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Welcome to Archbishop Courtenay Church of England Primary School

Welcome to Archbishop Courtenay Primary School. I am delighted to have been appointed as the new headteacher of this wonderful school.

My philosophy for education is one which is based around the statement of the ‘best for every child’.  I hold a strong child centered approach to teaching, where consistency, praise, encouragement yet challenge is key.  I believe that all children are amazing and have unique potential waiting to be unlocked - it is a privilege, as a teacher and a leader, to be able to inspire, enthuse, motivate and nurture children to fully achieve this. 

I am passionate and committed to my core values that include honesty, respect, integrity and determination.  However, I also recognise as a Church of England School our distinct Christian character, and school values are essential to our everyday lives. Therefore not only am I looking forward to working with Archbishop Courtenay's excellent senior leadership team to provide an exciting curriculum, but I also intend to create a NEW school vision, along with purposeful values, to ensure all pupils live, love and flourish within our school community. 

I am also very fortunate that Mrs Jenny Ashley-Jones, Headteacher at Reculver school, will be supporting us this year and I know we are all excited by this new phase of the school’s journey and both myself, and my team of amazing staff, look forward to leading learning in the twenty-first century.

Letter of introduction from our new Headteacher, Mrs Sue Heather


Archbishop Courtenay School Values

Through God’s love and encouragement we aspire for all to achieve their potential.

As a family, through love for one another and full wise use of God’s gracious gifts to us, we aspire to live to our full potential as God intended.  


The story of The Good Samaritan shares God’s guidance and love for our fellow humankind……

When the Samaritan stopped to help the injured man he showed FELLOWSHIP towards a stranger who was in need   Luke 10:33

We are all part of God’s family by showing equality and fellowship in our school for all, by making everyone feel welcomed and cared for. Through the story of The Good Samaritan, Jesus explained that we are all part of God’s family and that we should all care for one another.

By caring for him and taking him to safety the Samaritan showed COMPASSION  Luke 10:34

We show compassion by the way we treat each other fairly and with kindness, as Jesus instructed his followers when he said,’ Go then and do the same.’  We empower our community to explore and talk to each other; we encourage the value of forgiveness.  The Samaritan did not think about the race or religion of the man, he just saw someone that needed help. 

Jesus said ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself’ teaching us to have  ASPIRATION, to be the best we can be   Luke 10:27

We enable and resource our teachers and learners to excel at developing learning opportunities that will allow us all to strive to achieve our potential.  We look to our teachers to inspire and expand our children’s minds to be creative and independent in their thinking, promoting scholarship and ownership of their own futures.  When Jesus told us to ‘Love our neighbours as we love ourselves’ he was telling us to aspire to live and work collectively within God’s love.


Jesus taught us to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. At Archbishop Courtenay Primary we ensure we all feel part of a family where everyone is valued and encouraged to aspire to achieve their very best by providing-

  • An engaging and accessible curriculum which excites and stimulates a lifelong love of learning, through working together with our teachers and friends in Fellowship. We enhance this through a shared understanding of the world God created, which we experience through our worship.


  • Life is a gift from God, so at ABC we want everyone to reach their full potential regardless of their beliefs or background.  We aim to achieve this by promoting a Compassionate and holistic environment within which our children can thrive.


  • Jesus taught us to be the best we can be within the Family of God. We foster a determined approach to learning that will enable all children to Aspire and achieve within a caring Christian community


We celebrate the Christian character of our foundation and believe this character informs all that is done at Archbishop Courtenay through the values of