Herne Bay Junior School
"One chance, let's get it right"
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  • Justice

  • Respect

  • Responsibility

  • Wisdom

Welcome to Herne Bay Junior School

We are a large junior school serving the centre of Herne Bay. Our website aims to give you a taster of the school, as well as providing regular updated information for both parents and pupils.

We hope that you enjoy your visit to our website, and that you find any information you are looking for. Please feel free to contact the school direct with any queries you may have.

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Our aim is to establish a happy and caring community where children will quickly feel secure and eager to learn.  It is our hope that parents will feel able to share in any of our activities.  Our joint effort should then ensure that pupils have the best possible opportunity to enjoy school and make excellent progress. We are a four form entry school with excellent facilities, including a large playing field.  We are very proud of our school and welcome all prospective parents to come and have a tour with our Year 6 representatives and an informal chat with Mrs Nation.

Please contact the school on 01227 374608 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an appointment.


In Year Admissions

If you wish to transfer your child to the school, please contact the school in the first instance to establish whether there are any spaces available.  If there is a space for your child, you will then need to complete a Primary In Year Admission Form.  This is available from the school or you can download it from here together with information and guidance notes. 

You can get more information here on the KCC website about primary schools or here to view information about secondary schools.


Admissions Policy


We are usually able to accommodate most applications but in the event of over subscription the following criteria will be applied:-


  • Statement of Special Educational Needs (SSEN) / Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

  • Looked After Children/Children in Local Authority Care

  • Attendance at a linked school

  • Sibling/Current Family Association

  • Medical / Health and Special Access

  • Nearness of children’s homes 


Parents who are unhappy with an admission decision can appeal, in writing to Stuart Bore, Chair of Governors c/o Herne Bay Junior School, Kings Road, Herne Bay, Kent. CT6 5DA.


Admission Form – Before your child starts school you will be required to fill in the Kent County Council Admission Form (JCAF or In Year) and our own School Admission Form.  We will also need to see your child’s birth certificate or passport.

Admissions Policy 2019





In Athletics club we aim to encourage and inspire children to make sport a part of their everyday life.
The club focuses on developing a range of athletic skills. In Term 1 the emphasis is on long distance running, where the children complete drills and exercises to increase their stamina and endurance in this area.
In Terms 5 and 6 the focus will turn more to specific Athletic skills and techniques in sprinting, hurdles, javelin and shot put. 


We believe that literature and reading should be at the heart of the English curriculum. The use of engaging and challenging texts allows pupils to develop a love for literature, and through reading pupils learn how to write and apply spelling, punctuation and grammar conventions. Within lessons our teachers manage to blend the teaching of skills such as phonics, spelling and vocabulary with an immersion into literature. Higher order reading skills, such as inference, deduction and critical thinking, are also explicitly taught.
In addition to promoting reading and high quality books through our English curriculum we organise events throughout the school year. This includes our highly popular annual book fair, World Book Day, author visits and regular reading competitions such as Book Bingo and the Summer Reading Challenge.

 Accelerated Reader
Here at HBJS we are very excited to be using Accelerated Reader (AR) in our school; this was launched in September 2017. The AR system allows children to choose books from a level which is just right for them. Children read a book from within their reading range and then complete a quiz on an iPad about the book they have just read. All results are stored electronically and are used to inform movements in the children’s reading ranges. Children who achieve 3 x 100% scores (not necessarily consecutively) will have their reading range increased.
We are very pleased with the opportunities this new system provides and it has certainly brought a spark of life back into our reading, especially with so many fantastic new titles to choose from!

A Parent's Guide to Accelerated Reader

Rocking Readers
Each week classes compete for the highly sought after Rocking Readers trophy and termly awards and prizes are also given to celebrate the successes of the children.

Alexander the Meerkat
Alongside our Rocking Readers trophy, we also have a very prestigious character in our midst! Alexander the famous Meerkat drops in each week to the class with the least number of overdue library books.

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