Hartest Primary School

Our Vision is…… ‘Inspiring, Nurturing, Caring’


In our partnership with parents and within our Christian ethos, we aim to nurture, encourage and challenge every child to become the “best that they can be” as they grow into successful, well rounded individuals with a life- long love of learning.

Our aim is to provide the highest quality of learning for all.

We aim to foster and encourage our children to develop:

  • Personal growth
  • Lively, enquiring minds
  • The ability to work hard, to be resilient, to learn from mistakes and to succeed
  • The confidence to question and to argue rationally
  • A sense of self-belief, self worth, self-confidence and an awareness of the ‘worth’ of others.
  • Independent learning and the ability to learn with and alongside others
  • The development of personal values and beliefs, and respect for the religious and moral values of others.
  • All to make a positive contribution to the life of our school and the community
  • Equality  At Hartest School everyone is treated as being of equal worth.We have the same expectations for all our pupils irrespective of gender, learning needs, disability, culture or difference. All pupils have equal opportunities across all areas of school life and are positively encouraged to join in all activities on offer.



Our classes are named after woodland animals.

Hedgehogs:        EYFS and Year 1:       

Squirrels:            Years  2 & 3 

Owls:                     Year 4 Mornings

Kestrels:              Years 4 Afternoons Year 5 & 6


School Meals

Free school meals are provided for all children in Early Years, Years 1 and 2.

Our school meals meet Suffolk County Council guidelines; meat is from farms in East Anglia, children are encouraged to eat vegetables and salad daily and we cater for vegetarian and all special dietary requirements.

Further information is available at:

Parents in receipt of Income support, Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, Child Tax Credit or Pension credit are urged to advise the school as this provides additional funding to the school. Please speak to Mrs Miller in the school office about this. Packed Lunches may be brought to school in named lunch boxes. Canned and fizzy drinks, chocolate bars of any description and sweets should not be part of a packed lunch.

Packed lunches may contain a carton of fruit drink as an alternative to water.

Parents / carers should be aware that some of our pupils have nut allergies which can be triggered by simply being in close proximity to nuts. We request parents / carers do not bring products that contain nuts when preparing packed lunches. Mid Morning Snacks: All children receive free school fruit in Key Stage 1.


Attendance and Absence

For children to be able to make good progress in their learning they need to attend school.

If your child is absent please let us know by phone or email on the first morning of absence and give the reason, in writing, when your child returns to school. This information is required for our attendance records.

All holiday absence is normally recorded as an unauthorised absence.

In line with county guidance the Headteacher is only able to authorise absence in exceptional circumstances.


Medical Care

If your child has a particular medical condition we really need to know about it so we can help your child to thrive at Hartest; such conditions may include allergies, impaired hearing or vision, eczema, asthma, diabetes or epilepsy. Please make sure that we are kept up to date with any changes that might affect your child’s well-being in school. In general the Local Authority considers there is no need for medicines to be administered at school. Drugs and medicines are not normally given by staff in school unless they are prescribed. Parents /carers are able to visit school at lunchtime to administer medicines to their children. Parents should discuss special circumstances requiring ‘on going’ medical treatment with the Head teacher as a written agreement may require parental signature.


Health Checks: Eyesight, hearing, growth and general health checks take place regularly in school, the first one being at the start of the term in which a child has their 5th Birthday. We can contact the school nurse or doctor for you if you have any worries.  The School Nurse provides a regular ‘drop in’ service.


Illness in school: The school is not able to care for a child who is ill at school and obviously needs to go home or visit the doctor. School will contact parents to collect their child. If they are clearly unwell or have diarrhoea, parents will be contacted. Please be aware that this may involve staff in intimate handling. Any child who has been sick or has suffered from diarrhoea should be clear for 48 hours at home before returning to school, to prevent the spread of germs.

All teaching and learning support staff are trained in First Aid and 3 members of staff also hold Paediatric First Aid Training.



Suffolk County Council is committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment.

Hartest Safeguarding policy is reviewed annually by the Governing Body. All staff receive an annual safeguarding update in addition to statutory training.  Safeguarding posters are displayed in the reception, the staffroom and offices in school.

The Designated Staff have a duty to follow the Local Authority published procedures requiring them to inform the relevant authorities immediately that an allegation has been made and to respect confidentiality.

Senior Designated Person:        Mr M Coombs

Alternate Designated Persons: Miss M Vaughan, Mrs E Boyd, Mrs Miller

Governor:                                    Mrs A Laflin

A copy of the Safeguarding Policy is available at Reception or on our website.

