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Our Core Values . . .

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Maximising potential

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Cultivating curiosity

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Sustaining positive relationships

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Developing the whole person

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Being child centred





Latest News

Lessons learned from a school in Special Measures

Even before I was working in education full-time, the work of Professor Ken Robinson arrested my attention. His TED talks are a source of inspiration on how to put priorities in the appropriate order and do things right, even when the pressure is to meet someone else’s agenda. I particularly appreciate what he says about the things we can learn from children with special educational needs and disabilities - a humility to learn from those traditionally seen as a problem can open new insights. In the same spirit, I wanted to say a few things...

An unbalanced life . . .

Received wisdom is that in life we should strive for balance.  Yet, when I think back at the times in my life when I have felt most happy or fulfilled, they have probably been the most unbalanced of times. Falling in love.  Writing a book.  Visiting children in a war zone.  Training for a sports event.  Getting lost in some research or study.  My wife, Lotty, will tell you that when I ‘get into’ something, I am anything but balanced!  When I am full-on living these things, I certainly don’t devote equal proportions of my time and energy to...

My first few weeks as a new Head of School . . .

Michael Tidd, Head of School at Medmerry Primary School in Selsey shares his thoughts on his first few weeks at a new school I can’t really remember my first half term as a qualified teacher, but I’m fairly certain I enjoyed it. Inevitably I had been given a delightful class, and at the time scrutiny isn’t what it is now. I was observed once in the first half term as part of my probation, and that aside I was largely left to my own devices. It wasn’t that I wasn’t supported – I was lucky enough to work in a large friendly school with plenty...

A Headteacher’s personal thoughts on joining Schoolsworks

My personal thoughts on joining Schoolsworks East Preston Junior School (EPJS) is a friendly and happy school situated in the beautiful coastal village of East Preston. “Enjoyment and Excellence in all that we are and all that we do” is our school motto: we aim to provide exciting, meaningful and enjoyable educational experiences ensuring that all children have fun learning and achieve their academic potential. Our core values (responsibility, enjoyment, collaboration, kindness, excellence and respect) focus on providing a caring and...

The maddest of times . . . .

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to see a wonderful production of King Lear at Chichester. I admit that my initial reason for buying the tickets was a bit shallow; I didn’t want to miss the chance to see Sir Ian McKellen while he is still in full pomp. His Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s Tolkien movies has loomed large in our family’s cultural life over nearly two decades and I felt sure his Lear was going to be worth watching. Indeed it was. But we got so much more for our money than a close-up look at the venerable national treasure. Feargal...

Staff Focus

Shannon Lasham

My name is Shannon and I’m a Mid-day Meals Supervisor at Rustington Community Primary School. I help the children with their lunch and then help supervise their playtime.

I only ever see happy children and the atmosphere here is great. My favourite moment recently was a massed game of Duck-Duck-Goose with about 60 children!