School News

We Celebrated Our 60th Anniversary!

On Friday 24th May 2019 we celebrated our 60th Anniversary. A wonderful afternoon was held with a delicious cake, sharing memories and planting a tree in memory of our 60 years. Thank you to all the staff members new and old and the past pupils who celebrated this afternoon with us!

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.

Birdwatch 2019

January is the month when students enjoy the RSPB’s Big School’s Birdwatch. This year we set up Top Bungalow as a sort of bird hide. We kept record sheets, drew pictures and took photos, admiring the acrobatic tits, the shy chaffinches and wrens, and the bold beautiful robins, to name just a few.

Welcome back to the new school year!

Welcome back to all our students and to everyone who is part of the Philpots Community. Over the holiday people have been busy decorating and preparing the site for the new term. We have a freshly painted Art Block and Main School building as well as a refurbished ICT room. We also have some new students and new members of staff to welcome to the school!


We are embracing “Healthy Eating Week ” next week at Philpots. We have lots of fun and exciting things for our students to be part of.

A Selection of weird and wonderful fruit will be delivered to classrooms on Monday morning for the students to try and will have a sensory tasting sheet to fill in for this activity.

On Tuesday we will be encouraging the students to engage for 30 minutes in a new activity. The activities on offer will be “Boostfit” (dance to modern music with mental wellbeing and positive vibes encorporated. Students will be offered hand massages, further dance activities and Yoga. Both staff and students will be running a “Philpots Mile” around site during lunchtime.

On Wednesday we will be having a whole school picnic and providing healthy options to all. These include things like fruit kebabs, salads, noodles and a wide variety of options for all. Our Cookery Students will be making some lovely dishes to add to the picnic.

Thursday is our “Get Active Day” – This will include a penalty shoot out and football sessions, Balloon tennis for our younger students, and some bleep tests with Stuart.

Friday our focus is around “Drink Plenty” – One of our students will be doing a higher/lower sugar in assembly and this will then be followed by a celebration of the involvement and achievement of the Students over the week. We will be giving out water bottles to those students taking part in healthy eating week and encouraging them to always stay hydrated.

May Day Celebrations

We welcomed local Morris Men to Philpots on May 1st this year. They entertained us and the children with some traditional dancing and music. This was followed by our annual happy birthday Philpots celebrations, and then we treated all staff and students to birthday cake and ice cream. It was our 59th Birthday this year looking forward to the big 60 next year.

Philpots Snow Heroes

We have to say a huge thank you to two members of our staff. Julie Hart (Stable Manager) and Cherry Sutton (Groom). Both these members of staff have gone above and beyond the call of duty this week to ensure our horses were looked after. Julie had to park her car in the neighbouring village of Sharpthorne and walk to our site just so she could get in. Cherry had to walk across the neighbouring fields to gain access to us. Both these ladies have managed to look after the horses so well in these arctic conditions. The pipes are still frozen and the water troughs solid ice. Both ladies have had to lug water from the school kitchen to the stables to ensure the horses could have a drink. They have fed and cleaned them out every day. Then faced walking miles home and back to their vehicles in plummeting temperatures. We cannot express how grateful we are to these two “snow heroes”. Our horses adore them and we are so proud and thankful to have them as part of our team.

The photo is of Julie during warmer times at Philpots!

“Beast from the East” hits Philpots

Given our rural location in the heart of West Sussex, we have been struck by the dreaded snow. The wave of weather nicknamed “The Beast from the East” by the National Weather teams, has struck Philpots. With further snow due and Arctic conditions due to arrive for the next few days we are hoping it melts very soon!