Health, Safety and Safeguarding

Our duty of care to each child is our primary responsibility. We request that parents / carers support the school in this in the following ways:-

  • We try to make our school building as secure as possible and request all visitors to assist us by only using the main entrance and report to Reception on arrival.
  • Please phone or email the school before 9am on the first day of absence to let us know your child is safe at home and the reason for their absence. Absence messages can also be left on the school answer-phone.
  • Make sure the school has up to date contact details for you and a named person who will care for your child in an emergency.
  • When entering and leaving the school site please make sure you close the school gate behind you!
  • A child is only allowed to leave the school premises during school hours via Reception, with their parents / carer, or an identified named person. Children returning to school must be signed back in at Reception.
  • Parents / carers should contact Reception as early as possible by letter, email or phone if there are changes to the ‘pick up’ arrangements at the end of the day.
  • Adults must not attempt to resolve any ‘differences’ with other children on the school site.
  • Unless a child is attending a club, parents / carers have full responsibility for their own children before 8:30 and after 3:00pm whilst on the school site, and must supervise their children at all times when using the play equipment.


Photography in school

Parents should advise the Headteacher if they do not want their child to be photographed.

We regularly take photographs in school for displays, to help with learning and to share with parents, for example following a production. From time to time local press may publish photographs of children engaged in school activities both on and off site. Names will only be given to the press with parents’ permission.  Photo consent is obtained at the beginning of each academic school year, and a list is maintained of all children not to be photographed.


Hartest Code of Conduct

Always act in a safe manner

Do our best at all times

Allow everyone the right to learn

Walk quietly about the school

Speak and act with courtesy, respect and kindness

Look after one another, our belongings and our school


Hartest has the highest expectations and standards of behaviour so children are able to be and feel safe, to learn and to feel valued as a member of our school community. We have a positive management approach to behaviour which allows children to develop a sense of responsibility for themselves, towards others and to their environment. Respect, honesty and courtesy are expected at all times.

Bullying has no place in our school and will not be tolerated.

Our uniform policy also protects children from drawing attention to themselves which can potentially promote comments, name calling or bullying.


Rewards and Sanctions

The greatest reward of all to a child is the feeling of pride, immense self-worth or the feeling that says, “Yes I can do it!”

Verbal or written praise, well done or congratulations are given to children throughout each day.

In addition, each class has a range of stickers, stamps and certificates that can be given by staff. The house system means that children are awarded house points which are added up each half term. These are awarded for their learning, good citizenship, resilience with their learning or living out our values on a regular basis etc

The children’s achievements are celebrated during our Friday Achievement Assembly. At this assembly we also recognise a Pupil of the Week in each class, who will earn a certificate and a prize for demonstrating outstanding learning behaviour and conduct.

We expect children to accept responsibility for their actions. This includes accepting consequences which includes both rewards and sanctions.  Sanctions can range from ‘time out’ (appropriate to the child’s age) to think about their behaviour before talking with an adult to loss of privileges in years 1-6.

The school works closely in partnership with home and will contact parents at an early stage if their child’s behaviour is beginning to show signs of decline.

A copy of the Behaviour Policy is available on the school website.


Sorting out Problems

We actively encourage parents to come and talk to us about any worries they may have, sooner rather than later.

Our strong home school partnership helps us to resolve any concerns at an early stage. However, a copy of the MAT Complaints Policy is available from school should any parent feel their concerns have not been heard.


Toys and electronic items

Young children especially can become very attached to a favourite toy. As these are so special to the children we ask that these are left at home where they are safe. This rule also applies to older children who may have mobile phones, electronic games or iPods etc. Leaving such items at home reduces the risk of them becoming a distraction to their learning or being accidentally lost or broken. All such items, if inadvertently brought to school, will be kept safe in the school office ready for collection at the end of the day.


Special Educational Needs

Children’s personal growth / development and their progress in learning are closely monitored from their point of entry to Hartest. Termly monitoring helps us identify for example; those children with learning difficulties, those who have a particular skill or ability and those children with less developed social or emotional behaviours.

Our team of SENDCo, Mrs Karen Temple-Nidd and experienced Learning Support Assistants, provide in-class support and out of class intervention programmes to individuals and small groups of children.

The Learning Development Room allows children to be challenged appropriate to their needs in an environment which nurtures, helps to build self-confidence and focus their attention in short frequent sessions.

In consultation with parents, we are able to seek advice from SEN advisors, Educational Psychologists and other external agencies.

Able pupils are challenged and extended in their learning within the classroom and through enhanced learning opportunities.



Although the school is on three levels, a chair lift allows access to the main part of the school. The school has 2 accessible toilets, one in the hall and one at the back of school near the playground.  This is detailed in the school’s accessibility plan.


