It is so wonderful to have everyone back in school

A reminder that we are using both our front and rear gates at the beginning and end of the day

Gates open in the morning between 8:30-8:45 

Years 3&4 use the front gate (Chaffinch Road)

Year 5&6 use the rear gate (Sevenoaks Road)

Anyone arriving after the gates have closed, will need to enter via the front gate


Our staggered end times are as follows:

Front Gate:       Year 3   3:10            Year 4   3:20

Rear Gate:          Year 5   3:10            Year 6   3:20 


Please check your PING messages regularly for letters and updates 


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions 

email:    office@westrise-jun.e-sussex.sch.uk

tel:  01323 764037




For a video tour of the school click on the video above.

Statement of our ethos and values

At West Rise Junior School we inspire and empower independent and creative learners, who will continue to enrich their lives and  those of others within a culture of high achievement and mutual respect.

We are a Rights Respecting School and put the articles of the Unicef Children's Rights Charter at the heart of all school policy. We recognise that all children have a right to be safe, to be educated and learn, to be treated fairly and to be listened to. They all have a right to have a healthy lifestyle, to have extra support if needed and a right to join in cultural and artistic experiences.

“I only wish I was seven again and could be a child at your school. You do such amazing things!”

Kate Humble, July 2013, BBC wildlife presenter. 

“West Rise is a very inspiring school! I have told everyone about it!”

Jon Severs, July 2013, Editor of the Times Educational Supplement.

“West Rise Junior School is an amazing school with amazing pupils and staff”

John Craven, March 2016, Presenter on BBC’s Countryfile.

 "A beautiful school community"

Sir Ken Robinson, June 2016, Internationally acclaimed author and speaker.

At West Rise, we offer our pupils a dynamic, creative learning environment. Room 13, Shine Radio Station, artists in residence, a school farm, a Bronze Age village, Forest School, water buffalo, chickens, sheep, ducks and 120 acres of marshland are all integral and contribute to the unique experience pupils enjoy at West Rise.

The school has featured regularly in the National Press, including BBC Television News, The Times, BBC Countryfile and the Times Educational Supplement. Our media coverage has a very positive impact on the school community and inspires other schools to feel confident about embracing an educational ethos similar to our own, if they wish to do so.

Children achieve highly in sport, music and the arts both in and outside school. “Pupils achieve well throughout the school and in a wide variety of subjects, benefitting from a rich and diverse curriculum.”  “Behaviour and safety are outstanding” Ofsted 2013.

In June 2015, West Rise Junior School was named "Primary School of the Year" by the Times Educational Supplement.

There is an extraordinary community feel throughout the school as confirmed by the vast majority of visitors. If you are inspired by us, we would love to show you our amazing learning environment, innovative projects, fantastic staff and brilliant

Mike Fairclough, Headteacher