Handcross Primary School
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London Road
Haywards Heath
RH17 6HB
01444 400291
4 - 11
Community school
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The school is a smaller than average-sized primary school, but numbers are increasing. There are six classes; one in each of Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3, and a mixed Years 4/5 and Years 5/6 class. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is above average, as is the proportion who are supported at school action plus or have a statement of special educational needs. Some of these pupils have specific learning difficulties, whilst others have speech, language and communication needs. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. A very small proportion of pupils are represented from minority ethnic backgrounds, as are pupils whose first language is not English. Only a small number of pupils are supported by the pupil premium funding which provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, children of parents serving in the armed services and pupils eligible for free school meals. The school is a member of a local partnership with several other local primary schools. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Handcross Primary School Catchment Area Map

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Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

Handcross Primary School Reviews

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“Parent of Year 1”
"> Handcross Primary School is a fantastic school. The school motto is 'Be safe, happy & aim high' stands so true in what the school does for the children. The staff go above and beyond to cater for the children’s needs. We love being part of this school.
“Love to learn”
"> Handcross is a fantastic school! My son had no interest in learning and was a struggle to get him in... but within his 1st year of being at handcross he now runs in smiling, loves to learn and has excelled from when he started. The support from teachers and all staff is incredible. Communication is superb and I always feel involved in my sons school learning. School constantly adapts with the children and their needs and they thrive. It’s a happy school, with a community feel. The head and staff are clearly there through love and passion for what they do and it really shows. Always finding new ways to engage the children and make learning enjoyable so they reach their full potential. I couldn't imagine my son anywhere else.
“A truly exceptional school”
"> Better than private education! Handcross Primary school has inspired my children to work beyond their potential. The attention to each child's individual needs is exceptional. Their passion for teaching is what motivates the children. After looking into many schools, we were fortunate enough to get our children into Handcross. With one child in year 5 and one in year 6, I have had the full Handcross experience and can honestly say I couldn't have made a better choice for my children.
“A great school”
"> Handcross has been fantastic for our little boy starting school this year. His teachers have been so amazing! In such a difficult time the school have gone out of their way to make sure the children still feel like everything’s as normal as possible.Communication has been regular and useful, facilities are 1st class and for my little boy to love school so much in these tough times it gives us so much confidence that he will love the school year after year!
"> I love this school and am so pleased my daughter goes here. A real sense on community and I find my daughters needs are met, supported and encouraged. Would recommend to everyone
“Brilliant School”
"> I am a parent of two children that attend Handcross Primary School. I wish I could give more stars than 5 as this school goes above and beyond for every single pupil. Handcross Primary School is a safe, happy and fun place to learn. The schools golden rules and incentives for the pupils to push themselves further shapes them into well mannered, intelligent and confident children. All staff are friendly, respected, compassionate and enthusiastic. The headteacher is brilliant and the PTA helps parents to feel a part of the school. I only have positive experiences and I cannot praise the staff and school enough! I have two very happy children that love attending Handcross Primary School.
“Brilliant school!”
"> Brilliant school. So happy my daughter got in there. The teachers are brilliant and the school really do an amazing job.
“Handcross Primary”
"> Handcross is fantastic for ensuring each pupil reaches their full potential. I have 2 daughters there at the moment who are both thriving and are fully supported in their learning by the fabulous teaching team who go above and beyond for the children. The school also has great facilities and teachers to develop other skills such as art, drama and music. The head teacher ensures she’s available at the school gates each day to welcome every child into school giving all the children that security they need. As a family we love the school and my 3 year old can’t wait for it to be her turn to join.
“Lovely school”
"> I love our little school. I have had three children at Handcross and all 3 have been thriving. My eldest received lots of extra support to get ready for SATS and it has helped her greatly at secondary school level.
“Worse school ..”
"> Teachers do not follow their own policy and I feel that my children do not feel safe at school. The education is not as good as they make out , my child was behind a year when they started , after 2 yrs my child was behind 2 yrs , not sure what happens when they are at school but clearly not learning. I feel there is a lot of bullying at school and the teachers don't deal with it. I picked this school because it had a shining report , I couldn't have been more wrong. Please if you are a good parent and love your kids , don't just read the OFSTED reports , read what the parents say too, don't make the same mistake I did.
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Last update: 08 October 2019

Please visit our website http://handcrossprimary.uk for information on our school.

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