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Chidham and Hambrook - Chidham Parochial Primary School - Introduction

Chidham School Chidham Parochial Primary School
Chidham Lane, Chidham,
PO18 8TH

Tel: 01243 572380
see also school events
Autumn term
Starts: Monday 5 September
Ends: Friday 16 December
Half term: Half term: Monday 24 October to Friday 28 October
Inset days Monday 5 September 2016
Monday 26 September 2016
Spring term
Starts: Tuesday 3 January
Ends: Friday 7 April
Half term:
Half term: Monday 20 February to Friday 24 February
Inset days
Monday 27th February 2017
Summer term
Starts: Monday 24 April
Ends: Friday 25 July
Half term:
Half term: Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June
Inset days
Monday 24th July 2017
Tuesday 25th July 2017
see also PTFA events  
Claire Murphy is our Head Teacher.
Claire joined the school in 2011.
We are very pleased to welcome you to this page. We hope that it will provide you with helpful information about the school and interesting news about current events.
Our school is in a beautiful location overlooking the Bosham Channel and with views across the fields. There are just less than a hundred pupils, aged between 4 and 11 years old in four mixed age range classes.

Chidham is a small school with a strong family ethos. The children are offered a broad, balanced and enriched curriculum, which acknowledges different learning styles and the individual contributions that each child and their family brings to the school.

As a ‘Foundation’ school we have strong links with the local parish church and with the Diocese. St Mary’s Church is a short scenic walk away and a number of school celebrations take place there.
The school was awarded "Healthy School" status in 2006
June 25

12 - 3pm
The School, Chidham Lane
Chidham School PTFA Summer Fair
Raffle prizes, Tombola, Lots of stalls, Bouncy Castle, Chidham School Bake Off, Arena show starts rom 1pm, Dog show, Theatre Arts Dance, Tug of War at 2:30pm. BBQ, Refreshments and Secret Garden tea room. 
June 9
28 March
11.30 - 1pm
The Dell
Chidham lane
Chidham School PTFA 2016 Duck Race
A celebration of plastic duck agility and speed...
Ducks for sale £1.00 - Easter Egg Hunt
Come hungry - Food and something to drink will be available.
All funds raised will benefit Chidham School
June 27
Chidham School Summer Fair
lots of fun games and stalls for all the family and the always popular barbecue. The Dog Show was entertaining, and the dancing enthusiastic - see the photos
6 April
1 - 3pm
The Dell
Chidham lane
Chidham PTFA Annual Duck Race 2015
Refreshments, Raffle,
Easter Egg Hunt for the Children
To buy a duck to contact Helen on 07815786567
Ducks for the Adults/Childrens races are £1.00
Prizes for the best dressed and fastest ducks.
A £10.00 donation gets you a Corporate duck
Dec 6
12 - 3pm
Chidham School
Chidham School PTFA Christmas Fair
Santa's Grotto, Kids Only Gift Shop, Arts & Crafts, Hog Roast/Refreshments, Raffle, Tombola, Lucky Dip, Nerf-Gun Alley plus lots of other games.
12th - 14 June 2014 Father Paul and Carole Holmes walk from Chidham to Steyning
- 30 miles - Following in the footsteps of St Cuthman
and starting from St Mary's church, Paul and Carole walked as far as the school with the children of Chidham Primary School. Tempted to stop there? I don't know, but having started, Pul and Carole kept going .... They completed the walk into Steyning at the church of St Andrew and St Cuthman.
Paul and Carole raised Funds for the Church through sponsorship of the event.
Sat 14 June
12 - 3pm
Chidham School
Chidham School PTFA Summer Fair
Fun activities - Bouncy Castle
Fun Dog show
Children's entertainment
Burgers - Raffle - Tombola
posted May 22
Chidham School: IT tables and chairs to be 'free cycled'

Claire Murphy, head teacher writes: We have up to 8 excellent IT tables that would be a real asset to someone's business.  They are all metal welded in structure with a excellent beech effect wooden top.  They are very good quality and only have one or two odd marks.  The tables are either rectangular or corner units (see attached pictures). The measurements of the rectangular units are: 75cm deep, 164cm wide and 66cm high. We also have 4 computer chairs, that are blue cloth finish and suited to child's height at 40cm high.
I am reluctant to throw them in a skip and would love to see them all rehoused - we don't want any money for them, just want to see them collected and reused! 01243 572380

Sat Nov 30
12 - 3pm
Chidham School

Chidham School PTFA Christmas Fair
Hog Roast, Santa's Grotto, Great Stalls, Arts & Crafts

Royal Christening
This morning the children at school celebrated the Royal Baptism.....
Pictured (Left) are "Kate and William"
And the "Archbishop". The Godparents, all seven of them, were chosen by Kate and William. They made the promises as any godparents would. Paul used the proper order of service, and Prince George was well behaved!
After the Baptism Kate asked to keep the candle.
Chidham School Sports Hall is available to rent on Wednesday evenings from 5.30 9.00 PM . If interested please contact the school for details. Telephone Jan Merdler on 01243 572380 in the school office.
posted Sept13
PTFA school weekend camping in Cobnor (2013) Photos .
The camping trip was excellent fun despite the rain and the evenings spent by the camp fire with good company and a beer or two will be fondly remembered. (soft drinks for the children......Ed.)
Chidham School PTFA
Christmas Fair

