, it is reassuring that the Neighbourhood Plan is proposing that the College field becomes a "green corridor" safeguarding our existing rights to use the field for sporting purposes.

West Sussex County Council have committed to ensuring that travel plans are considered in depth as part of the planning process.

A copy of the WSCC Consultation Document may be accessed here.

Year 3-6 Cross Country

Children should wear warm clothing and their school football socks along with suitable footwear.  Football boots are recommended for cross country, although in dry conditions at the beginning of the term, trainers will be sufficient.

The school gate will open at 2.50pm to enable parents who wish to watch to come in to school.  As the races will  begin on the top field parents should congregate on the top junior playground in order to see the children start.  

Races will finish on the bottom field so parents may wish to walk down the external steps to see the children finish.  You will be able to collect your child at 3.10pm from the bottom field. 

Children will not be able to come back into the school building after the race and should therefore collect their belongings from where they have been stored on either the junior patio or playground. 

Cross country will only be cancelled in the event of really heavy rain and/or thunderstorms when it would be dangerous to continue.  A final decision is not usually taken until 2.20pm on the day, when a message will be posted on the website.

Headteacher's Welcome

Harlands School became a standalone academy, a state-funded independent school, from Tuesday 1st April 2014. Academy status gives a range of freedoms and autonomy to do the very best for our children in educational innovation and raising standards. This move was a significant milestone for us supporting our vision of “striving for excellence, valuing everyone and our world.” 

We are still a part of West Sussex and will continue to collaborate closely with neighbouring schools whilst networking with a wider community of learning communities. 

Academy freedoms and opportunities open to us include:

* Freedom to decide on how the curriculum should be delivered: the freedom to develop a creative and innovative teaching and learning environment that will provide the best opportunities for all our pupils, including the most able and those needing additional support.
* Freedom to make decisions within the school about how best to spend the budget and procure services to support our school. Funding comes directly from the Department for Education. 

* Freedom to set pay and conditions for staff: Governing bodies of academies can be innovative in how they reward and incentivise staff. 

Harlands is an excellent school with high academic standards and a reputation for giving children opportunities to develop into confident, accomplished and considerate young people with a love of learning.

We are very proud of the achievements of our children. Our school community works closely together to provide the very best for your child.

We cannot hope to tell you about our school in a few pages on a website, or answer all your questions, but we hope that what you see here will inspire you to visit us and see for yourself Harlands’ wonderful, nurturing learning environment.

Mrs J E Goodlace

Navigation around our site

Immediately below this section, there are direct links to the statutory documents that school's are required to publish under the Schools Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.

The four main sections of this website, which are accessed under the tabs above, are all aimed at slightly different audiences.

The staff area mainly contains information relevant to school recruitment.

The school life section contains a representative selection of pictures and reports of activities and trips that have taken place during the past year.

The pupil section has lots of information  specifically aimed at children, whilst the parents section will hopefully answer most of the questions that adults are likely to ask, and also includes information on the Harlands PTA (formerly known as the Friends of Harlands) and our School Governors.

The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

Under these regulations, schools are required to publish certain information, and this section provides quick links to where that information may be obtained.

1   Contact information

2   Admissions arrangements

We are always delighted to show prospective pupils and their parents around Harlands, and to answer any questions they may have. For many parents, a visit is a useful way to get to know a school and can be helpful in deciding their preferences.

Now that we are an academy, admission arrangements have changed slightly. Admissions to the Reception classes will remain in the care of West Sussex (www.westsussex.gov.uk/admissions).  Admission to Years 1-6 currently remains with WSCC, but it is worthwhile calling  the School Office (01444 450782) first to check availability. Our Admissions Policy 2015-2016 may be accessed here.

The updated Admission policy and arrangements for 2016/2017 can be accessed  here.

