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School Details

Hadlow Rural Community School

Tonbridge Road, Hadlow,

Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 0AU

01732 498128

(Emergency Contact: 07807 154074)


SENCO – Sarah.Codling@HRCSchool.org  (Within SEN Information)



School uniform is central to building a sense of community among students, staff and parents as well as the local community. Hadlow Rural Community School has a distinctive uniform, appropriate to the type of activities involved in academic and technical / vocational learning in a rural land based environment.  This professional, but practical clothing reflects both the needs of the industry and the professional conduct we are encouraging.

Students at HRCS wear their uniform with pride and this very much supports the strong working ethic demonstrated across the school. Uniform is used to support the professional behaviours of young people, emphasising the need to be smart, professional and proud of being part of the school community.

All stakeholders are expected to support the school uniform policy and adhere to the high expectations that make a major contribution to the school’s reputation. Form Tutors and class teachers will actively monitor standards of uniform on a day-to-day basis.  Any uniform issues will be monitored during morning and afternoon line up and as part of the start of every lesson throughout the day.

Full, approved uniform is to be worn to, from and in school and whenever a student is representing the school on visits, in matches or in examinations.

The school uniform expectations are as follows:

Formal Uniform


School Logo/Unbranded

Black blazer with school logo


School Logo

Plain white collared generic shirt



School tie


School Logo

o   Red for Year 7 starting in September 2023

o   Purple for Year 8



o   Blue for Year 9

o   Green for Year 10

o   Yellow for Year 11

Green V-neck pullover with gold trim and logo


School Logo

Plain black traditional style school approved trousers


School Logo

Plain black traditional style school approved skirt


School Logo

(Worn no shorter than just above the knee)

Plain black or white socks or black/neutral tights.



(Long socks are not permitted)

Unbranded Black formal school shoes



(trainers, plimsolls, boots, shoes with a heel or open toed footwear are not permitted)

Official fleece lined jacket


School Logo

Padded school bag (rucksack or portfolio)


School Logo

Land Based Uniform


School Logo/Unbranded

White polo shirt



Green sweatshirt


School Logo

Plain black ‘combat’ type trousers



Steel toe capped boots



PE Kit


School Logo/Unbranded

Black and green rugby shirt


School Logo

Black and green polo shirt


School Logo

Black and green short/skort


School Logo

Plain black football socks



Plain white sports socks






Moulded football boots



Black and green ¾ zip top


School Logo

Girls Falcon Sports Leggings


School Logo

Black track suit bottoms


School Logo

No other sweatshirts/track suit bottoms will be accepted.



Compulsory items are required in the interests of consistency and ensuring that the appearance of the uniform remains one of smartness rather than fashion.

School branded items (HRCS logo) are available through our registered supplier Simmonds and HRCS Second Hand Shop . Only those items specified on the uniform list will be permitted. No other items of clothing will be permitted.


The uniform expectations at HRCS also outline clear expectations on Jewellery, Hair Styles and Make-up, as follows:


  • A watch
  • 1 pair of gold / silver stud earrings - 1 plain stud in the lower lobe of each ear (no hoops)
  • No other jewellery will be permitted


Hair Styles

Hair must be worn in a style, which, in the judgement of the School, is appropriate for a formal uniform situation.  An unnatural striking appearance, which may be considered suitable for social occasions, is inappropriate for the School. 

  • Haircuts must be no shorter than a No: 3
  • Hairstyles longer than shoulder length must be tied up, not obscuring the face
  • Shaved patterns, undercuts, extensive braiding* or beading are not acceptable
  • Unnatural/extremes of colour, for example those caused through dyeing or bleaching are not acceptable. Styles with coloured streaks, patterns or two-tones are not acceptable

*In a few cases and because of hair type and cultural status, functional braiding may be appropriate. However, advice must be sought in advance of styling since it will not be allowed unless there is an agreement with the School in advance.

