Message from the Headteacher
Central Church of England Aided Junior School is a happy and successful school.
I am proud of the wealth of opportunities we provide for the children and the wider community. Central School serves children from 7 to 11 years of age who live in Chichester and beyond.
The School is an acknowledged centre of excellence and has been awarded its second Charter Mark in recognition of the high quality of service it gives. We have gained numerous sporting achievements in swimming, athletics and running. Central School also has an international reputation for music which attracts considerable attention and provides many exciting opportunities for the children.
The pupils receive the full National Curriculum and much more besides during the normal working day. Clubs and activities continue into the evening and some weekends.
The Christian foundation of the School is important. We place a special value on our worship, RE teaching and the ethos of the school. We encourage respect for others and service to the community.
We were proud to receive an Award for the International Education and Curriculum in the school.
The move from infant to junior education and to a new school can be an anxious time. All pupils will have opportunities to become familiar with Central School well before that time comes. We aim to arrange a smooth transfer for all children and talk with the teachers of your child's present school. We know children work best when they feel happy and secure and are stimulated by new challenges.
At Central School we value the partnership we have with parents. Together we can give our children the best possible education to prepare them for life in the future.
At Central School pupils are always placed in a class with children of the same age. Classes are arranged in mixed ability groups for all subjects except maths. Presently we have three classes in each year group. The teachers plan and work in year teams which are headed by the year leader. There are currently 350 children on roll with classes having a maximum of 30 pupils in them.
Children are taught, for most of the time, by their own class teacher or job share partnership. At Central children have times when they are taught by other staff with an expertise or when teachers have their entitlement for 10% planning and preparation time during the week (or when they are attending courses). Teachers are also designated to be subject leaders, so that there is continuity of study through the school.
The School Day
Mornings: 8.55 am to 12.00 pm
Afternoons: 1.00 pm to 3.25 pm
The children should arrive at school between 8.40 am and 8.55 am and go straight into the playground. If it is raining the children should go straight to their classroom via the cloakroom. This means that during a normal school week the children will receive 23.5 hours of education.
The Ethos of Central School
Our Mission Statement
At Central we are committed to developing a successful learning community, based on Christian values, where all are enabled to fulfil their potential in a stimulating environment and an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.
Recognising its historic foundation, the School will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at the parish and diocesan level.
The School aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian Belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all pupils.
The whole of school life has a role in the spiritual and moral development of the children and collective worship plays an important part in this. Worship is seen as the adoration of God and the chosen elements within it enable pupils to make a free response. The daily worship includes prayer, singing and readings. We go to Saint Paul¹ s church at least once a term and mark the major Christian festivals and seasons of the year.
At Central School we want children to learn to be good citizens of the world and to enjoy and value the life God has given them. We also want them to empathise with and respect other people and their points of view and to be kind, thoughtful and honest. We want children to know how to behave and what is expected of them socially.
We also want them to strive towards their full potential as individuals academically, socially, physically, spiritually and in community. We want them to be able to achieve their best and grow in self confidence. We encourage charity work, involve ourselves in city life and promote community service.
We want children to leave Central School having enjoyed their time, made the most of the opportunities available and feeling proud that they have attended this school.