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The strong community is evident – parents say older pupils look out for the younger ones, and some volunteer for community service, which involves getting up an hour early to help make breakfast or pick up litter. Independent learning and thought is the great strength here. Children get as much choice as possible, younger children deciding the term’s topic – year 2 chose circuses, and all subjects were taught through the circus medium, children learning their tables through juggling; year 3 chose…

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Our aim is to make every pupil's experience exciting and fulfilling and one they will look back at with genuine happiness. We are set in the glorious surroundings of the Sussex countryside where girls and boys are able to develop their love for learning in a safe and caring environment. We are part of the Woodard foundation and as such the Christian values of tolerance and forgiveness for others underpin all that we do here.

We offer a broad curriculum which we aspire to deliver through the highest standards of teaching. We want children to take risks in the classroom, not to be afraid of getting it wrong, but rather confident enough to ask questions and think for themselves. All children have talents and gifts, both in and out of the classroom and we are always looking to identify and celebrate these at every opportunity.
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Since 2007, Chris Calvey BEd (40s), previously deputy head at Bishopsgate. Energetic and approachable. There is a gentleness about him – it is easy to see that children would trust him very quickly: beaming smiles and chorused greetings as we toured the school. A parent described the head as ‘quite incredible – he knows and cares about every child.’ When they were being shown around the school, the head apparently asked a boy who was staring out the window, not paying attention, a question, which he couldn’t answer - ‘ah, you're thinking about that winning six on Wednesday…’ He’s really involved with the children; and pupils know their importance to him: recipients of an HMI (Head Master’s Initials) school award can interrupt any meeting to receive their award from the head.

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