In addition, for health and safety reasons students with long hair will be requested to tightly tie hair back, using a plain hair band (no other hair accessories are permitted). Hair should remain tied back and tidy at all times and should not obscure the face. 

Boys should attend the School clean shaven.



Make-up must not be worn and will be confiscated if found.

  • No nail polish or false nails
  • No false eyelashes
  • Students will be required to remove any make up worn in School


 Pupil Premium 

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

The funding ensures that money reaches the students who need it most. Gaps in achievement between those who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) and those who are not should be kept to an absolute minimum or eradicated.

Disadvantaged students are those which are in receipt of the Pupil Premium via FSM eligibility or because they are designated as a Looked After Child (LAC).

For more information, read the guidance for school leaders on using pupil premium and the EEF’s guide to using pupil premium.

Pupil Premium Statements

Pupil Premium Academic Year 2023-24

Pupil Premium Academic Year 2022-23

Pupil Premium Academic Year 2021-22

Pupil Premium Academic Year 2019-20

Pupil Premium Academic Year 2018-19

Pupil Premium Academic Year 2017-18 

Pupil Premium Academic Year 2016-17 

Pupil Premium Academic Year 2015-16 

Pupil Premium Academic Year 2014-15 

Pupil Premium Academic Year 2013-14



The following documents will provide all the information required to apply for a place at HRCS.



Hadlow Rural Community School is a unique school, combining a traditionally academic curriculum with a challenging Land-based specialism.

Our students have the opportunity to not only study for the highest academic grades but also to participate in a wide variety of life-enhancing and enriching experiences, working in a beautiful outdoor environment in areas such as agriculture, horticulture and countryside management.

Please click on the link for more information on our Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact as well as detailed Curriculum Maps and Learning Journeys for each subject.


Secondary Performance Measures

Performance measures in Secondary education focus on the progress made by students from their Key Stage 2 assessments, taken at the end of Primary School, to their outcomes at GCSE at the end of Key Stage 4, in Year 11.

The following measures are provided for all schools nationally:

  • Progress 8
  • Attainment 8
  • Grade 5 or above in English & maths GCSEs
  • EBacc Average Point Score
  • EBacc Entry
  • Staying in Education or entering employment

Further Information on Secondary accountability measures and how they are calculated can be found here.

Performance Measures for Hadlow Rural Community School



Preparation for employment is an integral part of our curriculum at Hadlow Rural Community School.  We aim to prepare our students to go on to further education or skilled employment and enable them to make a significant contribution to society.

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance  at Hadlow Rural Community School


Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI)

Supporting and promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is essential for all stakeholders at HRCS.

We aim to ensure that all our learners can thrive and reach their full potential. By raising awareness and promoting all strands of diversity, how to eliminate discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and foster good relations, we are preparing our students and the wider community to become good global citizens and to appreciate and celebrate the diverse society in which we live.

We appreciate that talents reside in people of all backgrounds and a diverse community can help harness this.

The Equality Act 2010 protects aspects of our identity, defined as ‘protected characteristics’, from discrimination. As a school we strongly support and promote this principle; any form of discrimination will not be tolerated and will be treated extremely seriously.

The nine protected characteristics are as follows:

  • Age 
  • Disability 
  • Gender reassignment 
  • Marriage and civil partnership 
  • Pregnancy and maternity 
  • Race 
  • Religion or belief 
  • Sex 
  • Sexual orientation 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) are promoted throughout the school in a number of ways including:

  • Assemblies
  • Curriculum Maps
  • PSHE
  • Citizenship
  • SMSC
  • British Values
  • School Rewards and Achievement policies
  • Interview Process


Senior Students (Year 11) and Prefects (Year 9 and 10) who hold a responsibility for the development of student focused EDI priorities around the school. This year, this group has celebrated:

  • Black History Month
  • Neurodiversity Week
  • Pride Month

During tutor time, Diversify sessions have enabled students to have the opportunity to learn about and discuss a range of religious, cultural, equality, diversity and inclusion topics, celebratory events and awareness raising materials. These can be viewed below:

Equality Information and Objectives

Setting Equality Objectives is a requirement for all schools as part of the Equality Act 2010. This statement outlines Hadlow Rural Community School objectives, equality information, context and legal requirements.

