Activities & Events

Our Wonderful Wellbeing Week!


Last week the 24th June we held a wellbeing week at the school which included a number of fun activities.

There were visits from the fire brigade and ambulance service, beatboxing and bubble blowing.  Other visitors included the sensory bus and some very cute therapy dogs which showed us the most amazing tricks – a personal highlight of the week for me! There was also an art competition and a football match staff vs students.

We enjoyed lots of healthy snacks including smoothies as well as the most delicious picnic.  Our students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the week which was well planned by our lovely Cookery Teacher Anna.

I spent most of the week partaking in the activities and capturing photos of the events!


60th Birthday Celebrations!


This year we are celebrating our 60th Birthday! Happy Birthday to us! There will be Tea&Cake served between 2pm and 4pm on Friday 24th May 2019 for ex-students, ex-staff and some current staff members as well. This will be an opportunity to catch up with some old friends, see some old faces and to have a brief tour of the school. We will also be planting a tree in celebration of the day. If you would like to attend then please contact the school front office on Tel: 01342 810268. Thankyou.

Anti-Bullying Day at Philpots

Here at Philpots we celebrated anti bullying week by wearing blue for the day.  The children completed many fun activities and discussions within their classrooms during the week.  The students were encouraged to design a poem, picture, poster, presentation or acrostic design. There were many prizes handed out for their wonderful efforts.

This week culminated in both staff and students wearing “blue” for the day. Donations were given by both staff and students  and we raised £66.00 for the Anti Bullying Charity.

Volcanic Eruptions at Philpots

In the latter half of the summer term, Carol’s class began to study Volcanoes. They learnt lots of fun facts about Volcanoes and this culminated in them building their own volcanoes and with the help of our Science technician, Glenn, were able to see them erupt for real.

Some fun facts that they learnt…

  • Volcanoes are openings in the Earth’s surface. When they are active they can let ash, gas and hot magma escape in sometimes violent and spectacular eruptions.
  • The word volcano originally comes from the name of the Roman god of fire, Vulcan.
  • Volcanoes are usually located where tectonic plates meet. This is especially true for the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area around the Pacific Ocean where over 75% of the volcanoes on Earth are found.
  • Hot liquid rock under the Earth’s surface is known as magma, it is called lava after it comes out of a volcano.
  • Some famous volcanic eruptions of modern times include Mount Krakatoa in 1883, Novarupta in 1912, Mount St Helens in 1980 and Mt Pinatubo in 1991.
  • Most people think of volcanoes as large cone shaped mountains but that is just one type, others feature wide plateaus, fissure vents (cracks were lava emerges) and bulging dome shapes.
  • There are also volcanoes found on the ocean floor and even under icecaps, such as those found in Iceland.

And here are some photos of the children and their work building and demonstrating the volcanoes.

A Visit to South of England Show

Every year the students at Philpots get the opportunity to go to the South of England Show at the Ardingly Showground. This year was even more spectacular as it was the 50th Anniversary for the show.  Our students were able to see and discover all aspects of farming and get hands on with some of the animals too.

The students got to see lots of competitions including show jumping, cattle, sheep, goat, pig and poultry breeds, wool fleeces, horticultural displays, trade stands, arts and crafts and much more. We were very fortunate for some lovely weather on the day we visited and the students even enjoyed some ice creams to cool off.

Here are some wonderful pics of the day.