Starting School

Hendal Primary School admits pupils at the beginning of the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms into lower foundation. They stay for 15 hours each week. Children then move into Upper Foundation at the Autumn term before their 5th birthday. If the school is over-subscribed, Wakefield LA Admissions criteria will be used to determine further admissions.


After you have been informed that your child has been offered a place, you will receive information regarding starting school. A number of visits are arranged for you and your child, which provide an opportunity for you to talk to the foundation staff, the headteacher and for you and your child to visit the foundation unit. Information about our foundation stage is in the Foundation Brochure.


We feel that it is beneficial for our new entrants to be introduced gradually to school life, and therefore we plan a programme whereby the length of stay increases over the first fortnight.