CARING about pupils and being at the heart of the community – that is the ethos of Sompting Village Primary School.
The school, in White Styles Road, Sompting, was given its name when Templars First School and White Styles Middle School merged, in 2008, and, since then, head teacher Richard Cave and his staff have been building “a school to be proud of”.
With 359 pupils between the ages of four and 11, the school prides itself on offering a curriculum which teaches youngsters and keeps them engaged.
To Infinity and Beyond, Down on the Farm, Beside the Seaside and Up the Chimney are the names of just some of the topics the children have studied or are currently studying, which promote teaching of multiple subjects being integrated into one theme the children find stimulating.
But the teaching and support the school offers does not only take place during school-time.
A range of groups are also held at the school, from chess club to mountain biking, and breakfast club to a youth church group.
Students have learned to become environmentally conscious, with the formation of a group called Eco Warriors, which includes members from each year, and encourages pupils to recycle, with some taking part in the construction of a greenhouse made from recycled bottles.
Speaking about the school and its ethos, Mr Cave said: “The school aims to provide the best possible education and the best possible care for our children.
“Everyone has worked extremely hard over the last three to four years to make a school we’re incredibly proud of.
“Parents are incredibly supportive, as are the governors. I feel genuinely privileged to work here.
“We wanted to create a school to serve the community and believe we’ve done that successfully.”