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Horsted Infant School
Barberry Avenue, ME5 9TF, UK Chatham
+44 (0)1634-863395

Welcome to Horsted Infant School


Horsted School Photo  

Our aim is for every person big and little to be safe, happy and successful.

The staff have discussed the value of these aims and considered the good practice which surrounds them. The curriculum is organised to promote all aspects of children's development. It is structured to provide continuity of learning within the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 and where appropriate leads into the Key Stage 2 curriculum.

Our schemes of work identify the introduction, consolidation and development of key concepts and skills. Careful planning ensures that at every stage staff recognise and build on learning which has previously been experienced. Each child is seen as an individual and is encouraged to develop at his/her own rate to achieve the highest possible potential.

Mrs L. C. Wainwright B.A.

Mission Statement

At Horsted Infant School all pupils are given every opportunity to develop to their full potential, intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, morally, socially and physically.

We provide a safe, stimulating and secure environment where pupils and adults value themselves and each other; they are encouraged to care for others, seeking
co-operation before competition.

Pupils and staff strive to achieve their best and to recognise success.

Every pupil is given equal opportunities, regardless of gender, nationality, race, ethnic origin, religious belief or disability; to share and to achieve is to succeed.

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which includes the Foundation Stage, the National Curriculum and Religious Education; it is relevant and differentiated according to the needs of each pupil in the school.

Parents are kept fully informed of their child's progress and are given opportunities and sufficient time to discuss issues regarding their child. We endeavour to work in partnership with parents at all times. We consider their opinion and value their help and support.


The school is a Community Infant school catering for the education of children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum. The Education Authority serving our school is Medway Council.


Foundation Stage - Year R

When children first come to school they go into Year R - the Foundation Stage. The foundation curriculum consists of the following areas.

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Communication, Language and Literacy

  • Mathematical Development

  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World

  • Physical Development

  • Creative Development

  • Religious Education

The curriculum is planned and resourced to enable all children to experience success. We encourage independence in a safe, caring and well planned indoor and outdoor environment. Most aspects of learning are brought together through playing, talking and practical activities.

During term three in Year R children begin elements of the National Curriculum.

Children with Special Educational Needs

Horsted Infant School is an inclusive school. We aim to raise the achievement and attainment of all pupils. All children are assessed throughout their time at the school. If there are any concerns about the development or progress of a child, parents
and the teacher with responsibility for children with special educational needs are informed and support is arranged within the school. Your child will be placed on the special needs register and the specific provision provided will follow the Special Needs Code of Practice guidelines. If the child's needs are more complex the school may involve other agencies.

Children who have English as an Additional Language

Children who speak another language at home will be given extra support where needed to ensure they have equal access to all areas of the curriculum. Our aim is that those children for whom English is not their first language settle confidently into school and benefit from a wide and varied curriculum.

Curriculum for Years 1 and 2

Horsted Infant School follows the National Curriculum which is divided into the following areas. These are taught, wherever possible, through topics.


Some teachers and governors voluntarily run after school or lunchtime clubs. Specific clubs are open to specific year groups and run throughout the year. A list of community activities, which many of our pupils attend, can be found on the school notice board.


Parents have the right to select the school they consider best for their child. All parents considering Horsted Infant School are invited to visit and tour the school and grounds. Places are offered following receipt of form PR1. If Horsted Infant School is over subscribed we will admit children according the specific criteria listed on the form. We are able to admit 60 new entrants a year. Children must be admitted to school in the term after their fifth birthday.

Admission arrangements are reviewed annually.

Your child will come to us with pre-school experiences on which we can build. All the adults here strive to create an atmosphere in which your child will continue to flourish.

When your child is admitted he/she will be given the opportunity to visit the school with you, to get to know the classroom and his/her teacher. You will also have the opportunity to take part in a parent-teacher consultation. New entrants are introduced gradually to school life. We plan our admissions programme whereby the length of the school day increases over the first few weeks.


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