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Castles, Knights & Dragons

22nd March 2018

Dragonfly and Flamingo class have been learning about Castles, knights and Dragons. They went on a trip to Lewes Castle. Everyone climbed the steps and the spiral staircase to turrets.

We saw a very long way and all across Lewes.

We all got to dress up in Knight’s armour and chainmail which was great fun!

Thrive Federation’s West Worthing 5k & 10k, 11th March 2018

20th March 2018

Mothering Sunday saw the second West Worthing 5k & 10k run for the Thrive Federation.  The run was a fantastic success with over 500 competitors and the rain held off to allow lots of supporters to come and cheer the runners on making a great atmosphere for everyone.

The schools would like to give a huge thank you to Tesco at West Durrington for supplying the water for all the runners.  We would particularly like to thank Myra Jasper, Tesco’s Community Champion, for organising the water, contacting local councillors, Lionel Harman and Steve Wills, to come and volunteer by marshalling and inviting Bob Smytherman our local town crier and Sean McDonald, Worthing and local councillor, to come and support the event and hand out medals.  On top of all this she also ran the 10k!

Another huge thank you to Ridge Crest Cleaning Limited for their generous sponsorship of the registration marquee and donation buckets.

Thank you also to all the school staff and governors who gave up their free time on Mother’s Day to don their running shoes, marshal, hand out water, collect donations, bake and sell cakes, all without whom the event would not have been a success.


Big Lottery funding for ‘PLAY @ Palatine’ – refurbishing our soft play room!

20th March 2018

Big Lottery funding for ‘PLAY @ Palatine’ – refurbishing our soft play room!

THANK YOU so much to the National Lottery players and to the Big Lottery Fund for supporting Palatine’s soft play project.  Our room has now been completely refurbished with exciting new soft play equipment including a noisy slide, vibrating and sound bumpers, a sparkling fibre optic tunnel, mini trampoline and all sorts building shapes!

The children are all having a fantastic time exploring their new space and it is a wonderful resource for our school.

World Book Day

12th March 2018

On Friday the children dressed up for World Book Day.  They enjoyed listening to interactive stories, writing about their favourite book, making asks and book marks!

Seahorse News

12th March 2018

Seahorses wrapped up warm and spent a short time outside exploring snow in the gardens.

We had an exciting visitor today – Dillion, a therapy dog, came to visit us in class.

Dillion, a therapy dog, made a return visit to Seahorse class today.  He is so popular that he is going to visit us regularly each week.

Snow Update 28/2/18

28th February 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,

As you may be aware the weather forecast for tomorrow currently indicates a significant chance of snowfall although the picture is ever changing and different services are providing conflicting reports of severity/likeliness of disruption. The forecast suggests that snow may start during the school day. Our aim will be to open if possible. I have liaised with transport to discuss their plans for such an event and as yet they have not taken the decision not to run. However, should we have to close early because of the snow, there would be no guarantee that transport would be able to pick your child up safely during the day. I ask that you therefore make contingency plans for tomorrow (and Friday as the weather conditions remain) to ensure you can get your son / daughter safely home should transport not run. Please only send them to school (providing we are open) if you are sure you can collect and you feel it is safe for them to attend given their particular needs.

I will continue to monitor the forecast. We will use text, the website, local radio stations and West Sussex webpages to alert you should we need to close. I will make this decision as soon as I can in the morning on the basis of the evidence available to me. Further decisions will be taken through the day if we are open and the situation changes. Please do ensure you are contactable through the school day.

Thank you for your support in these difficult conditions.

Yours sincerely

Catriona Goldsmith




Look at whats been happening in Seahorse Class

19th February 2018

One of Seahorse class working really hard in the pool today while having lots of fun!

Busy in the hydro pool today regaining weight bearing and stepping skills post-surgery.

High levels of concentration from one of our Seahorses today as he used the water to support his walking practise.

Brilliant Respiratory Training for the Seahorse Staff Team by Melanie Amos, Senior Paediatric Community respiratory physiotherapist.