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

There are a range of lunchtime and after school clubs which run throughout the year.  These usually reflect their personal interests, or may be in response to a request from the children. In addition we are fortunate to have independent providers providing two sports clubs and these are paid for by the school using Sports Premium Grant. Our older pupils also lead clubs which are discretely supervised by a member of staff. Clubs for Years 1-6 include:  Netball, Art, Maypole Dancing, Computing and Multisports! The clubs change each term in order to provide a variety of opportunities for the pupils during the year.

We work closely with other primary and secondary schools and out of school services to provide activities such as Bikeability sessions for KS2 children and inter school competitions.

A range of educational visits during the year are arranged to support, stimulate and extend learning beyond the classroom.


Charges and Remission

The governing body recognises the valuable contribution to your child’s learning and personal and social development that can be gained from providing a range of additional opportunities beyond the classroom such as visits out of school, visitors to school and clubs. Such activities will be offered both within a broad and balanced curriculum and as additional optional activities.

At times some of these activities will only be viable by inviting parents to make a voluntary contribution towards their cost.

Remissions: A copy of the charges and remissions policy is available from Reception.


Friends of Hartest School

The school is privileged in having a thriving, enthusiastic and successful Friends association. They support the School by organising events including cake stalls, the Christmas Fair and other fundraising events, as well as co-organising the Hartest Village Fete with All Saints Church PCC. All funds raised support projects and ‘extras’, that enhance every child’s time and experiences at Hartest.  The Friends also organise social events and run the swimming club after school during the summer term,

Parents automatically become members of The Friends of Hartest School when their child starts school. The A.G.M. is held in the Autumn Term and this is when the committee is elected. New parents are always very welcome.


Home –School contact

We value the opportunities to share with parents / carers information about their child’s learning, progress and personal development.

Your child will receive an interim report and an annual report each year. We provide the opportunity for parent / carers to meet with their child’s teachers during the autumn and spring terms at consultation evenings.

Parents and carers are able to book an after school appointment to discuss their child by contacting Mrs Miller in Reception.

Reading Diary: In addition to recording when you read with your child, we encourage parents / carers to use this diary as another option for two way dialogue between home and school.

Daily contact: We are happy to have brief conversations at the end of the day with you about significant events or learning experiences during the day. Please use these occasions to let us know of any areas where your child may be unhappy so that we can quickly resolve this and reassure your child.


The School Day

8:30am: Hartest staff  are on duty to meet the children off the bus.

8:40 am: The school bell is rung on the playground. At the second bell the children line up and when instructed by the teacher walk quietly into school.  (Children are the responsibility of parents  and carers prior to this)

8:40am:     Registration followed by Collective Worship

9:10 am:     Lessons

10:30am:    Break

10:45am:     Lessons

11:55am:      Lunch: starting with Hedgehogs

1pm:            Registration followed by Lessons

3pm            End of school day

School ends at 12.00 noon for non-statutory school age children who are in school part-time.



The school follows the Read Write Inc programe. We are aware that some children may have already started to learn the initial letter sounds at home or pre-school. The initial focus is on learning the pure letter sounds not the letter names; so being able to recite the alphabet does not really aid the pupils in learning to read. Early in September we will hold a session called ‘Phonics for Parents’. This will assist parents in supporting their child’s progress in phonics and reading at home.


Home Learning

Children will be given home learning to reinforce their class based learning. This gives you another opportunity to gain an insight into how we approach and develop their learning.

Examples of Home learning tasks include:-

  • Letter sounds of the week
  • Key Words
  • Sharing books and reading together
  • A Maths home challenge

It is very important that a child’s home learning experience is positive and encouraging. If your child is tired or becoming anxious, do not force your child to complete the task. Simply stop, change the activity or allow your child to listen to you reading the story etc. Please remember to praise your child for their effort rather than focussing on any errors. At school we would far prefer a child who is confident to have a go at anything and try their best than one who is afraid to be wrong and therefore afraid to try.

Reading: Each child will be given a Reading Diary, which should be kept in his or her book bag all the time.  The children will choose and take home reading books twice a week from a selection in the classroom. We do appreciate the demands and time constraints within families each evening, however 5 minutes shared reading activities and talking about the book each day is quickly rewarded and the impact is obvious in the classroom. Please sign the reading diary each time you read or share a book with your child. Your comments about these activities are also welcomed.

Maths: Each child will bring home a maths challenge to complete with their parents during the week. These activities are practical and encourage mathematical talk and logical thinking using everyday activities or items found around the home.

Writing:  The children are taught a cursive joined- up handwriting style.  Research has shown that this ‘flow’ helps children with spelling and means that they do not have to learn to write one way in Reception and another later on in the school.

