Welcome from the Principal

Welcome to our Virtual Open Event for The Hundred of Hoo Primary Academy. We have worked hard to ensure the experience you get virtually mirrors as closely as possible the experience you would have got in reality. It is unfortunate that we are unable to welcome you in person but we have to prioritise the safety of our community, namely, our children and staff.

In our Virtual Open Event area, you will be able to explore key areas of the academy and hear from key members of staff. Please do take time to also explore our website which is abundant in key information about our setting.

If you have any questions or would like further information regarding aspects of the academy please do not hesitate to contact us on primaryoffice@hundredofhooacademy.org.uk.

Mr M Etheridge | Primary Principal

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How many classes do you currently have in the academy?

We are currently a one-form entry school which means there is one class per year group. In the academic 2020 – 2021 our oldest year group is year 5 as we have grown organically from our beginnings in September 2015. In the academic year of 2021 – 2022, we will have our first year 6 class.

Do you have teaching assistants?

Yes. Every class has a highly skilled teaching assistant and in some cases, an additional teaching assistant is also allocated if it is necessary.

How many children are in each class?

The academy building was built by Medway in 2017 to accommodate 30 children in each class.

What are the school lunches like?

Our school lunches are provided by Cucina. All meals comply with government regulations for meals in schools. There is an option of a hot meal, a packed lunch or a jacket potato each day. Meals must be booked on ParentPay.

Do you have a nursery?

No we do not. We work closely with The Hundred of Hoo Nursery, but they are not part of the academy.

If my child attends The Hundred of Hoo Nursery, will they automatically get a space in your EYFS class?

No they do not. Although we work closely with the nursery, they are not part of our academy. Our oversubscription criteria for EYFS is available under our Admissions tab on our website.

Is there any wraparound care for the children?

We currently have a very popular Breakfast Club that runs from 07:45 to 08:30. We currently do not have an after school childcare provision due to space and staff capacity but this is something we intend to implement in the near future.

When does the school day start and end?

In normal circumstances, the school day starts at 08:40 and ends at 15:15. Due to the COVID-19 measures that are in place, we do have staggered start and end times

Are there any after school activities?

Yes there are a variety of after school clubs that children can attend. They run from 15:15 – 16:15 after school. They are currently on hold at the moment due to the current situation.

Is there parking on site?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a fully comprehensive parking facility at the academy, especially currently due to the current situation.

What transition events will take place for my child?

Our approach to transition is outlined on our Transition tab on our website. This has been adjusted to take in consideration the current situation and when undertaken for our current EYFS was really effective. It consisted of the following –

  • A welcome postcard and information letters from the Primary Principal and EYFS team
  • A virtual meeting with each family with the EYFS team.
  • A specially designated Google Site with information specifically about your child’s start to our school
  • A virtual information evening for parents
  • Socially distanced stay and play session with small groups of children from the class
If my child attends the primary academy, do they automatically get a space in the secondary academy?

Yes this is correct. The beauty of The Hundred of Hoo Academy is that it is an all through school which means that when your child joins us at the age of 4, they will be part of our Hoo family until they leave at the age of 18.

Is The Hundred of Hoo Primary Academy COVID-19 secure?

We can reassure you that you child will receive the best of care while they are with us. We have very tight processes and protocols which means that children are always kept safe. This has been enhanced even further by the COVID-19 measures that the academy has in place, including but not limited to;

  • We have enhanced cleaning taking place every day and a daytime janitor who wipes down all touchpoints.
  • We have educated the children about the importance of enhanced hand hygiene and we plan opportunities for this into our day.
  • Children are allocated to a class bubble and these do not mix. This also applies to the adults within that bubble/
  • We have a one-way system in school to enable the flow of pupil and staff traffic without crossovers
  • Staggered times are in place for drop off, pick up, break and lunch