Hook Lane Primary School and our Early Years
We are very proud of our school and our Early Years (Nursery and Reception) really does give the children the best possible start to school life. Our recent Ofsted report (May 2023) acknowledged that "A rich and stimulating learning environment in the early years encourages pupils to recognise letters and sounds. Children start to learn phonics quickly in Reception. Regular checking means that any children who need more support are promptly identified and given extra help." It was also noted that "confidence-building starts in the very early years" and that "a focus on kindness and cooperation starts in the early years and continues through the school to Year 6".
If your child was born between 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020, you should apply for a primary school place during the period 1 September 2023 and 15 January 2024.
You must apply online via the Bexley Council website.
Families new to the school will be visited at home prior to starting. Hook Lane staff will also liaise with previous preschool providers to ensure that information regarding your child is transferred to their new school teacher.
All new reception children will be invited to visit their class on two occasions during the summer term and we welcome parents to stay for the first of these sessions. Children will also receive a ‘staggered start’ to prepare them for their longer school day; they will first attend for mornings only, then for mornings and lunch, before transitioning to attending full time. The normal time scale for this is around 7 days.
An information afternoon is also held for all parents to explain what happens when your child starts school and to address any worries you may have. Dates and times regarding the information afternoon will be communicated to all new admissions when confirmed.
Our current Admissions Policies can be found on the Maritime Academy Trust website: Admissions Policies
Visit Hook Lane
We would love for prospective parents and carers to visit the school so that you can feel the warm, friendly atmosphere for yourselves and meet some of our children and staff. Our visit dates are:
Thursday 28th September 10am
Wednesday 11th October 2pm
Tuesday 7th November 2pm
Friday 17th November 10am
Monday 27th November 2pm
Thursday 7th December 10am
Wednesday 10th January 2pm
Please telephone the school office on 0208 303 3839 to book yourself onto a visit date. If you can't make any of these dates, please phone us and we will try to accommodate an alternative if we can.
Please visit our Facebook page where you will find a host of photos and videos of Hook Lane in action. We update our social media feeds regularly so that we can stay connected with our parents/carers at all times. Have a look through our website to get a feel for our ethos and values.
Don't hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions about our school and its suitability for your child.
For more information about our Nursery please see the Nursery tab at https://www.hooklaneprimary.co.uk/Hook-Lane-Nursery/
Children are admitted to the Hook Lane Nursery in the September following on from their third birthday.
We advise parents/carers to read our Intimate Care and Toileting policy before applying to the Nursery.
Prior to starting, all children must be visited at home, so that they are able to meet their teacher in a familiar setting alongside their parents. Once admission has been confirmed, children will be subject to a ‘staggered start’. This allows Nursery teachers to provide your child with the individual attention they need to help them settle quickly, grow in confidence and feel comfortable in their new stimulating learning environment.
You must apply online via the Bexley Council website.Click here to find out more about the 30 hour offer.
In-Year Admissions/ Waiting List
If you need to apply for a school place for your child after the normal points of entry or because you have just moved to the area, you should complete an In-Year Primary Application. You can do so by visiting the Bexley Council website.
Bexley Council also holds the waiting list for Hook Lane Primary School. Please contact them if you wish your child to be added to our waiting list.
When more children apply for places than are available at the school, priority is given to children who are: children of staff members, looked after children, children who have a statement of special educational need or EHC plan and children who have a brother or sister already attending the school. The remaining places are allocated to those children who live closest to the school.
The school has 14 places within its resourced provision for children with ASD. These numbers are within the school admission numbers. Admission to the provision is only available to those children who have Hook Lane Primary School ASD Provision named on their statement of SEN or EHC plan, and only when a vacancy is available.