Hamford is a Primary Academy with approximately 300 children and provides places for pupils from Reception to Year 6. Pupils join us mainly from Frinton, Walton-on-the-Naze, Kirby Cross and Kirby-le-Soken.

We are lucky enough to be set on a large, attractive site in open, green-belt countryside. The accommodation is made up of ten well-equipped classrooms, each with its own interactive whiteboard. We also have a library, a large hall, School Radio, a well equipped music room and learning support rooms for working with small groups of children. Outside, the Academy has a spacious playground, a large playing field, a forest school area, a wildlife garden, a zen garden and a nurture garden

On our field we have several pagodas, where older children are able to eat their packed lunches when the weather is fine. There is a separate Early Years and Key Stage 1 outside area called the Learning Jungle, where the our youngest children can role play and learn in an outdoor environment.

There are three Key Stages within the Academy:

  •   Foundation Stage - Reception
  •   Key Stage 1 (KS1) - Years 1 and 2
  •   Key Stage 2 (KS2) - Years 3 to 6

All children now start Reception in the September of the Academy year in which they will be 5, and leave us at the end of the Academy year in which they will become 11. At this stage our pupils will move onto the local Secondary Academies/Schools 

What is an Academy?

An Academy is a publicly funded independent state school which strives to provide a first class free education for all its pupils.

It aims to provide a teaching and learning environment that is in line with the best in the maintained (local authority) sector and offer a broad and balanced curriculum to pupils of all abilities.

The Academy for Hamford is no longer maintained by the local authority, but receives the strength and support of the AET group of academies, together with a wide range of AET services, such as Finance, Human Resources, Premises and Facilities Management, Curriculum Support and Professional Development for teaching and non-teaching staff.

Academies are funded at the same level as other schools, but the AET has far lower costs than the local authority and this frees up money which can be spent where it is most needed - in the classroom. They have greater flexibility than other maintained schools in the curriculum they provide and in school organisation.

Academies are inspected by Ofsted in the same way as maintained schools.