At West Wittering Primary School we believe that it is vital that our pupils are supported to develop an understanding of their role in the wider community. This will be of benefit in preparing them for an unknown, and no doubt, challenging future.
Our Home/School Agreement is sent out annually. This clearly expresses the relationship between school, parents and pupils, and the responsibilities that they each hold.
We believe that parents have a vital role to play if their child is to be successful in their learning. We warmly encourage all parents to take an active interest in their child’s progress, and support them with their learning through homework, take home tasks, reading regularly with them and attending Parents Evenings each term. The Home/Link book, which each child has, is a very useful way of maintaining positive links between home and school. Children from Year 2 upwards are invited to attend Parents Evening with their parents so that discussion can focus around their targets for next steps. Parents are welcome to discuss their children’s progress at other times and should arrange a convenient appointment with the class teacher, or Head teacher.
There are other opportunities such as class assemblies, learning journey presentations and Arts Week where parents are encouraged to come in and see what the children have been learning.
An annual Way Forward meeting is run by staff in March each year to further update and inform parents about whole school initiatives and developments, the impact that may have on their child, and how they can support these. We ask that you make every effort to attend.
We have an open door policy and parents are encouraged to come in to school and share any worries or concerns they may have. Parents may make an appointment at a convenient time to discuss any issues that may be having an impact on their child’s learning, behaviour or general well-being.
Our Parents Forum is a means through which parents can raise issues or concerns for further consideration and discussion; each class is represented by several parents who attend half-termly meetings with the Headteacher.
Parents or indeed other carers, including grandparents, are most welcome to come in and help in various ways in our school. We have robust Safeguarding procedures in place, and if involved in school on a regular basis an enhanced CRB disclosure form has to be completed, and we recommend that if you think you might like to help, even now and again, the completion of one of these forms is preferable.
We have a thriving FPTA (Friends, Parents and Teachers Association) who hold fund-raising and social events in aid of the school. In recent years money has been raised for subsidising educational visits and residentials, purchase of new ICT hardware and software, new outdoor equipment and our current outdoor development project – Project Oak.
The school is part of the Manhood Penisula Locality Group of six schools. The Headteachers work together to share funding and resources to bring about the best possible provision for the children in their care. A range of joint activities, including staff training, educational visits, and joint School Council meetings contribute to a richer and more diverse experience for all of our pupils.
Good liaison is maintained with
The Academy Selsey, Chichester High School, Bishop Luffa School and Chichester Free School. Visits to the schools are arranged for our pupils, and their staff visit our schools to meet with pupils before they leave us.
We often welcome students from these schools for work placement opportunities.
Universities and Colleges
The school works closely with the University of Chichester, the University of Brighton and Chichester College and from time to time we offer teaching placements to their students to support a variety of course requirements. Teaching is a wonderful profession and staff welcome the opportunity to work with aspiring teachers.
The Church and Parish, Village and Wider Communities
The school maintains close links with the parish and village community.
We have strong links with the local parish church, our parish encumbent, Fr. Jonathan Swindells, is a regular visitor to school and leads collective worship. We encourage all pupils to be reflective and find that they have a marvellous capacity for this. Pupils are involved in leading worship in a range of settings, including at St. Peter and St. Paul’s church.
The school is supported by businesses and individuals in the local community, and they are always welcome at events such as the Christmas Fayre. We have strong links with West Wittering Estate, and work collaboratively in the interests of the children and others who benefit from the wonderful environment which surrounds our school. More widely, we are developing links with a school in London, and plan joint communication and visits, all of which are beneficial to pupils from both schools.
We have developing links with the primary school in Moutiers-les-Mauxfaits which is our twin town in France.
We have strong links with Bo, in Sierra Leone, since involvement of fundraising for building a secondary school was a local community project a few years ago. The school continues to support children in Bo in a range of ways including through prayer, fundraising, and letter writing http://slbsa.co.uk/ . We have achieved our International School Status.