Arundel Church of England Primary School

Highlighting best practice as a representative in The Parliamentary Review

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Arundel Church of England Primary School is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Headteacher Andrew Simpson
Arundel Church of England
Primary School is located in
the historical town of Arundel
Headteacher Andrew Simpson has been at Arundel Church
of England Primary School (ACE) since September 2004
and has been headteacher since 2009. The school
promotes a Christian understanding of the world and the place
of humanity within it, reflected in worship and the daily life of
the pupils. It celebrates the cultural richness of the historical
town it is located in, at the heart of the South Downs. It has
been recognised by Ofsted as a “good” school with many
outstanding features, and has been judged “outstanding” since
2010 by SIAMS. Andrew tells
The Parliamentary Review
Our strong Christian ethos is fundamental, influencing all aspects of school life, from
our curriculum and teaching practice to our policies and focus on the wellbeing of
our school community. We see each child as a unique individual and encourage them
to flourish in all they do, both within the school and among the wider community.
Through our core values of faith, hope and love, which form the basis of our school
vision statement and permeate school life, we try to ensure that when our children
come to the end of year 6, they leave ready for secondary school as competent,
selfless members of society.
We are proud that our Christian ethos allows all stakeholders to develop an
awareness of belonging and an ideal of serving the wider community. As a Church
of England school, we have a strong connection with the Chichester Diocesan
Board of Education. We have been “outstanding” consistently since 2010 under
the SIAMS inspection, and we view that as a core strength of the school.
»Headteacher: AndrewSimpson
»Founded in 1814
(1975current site)
»Based in Arundel
»Type of school: Church of England
Voluntary Aided Primary
»No. of students: 210
Arundel Church of England
Primary School
Highlighting best practice
Building on a solid ground:
our values
Our three key values are faith, hope
and love. They are derived from 1
Corinthians 13.13, “Faith, hope,
and love abide”, and form the basis
of the school’s vision statement.
These values were selected following
consultation with our church, pupils,
parents, staff and governors and
have proven to be instrumental in
inspiring pupils to believe that they
can be great achievers, reflected in our
ever-improving results at the end of
KeyStage 2.
Our values are fundamental to all
aspects of school life and form the
foundation stones that shore up
everything that we do as a school. By
following our values, we aim to promote
a sense of inclusion, involve the leaders
of other Christian denominations as
appropriate and provide an experience
of living in a community that celebrates
the Christian faith.
In order to help the children to make
these connections between our
values and their learning, the school
has developed a visual aid of the
overlapping symbols of praying hands,
heart and head, whereby the children
can make sense of those connections.
Faith is represented by praying hands.
Teachers have faith in the children
and as such allow them to flourish as
unique individuals. The children, in
turn, are encouraged and feel safe and
secure to take risks in order to extend
their learning.
Hope is represented by the head.
Through developing individual and
collaborative learning experiences, we
encourage a positive growth mindset
and a sense of responsibility, so that
children can see beyond their own
horizon. Just as Christians are given
hope through the resurrection of Jesus,
our children learn that no matter the
barriers, good can always come about.
Love is represented by the heart.
Through our Christian faith we
endeavour to enrich lives and show
love and respect within our school
family. Our children are encouraged to
love one another and, through this, to
respect each other. Our curriculum also
aims to allow pupils the opportunity to
love learning as individuals.
ACE regularly welcomes
religious leaders into
school to help celebrate
the Christian faith
Our values are
to all aspects
of school life
and form the
stones that
shore up
that we do as
a school
“The ACE Way”
These values are encapsulated in
our vision statement, which has been
pivotal in the development of key school
policies in order to ensure a consistent
and strategic direction of both policy
and pedagogy. This has been particularly
effective in our positive behaviour
policy, a key component being the
development of “The ACE Way”.
The ACE Way is a day-to-day behaviour
practice uniqueto our school, which
creates sustainable pro-social feelings
within all children, particularly those
who are more challenging.Presented in
a simple visual format, so that all ages
can access it and understand, it provides
a behaviour code which includes a
consequence to antisocial behaviour,
which over time develops the motivation
to repeat pro-socialbehaviour.
Ultimately, by following The ACE Way,
all members of the school community
have high expectations of and respect
for both themselves and others and are
able to take ownership through self-
regulation to deal with conflict within
and outside of the school.
The right curriculum
experience for the right ethos
We place our vision statement at the
heart of our school curriculum, which
has been designed to ensure each and
every child can live life in all its fullness
by offering stimulating and awe-
inspiring learning experiences with our
three Christian values at its heart. It is
specially designed to meet the needs
of our pupils, not only by focusing
on appropriate subject-specific
knowledge, skills and understanding
as set out in the national curriculum,
but by developing individual and
collaborative learning experiences.
Our unique approach to educational
partnerships with local organisations
and professionals drives hands-on
learning and allows children to make
connections between local and
national history, thus developing
outward-looking pupils. For example,
our children have the opportunity to
visit Arundel Museum to work with
the staff there to explore the exhibits,
to learn about the local people who
fought in the Second World War and to
understand the impact this had both on
the town and in the national context.
We also have several local experts who
come into school to talk to the children
about the First World War, all of which
contextualises the learning in real and
As we look to the future, we are ready
to embrace the challenges it poses.
Everyone in education is affected
by changes to the curriculum and
policies at a national level, especially
the introduction of Ofsted’s new
inspection framework. Although
this will be something which we will
adapt to, we feel confident our broad
curriculum already fulfils much of
what Ofsted is looking for. In terms
of legislation, schools across the
country face funding issues, especially
finding funds to support curriculum
development and CPD for staff.
No matter the challenges, however, we
are committed to ensuring every one of
our pupils can flourish and lead fulfilling
lives, based on our three keyvalues.
We place our
vision statement
at the heart of
our school
which has been
designed to
ensure each and
every child can
live life in all its
ACE promotes
partnerships with
local and regional
organisations to develop
outward-looking pupils

This article was sponsored by Arundel Church of England Primary School. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it.