CLICK HERE to go straight to a page of special information about our schools in academic year 2021-22, relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The film below is an introduction to our wonderful rural school, nestled at the foot of the South Downs.
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.
We are proud that Graffham and Duncton are both church schools with very close links with the clergy in both parishes. Read more here.
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 CURRICULUM INTENT and SCHOOL ETHOS is to:
- teach children to gain the knowledge and skills, responsibility and integrity to enjoy fullness of life
- develop intrinsic motivation to make their own impactful choices at a personal, local and global level.
Following the pandemic, we have spent time working on our ethos documents, to ensure that children are all supported following this challenging time. We ensure that our curriculum subjects all endeavour to use these points to provide the highest quality learning for every child :
- Developing independence
- Supporting self-regulation
- Enhancing direct teaching and repeated practice
- Actively supporting wellbeing
- Promoting diversity and identity
- Researching evidence-based practice
- Facilitating playful learning
- Empowering responsible earth awareness
- Sharing child-influenced experiences
- Motivating through outdoor learning
- Working together as a Church School community
- Championing inclusivity
You can view a short film describing the ethos and creative, child-led curriculum that we employ by clicking HERE.
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’ :
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 :
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 through our Education for Safeguarding curriculum.
If you are interested in learning more about our beautiful schools, please email either school office directly or use the contact form on this site, to find out what arrangements we are able to offer to potential visitors at this time.
You will find information about School Admissions if you click HERE.
Helen Martin, Head Teacher