The Pioneer Federation Achievement for All, Learning Together, Learning for Life

East Hoathly | Chiddingly | St. Mary's | Park Mead

The Pioneer Federation consists of East Hoathly Church of England Primary SchoolChiddingly Primary SchoolSt Mary the Virgin Church of England Primary School and Park Mead Primary School. Click here for the Federation development timeline. Whilst preserving each school’s unique characters, we all work closely together to drive the development of provision and wellbeing across the four schools and hopefully plan to extend to involve other schools in the future.

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Pioneer Vision & Values

Our vision is for our children to be the best they can be in all they do, and to value learning as creative and irresistible experiences that underpin their aspirations for great futures. We are all focused on providing equal opportunities for all our children and believing that anything is possible.

Our shared vision and set of values† that underpin all that we do have a central focus on creative, innovative and engaging teaching that develops a love and interest in learning and promotes whole federation community wellbeing. Our children learn to respect and appreciate the world around them, so they leave us as conscientious 21st Century citizens of the world.

Across all schools, Pioneer Federation teachers work collaboratively to design lessons and activities that engage children in meaningful experiences. Our Church Schools work closely with the Diocese of Chichester, under God’s rule and following the example of Jesus.

The Pioneer Curriculum Framework has been designed to ensure that all children, no matter their ability, background or starting point, are provided with the opportunities to build on learning term-on-term, year-on-year.

Each term has a focussed topic theme in which the National Curriculum skills and knowledge from the different subjects are carefully aligned to ensure a correlated cross-curricular approach to children’s learning. Staff work in partnership with each other across all schools by sharing planning and resources, and supporting each other to be the best we can be in all we do. Through carefully planned questioning, teachers are able to skilfully guide children through a journey of learning that culminates in a secure understanding of a given concept.

Positive attitudes, a strong sense of self, a clear sense of purpose and, importantly, a sense of belonging, are prerequisites to effective learning.

At Pioneer, we are committed to establishing learning environments that not only stimulate and engage, but also engender a sense of purpose and identity.

Our federation values are 'achievement for all, learning together, learning for life'.

East Hoathly Church of England Primary School

East Hoathly Church of England Primary School and Nursery is a small rural school set in extensive grounds in East Sussex. We are a half-form entry school made up of 5 classes, totalling 130 pupils - Ducklings and Rabbits (Nursery ages 2-4); Hedgehogs (Reception); Squirrels (Year 1 and 2); Foxes (Year 3 and 4) and Owls (Year 5 and 6). Our school values of Love, Strength, Wisdom and Truth form the basis of our ethos, education and environment and we look forward to welcoming you.

Chiddingly Primary School

Chiddingly Primary School is a community school in the stunning East Sussex village of Chiddingly, surrounded by beautiful countryside and a rich history. With 4 classes in total, we are a half-form entry school with 15 children per year group, totalling 105 pupils. Reception is a class on its own (Oak Class) with the other three classes being made up of Year 1 & 2 (Beech Class), Year 3 & 4 (Willow Class) and Year 5 & 6 (Sycamore Class). Visit our site to find out more about our small school with a big heart and we look forward to meeting you soon.

St Mary the Virgin Church of England Primary School

St Mary the Virgin CE Primary School is a Voluntary Aided school set in the beautiful village of Hartfield, surrounded by The Ashdown Forest. We are a half-form entry school with 15 children per year group, totalling 105 pupils. Reception is a class on its own (Maple Class) with the other three classes being made up of Year 1+2 (Cherry Class), Year 3+4 (Willow Class) and Year 5+6 (Lilac Class). Visit our site to find out more about our fantastic school and we look forward to meeting you soon.

Park Mead Primary School

Park Mead Primary School is a community school located in the small, rural, East Sussex village of Upper Dicker near Hailsham. We have 4 classes totalling 106 pupils. We are a half-form entry school with 15 children per year group. Reception is a class on its own with the other three classes being made up of Year 1 & 2 (Chestnuts) Year 3 & 4 (Maples) and Year 5 & 6 (Oaks). Visit our site to find out more about our wonderful school. We look forward to meeting you soon!

James Procter, Pioneer Executive Headteacher | head@pioneerfederation.co.uk

Alan Brundle, Pioneer Chair of Governors | abrundle@pioneerfederation.co.uk

Annette Funnell, Clerk to the Governors | clerk@pioneerfederation.co.uk

Sian Leahy, Pioneer Inclusion Manager | senco@pioneerfederation.co.uk

Vicky Lewis is the
Head of School
at East Hoathly
and can be contacted at
head-eh@pioneerfederation.co.uk

Kayleigh Vile is the
Head of School
at Chiddingly
and can be contacted at
head-cp@pioneerfederation.co.uk

Becca Hare is the
Head of School
at St Mary’s
and can be contacted at
head-smv@pioneerfederation.co.uk

Heidi West is the
Head of School
at Park Mead
and can be contacted at
head-pm@pioneerfederation.co.uk

At the Pioneer Federation, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our children and we expect all staff, volunteers, parents and carers to share this commitment. If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child, please email the Designated Safeguarding Lead for East Hoathly (dsl@easthoathly.e-sussex.sch.uk),  Chiddingly (dsl@chiddingly.e-sussex.sch.uk), St Mary’s (dsl‑smv@pioneerfederation.co.uk) or Park Mead (dsl@parkmead.e-sussex.sch.uk).