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Ashurst C E Primary School
Ashurst, BN44 3AY Steyning
01403 710426


At Ashurst Primary School we aim to create a happy, caring and purposeful environment in which all children are encouraged to respect and value one another and to achieve their potential, wheresoever that may lie.

Parents, Governors, the Church and the community contribute to the quality of the learning opportunities and experiences in a variety of ways and this support is really appreciated by the school.

At Ashurst CE Aided Primary School we aim to provide all children with an education of the highest quality within a truly Christian atmosphere that genuinely values every member of the school community.

Ashurst is a very small village of approximately two hundred and fifty inhabitants, situated three miles north of Steyning, West Sussex.

The village Primary School which dates back to 1873, now welcomes pupils from not only Ashurst itself, but from Steyning, Upper Beeding, Henfield, Storrington and further.

There are currently sixty- four pupils on roll in Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, with a standard number of eight per year group.  Many of the schools pupils are the grandchildren of former pupils.  There is the very recent addition of a third generation of one local family whose grandmother has been a school Governor since 1976.

by the Junior class


Teaching us about God and JesusDr Paul is a very good friend to Ashurst school, he is our vicar.

He teaches people about God and Jesus.  He teaches other schools about God and Jesus too.  He comes every Thursday to take assembly.


Mr. Dumbrell lived in Ashurst and came to school in 1937.  He returned again last term to teach us about World War Two. He told us about when there was an air raid shelter near the church but the mums did not want their children to go that far so he helped build an air raid shelter in a field opposite the school.  The picture on the right shows Mr. Dumbrell with his drums and harmonica, he enjoys playing music.


P.C. Skinner is a good friend as well, he is a Police Officer who works at Horsham.  He used to go to lots of schools to tell them about citizenship.  Everybody loves P.C. Skinner, he is kind but firm.  Once he brought in his teddy- bear, he brought a Police car along to show us too.  You could not see in it from the outside, but you could see out from the inside. PC Pearson visits us at school now and is becoming a good friend to the school too.


Mr. Russell came into school to talk about the War Years when he was in the Royal Air Force.  He talked about his training and the battle between the Bismarck and the Hood which were two World War TwoA flying jacket from the War Years Battleships.  He put on his flying jacket and cap to show what it was like.  We really enjoyed listening to Mr. Russell and he gave us a picture of his bomber.



Sir Graham is an older person who lived close to the school, he used to be a Judge.  We love him.  He came to our Christmas Plays and used to go to St. James' Church.



Mr. Eaton came in to help us sing with Mr. Dumbrell and Mrs. Pidgeon, he played the accordion.  We sang songs from the two World Wars, it was great fun.

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