Hornbeam Primary School


Hornbeam Today 


 Latest News:

Please see below details for the return to school for all children in September:

September Strategy Hornbeam


Whole School Geography Project:

Whole School Geography Project


IMPORTANT INFORMATION YR 2 PARENTS: If your child is moving from Year 2 to 3 in September, please read the letter here about applying for Free School Meals as they will no longer be eligible for a Universal Free School Meal under the Government scheme.


Please read the below letters regarding school as we head towards the summer holidays. There is a letter for each group which is specific to that group with the end of year transition meetings.

Transition Meetings:

Transition meetings are open to all children (whether they have already attended school or not) to enable all children to see classes & teachers before the holidays. This is completely parental choice and what you feel is right for your child and family, the school will support your decision.

For returning slips you can email the school on office@hornbeam.kent.sch.uk with a screen shot or details for ease. Many thanks.

Keyworkers currently attending school

Yr R , 1 & 6 currently attending school

Children currently not attending school- All year groups

FAQ Transition Meetings:

 Q: How will the children be dropped off and picked up?  

A: They will follow the route around the playground. Years 1,2,3 will enter from their classroom doors. Year 6 will enter from the middle door, Year 4 will enter from their side door. Year 5 will enter through the top playground corridor. Distribution will be from the same points.

Q: Uniform or non Uniform?

A: It's non uniform but we do ask for safety reasons that children do not wear spaghetti strap tops or crop tops, flip flops or open toes shoes, or the hard studded astro turf trainers. We also ask that children have a jumper or coat with them as the weather is changeable.

Q: Drop of and pick up times. Is there any flexibility.

A: School is structured differently at the moment during this pandemic. With the re opening on 1st June and going forward, in order to re open at all and follow government guidelines, we have had to carefully consider drop off and collections and timings. These timings have to be strictly adhered to in order for there to not be repercussions on bubbles/groups/staff, even if only a few minutes, it can have a large impact. Keyworker children are still in school during the transitions and also have set timings for this reason. We ask parents to stick to the timings given when coming to and from school, to help us to keep children, families and staff safe. We appreciate your co-operation in this.

Q: Can year 6 bring in white shirts to sign?


A: Usually year 6 bring in old white t-shirts and shirts (as pen doesn't show up on the green t-shirts) for each other and staff to sign as a leaving memento. Due to COVID restrictions and social distancing, we do not think this will be viable as the children have to touch one another's shirts or even if not wearing them, handle them in order to sign the shirt. This would go against guidelines we are all following at the moment. However, as always the school has arranged a memento for the children to mark their time at school and their classmates.

 Q: Can we bring gifts for teachers when collecting reports or transitions?

A: This is completely parental choice and is not expected but ,if you would like to leave a gift for your child's teacher you can. Please be mindful as with many things during the pandemic of items you choose ie wipeable boxes rather than soft textiles are easier to clean and leave for a few days prior to opening. Items can be left at the office for ease if this helps.


Reports Collection - important information

Report Collection Map- Queuing System

Please see the map in the link above for entrance in to and out of school and the hall to collect reports etc. Queuing will be along the path between the Mongeham Road entrance gate and the Glack Road entrance gate (gates will be open for the entire 1-4pm time period). You will enter via the office doors, through to the hall and then out the side entrance to avoid congestion. Staff will be limiting numbers coming in to ensure distancing can be maintained in the hall. Please bring a sturdy bag if you are collecting books for years 1- 6. We do ask if you can spread timings out, if your child is not currently attending, if you can avoid the 3pm time period, it would be appreciated.

If you cannot make this time, you can collect reports from the office from Monday 13th July until the end of term.

Many thanks


Dear Parents/Carers

As we approach the end of this peculiar academic year we are offering you a chance to collect your children’s reports and books from the previous academic year. It will also give you an opportunity to collect any items that have remained in lockers! Staff and reports will be available for collection from 1pm to 4pm on Friday 10th July from the school hall. Please bring a sturdy bag with you for transporting books, especially if you have multiple children's books to collect.

We will have a system in place to ensure social distancing can be managed and you will be required to queue and collect. Unfortunately we cannot stop and chat but it will give you and your child an opportunity to briefly say goodbye to their outgoing teacher.