Our key objectives are as follows: 

  • Ensuring Hadlow Rural Community School policies all give due regard to Equality issues
  • Ensuring progress for all pupils, and sub-groups of pupils that meet Value dded targets

regardless of gender, race, disability or background

  • Ensure effective CEIAG is given to all pupils regardless of gender, race, disability or background
  • Improve year on year in key performance measures (Progress 8, Attainment 8, VA, EBacc) for all pupils and sub-groups of pupils regardless of gender, race, disability or background
  • To ensure all pupils hit attendance targets of 96%, regardless of gender, race, disability or background
  • Develop a staff induction and training programme that addresses equality issues and equips staff to deal with these issues thoroughly and sensitively

The school Equality Information and Objectives policy can be found here.

SEN Information

All schools are expected to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) being met within a mainstream setting wherever possible.  

Within Hadlow Rural Community School we are committed to ensure every pupil, regardless of ability achieves well and succeeds. Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) ensures that pupils with specific needs are catered for through tailored support, teaching assistants, individual education and intervention plans.

Although we have an excellent reputation for supporting SEND students in achieving, it is important however to acknowledge that the resources available to HRCS, as a very small secondary school, are far more limited than those in a much larger school. Therefore, should your child have any additional needs, we would strongly advise contacting our SENCO to discuss the level of need and the resources available at the school, to ensure that expectations on the support we can provide are clear.

If you have any questions regarding the SEND provision available at HRCS, please do not hesitate to contact the school SENCO, Sarah.Codling@HRCSchool.org or call the school to arrange an appointment.

The following links will provide further detail on the SEND provision available at HRCS.

The following websites may also provide some further helpful information.

Kent Autistic Trust

ADHD Foundation 

Kent Speech and Language Therapy

Irlen UK


Kent Children and Young People's Mental Health 

Further SEN Information.

Trustee Information


Hadlow Rural Community School Governance Structure




Hadlow Rural Community School Trustee Information



Hadlow Rural Community School complies with the Academy Trust Handbook as a condition of our funding agreement.

The following links will provide further details related to the Academy Handbook, Funding Agreement, Financial Statements and Funding Allocations.

Should you have any questions or require further information please contact the School’s CFO Lorna.Wyrill@HRCSchool.org 


Academy Trust Handbook

Funding Agreement

Funding Allocation

Financial Statements

Higher Paid Staff



Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect services providing education and skills for learners of all ages. They also inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people.

The guidance and framework that Ofsted apply when inspecting school’s can be found here.


Inspection Reports

Since opening in September 2013, HRCS has received two inspections; June 2015 and February 2019.

We are very proud of the outcomes and feedback received during both inspections, the following statements provide a summary of statements from both reports.

The full reports can be found on the following links:


Other school reports can be found on the link below:


 Ofsted Parentview

Parents and carers can give their views of our school at any time of the school year and at the time of a school inspection using an online questionnaire called Parent View.

When our school is notified of its next Ofsted inspection, parents will be invited to give their views about the school to inspectors using the Parent View online facility as this has replaced Ofsted’s paper questionnaire. Please make sure we have your most up-to-date contact details.

Please register with an email address and a password at https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk.

Once your login has been activated, it only takes a few minutes to complete answers to 14 short questions about aspects such as bullying, behaviour of students, the quality of teaching, how well your child is doing and the curriculum on offer etc.

Your views are important in helping inspectors make decisions about our school, and to help us know what is going well and what could be improved.

If you do not have a computer or an email address or if you would like help to use Parent View, please contact the School at contact@hrcschool.org

Current Parentview survey results can be found here.