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Haddon Dene School
57 Gladstone Road, CT10 2HY, UK Broadstairs
+44 (0)1843 861176


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Haddon Dene is a happy and caring school providing an excellent all round education for boys and girls between the ages of 3 – 11 years. Established for more than 70 years the school has a first class academic reputation, as well as offering each child a variety of sport, drama, music and art.

Class sizes average 15 children allowing each child to be treated as an individual and given the necessary attention to develop their confidence and potential. Every child has particular strengths which are recognised and fostered. The National Curriculum is followed and supported by ‘state of the art’ computer facilities. We have a consistently excellent record of success in both the ‘11+’ and ‘KS2 Sats’ exams.


Haddon Dene School was established in 1929 by Miss Olive Vyse, and has grown to become a co-educational Preparatory School for approximately 180 children, aged 3 to 11 years.
Haddon Dene School It is situated in a quiet, but central position in Broadstairs, occupying two buildings which house the Preparatory Department, with children from 3 to 7 years, and the Junior Department, with children from 7 to 11 years.

The aim of Haddon Dene School is to enable the children's potential abilities to be fully developed in a happy and caring environment. There is a firm discipline in the school, which provides a stable framework where qualities of honesty, self-confidence and consideration for others are fostered.

The School Day extends from 8.55 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. according to age. There
is an Early Bird facility whereby children may be left in school from 8.00 a.m. each morning. A Homework Club facility is available until 5.00 p.m. each evening.


The Reception Class (Age 3) has 10 to 12 children who attend school 5 mornings weekly, from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon. It is important that a child's first experiences of school are happy, and that a positive attitude is encouraged. To this end, a wide range of educational activities, such as Language Work, Number Work, Computing, Music, Games, Movement, Art and social training skills, are pursued in a structured situation.

Class P1 (Age 4) has approximately 18 children, and continues to build on early learning, with more emphasis being placed on acquiring reading, writing and number skills. Children in P1 initially stay for 5 mornings, but this is gradually increased when the child is ready. The decision to increase to full time is taken jointly by the parents and the class teacher.

Class P2 (Age 5), Class P3 (Age 6) and Class P4 (Age 7). There are approximately 18 children in each of these classes where a mixture of traditional and modern methods are used in the academic teaching. All children have a class teacher, and will have specialist teachers for Music, Movement, Games and Swimming (at Ramsgate Pool). Some homework is set in P3 and P4 and it is hoped that parents will regularly hear their children read books that are sent home, and help in the learning of Spellings and tables.

At the end of P4 the children transfer to the Junior School.


In the Junior School each class, of approximately 18 children, has a class teacher, but the timetable becomes more clearly defined with specialist teachers in Science, Music, Art, Drama, Elocution, Choir, Games, Computing and Swimming. French is taught throughout the Junior School. Private Music Tuition is also available after school.

All children do homework and there are school examinations at the end of the Summer Term. High standards of work are expected and the curriculum is based on the requirements of a sound, balanced education to develop a well-rounded child who is prepared for the future. The National Curriculum is followed in the core subjects and all the children take the Key Stage tests.

The school has a good examination record, and all children take part in the annual Kent Examinations which lead to selection for Secondary Education, or entry into other Independent Schools. This record is achieved by working in small classes where children get the attention they need, and their problems can be identified and corrected.


potential to the full and offers a wide range of after school activities.

Pupils enjoying activities Haddon Dene boasts an excellent computer facility for the use of both Preparatory and Junior School pupils.

Sporting abilities are encouraged by the Preparatory and Junior Gymnastic Clubs, Horse-riding Group and seasonal games activities including Soccer, Hockey, Netball, Cricket and Tennis.

Aesthetic sensibilities are satisfied by the Preparatory and Junior Art Clubs, Ballet, Drama, Elocution and lessons in a diverse range of musical instruments including keyboards, strings and woodwind.

The children are encouraged to participate in a wide range of festivals and sporting events, They are made aware of the outside community through guest speakers, by supporting worthwhile causes, and also by regular visits and excursions to historical sites, exhibitions and other places of interest.


Parents seeking admission for their children should make an appointment to visit the School and meet the Headmaster. After this, the registration form should be completed and returned to the school with the registration fee, which is non-returnable. A test date is then arranged when the child will spend a morning in the appropriate class and, subject to the results, an offer of a place will be made.

Details of the current fees are set out below, and must be paid on, or before, the first day of term for which they are due. A full term's written notice is required if a child is to be withdrawn, otherwise a full term's fees must be paid.

Fee structure for the Academic Year 2005-2006 (per term)
Reception £850
P1 & P2 £1,500
P3 & P4 £1,575
J1 & J2 £1,625
J3 & J4 £1,675
Swimming and Transport £40 Per Term
Registration Fee £90

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