We know that many parents / carers will encourage their child to hold a pencil and form shapes and letters before starting school.  We ask that children practice lower case letters at home and only use capital letters for the first letter of their name, or the beginning of a sentence.

Book Bags: Key Stage 1 Please make sure that your child brings his or her book bag to school every day. Ruck sacks should only be used for PE kit, not reading books. In addition to the reading books we find that school letters, birthday invitations and thank you letters etc are kept safe in the book bags. We request that parents check the book bag daily and as a minimum every Friday evening


School Houses

Wolves   Lions  Cheetahs

The school has a house system through which the children can learn in cross phased groups, compete in sports events as a house or receive house points for their efforts, good citizenship or achievements. Your child will be placed in a house during their first week at school.


School Uniform

Children are expected to come to school wearing the appropriate school uniform


Uniform Colour
Tailored trousers, skirts Grey
Shirts and blouses Light blue or white
Polo shirts Light blue or white with school logo
Sweatshirt / cardigan or fleece Royal blue with school logo  (compulsory)
Dresses Blue and white stripes or checks
Indoor shoes Black shoes with a maximum 2.5 cm heel. No open toed shoes or sling-backs
Reversible coat Royal blue with school logo (optional)
Socks or children’s tights, Plain black, navy blue, grey or white


PE kit Colour
Plain shorts Black
Plain T shirt White with round neck
Black Plimsolls or trainers
Track suit or warm jumper / jogging bottoms Plain dark colour with no logos or motifs
Yr 5/6 only: Football boots No metal studs
One- piece swimming costume, hat  and towel Any colour. Summer term only


For Art & DT: Apron, old shirt or T Shirt to be in school at all times All round protection from paint & glue is useful for younger children!


Early Years & Key Stage 1: Bookbag only Royal Blue with school logo
Key Stage 2 only: Rucksack Any colour


Fashionable dress and appearance are not part of Hartest’s dress code

Examples of unacceptable dress code include:-

  • Drop or looped ear-rings, jewelry*, make up, nail varnish,
  • Extreme fashion hairstyles, shaved patterns or unnatural colours, large or decorative hair accessories etc.
  • Extreme lengths of skirts e.g. very short, or hipster style trousers etc

*Jewellery: Pupils may wear a small ear stud only. These should be plain and not decorative with only one stud in each ear. Older pupils may wear a wrist watch or smart band.

Long hair must be fastened back in a plain simple style using hair bands or similar in school colours.

Please remember that children must be able to remove their own watch and ear-studs for PE, otherwise they should not be worn on days when they have PE.

Our aim is to maintain the highest standards and expectations in all we do.

Children in Hedgehog Class will be learning outside each day and therefore should have a pair of named wellies, coat and sun hat in school every day so they are prepared for all types of weather.



School Staff

Mr Matthew Coombs                 Headteacher

Mrs Annie Woozley                   Teacher: Hedgehog Class

Mrs Elly Boyd                             Teacher: Squirrel Class

Mrs Louise Burford                   Teacher: Squirrel Class

Mrs Karen Temple-Nidd           Teacher:  Hedgehog, Owl & SENDCo

Miss Mary Vaughan                   Teacher: Kestrel Class

Mrs Cate Coe                               Teacher: PE specialist

Mrs. Sally Ashman                     Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Carolyn Cook                       Learning Support Assistant and Cover Supervisor

Miss Paula Johnstone                Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Sarah Piper                          Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Hannah Butler                   Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Lucy Moore                         Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Melinda Miller                   Office Administrator

Mrs Jackie Clapham                   Chef

Mrs Jess Clapham                      Kitchen Assistant


Mr Neil Gooding                       Chair of Governors


If you wish to contact any of these people please telephone the School on:

01284 830343 or email





Autumn Term 2019

PD Day: Monday 02nd September & Tuesday 03rd September

Term starts Wednesday 04th September – Thursday 17th October 

PD Day:  Friday 18th October

Autumn Half Term – Monday 21st October – Friday 25th October

Term starts Monday 28th October – Friday 20th December

Spring Term 2020

PD Day: Monday 6th January 2018

Term starts Tuesday 7th January – Friday 14th February

Spring Half Term – Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February

Term starts Monday 24th February – Friday 03rd April

Summer Term 2020

Term starts Monday 20th April – Friday 22nd May

Summer Half Term – Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May

Term starts Monday 1st June – Friday 17th July


National Testing Weeks – no authorised absences

KS2 SATs              Week Commencing 11th May 2020

KS1 Test Period    Week Commencing May 2020 (specific weeks tbc)

Phonics Yrs 1&2  Week Commencing 8th June

Multiplication Tables Check  Week Commencing 8th June (Year 4)