Welcome to St Mary's Church of England Primary School.
We are a small rural village school on the outskirts of Littlehampton in West Sussex, nestled between the beach and the South Downs. As a voluntary aided school, we work closely with our local village church, St Mary's, and we both benefit from, and support, the local church and our village community. The churches influence can be seen all over the school in both the curriculum, but most importantly in our beliefs, particularly in the eight core values that underpin all we do in the school. To find out more take a look at our values section. The best way to find out more about us is to come and see us in action.
We welcome school visits by appointment, to arrange one contact our school Business Manager,
Mrs. Mott, on 01903 714325
Our Core Values
Message from our Headteacher, Mrs Llewelyn:
Thank you for your interest in St Mary's Primary School. We are a small primary school set in beautiful surroundings close to the sea. We pride ourselves on knowing our children very well, working to meet their needs and support them to grow as well-rounded individuals who are independent in their thinking, confident and excited by learning.
We aim to make the most of our local environment, encouraging pupils to enjoy and appreciate the outdoors - our gardening club do a magnificent job of planting and maintaining our vegetable garden and all the borders and pots around the school, and we use the local area including the shore as part of our teaching. We are proud to be an Eco Schools Green Flag School which reflects our green credentials.
As a Church School, we have strong links with St Mary's Church in Clymping. Richard, Rector of St Mary's, is one of our Governors and he visits the school regularly to lead worship. We also go to St Mary's Church for end of term services and other events. Our core values reflect our Christian ethos and are reflected in our approach to all aspects of school life.
A unique feature of St Mary's is an approach to learning that we call 'Freeflow'. In essence, this is a way to support pupils to be independent in their learning, take responsibility for tasks and take pride in achievements. It also allows them to make mistakes and learn from them in a safe environment - something which is crucial for the development of confidence and self-esteem. Allied to this is the responsibility that pupils are encouraged to take as they move through the school, as team captains, sports leaders, buddies to younger children, Eco Leaders or Deep Thinkers.
It is very hard to describe a school in a few words. If you would like to learn more about St Mary's, please make an appointment to be shown round. This will give you an opportunity to see the school in action, and have all your questions answered.
Mrs J. Llewelyn