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Head's welcome

I am absolutely delighted to welcome you to West Rise Junior School.

I feel very proud to be able to hold the position of Interim Headteacher at this wonderful community of children and staff.  I feel very privileged to work with the exceptionally committed and talented team at West Rise and look forward to seeing what we can achieve together.

Many of you may already know me as the Headteacher of the Infant School, but for those of you who don’t - Originally from Cardiff, I have been living and working in East Sussex since 2000.  In fact, I am now entering my 24th year at West Rise and my 12th year of leadership, working alongside the amazing Lynne Weir, who will be working with me as a Consultant Headteacher, one day a week. Both of my children, who are now aged 21 and 18 also attended West Rise so I suppose you could say I am a West Riser through and through!

I am trained to teach all ages in Primary and although my teaching experience has been in Keystage One, it has been so rewarding since starting this position to see all of the children I first met in their Reception Year, now grown up and thriving in Keystage Two.

I am passionate about young children’s wellbeing and learning, and in 2020, completed a Masters Degree in Mental Health and Wellbeing in Education, in order to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of how to foster children and adults wellbeing in Schools. I hold the firm belief that if given the opportunity and the self-belief, every child has the potential to achieve and to be the very best that they can be in all areas of their lives.

I am thrilled to be leading the school forward at this very exciting time. We acknowledge that there is work to be done and the team is working extremely hard as we truly feel that West Rise children are valued as treasured individuals and deserve the very best.

At West Rise, we are very much a community and I strongly believe that the best education for a child is partnership between staff, parents and children. By working together, we will ensure that each child develops the confidence to learn and progress to achieve excellence!

So, can I offer you a very big welcome to our school. You can rest assured that you have chosen the most warm and caring school community for your child’s education.

Louise Muller


Statement of our ethos and values

At West Rise Junior School, we inspire and empower independent and creative learners. We support a culture of high achievement and mutual respect. Our students will enrich their lives and those of others. 

We are a Rights Respecting School. The articles of the Unicef Children’s Rights Charter are at the heart of all school policy. We recognise that all children have a right to:

  • learn
  • be listened to
  • join in cultural and artistic experiences
  • be safe
  • fair treatment
  • a healthy lifestyle
  • extra support if needed.

At West Rise, we offer our pupils a dynamic, creative learning environment.

Our students experience and benefit from a unique school experience. This includes:

  • artists in residence
  • Shine Radio Station
  • Forest School and 120 acres of marshland
  • a school farm with chickens, sheep and ducks 

There is an extraordinary community feel throughout the school as confirmed by many of our visitors. We would love to show you our amazing learning environment, innovative projects, fantastic staff and brilliant pupils.