Lavington Park Federation

This film is an introduction to our wonderful rural school, nestled in the foot of the South Downs. You can also view a short film describing the ethos and creative, child-led curriculum that we employ by clicking HERE.

Welcome to our …

small school filled with curious minds, big hearts
and happy voices

Welcome to our website, which we are constantly updating to make sure we are telling you everything you need to know and giving you a real flavour of our lovely schools.

Lavington Park Federation is a Federation of Graffham CE Infant School and Duncton CE Junior School.

We are a thriving village school based in two villages in West Sussex, serving a wide catchment area. We teach 4 – 7 years at Graffham CE Infant School and 7 – 11 years at Duncton CE Junior School. The schools are three miles apart and work in conjunction with each other, with the same Headteacher and the same Governing Body.

Our schools are situated in the South Downs National Park and our children spend a considerable amount of time learning outside, either as part of their normal lessons or in Forest School sessions. We personalise our creative curriculum to ensure that all children reach their potential based on their own curiosity and their interests. We care about each child and their family, valuing our strong links between home and school,  and are always supportive of the needs of families and children both emotionally and academically. 

OUR ETHOS is to ensure that every child has a creative and exciting learning experience, which engages them and focuses on high quality outcomes. 

Our Learning Values and Christian Values underpin all of our actions within school.

Our Learning Values, “the 7 Cs”, are taken from the research work of Professor Bill Lucas and his book ‘Educating Ruby’ :

  • Confidence
  • Craftsmanship
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Curiosity
  • Communication
  • Commitment

As Church of England schools, it is our role to ensure that we provide an inclusive education focusing on Christian and British values.  We support children and families of Christian faith, all faiths and none.  We celebrate festivals that take place across the cultures and faiths of Britain.  We learn about democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Our core Christian values are :

  • Kindness
  • Respect
  • Hope
  • Responsibility
  • Friendship

Lavington Park Federation works to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in all recruitment, training and support for families and children, and through curriculum opportunities.

Some time ago, the children in our Year 6 class created their own willow sculptures to represent their thoughts on the ethos of our school : they discussed putting creativity and ‘child voice’ high on the school’s agenda, and knew that they would work closely with each other to achieve their best work. Click here to see more of these Year 6 thoughts on our Federation ethos.

If you would like to come and look round our beautiful schools, please call at the school offices and talk to us, telephone, email us directly or use the contact form on this site.

You will find information about Admissions if you click HERE.

Helen Martin
Head Teacher