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West Hove Infant School
Portland Road, BN3 5JA, UK Hove
+44 (0)1273 733386


Moving star

We will encourage children to:

'Realise their talents,
Face new challenges
And move confidently between the two'

School Logo - Vision Phrase

Vision Statement:

Our shared vision includes attaining the highest possible outcomes for all our children, where inclusion of all learners is a central goal. We seek to provide all our learners with the best possible start to life and we will aim to act as a conduit for the necessary support services wherever possible. We embrace the principles of 'Every Child Matters' and extended services and will work towards these goals. Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE & C) will be at the heart of our school. Children will thrive in a secure and caring atmosphere where high standards of behaviour, social manners and academic achievement are paramount. We will try to ensure that all our children leave school with a positive disposition for learning so that they will become life long learners. We will maintain a broad and balanced curriculum and will always be keen to enrich this curriculum further.

We will have a motivated and skilful workforce that embraces change positively, thus equipping our school for learning in the 21st century. To do this we will develop the potential of all our staff by providing high quality training for teaching and all support staff. We are committed to working together and through wider networks to learn from each other and share best practice. We have embarked upon a national project with the Qualifications and Curriculum Agency (QCA) entitled Physical Education and School Sport (PESS). We are involved in other learning networks locally through the Primary Leadership Programme (PLP) and Quality in Learning and Teaching (QUILT) quality mark.

We welcome external views of our school and as such we will actively seek to acquire quality marks to kite mark our achievements. In our pursuit to become recognised as a leading school in the authority in the teaching and learning of ICT we have recently acquired the NAACE and ICT quality marks and have become a host school for the Strategic Leadership in ICT (SLICT) course for headteachers.

We embrace the principles of wrap-around child care from 8am to 6pm and we will provide quality provision. We will run a breakfast club which focuses upon being active, providing a nutritious breakfast and study support and we also have a number of extra-curricular clubs either run by ourselves or by experts within our local community. We will also provide a private child care facility which will operate every school day including INSET and holidays. We wish to extend our services further by becoming a Gateway Centre for the under fives.

We aim to be viewed as a learning hub for our local community. We will be a venue for the LEA Family Learning programme but looking ahead, we would like to extend this provision for wider local community learning.

School Aims:

1. to ensure that everyone within the organisation is happy, healthy, safe and successful, ensuring equality of opportunity

2. to encourage everyone to use their capabilities to fulfil their potential and achieve economic well-being as adults

3. to begin to prepare children for the complexities and challenges of adult life by developing:

• lively and enquiring minds;
• a love of learning;
• knowledge, experience and understanding of the world in which they live;
• skills and attitudes to become independent and co-operative learners;
• self respect and a belief in their own abilities;
• an understanding of right and wrong, self discipline and respect for the rights and needs of others and for the environment;

4. to provide opportunities for children so that they can make a positive contribution to their school, local, national and international communities

In order to achieve this we will:

• provide a happy, secure and attractive environment;
• ensure equality of opportunity;
• begin with what an individual can do and have high expectations of what he/she will achieve;
• maintain a broad and balanced curriculum ensuring continuity and progression from the Foundation Stage through
to Key Stage 1;
• promote each child's knowledge, skills and understanding in all areas of learning encouraging creativity and enterprise;
• provide for the whole child through planning for spiritual, personal and social development;
• structure first hand experiences which provide relevant contexts for learning;
• provide quality experiences which stimulate an enthusiasm for learning;
• ensure each child has the experiences, resources and teaching appropriate to his/her abilities and aptitudes;
• work with parents as partners in their child's education;
• encourage and support the continuing professional development of all staff.


Art and Craft Club
Our Art and Craft club meets after school, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Year 1 and 2 Children are able to experiment with a variety of materials and techniques e.g. collage, printing, stencilling, charcoal and watercolour.

Yogabugs Club
Fun, creative yoga classes designed to stimulate children's powers of imagination, maintain their natural flexibility and teach them to breath correctly. The class combines exciting adventures with songs, stories and relaxation techniques.

Drama Club
These sessions are designed to support Key Stage 1 Speaking and Listening skills to provide an opportunity for children to further develop individual confidence and abilities, explore various aspects of drama and have some fun!

WetWetWet Club
A variety of classes teaching beginners to swim and helping swimmers to improve their stroke. Badges and certificates will be awarded as children progress.

Kids Can Cook Club
Children learn basic safety and food hygiene in the kitchen. They learn how to weigh and measure ingredients, traditional basic cooking methods and enjoy practical experience of making and baking.

Spanish and French Club
These aren't lessons! The club does not use books, this is learning but with games and songs and role-play, pretty much the same way your child learned to speak their own language.

Karate Club
Sama karate is excellent for children because apart from all the benefits of good, healthy exercise, better co-ordination and self-defence, it also places great emphasis on discipline and respect. Sama Karate is a great builder of children's confidence.


The foundation stage curriculum is organised into six areas of learning:

• personal, social and emotional development;
• communication, language and literacy;
• mathematical development;
• knowledge and understanding of the world;
• physical development;
• creative development;

One experience may provide a child with opportunities to develop a number of competencies, skills and concepts across several areas of learning.

Children in Key Stage 1 will be taught the following compulsory national curriculum subjects:
• English
• Mathematics
• Science
• Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
• Design and Technology
• History
• Geography
• Art and Design
• Music
• Physical Education (games, dance, gymnastics)
• Religious Education

In addition, we have chosen to enrich the pupils' learning experiences further by offering additional subjects:
• Swimming
• French
• Creative Thinking
• Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship
• Social and Emotional aspects of learning


A child whose birthday falls between 1st September and 31st August will be admitted into Reception class at the beginning of the autumn term either on a part-time or full-time basis. If their birthday falls between 1st September and 31st December then they will be admitted to school on a full-time basis, all other children will be part-time until 31st December and full-time after Christmas.

The admission limit to our Reception is 120 pupils.

Arrangements for Parental Visits Prior to Admissions

Parents who are considering sending their children to our Infant School should contact the headteacher, who will be pleased to make an appointment to show them around the school and explain our school ethos.

All our new children and parents are given the opportunities and time to become familiar with, and settle into, the routine of a new school through a carefully planned induction programme. This induction programme includes 'welcome' meetings for parents, and 'story' and 'activity' sessions for the children.

Feeder Schools

The children in our Reception transfer from a number of different pre-school providers.

The majority of children transfer from our school to West Hove Junior School. The links between the two schools ensure that the transition is smooth and a natural process. The headteacher of West Hove Junior School is also proud of the achievements of the school and the wonderful facilities available.

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