Introducing Our School

Founded in 1890, Manor Field Primary School has an impressive history lasting over 125 years and is the oldest primary school in Burgess Hill.

The school was extended in the 1960s and underwent another significant expansion in the 1980s, at which time a further twenty classrooms and large school hall was added to the site. The original Victorian buildings now house the office suite, staff room and dedicated Music room. These, and the more recent accommodation are set in stunning grounds with plenty of space for outdoor learning as well as play and relaxation. 

We are fortunate in having extensive facilities, including:

  • A wonderfully tranquil environmental area containing two ponds linked by a Monet style bridge and decking to facilitate science activities such as pond dipping
  • A well-cultivated organic garden with flower and vegetable beds, a natural willow arbour and fruit trees 
  • Large field with a young orchard of rare fruit trees, football pitch, running track & long jump pit 
  • Two adventure playgrounds
  • Three playgrounds, one containing a stage, outdoor musical instruments and range of activities such as den building, weaving and sand play to ensure playtime is an enriching learning experience for all children  
  • Seating areas and two gazebos providing shade and a perfect place for those who prefer quieter activities at lunchtimes 
  • Netball courts
  • A wooden 'cabin' housing a wide range of sports equipment which our pupil leaders 'hire out' (free of charge) to their peers each lunchtime
  • Two large halls used for performances, physical education & assemblies
  • A state of the art food technology room
  • Dedicated music room
  • Large well-stocked library
  • Family Room
  • Friendship Hut for use at lunchtimes
The school has been cleverly designed to maximise all the benefits of a large school and yet retain a small school atmosphere, with the buildings arranged into five separate units, each named by our school council after one of the continents of the world. Each unit houses five classrooms arranged around a central area which accommodates a computer suite, enabling technology to be used as an integral aspect of learning.
 
Children in Years 1 & 2 each enjoy their own separate units, with Year 1 housed in 'Africa' and Year 2 in 'Australia'. Pupils in Key Stage 2 are divided into the two upper units, with Years 3 & 4 (Lower Key Stage 2) located in 'Europe' and Years 5 & 6 (Upper Key Stage 2) in 'Asia'. Separate cloakroom areas and newly refurbished toilet facilities serve each of the five units. 
 
The Reception children start their time at Manor Field in a separate dedicated building (named 'Antarctica'). This enables children to feel 'cocooned' during their first year at school and, as the year progresses, they are gradually introduced to other areas around the school building.
 
Each of the Reception classrooms and shared areas are carpeted, giving a warm and comfortable feel to the environment. Nearby there is a state of the art food technology room, a nurture room, a hall for PE and assemblies and a well stocked library leading out to a grassy bank. All three Foundation Stage classrooms have access to a large outdoor learning area which is used extensively to support children’s learning- the largest of which has a gazebo and seating and an imaginative layout to provide an outdoor classroom. 
 
Platform 3, an established and popular pre-school, is located within the Antarctica unit, enabling easy transition for those children attending the pre-school and moving on to Manor Field Primary.  

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