Have I got a thing about cakes ....?
Held on Saturday
Dec 1

super event - well supported
Did you get to see Santa?
See the photos
- sorry for the delay.
Dec 6
Saturday June 16
12 – 3pm
Chidham School Summer Fair,
Displays. Outside Stalls. BBQ.
Raffle Prizes Galore - (Flip Camera, Lunch at Bosham Inn, Tea At Millstream Hotel, plus many more)
posted May 9
Saturday 28 April
1pm to 4pm

Sponsored Walk around Chidham Point
in aid of Chidham Parochial Primary School and St Mary's Church.
Sponsorship Letter
Sponsorship Form

(download a pdf and print a copy)

Apr 20
Spring 2012
Chidham School children have been making bird boxes for Maybush Copse
Bird Boxes made and decorated by children at Chidham School are now in use!
Children from Chidham School visited the site to see their Bird Boxes in operation.

Sat Dec 3, 2011
12 - 3pm

Chidham School

Chidham School PTFA Christmas Fair
Father Christmas in his Grotto. Stalls, Gifts, Hog Roast, Mulled Wine
Nov 23
Chidham School Trip to France
October 2011
Chidham School has got a new football strip, sponsored by Chidham and Hambrook website
Claire Murphy, head teacher said 'I think you will agree that it looks excellent!
Thank you very much to Chidham and Hambrook Website'
Chidham PTFA Summer Fair
Saturday 21st May
Feb 17th 2011:
Chidham School visits Maybush Copse

Chidham School, Southbourne Juniors and Southbourne Infants School made a combined visit to Maybush Copse to plant trees

see more about Maybush Copse
Oct 8th


See report and photos
Big Green Event
• Fabulous Children’s Fashion Show using recycled materials
• Eco inspired story
told by Hazel Bradley
• Stalls and displays
• Speakers and Open Forum
Chidham school and the C&H Sustainability Network came together to put on a great fashion Show and evening about Sustainable living
27th September
Chidham School Centenary celebration, visit of the Bishop of Horsham and dedication of the centenary sculpture
- see report and photos.
Lynda Aplin retired as Head Teacher of Chidham Primary School at the end of this summer term. Lynda had been Head Teacher for sixteen years. In that time Lynda made Chidham school hugely successful, with significant improvements to the school buildings and facilities, and a sharp increase in the number of pupils and the number wanting to attend the school. She also worked very well with both the church and the community. Chidham school is both a focus for and strongly supported by the community.
We wish her well in her retirement.
A new Head Teacher has been appointed and she will start from the beginning of 2011. For the autumn term the school will be run with the help of a deputy head seconded to Chidham.
Blanket Banquet - PTFA farewell to Lynda - photos
Chidham School celebrating 100 years on its present site
Saturday 17th July 2010 The 100 year celebrations were marked by a reunion of former staff and pupils at which Mrs. Aplin introduced the new head, Claire Murphy.
The hall had an historical display of life at the school and world events from the last century and the children performed Chidham schools signature maypole dance. Many class friends from year’s gone by chatted about the school and their memories over a cream tea and former pupil Arther Cooper helped Mrs. Aplin raise the flag on what was a truly magical day.

New Puffin Pedestrian Crossing now in Operation

Completed early Nov 2009
Nov 12
At last, we have our new pedestrian crossing on the A259! When I .......
Read the Full Article
OFSTED Report See the whole report (pdf)
Inspection date: 4/2/2009, Reporting inspector: Sheila Browning.
Date of publication : 2/3/09

The overall effectiveness of the School - (extract from the report)
Chidham is a good school. It has a prominent profile in the local community and serves the
neighbourhood exceptionally well. The school's partnership with parents is outstanding. Parents are extremely supportive of the school and are confident that their children are exceptionally well cared for and challenged to do well. One comment typical of many can be summed up by one who said, 'It is an excellent example of a local community school where each child is encouraged to achieve their best.'
March 22
Brilliant event, fantastic support, balmy weather, Choc Egg and Wine raffle, bother, I didn't win the cake, none of the ducks escaped, excellent fundraiser for the PTFA, absolutely quackers idea, must do it again.
see the photos
A Chidham School PTFA fund raiser in association with Chidham and Hambrook Website Association

Chidham School's Walking Bus

Chidham schools walking bus set off for the first time on May 25. Children can join the bus along the route as long as they have booked a place and there are enough adults to supervise.
If you would like more details or can help please ask at the office - the bus currently operates on Fridays only but may be expanded if help can be found to share the work.

And contributing to the Walking Bus world record attempt

The new School Hall - official opening:
15th September 2006
Chidham school sports hall was officially opened today by Professor Philip Robinson, Principal of the University of Chichester. He unveiled a plaque made by the children and spoke to them of them importance of 'play'! Mrs. Aplin welcomed and thanked guests involved in the project, as well as governors, staff, the PTFA and, not least, the children.
The PTFA presented Mrs. Aplin with an engraved vase in recognition of her dedication to the project. The celebration concluded with a mass balloon release and of course tea and cake.
Chidham School Hall
Read about the building of the hall and see the photos (Click here).

When the Construction of the Sports Hall Building was completed, the Bishop of Horsham visited the school and blessed the Hall.

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