Ninfield C of E Primary School

Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust


As a Christian primary school, our educational mission at Ninfield is to set the conditions for all to thrive academically, morally, emotionally, socially and also spiritually. 





Our staff team recently reflected on our understanding of spirituality with Reverend Frostick and reached this shared definition:

"Spirituality is seeing with our hearts, not just our eyes, so that we can grow in our relationship with ourselves, the world around us, and God; spirituality is a journey of searching and reaching towards knowing God better."


In the same way that children do not develop their academic knowledge base incidentally, we believe that children need planned opportunities to grow spiritually and to flourish in this facet of their personal development. Therefore, we have recently introduced a schedule of activities across the school year designed to provide the space and possibility for reflection and spiritual development.

Whole-school Ashburnham Place visit Forest School lessons Class-led Services at St Mary's Church



Our school curriculum intent includes a key focus on the model of 'Windows, Mirrors and Doors', a well-known religious concept made famous by Liz Mills, as a driver for the planning of the way of our children interact with new learning.

MIRRORS: Reflection - The learning from We provide children with time for reflection. We give children opportunities to reflect on their experiences, to look inward and to consider the big questions of life. Enquiry permeates our curriculum, where learning is constructed in a way that puts big questions at the center, rooting the acquisition of knowledge in the spiritual concept of searching for answers. Similarly, all Collective Worship begins with the use of philosophical questions that spark moral and ethical self-reflection in our children. Through all of this, our children are learning from life by exploring their own insights and perspectives and those of others.


WINDOWS: Encounter - The learning about We give children the opportunities to become aware of the world in new ways, to wonder and broaden the virtues of empathy and understanding. Through learning about new life


DOORS: Transformation - The learning to live by putting into action what they believe.


We give children opportunities to respond to all of this; to do something creative as a means of expressing, applying and further developing their thoughts and convictions. In this they are learning to live by putting into action what they are coming to believe and value.


As such, the children are given opportunities to develop their own ideas about how to respond so that learning becomes truly transformative; through reflection inspiring action, we help our children to become advocates and agents of change, driven forward by their growing spirituality.



Spiritual Spaces at Ninfield





2023/24 Project Playground

As part of our wider 'Project Playground', we have been reflecting on the functions our outdoor spaces within school provide. As part of this, we are currently undergoing a shared community-wide planning project to design and create a Spirituality Garden area for our children to use for quiet contemplation and reflection.