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School is open!

The school is open for business as usual this morning.

Please ensure you take great care on the roads and pavements which may be icy.

If possible, it is our intention to allow the children to experience the remaining snow at breaktimes. Please ensure that your child is equipped with trousers, Wellington boots (named and in a named plastic bag) and a warm coat or they will not be able to join in the snowy fun.

Please take care and have a safe journey to school.

SIMS Parent

If you have not already done so, please activated your account and complete the data checking process for your child/ren – full guidance can be found here.

Are you eligible for free school meals?

There have been changes to the criteria for eligibility for Free School Meals. You may be eligible if you or your partner receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Click here to check your eligibility!


It is a quick and simple online form and the only information you will need is:

  • Your own name and date of birth
  • Contact details
  • National Insurance Number or National Asylum Seekers Number
  • Child’s name and date of birth
  • School your child is attending/will attend.

There are so many benefits—not just a free meal:

  • Free after school clubs
  • Free membership to the Children’s University
  • Free school sweater/cardigan annually
  • Free P.E Kit Top
  • Subsidised music tuition

If you would like some help or to speak to someone about Free School Meal entitlement. Please speak to Mrs Storey in the School Office.

The Den Before and After School Clubs

We are delighted to offer both Breakfast and After School Clubs with The Den at Hordle (CE) Primary School.

Our Breakfast Club runs from 8-8.45am Monday to Friday. Parents are required to register their child and pay in advance each term. Ad-hoc bookings are also available once your child is registered to attend. There is a varied menu and always a good choice of food on offer. After the children have finished their breakfast they will go outside with a member of staff on a dry day or will take part in an indoor activity if wet.

The Den After School Club offers sessions from 3.30-6pm with a range of flexible options available to ensure we are meeting the needs of all families. There is even the option to attend from 4.30pm so that your child can enjoy their Hordle Hub Clubs and then be collected by The Den team for snack time and more fun activities!

If you wish to register for either/both Breakfast and After School Clubs, please complete the form below:

Registration Form


Both clubs welcome children from Hordle Explorers Nursery (from 2 years old) up to Year 6. Payment via Childcare voucher schemes is available or via our online payment system, Scopay. Payment must be received in advance in order for your child to attend.

The Den also has a Facebook page. Please like us and receive updates on all the activities we have been up to!

If you have any queries or would like to book additional sessions please speak to Mrs Rook in the School Office or email


Our PATCH team run a huge number of events throughout the year, raising money for some fantastic additions to our school. In recent years, they have provided our wonderful library, zip wire and more recently the new sound and lighting system in the main hall…perfect for the annual PATCH discos and fairs!