Harlands Primary School

School History

Harlands County Primary School opened in 1964.

It is situated on the north-western edge of Haywards Heath.

The main school entrance is signposted and is in the centre of the building. We currently have around 420 pupils in 14 classes.

Our classrooms are spacious and most overlook the school grounds. Each is equipped for ICT and linked to our computer network. In addition we have a large multi-purpose hall, a computer suite, a studio and two libraries.

There are fourteen classes of around thirty children together with their teacher and teaching assistants. There are two classes in each age group from age 4 to age 11, with all now housed in the main building, and with the Infant and Junior parts of the school separated by the school hall and office suite.

The school grounds are very beautiful and are bordered by mature woodland!

The school grounds are very beautiful and are bordered by mature woodland. There are three playgrounds; children in the Early Years Department have their own outside play area complete with a lawn and shady trees. We also have a large playing field suitable for a range of sporting activities, and benefit from the adjacent spacious playing field of Sussex Central College.

The whole site is secluded and away from traffic, surrounded by trees and private gardens. The school’s attractive natural environment is home to many species of wildlife (particularly birds, rabbits and squirrels) and the Friends of Harlands have provided the children with a safely fenced pond and garden area.

Sue Towns, a former teacher at Harlands, has written an excellent history of Harlands School to celebrate the fortieth anniversary in 2004, which may be obtained from the School Office.

 A Brief Timeline

1964 Harlands Primary School opens its doors to its first pupils on 8th September.
1965 Harlands officially opens - 10th February. Parent-Teacher Association and annual school fair established in June.
1968 Awarded 'Best Junior School Garden' in East Sussex. First residential visit - five days in Battle. Swimming pool built.
1971 Harlands selected as the foremost school in the Country for out-of-school activities.
1974 School’s 10th Birthday celebrations. Mr Peter Eastland retires as headmaster as is replaced by Mr Bill Rimington. 
1977 Queen's Silver Jubilee, May – Harlands hold a Pageant with displays of gymnastics, country and Maypole dancing.
1979  First video recorder bought. 
1984  Mr Bill Rimington retires and is succeeded by Mr John Hilton. The Log Book records that there were three computers in the School.. 
1987  Hurricane damages school with the roof suffering 70% damage. 15th October.
1988 PTA renamed to 'Friends of Harlands'.
1990  Harlands' Silver Jubilee celebrations.
1996   An orchestra was founded in the School and the Grounds Project was launched.
1997  Mr John Hilton retires and is replaced by Mrs Helen Thorne.
1999 County Council closes all school kitchens.
2000 The School Council was established.
2001  Millennium Garden officially opened. The school wins an 'Eco-Schools Award' and is presented with the European Eco-School Green Flag.
2002 Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrated with a Garden Party. Mrs Diana Ross, who had taught in Harlands for 25 years, retires.
2004  Harlands celebrates its 40th birthday.
2006  Mr Glyn Turner retires after more year's at Harlands than anyone can remember - but soon returns to take PE for year 5 on Wednesday afternoons!
2007 At last, all classes are in one building, and  the "temporary" huts have been demolished.  The "new building" was officially opened by Mrs Margaret Johnson, Chair of WSCC, on Tuesday 20 November 2007.
2008 Spring, and the area where the huts used to be is gradually turning green.  The school regains its ECO Schools Award.  Mrs Helen Thorne retires at the end of the year and is replaced by Mrs Jane Goodlace.
2009 For the first time in Harland's history, the school has to close unexpectedly on the last day of the Autumn term because of snow!  The school has to close again in early January for three days because of more bad weather.
2010 Mrs Jennie Adams joins the school as its new Deputy Head in April.  The Infant children have a big surprise when they return in September as a massive climbing frame has been installed in their playground.   And everyone gets caught out in early December when the school has to close for another three days because of snow.
2011  The school becomes very ECO friendly as letters to parents are now sent home via ParentMail.  Later in the year, donations for school events also start to be made electronically.
2012 In April a massive tree came down in the junior playground, fortunately when the school was closed.  The Queen's Diamond Jubilee was celebrated with a tea party. Olympic fever overtook the school in the summer term, even though Sports Day had to be postponed until September because of the appalling wet weather.
2014 Harlands converted to a stand-alone academy on Tuesday, 1 April 2014.  It is still a state funded school, but not under local authority control.
2015  Throughout the year, the school celebrated its 50th Anniversary, culminating in a special garden party for staff and pupils past and present.  Everyone enjoyed music from "Mary Poppins" which was also celebrating its 50th birthday!