West Worthing 5k & 10k

26th January 2018

West Worthing 5k & 10k

Sunday 11th March 2018 – 10:30am start

A great seafront run along Worthing seafront offering a choice of 10k or 5k distances, it is a fast and flat run on an out and back route on Sunday 11th March 2018.

The run is to raise money for four fantastic special schools in the Thrive Federation.  Palatine Primary School and Oak Grove College in Worthing and Herons Dale Primary School in Shoreham cater for children with special educational needs, many of whom have associated sensory, motor and communication difficulties including Autistic Spectrum Conditions.  Cornfield School in Littlehampton is for boys with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.  All the schools do incredible work with the children but, as always, budgets are tight.  Fundraising allows the schools to address the unique needs of all the pupils at the schools and enhance their learning experience to make it as fun, dynamic and creative as possible.

Some of the projects the schools are looking to fund are; wheelchair accessible play equipment, a Forest School shelter, playground trim trail and surfacing, sensory equipment for calming room and refurbishment of a Food Technology room.

After the success of last year’s run we are back for a second year and are hoping again for a great turnout.  The event is managed by Sporting Events UK and will be chip timed, officially measured and is licenced by Run Britain and UK Athletics, all finishers will get a bespoke medal plus there will be category and team prizes.

To book a place visit: http://www.sportingeventsuk.com/enterevent/worthing-10/

Runners can also help to raise more money for the schools through sponsorship, paper sponsorship forms can be downloaded from the above website or follow this link to create a just giving fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising-page/creation/?cid=189402&eid=4045393&utm_source=website_cid189402_eid4045393&utm_medium=eventlinking&utm_campaign=eventlinkingurl  (The Friends of Palatine School are the collecting charity but the funds raised will be split equally between the 4 schools in the Thrive Federation).

Facilities at venue:

Toilets facilities. Free car parking nearby on residential streets. Refreshments available.

10k Entry fee:
Advanced entries: £16 affiliated club members, £18 unaffiliated
On-the-day (subject to space): £20

5k Entry fee:
Advanced entries: £12 affiliated club members, £14 unaffiliated
On-the-day (subject to space): £15

ADVANCED ENTRIES CLOSE FRIDAY 9TH MARCH 2018. PLEASE NOTE ON-THE-DAY ENTRIES CLOSE AT 9:15AM TO ALLOW THE RACE TO START ON TIME. Arrivals after this time may not be eligible to race. Thank you for your understanding. On-the-day entries are subject to space.

Under UK Athletics rules the minimum age for the 10km race is 15 years on the day and the minimum age for the 5k is 13 years on the day.



‘Round and Round the Garden’

26th January 2018

Seahorse Class have been out exploring our school gardens as part of our topic this term ‘Round and Round the Garden’.

National Funding Formula

11th January 2018

January 2018

Dear Parent/Carer

National Funding Formula – Headteachers’ response

As you are aware, we have been campaigning for improved funding for our schools for a sustained period of time.

In September 2017 the government announced its new National Funding Formula.  The result of this is that most mainstream schools will see a very small increase in their budgets for the 2018/19 financial year. West Sussex Secondary and Primary schools will benefit from this increase, but it will not be enough to reverse the year on year decline in funding, and many WS schools will still have to make further cuts, albeit smaller than expected.

But what the National Funding Formula has not done, is to address the funding differences between schools in different Local Authorities, so WS schools are still significantly underfunded compared to almost all other parts of the country. As an example, a WS Secondary school of 1200 pupils will still receive, on average, between just over £2M and just less than £4M less than schools in the greater London area. That is very roughly between 25% and 50% of their current budget.

However, your interest is in Special School funding, and in WS, the situation for your child’s education is of even greater concern.

