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What do we aim for?

Our school is a happy secure environment, which fosters a real enthusiasm for life and learning. Every person involved in our school is entitled to respect, security and consideration, and is valued for the contribution they make to the life of the school.

The aims of our school:

To help every child to strive to do their best and to succeed in achieving individual targets and challenges.

To help every child to strive to do their best and to succeed in achieving individual targets and challenges.

To help pupils to develop lively, enquiring minds, with the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks, and physical skills.

To help pupils to develop responsibility for their own learning and their behavior.
To provide a broad and balanced skill based curriculum, this helps pupils to acquire the knowledge and skills, needed to prepare them for a full adult life.

To help pupils to understand the world in which they live and to value their own and other’s place within it, as well as the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations.

To foster an understanding of the nature of God and Man in accordance with the beliefs and traditions of our culture and to gain knowledge of and respect for other religions.

Whatever the changes in education it is essential to remember that at the heart of the education process is the child.

We strive to reflect this in the aims of our school and in our aspirations for every individual within the school.

What do the children learn?

We meet the demands of the National Curriculum through thorough, creative planning which takes full advantage of cross-curricula opportunities. Approximately 65% of teaching time is dedicated to the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and ICT.

We endeavor to provide the children with a stimulating and challenging skills based programme of work where creativity and independence are valued and encouraged.

We take full advantage of the local environment and the opportunities it provides. West Dean College and Gardens, and the Weald and Down land Museum are visited regularly and provide us with a wide range of expertise. We enjoy a whole school Arts focus every June and share our work with the wider community at an Arts Evening. The children enjoy educational visits further a field as the need arises and the older children enjoy a week long residential visit during Year Five or Year Six.