Staffing information for next academic year will accompany the report. Please do your very best to attend during these hours. If this is impossible reports will be available from the School Office until the end of term.

Stay safe and well.

Kindest Regards

Mrs Rose Cope


Green Gang Activity: You can send pictures to the rangers either by replying to this email WCCP@DOVER.GOV.UK or on social media (Facebook: WCCP, Twitter & Instagram: #GreenGangAtHome).

Green Gang- Ranger Sue Activity

Updated link for government sites that may be helpful for parents (online learning resources):


A group of parents are fundraising for books for Deal Schools, details are on the link below or can be found on Facebook

Deal Books for Change

The Children's Laureate with the Booktrust has kick started a creative summer camp activity

BookTrust Creative Summer Camp

Summer Reading Challenge: Message from Libraries, Registration & Archives

Deal Library will re-open on Monday 13 July.  We are taking a careful phased approach to our re-opening, so to begin with, we are only offering a Select and Collect service which is by appointment only, along with pre-bookable sessions on public computers and WiFi.  You can select up to 6 books or audiobooks in advance and when they’re ready you can collect them from one of the 12 open libraries. 

Details on how to book appointments and select books is on our website  https://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/libraries/select-and-collect

or  telephone us on 03000 41 31 31


This is great news for children who want to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/


We also have children’s ebooks accessible via our website.  The publisher Harpercollins have just made some of their titles available as unlimited access. This means that there aren’t any waiting lists to join for some popular children’s titles.  For our eLibrary and how to join online, go to  https://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/libraries


Don’t forget there are additional packs available for hard-to-reach families who don’t have easy access to digital platforms.  Contact summerreadingchallenge@readingagency.org.uk to ask for these.


Updates about the library service is also available via our Facebook page @Dover Libraries


A brief Video of how the school looks at the moment

Hornbeam Today

For App alerts please ensure your app is up to date and you have the correct year groups selected for who you wish to receive alerts for. The app is available for free on both Android and iPhone devices.

Up to date Keyworker List & Info

Keyworker booking form Term 6

As advised by central government, the DfE and DEALT, further year groups (including year 5) will not return before September unless they are classed as a critical worker child and require emergency childcare. Please see below information for year 5 parents, regarding secondary application, registering for the Kent Test and Dover Grammar School Tests, as well as resources from Mrs Richardson.

  • Please see the below link for KCC proposal to delay the Kent Test


Please see link below for KCC Admissions/Kent Test update page regularly for details


Year 5/Band_5-Reading

Year 5/Band_5-Writing

Year 5/Band_5-Maths-Number

Year 5/Band_5-Maths-All other


PESE (11+/Kent Test) Resources & links

Hornbeam Herald - Lockdown School Paper

Ordering Year 6 Class Photos

Ordering Uniform for Sep 2020 cut off dates

TT Rock Stars DEALT Challenge- Yrs 3, 4, 5 & 6

We have been challenged as a school by Sandown (through DEALT) to a 'Top of the Rocks' challenge.

All the children have to do is log on to TT Rockstars, just like they normally would and play 'Top of the Rocks.' The challenge begins on 1st June and lasts for the whole of Term 6. 

Resources to help prepare mentally for reopening. 

Secondary Application process - Year 5 parents

Letter from Dover Girls Grammar re: Admissions - Yr 5 parents

Yr 5 parents- Statement from KCC regarding Secondary Admissions

Registration Form for Dover Girls Grammar- Yr 5 parents secondary admission

Dover Girls Grammar Admissions Information- year 5 parents



Dover Grammar for Boys leaflet

Message from DEALT CEO

Latest Information for parents from Mrs Cope 18th May 2020

In order to begin planning a healthy and safe strategy forward could you please contact the school by email, telephone or via Messenger if you intend to keep your children at home and they are in Year R, Year 1 or Year 6.

Reopening information letter May 12th 2020

 Update from Mrs Cope Monday 11th May 2020

Whole School Pebble project


Social Distancing song


DfE Guidance for Parents May 2020
A Poem for you all
A Message to All!