Firstly, the National Funding Formula does not apply to Special schools, so WS Special Schools will not be receiving any increase in funding. However like all schools, we are facing cost rises that have to be paid for, so once again we will have to make further significant cuts. Like WS mainstream schools, we too are amongst the lowest funded in the country. The table below shows the eye watering inequalities between your childs school in West Sussex and those in better funded areas:

  West Sussex

Median income

National median income London median income
Funding for each pupil £19,447

per pupil


per pupil

£30,389                per pupil
Cash difference with WS per pupil funding   -£3959 -£10,942
Percentage difference to WS funding   -20% -56%
Funding for a Special School with 200 pupils £3,889,400 £4,681,200 £6,077,800
Cash difference with WS funding   £791,800 -£2,188,400


These are all Government figures, provided by the Department for Education. They show that an average large Special School in West Sussex with, say, 200 pupils (perhaps in Worthing, Burgess Hill, Chichester or Crawley) receives nearly £800,000 less than a school in, say, Reading, and over £2,000,000 less than a school in outer London. And on top of that, we are still having to make cuts every year of up to £70,000 just to make ends meet.

This cannot continue.

The Government have said that additional money is being given to Local Authorities specifically to fund SEND. That is true, but most Local Authorities, WS included, are not able to pass any of that extra funding on to Special Schools because they have other SEND cash shortfalls, partially caused by DfE cuts in other areas. In addition, the desperate situation in WS mainstream schools is creating pressure on Special Schools who are having to create extra spaces for pupils who could be placed successfully in mainstream schools if they were adequately funded.

Headteachers have looked in detail at the Department for Education’s own funding information and statistics and have concluded that the new arrangements fall well short of what was promised.

For over two years, WS Headteachers have run a relentlessly reasonable campaign requesting a fair deal for the children in our schools.  We have absolutely no desire to see schools in other parts of the country suffer a reduction in their own funding, but we cannot accept that the children that we educate are treated so unfairly.

At times, our resources, and those of the Local Authority, are so stretched that we worry about carrying out the most basic duty – that of maintaining the best possible welfare provision – to the levels to that all schools should be able to. Headteachers in other low funded areas of England, are all stating the same facts.

Some schools are even resorting to asking for parental contributions to supplement their beleaguered budgets, and some schools are having to send pupils home through a lack of staffing.  This is entirely unacceptable.

We are delighted that a cross party group of councillors from West Sussex are continuing to support our campaign so clearly.  On 4 January 2018, councillors of all political affiliations used the West Sussex County Times to state publically that the proposed new formula is “not fit for purpose”.

In November, representative Headteachers from 5000 schools across 25 counties, including Special Schools, petitioned the Chancellor directly.  The response was both superficial and inadequate. We now need every parent to step up alongside their child’s school and insist that matters must improve.

As a first action, we need our local MPs to raise their voices publically and unequivocally once again to confirm that the new funding formula proposed by the government is simply not fit for purpose.  We have already received an initial statement from them (excluding Nick Gibb MP as he is the school’s minister) which says:  “We recognise the pressures and that there is further to go to improve funding for our schools.  This issue remains a high priority for us and we will continue to stand up strongly for our local schools, including through representations to the new Education Secretary and the Chancellor.” 

Our collective work – and in particular, the sustained intervention of local MPs – was important in ensuring that some improvements were made to original proposals for the new formula.  We now need to have this work finished fairly and adequately, and in particular Special School funding must be recognised as a priority area for improvement.   Maintaining the status quo is just not acceptable.

I can assure you that both myself and my staff are working tirelessly to ensure that your child is safe at school and is receiving a high quality education, but we cannot continue to make cuts year on year, from such a low starting point, without there being an impact.

All pupils have the right to adequate levels of funding and support so that their dreams and aspirations can be fulfilled. All schools are judged by the same Ofsted criteria, regardless of funding arrangements.  It is vital to our country’s future wellbeing and prosperity that every child is given a proper opportunity to succeed.  Please help us in our reasonable request for a better deal for WS children.

Yours sincerely

Catriona Goldsmith

Headteacher and on behalf of all schools in West Sussex



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