Hazeldene Lower School is situated in a very
pleasant residential area of Bedford but is close to the
town’s major road systems. The school grounds are
spacious and pleasant and have been further enhanced by
a major planting scheme to mark the millennium. A
conservation/pond area and a heated outdoor swimming
pool are valuable resources which we exploit to the
The school has a fine academic reputation, with
excellent relationships between all in the school
Our academic standards are complemented by the
excellence of our provision for music and sport. It is
possible for the children to learn a wide range of
instruments, including strings, woodwind and brass.
We are involved in a wide range of sporting
activities, many of them outside normal school hours.
These sports include football, hockey, netball, tag
rugby, gymnastics and tennis. Most members of staff have
recently undergone an intensive games teaching course.
Another great strength of the school is the quality
of its relationships with the whole school community,
including children, parents and governors. Our Ofsted
Report states: "The school gives a high priority to
spiritual, moral, social and cultural development."
There are high expectations of social and moral
behaviour and standards are excellent. The school is a
very safe, orderly and caring community which encourages
openness, honesty and concern for others. Staff, parents
and children all work together to produce a peaceful
atmosphere and pupils are courteous and considerate to
others..... Behaviour throughout the school is
excellent........ the pupils’ behaviour contributes to
effective learning and good standards of achievement.
......... Parental involvement in the school is
impressive and a well supported Parent Teacher
Association helps to promote and reinforce good
We welcome visits from prospective parents and are
pleased to highlight the strengths of our school. Please
feel free to contact
us to arrange an appointment.
Admission Arrangements and Transfer (including enrolment procedures)
Places will be allocated in the following order of priority:
1. All ‘looked-after’ children
2. Pupils living in the catchment area with siblings at the school
3. Other pupils living in the catchment area
4. ‘Very exceptional’ medical grounds
5. Other siblings
6. Any other children
In any situation where the application of the above criteria results in a situation where there are more children with an equal right to admission to the school than the number of available places, the distance from the school will be measured in a straight line using a computerised mapping system. The distance will be measured from the pupil’s home to a central point on the school site determined by the Governing Body of the school. Priority is not given within each criterion to children who meet other criteria.
Overriding priority will be given by the LA to the admission of pupils who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs which names the school. Priority may also be given to the admission of ‘hard to place’ pupils, e.g. excluded pupils, normally in accordance with any protocols which have been agreed with groups of schools.
Parents applying for a place at the catchment area school during the normal admissions round will be offered a place. However, if a pupil moves into the catchment area outside the normal admissions round (or after the allocation process has been completed), there will be no guarantee of a place at the catchment area school if this would mean exceeding the admission number at the school. In such cases, the designated school for the pupil will be the nearest LA maintained school to the pupil’s home address which caters for pupils of the same age.
At Hazeldene we have the benefit of a Reception Unit which caters for children in their 4+ year.
4+ children are those whose fourth birthday falls before the preceding 31st August. Children become statutory school age at the start of the term following their fifth birthday.
Children are admitted to a Reception class in September on a part-time basis and attend on a full-time basis for some time before they reach statutory school age.