Springhead Park Primary School has received approval from the Department for Education to take admissions for pupils all the way up to Year 4 when it opens its doors this September.

The new school was already approved to open with spaces for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Thanks to demand from local families looking for places for their older children, Springhead Park will now be able to expand their intake. The school is part of The Primary First Trust which currently runs nine other primary schools in South London, Kent and Medway.

Working with a wider range of ages means teachers will be able to collaborate across year groups. This will also provide more opportunities for pupils to develop their social skills. Younger children will have older children to look up to, and older children will learn to be role models by supporting and helping younger children, developing their own sense of self-esteem and wellbeing.

While the standard local authority admissions deadline has already passed, Springhead Park runs their own admissions, so families still have time to apply for September entry for Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 or Year 4 places.

Even though the school isn’t open yet, staff are already getting involved in the local community at every opportunity. They will be holding a parent meeting at Eastgate on Wednesday 25th March at 6:30pm.  The meeting will provide parents with an opportunity to learn more about upcoming transition days which will enable children to meet their new classmates and teachers, about how the school’s experiential and enquiry-led curriculum will work, and about how to apply for a place.

Also coming up, in advance of the grand opening celebration of the new Springhead Bridge in April, the school is running a community art project for future pupils and local residents to contribute to a large mural. Xtina Lamb, a successful local artist, will be leading sessions on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th March at Northfleet School for Girls. For details on how to take part in the art mural project, or for more information on how to apply for your child’s place at Springhead Park Primary School, please email the school at: springheadpark@theprimaryfirsttrust.co.uk

Wayne Clayton, Headteacher of Springhead Park Primary School, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to now take applications for children all the way up to Year 4. Our new pupils, families and staff will be building our new school community together, fostering a nurturing and helpful culture which will make everyone feel like part of the Springhead Park community. I can’t wait to meet everyone.”

Andrew Moorhouse, Chief Executive, The Primary First Trust, said:  “It is such brilliant news to know that we will be able to educate more children from day one, ensuring a strong curriculum interlinked throughout the year groups. At The Primary First Trust our aim is to be the First Choice for parents looking for a school for their child, so we are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to the growing Ebbsfleet community.”