3   Latest Ofsted Report - February 2013

4   KS2 results 2015

5   School Performance Tables

6   Curriculum

7   Behaviour

8   Pupil Premium -  In FY 2015/15, Harlands received £5,332 in Pupil premium.  This has aided the provision of a Learning Mentor, Forest School, small group teaching support in literacy and some subsidised places for swimming and school trips. These activities have resulted in a social and emotional impact, which has led to good academic progress, which has been at least in line with national expectations. 

A fuller report on the impact of Pupil Premium may be viewed here.

Primary Sports Premium - in FY 2014/15, Harlands received £9,805 in additional sports funding.  Approximately a third of the funding was used to provide membership of Mid Sussex Active, which is the umbrella organisation for school sports in the Mid-Sussex area, providing access to competitions, training, sports coaching and networking.  The remainder has provided equipment, supported the continuing development of the school's Play Leader scheme for KS1, increased supply cover available for staff to accompany children to inter-school events, funded staff gymnastics training and weekly release time for the PE co-ordinator.

As a result, 88% of the pupils were involved in extra-curricular sporting activities during 2014-15, with school teams participating in inter-school fixtures in 16 different sports.  There were also more B and C team fixtures in some sports.  42% of the children were also involved in sports leadership activities.

A fuller report on the impact of the Primary Sports Premium may be viewed here.

9   Special Educational Needs

10 Charging

11 Ethos and Values (including Promoting British Values) - and see next section "Our School aims to...." 

Striving for excellence, valuing everyone and our world

At Harlands we welcome children of all abilities and backgrounds, and value the contribution to the school made by each one.

Ethos, Culture and Values

We aim to:

* encourage independence and a love of learning to enable children to strive for excellence and reach their full potential;
* encourage children to feel valued and to make a positive contribution to school life;
* value and celebrate the diversity of our society and to promote respect and tolerance;
* provide a happy, safe and caring environment;
* encourage the partnership between home and to encourage parents to take an active part in their child's education;
* prepare children for the challenges and opportunities awaiting them.

On our journey together we will endeavour to:

* meet the needs of all children, academically, intellectually, physically, spiritually, emotionally and socially;
* motive all to learn through relevant personalised and enjoyable activities in a safe and caring environment;
* provide a rich, broad and balanced curriculum -
   - develop the skills of communication, language, literacy and numeracy
   - to develop the ability to observe, question, hypothesis and solve problems
   - to develop the skills of communication and confidence;
* to work with parents, carers and al our partners to achieve the best outcomes for each child;
* keep parents informed on their child's well-being and progress.


Safeguarding Statement

Safeguarding and Promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

• Protecting children from maltreatment
• Preventing impairment of health or development
• Ensuring children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
• Enabling children to have optimum life chances

(Keeping Children Safe in Education, March 2015)

At Harlands Primary School we aim “to provide our children with a safe and well managed environment in which they feel secure.”

Implicit in this aim is the aspect of Child Protection.  As professionals we care for the child not just as a learner, but also as an individual who has a family context and emotional, social and physical needs.  To enable the child to develop as we would wish, we should respond on behalf of that child to any problems - learning difficulties, bullying, family problems or abuse - as effectively as possible.

It is the responsibility of all staff to safeguard children and be aware of their responsibilities in identifying and reporting possible cases of abuse. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability.  On 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty (section 26) of The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 came into force.  This duty places the responsibility on local authorities to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.  As part of our commitment to safeguarding and child protection, we fully support the government's Prevent Strategy.

Any person, whether staff, parents or governors will undergo relevant DBS checks, which can be arranged by contacting the School Office.

Further information for parents on the Prevent Strategy is available here.  The school's child protection policy, which is currently under review, may be obtained from the School Office.

Updated November 2015


Harlands PTA

Previously known as the  Friends of Harlands (FOH), the Harlands PTA organise fundraising and social events throughout the year.  For more information, visit the Harlands PTA webpage http://www.harlandsprimaryschool.org/parents/friends-of-harlands/

You can help raise funds for the Harlands PTA when you do your online shopping, by visiting http://www.EasyFundraising.org.uk and choosing "Harlands PTA" as your charity.  Further details on the PTA webpage.

Downloading documents

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