On this page you will find practical information for your child starting school for the first time in September. Click here on how to apply for a place via Blackpool Admissions

We advise that to help you make your decision on which school your child attends and starts their learning journey you should try and visit as many schools as possible.  Here are Hawes Side we will be holding a number of 'Open Events' to enable you to come and see what we do.  

Should you choose to come to our academy and have a place offered by Blackpool Admissions, we will work to ensure the transition process is as smoot as it can be.


Click here to find out the steps to starting school with us


Information Events

To start with we will have some Information Events, which families are welcome to book onto.  These events are a great way of meeting staff, seeing the academy and asking those all important questions.

Our Information Events are 21st May at 9:15am or 23rd May at 2:15pm

Families can book a place by clicking here


Information we need

Before your child starts we need for you to complete the academy's 'Starting School' form, click here to be directed to the online form.  If you have any difficulties completing the form you will be able to contact the academy office and a paper copy will be provided.

We will also need to see your child's birth certificate.  You can bring this to one of our Information Events or pop into the academy office or email admissions@hawes-side.co.uk 


Stay and Play

Prior to your child starting school in September we will have some 'stay and play' sessions in the academy where your child can experience the classroom and meet his/her class teachers and future classmates. 

Stay and Plays are scheduled for 21st June and 5th July (Red group) and 14th June and 28th June (Blue group).  The Stay and Play sessions start at 1:30pm and last 1 hour.


Just to help

Normally as part of starting school, your child will receive a free cardigan or jumper. 


Out of School Clubs

You can find out more about of our Out of School Clubs by clicking here.  You can request/reserve your child's places in advance and an application form will be made available.

For more information you can contact Sue Scholes in the academy office


Staggered start

School reopens after the summer break on Wednesday 4th September 2024.  For that first week Foundation children will be in school part time.  This enables a gradual induction into school life.  


Information Pack Resources

Each child starting in Foundation in September will receive an information pack which hopefully has all you need to help your child start school.  Below is a sample of these documents and some quick links to the content of the packs from the last academic year.



New Starter To Do List


Not seen our 'welcome videos' from the Foundation team?  Click here watch.



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