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Cross-In-Hand C E Primary School
Sheepsetting Lane, Cross-In-Hand, TN21 0XG, UK Heathfield
+44 (0)1435 862941

Welcome to our Website

We are delighted that you have taken the trouble to look round our website. We hope you find it interesting and useful.

Cross-in-Hand C.E. Primary School is a happy, friendly school situated within landscaped grounds on the edge of the town of Heathfield. We are a voluntary controlled Church of England School linked closely with St Bartholomew's Church.

Our building is modern and purpose built. We have 14 classrooms, two halls, an air-conditioned library and ICT suite, a sports field and an open air, heated swimming pool. Within our grounds there is also a pre-school which takes children from 2 ½ years.

Our school has 313 children aged between 4 and 11 years. They come from all parts of Heathfield and the surrounding villages. Our average class size is 24. Each class is single-age and has its own teacher and teaching assistant.

We provide a range of services to support our children and families, including a Breakfast Club, courses for parents, a mother and baby group and a variety of after-school activities for children of all ages.

Learning at Home

We know that when parents and school are working together, learning for the child is at its best.

There is an enormous advantage in children spending regular, short periods of time on learning activities at home, which support and extend the work they do in class.

The purposes of our homework are:

  • To develop an effective partnership between our school and parents, which will enhance learning.
  • To help the children consolidate and reinforce skills, particularly in numeracy and literacy.
  • To extend and expand the context of learning.
  • To encourage the children to develop the confidence and self-discipline to learn at home.

We believe work at home should not get in the way of other valuable activities which the children engage in after school – such as, sport, music and clubs of all kinds. We know these activities are extremely beneficial for well-rounded development.



Click on the link to download a PDF copy of our full prospectus. It provides information about our school to help you make a choice if you are thinking of joining us.

New Parents

What to do if you are a new parent wishing to join our school:

  • Explore our website to find out more about us
  • Contact us and arrange to make a visit
  • Visit our forms page to download copies of all the forms you will need

Click on the link to access our brochure for new parents. It provides information on policies and routines, to help you and your child settle in.


We believe it is important to provide a curriculum which is as broad, rich and varied as possible. We seek to provide opportunities so that all our children’s particular talents can be recognised and nurtured. All areas of our curriculum follow either the National Curriculum or Local Authority guidelines. We have devised a school framework to ensure that each child’s learning develops and progresses, building from year to year on what they already know. Some subjects are taught separately but wherever possible subjects are linked in a meaningful way for the children.

Click this link to download a copy of our school frameworks.


We are an Extended School. This means that we are able to offer additional support activities and facilities for all the community.

At present, we provide:

  • A Breakfast Club
  • A wide range of after school activities for children
  • Family Church Service every third Sunday
  • Adult learning opportunities
  • An on-site pre-school
  • Parent support
  • Counselling services

Coming soon:

  • After school child care for under 7s
  • Holiday club


Sheepsetting Pre-school is on site at our school. It offers a wide range of activities and opportunities for children from 2½ years to school age. Part time reception aged children can attend pre-school in the afternoons until they are of full time age. The majority of pre-school parents choose to transfer their children into school. However, school places are offered to all local children and membership of pre-school does not guarantee a place in school.

More detailed information is available by visiting the pre-school pages listed on the right.
If you are interested in enrolling your child you may contact us or you can click here to download the pre-school application form.


The variety of activities on offer and the Pre-school environment encourages children to develop physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills through play. Each day we provide a range of activities, suitable for the age group of the children on role. The pre-school has a different topic each term, around which art activities are offered. We encourage the children to bring an item that relates to the topic into Pre-school for’ show and tell’, this helps to build self-confidence among the children.

Our Rising 5’s session on a Friday morning helps prepare the children for school. The children are split into smaller key-worker groups and practice name recognition, pencil control, basic letters and numbers and dressing/undressing for P.E.

All children progress at different rates and individual achievement will vary, we enable children to progress at their own speed and we aim to work towards the Government’s Early Learning Goals.

All Pre-school children use the school’s library and usually visit once a week with a member of the Pre-school staff. They have their own book folders to take their book home in.

Admissions and Fees

Admission is from a waiting list, by age. The children start at Pre-school when they are two and a half years old. You will be invited to take part in an induction visit with your child prior to them starting.

We are also able to offer childcare in the afternoons to children from the School’s Reception class, whilst they are at school part time. At present we take up to 30 children per session and we have a child:adult ratio of 6:1

Our fees are set to be in line with the Early Years Entitlement and at the moment they are £8.33 per 2 ½ hour session per child. Should the Early Years Entitlement increase, we will increase our fees the following term, so that we stay in line with them.

Our lunch club fee is £ 3.35 per day

A non-refundable registration fee of £20 is payable when registering a child for a place at Pre-school, this includes a sweatshirt. Other uniform is available to purchase on request.

Click here to download a PDF of our Admissions Form.

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