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Sir Henry Fermor C E V A Primary School
Crowborough Hill, TN6 2SD, UK Crowborough
+44 (0)1892 652405

Whole School PhotographEthos Of Sir Henry Fermor Primary School

At Sir Henry Fermor School we have identified a number of statements that we believe help to clarify the purposes and ethos of the school. These are:

  • Education is God’s work and each child is valued as an individual. The school represents a community where staff and parents are also valued and considered. It is the intention that all we do for and with children and adults is to the glory of God.

  • At Fermor School we will provide an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.

  • The child is the focus of the school and is valued as an individual and as one of God’s children.
At Fermor School we would seek to educate children within a clear Christian framework to be: competent; confident; compassionate, so being able to face the world with faith and courage.


The Governors of the school, in consultation with the staff, have agreed that the fundamental intention of this Voluntary Aided Church of England School should be to help each child to realise his or her maximum potential within a Christian environment. Education is God’s work and each child is valued as an individual. The school represents a community where staff and parents are also valued and considered. It is the intention that all we do for and with children and adults is to the glory of God.In particular our aims will be:
  • To maintain a happy and attractive school environment in which effective learning can take place.
  • To help children to learn that good manners and consideration for others and for the environment are important qualities, which are to be fostered through the teaching of respect of self discipline.
  • To enable all pupils to develop to the full, their ability to use and understand English in all aspects of the curriculum.
  • To develop a knowledge and understanding of basic mathematical operations and to encourage children to an understanding of broader mathematical concepts.
  • To encourage scientific curiosity and the full scientific potential of each child; to encourage expression of scientific and engineering ideas through design and technology.
  • To awaken awareness of the world around us through historical and geographical studies.
  • To make children aware of other faiths and creeds but to provide a Christian education in accordance with the principles of the foundation of a Church of England School.
  • To develop the skills associated with art and design technology and to develop the child's information technology skills.
  • To encourage expression and development through music, movement, dance, drama and physical education.
  • To develop a sense of responsibility and positive attitudes to relationships within the school and in the wider community.



Educational provision at Sir Henry Fermor School began over 250 years ago, when Sir Henry left instructions in his will for a school to be built for children of the area. They were to learn the “3Rs” and receive instruction in the beliefs of the Church of England. Today it is a two-form entry primary school of fourteen classes, with over 400 pupils between the ages of 4+ and 11 years. The school is proud of its long educational tradition. Governors, staff and children continue to work hard together to maintain a happy and successful school. The school completed a successful Ofsted Inspection in October 2006.


Classes are organised so that children are placed in either of 2 parallel classes of 30 in Keystage 1 (Infants) and of 32 in Keystage 2 (Juniors). Class organisation has to reflect a wide variety of circumstances and needs, but the intention is that they remain with the same group throughout their career at Fermor School. If a special educational need is identified then a child might be in receipt of small group or individual tuition for a time.The School follows the National Curriculum which consists of nine subjects, plus Religious Education, which all primary children must study. The 'core' subjects are English, Mathematics and Science. Design and Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art and Physical Education are known as 'Foundation subjects'.


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We aim to give the children a broad experience so each child has the opportunity to excel in at least one area. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, to enable them to achieve their true potential.

Curriculum Details


Foundation Stage

Activities are often based around a particular theme e.g. colours, toys, myself etc. Play is an important aspect of the Foundation Stage. We use both indoor and outdoor areas as a way of supporting extending and developing each area of a child's learning. We encourage the children to become independent within the school environment.

Mrs J Luxford

Foundation Stage Co-ordinator


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An Overview of our Extra Curricula Activities

At Sir Henry Fermor children have opportunities to do many varied extra activities during lunch break and after school. These include maths, choir, needlework, art, dance, as well as various sports such as football, netball, gymnastics and swimming. Sir Henry Fermor is one of a few schools in East Sussex to have its own swimming pool. Members of staff have various coaching qualifications including BAGA (gymnastics), FA Coach (Football), MCC (Cricket), ASA (Swimming) and BA of Ed. Coaching Award (Badminton). Other sporting specialists, including parents, local and national clubs, provide excellent training and coaching opportunities. Children also have the chance of instrumental lessons, provided on a fee-paying basis, by East Sussex County Music School.

In addition to these, trips for each year group are organised to enrich and enhance the children’s knowledge and understanding. This culminates in a week long residential trip for all Y6 children who have stayed in places such as Criccieth in North Wales and York.

We are particularly proud of our swimming record and in the summer of 2004, a team from the school took part in the national finals of the Bazuka championships for Primary Schools, and came 11th in the UK in the Girls Freestyle relay.

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