Playing a role in something bigger
All the children are part of the wider school community and come together for whole school events including St Andrew’s Day, sports days and chapel services. From Reception, each pupil belongs to a House which fosters a sense of loyalty as well as good-natured rivalry. The school is also divided up into departments comprising Nursery, Pre-Prep, Juniors, Middles and Seniors through which children receive age appropriate assemblies and events.
The children are provided with a mass of opportunities to perform within teams or on the musical and dramatic stages and here they learn that the sum is often greater than the total of its parts.
For pupils in Years 6,7 and 8, a feature of school life is the St Andrew’s Prep Community Award (SAPCA). This scheme combines personal development with a stronger sense of responsibility for their school environment and for society as a whole. A specific focus centres on the service that older pupils can give to the younger members of the school.
The school has close links with many local primary schools, businesses and charities in the area and raises awareness and money for many causes through events at school such as the annual sponsored walk.
With pupils across the age range sitting on the School Council, Food Committee, Eco Committee and E-Safety Committee, St Andrew’s believes firmly in hearing the pupil voice. We also want the pupils to recognise that life exists beyond the school gates and they can use the advantage of the education they are receiving to benefit others in the wider community. We have a Deputy Head Outreach in place who establishes a programme with other primary schools, we have a Social Impact pupil group and the school raises a great deal of money for various charities every year, often through pupil-led initiatives.
Throughout all that we do, the sharing and promotion of the school values enhances a strong sense of togetherness, support and respect for one another.
Caring about the environment
As an Eco-School, St Andrew’s Prep is very proud to have its own eco-committee, a pupil-led programme that guides the school’s involvement in different eco-friendly projects. Miss Lozano Arcas leads the team aided by a parent, a school governor and the school’s librarian. The St Andrew’s Prep eco-committee comprises over 20 pupils who work on monthly projects which they then promote to the rest of the school.
During the 2017-2018 academic year, St Andrew’s Prep achieved both the Eco-Schools Bronze and Silver awards and the school is currently working towards achieving the Eco-Schools Green Flag, an internationally recognised award for excellence in environmental action and learning.
Instilling a sense of community and duty
We endeavour to instil in our pupils the need to support those less fortunate than ourselves and to develop a sense of community spirit, learning to face outwards rather than inwards and to appreciate the positive value and impact on our own lives that helping others brings.
St Andrew’s has a long history of supporting local, national and international charities. Some chosen by the children themselves, others by staff or the Friends of St Andrew’s Prep, and those supported by the local Eastbourne Rotary Club during our popular, energetic and sometimes exhausting annual sponsored walk across the downs.
Money is raised through a number of activities, such as a range of sponsored events, the ever popular cake sales, busking, concert collections, coffee mornings and mufti days.
We support local charities in different ways, including contributing to the Eastbourne Foodbank, offering our facilities either free of charge or at a discounted rate, and using our children choirs to go out and perform in places such as St Wilfrid’s Hospice.