Welcome to Hazelwood Academy Reception Class

Suzanne Lloyd

Academy Headteacher

As headteacher I am delighted to welcome you to Hazelwood Academy.

We are so excited for you to start your remarkable school journey with us.

At Hazelwood we recognize that every child is an individual to be cherished, with their own unique personality. Our promise is that each one of them will be welcomed into the Hazelwood family by our kind caring staff and big hearted pupils and that we will support them as they grow and develop, forge new friendships and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Perhaps you may like to watch the videos below which will introduce you to Reception Class and Hazelwood Academy a little further. Also read on below for an introduction to Mrs Kitsell our Reception Class teacher.

Every year we schedule plenty of opportunities to get to know the children who apply to Hazelwood, and their families too. Also, arranging time for you to meet our staff, explore our school and start getting ready for joining us fully in September.

In the meantime, if you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us, or call the school office to arrange a school tour.

NOTE: Applications for a Primary School places for Sept 2022 must be submitted to the local authority by 15th Jan 2022. Click here to access the Swindon School Places and Admissions website to make your application

Dates for your diary...

Click on the dates below to see the events and activities we have planned for school transition.

19 April 2022 - National School Offer Date

19-30 April 2022

School Place Acceptance Window

School staff are on hand to help with this process or answer any questions you may have.

19 April - 13 May 2022

Letter of Confirmation and Welcome Call

We will be in touch as soon as we receive notice of your acceptance

23 May 2022

Receive 'Getting ready for school' Activity Pack 1

A pack with suggested activities to ready your child for the transition to school will be sent to your email address

13-17 June 2022

Teddy Bear Picnic
(am or pm session)

Children invited to school with their parents/carers for a fun half day session to meet their teacher and key staff

21 June 2022

New Parents Evening - 6pm

Parents invited to evening event to meet key staff and hear more details about the process of starting school

20 June 2022

Receive 'Getting ready for school' Activity Pack 2

A second pack with further activities to ready your child for the transition to school will be sent to your email address

20-24 June 2022

School Uniform Order window

You will be invited to order your free set of uniform to include:

  • 1 x jumper/cardigan

  • 1 x polo shirt

  • 1 x skirt/trouser

  • Book bag

27 June - 8 July 2022

Phone calls and visits to home or current Nursery setting

Your child will be visited/contacted in their current settings so we get another opportunity to meet and learn about your child.

13 July 2022

Transition Morning

Your child will visit the school for a transition morning. An opportunity to expereince the school setting without their parent/carer

18 July 2022

Receive 'Getting ready for school' Activity Pack 3

Some final suggested activities you can complete over the Summer with your child to help with transition to school. This will be sent to your email address

05 - 9 Sept 2022

Mornings only settle in school sessions

Children attend mornings only for the first 2 school weeks

12 Sept 2022

Full time school for all

Children attend school full time from this date

Dates are provisional and Government Covid-19 restrictions permitting, you will be notifed of any changes.

Meet your teacher

Mrs Lauren Kitsell

Reception Teacher

Mrs Lauren Kitsell is our fantastic Reception Teacher here at Hazelwood Academy. Her journey into teaching began as she studied for a PGCE at The University of Chichester where she specialised in the Early Years (3-7 year olds).

Mrs Kitsell joined us in 2020 and is really enjoying working with our youngest pupils.

“I enjoy the awe and wonder that is found within the Early Years. The children are so excited to learn and I find such joy in their amazement of the world around them. There is never a dull day and there is always something to laugh or smile about! I love seeing the children’s progress at the earliest part of their school experience.”

Mrs Kitsell other passion is music having trained as a 'music specialist'.

“I was very lucky to be raised in a musical family, leading me to develop a love of music and later go on to study for a music degree. I believe that music is such an important part of children’s progression and can be a fun and engaging way to enable learning across the whole curriculum. We do lots of singing and dancing in reception and enjoy exploring the sounds around us”

In her free time Mrs Kitsell enjoys playing the piano, reading, playing board games and going on long country walks with her friends and family.


Between 20-27 June 2022 you will be invited to order your free set of uniform, which includes:

  • 1 x jumper/cardigan

  • 1 x polo shirt

  • 1 x skirt/trouser

  • Book bag

Day in the life of Reception

If you have any question or concerns please contact: Susan Irving, Parental Engagement Officer via: contactus@hazelwoodacademy.org