The Pioneer Federation Pioneer Federation Growth

June 2014

The Pioneer Federation started life as a partnership arrangement between East Hoathly CE Primary and Chiddingly Primary.

November 2015

As a result of the tremendous success of the partnership and the rapid transformation at East Hoathly and Chiddingly, the soft partnership developed to a federation.

September 2017

The Pioneer Federation went into partnership with St Mary’s Hartfield CE Primary.

March 2018

St Mary’s Hartfield joined the Pioneer Federation.

September 2020

The Pioneer Federation went into partnership with Park Mead Primary. Read our partnership updates 12th June, 28th September & 24th November

April 2021

Park Mead Primary joined the Pioneer Federation. Read our February Consultation Letter & April Decision to Proceed.

September 2024

The Pioneer Federation went into partnership with Nutley Primary School & Groombridge St Thomas Primary. Read our initial ‘Partnership Letters’.

Pioneer Vision

‘Being the best that we can be in thriving communities, following the example of Jesus and achieving fullness of life’

Pioneer Values

Ambition - Optimism – Resilience

Pioneer Ethos

‘Achievement for All, Learning Together, Learning for Life’


Ambition: Our Pioneer vision is for our children to be the ‘best they can be’ in all they do.

Optimism: Our children will value learning as a creative and irresistible experience that underpins their aspirations for great futures. We are all focused on providing equal opportunities for all our children and believing that anything is possible.

Resilience: Positive attitudes, a strong sense of self with a growth mindset, a clear sense of purpose and, importantly, a sense of belonging, are prerequisites to effective learning.

Our purpose at Pioneer is for all children to achieve their true potential ‘achievement for all’, lead happy and fulfilled lives and contribute positively to their communities and wider world, experiencing ‘life in its fullness’.

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 community wellbeing- ‘thriving community’. 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- ‘learning together’ - to design lessons and activities that engage children in meaningful experiences.

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.

Our Church Schools work closely with the Diocese of Chichester, under God’s rule and ‘following the example of Jesus’. In Matthew 19:26 & John 10:10, Jesus tells us He came to give us life in all its fullness and all things are possible with God, and we believe that we help give children the best start in their education by giving them the values, confidence & stepping stones they need to enjoy all the opportunities life has to offer. We believe that children live their best lives when they know that they are loved and are being loving; shown how to use their strengths so they can continuously work hard and strive for high achievements and are taught that being honest and living their lives by God’s example can lead to ‘life-long learning’ and positive change.

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