Here are a few excerpts from our school prospectus:-
• For each child to achieve their best in a spirit of confidence.
• To provide appropriate challenge and support to develop individual potential spiritually, socially, morally and academically.
• For all members of the school community to be valued and all achievements celebrated.
• For each child to develop knowledge and understanding of the World, building on previous learning, as they investigate the familiar environment and then the wider world
• For each child to develop high standards of behaviour. To promote respect for others in our school community, developing personal characteristics of self-discipline, honesty, courtesy, independence and a sense of responsibility for themselves and others.
• For each child to develop confidence and self-esteem, with positive attitudes to learning.
• For each child to have access to a broad and balanced curriculum within a learning environment that is happy, stimulating, well ordered and calm.
• To work in partnership with parents in helping each child to feel happy and secure within the school setting.
• We aim to foster a sense of belonging to the school community by establishing an effective working partnership between the Governing Body, the school staff, our parents and pupils.
In all that we offer children both in and outside of school, our aim is to develop attitudes important throughout life – the ability to work independently and alongside others. We know that children’s self esteem and confidence grow when high value is placed on their work and learning. As a school we celebrate children’s achievements though displays and special assemblies. We encourage all of our children to discuss and evaluate their work and to take pride in the topic books that they produce each term.
The school can accommodate 180 pupils based in 6 classes. Our entry number is 45 children per year group.
The Blue Wing accommodates the Reception and Year 1 pupils in three classes.
The Yellow Wing accommodates the Year 2 and 3 pupils in three classes.
We have six full-time teachers and a Headteacher. We also have a part-time learning support teacher who co-ordinates programmes of work for children with Special Educational Needs.
The children also receive encouragement and support in their learning activities from teaching assistants who work with individuals and small groups alongside and under the direction of the class teacher for some part of the school week. In the Early Years class there is always an assistant working alongside the teacher.
A friendly and caring atmosphere with children and adults working together is encouraged at all times, with opportunities for children to work in pairs or groups, co-operating with each other in their learning activities.
In the stimulating and secure environment the school can provide, we help each child to grow in self-confidence and develop a sense of responsibility. We want the children to enjoy learning and encourage their natural curiosity and real desire to find things out.
Each child is given the opportunity to develop his/her full potential as an individual with his/her own special talents and qualities. He/she is also helped to play a full and valued part in all aspects of school life.
We are keen to foster a community feeling within the school and beyond with the help of children, staff, parents, governors and adults in the neighbourhood.
We work closely with Downsbrook Middle School to which the majority of our children transfer, having spent a minimum of three years and one term with us as a full time pupil and one or two terms as a part-time pupil under the early entry programme.
Special Educational Needs
Children of all abilities are catered for at our school, so that everyone has the chance to realise their full potential. We recognise and respond to the fact that some children will need extra attention on occasions during their time with us.
A national Code of Practice sets out responsibilities for identifying and supporting children with Special Educational Needs or disability. Our School Policy takes full account of the requirements and is available for parents to examine on request. Our school is designed to provide easy access for disabled members of the community. It is built on one level, has a disabled toilet, together with spacious cloakroom and reception areas.
We carefully assess and monitor each child's progress and involve parents at an early stage if we have concerns. We can then work together to understand and help a child overcome difficulties.
Our part-time Learning Support teacher works with class teachers to prepare programmes for children needing extra help. This may involve additional teaching time or support from a teaching assistant, working with a small group or on an individual basis. The school works closely with, and seeks advice from other professionals. This advice is incorporated in programmes, and parents are informed and involved at all stages.
A governor has been appointed to oversee SEN, so that there is continuous liaison between the Headteacher and the Governing Body.
Able and Gifted Pupils
We have a teacher with special responsibilities to ensure that all able pupils are given the opportunity to develop particular gifts. More able pupils are extended through curriculum planning and class organisation.
They are also given the opportunity to participate in workshops, art events and the West Sussex Enrichment Programme.