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During this period of partial closure our school site continues to be open for provision for vulnerable pupils and children of key workers. Irrespective of this partial closure, the safeguarding of all our children remains our top priority. At this time, our school will continue as normal in supporting our vulnerable children and if anyone has any questions regarding this please contact Pip Fairweather, Headteacher using the email address: office@ashington.w-sussex.sch.uk.

Please contact the school using this email address if you have any queries.


We decided to all enjoy the same book across each of the classes and the title of the book was 'The Book'.

Each class planned a range of exciting learning around this fantastic book.

We held a whole school dress up day on Friday 28th February to celebrate the end of our Book Week. The children came dressed as an animal of their choice. 


Here is a video of the teachers entertaining the children with their carols being played with handbells that they have been taught by Mrs Ogunniyi.


Our KS1 Nativity Performance

Take a look at our gallery of the children starring in their Nativity this year. If you wish to have a copy of your child in their picture, please email me or pop in and see me with the number of the picture you would like. Just count along the gallery to the circle of the picture you would like.

Morning Breakfast Club

Now Breakfast Club is up and running we wanted to advertise our flexibility of this club.

It runs from Monday – Friday and opens from 8.00am and includes breakfast. If you would just like one day a week or the days of the week change week by week we can help you. Or if you have an emergency and need child care for the following morning contact us!

The aim of the club is to provide a relaxing environment playing games and enjoying a healthy breakfast.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have and look forward for this club to continue successfully.

School Office: 01903 892365

Email: Office@ashington.w-sussex.sch.uk

Our First School Fundraiser of the Year

Part of the Deputy Head children’s’ job is to raise money for a charity and Emily Shoosmith and two of her friends have come
up with our first fundraiser of the year a Cancer Research.

On Friday 25th October we held a non-uniform day where we asked the school children to wear pink,
blue and/or white (the colours of the cancer research logo) and in return for not wearing uniform to bring in as
many copper coins as they could. We were aiming to see how many times we can circle our mile run path in coins.

All the coins will then be counted up and the equivalent amount sent to Cancer Research. I’m sure the Post
Office will just love us! 

Head Boy and Head Girl

Prior to the summer holidays all children voted for our Head Boy and Head Girl for this academic year. Many children put themselves forward, and we listened to their campaign speeches in a whole school assembly.

Our new Head Boy is Jasper Farmerand our new Head Girl is Hollie Bunce.

This year we have three Deputy Head Girls: Neve Belton, Amelia Blacklock and Emily Shoosmith. Congratulations to them all.

SCHOOL COUNCIL 2019 – 2020

As a school we value the thoughts, ideas and opinions of all our children and the School Council is one way of ensuring the voice of the children is heard and has an impact on the development of the school. We are pleased to announce that our class representatives this year are:

Year 1 Class – Isabelle Hogan and Arthur Howells

Year 2 Class – Nyla Taylor and Jake Smith

Year 3 Class – Ava Van Zyl and Shiloh Lawson

Year 4 Class - Florence Farmer and Zac Barker

Year 5 Class - Chloe Napier and Oliver Hogan

Year 6 class – Eve Billington and Benjamin Davis

Our Health and Sports Week

Well, what a week that was! Ashington CE Primary School hosted Sports Week beginning 24th to the 27th June. This annual event aims to encourage participation right across the school as part of our ongoing commitment to deliver high-quality PE and Sport.

 All children took part in a series of activities during the week, organised to inspire and challenge them as the school’s sporting calendar for the year reached its climax.

To cap off a Sports Week to remember, the school also received some more positive news on Thursday morning. In recognition of our dedication to PE and Sport, we were awarded the School Games GOLD School’s Mark. This mark is a Government led award scheme facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year. We look forward to going for a double Gold in 2020!


Three teacher training students from Chichester University have ‘Made Change Happen’ at Ashington C of E Primary School this year. The students rose to the challenge to reinvigorate the school’s existing Prayer Garden, to give it a new lease of life and make it once again a place for prayer, tranquillity and reflection.

The school held a grand opening ceremony on Friday 26th April which was attended by two former Headteachers, former Governors, current Governors and members of the local church. The whole school enjoyed a service of thanksgiving in the sunshine and Jimmy (Year 2) cut the ribbon.

Over just a few short months Lauren, Jessica and Charlotte transformed the space using ideas from the children at the school, assisted by the school’s current Church Councillors.

The school has a very close relationship with the village church and was fortunate to receive donations from Church members and other kind benefactors, enabling the students to give the children at the school exactly what they wanted, following a design competition.

The prayer garden now includes a large cross, many more flowers and plants, wind chimes, a water feature and passages from the bible written on wooden plaques for the children to reflect on.

Our School Science Week

During science week, each class spent one day developing their scientific skills on a class project. KS2 thought carefully about how much water they use each day compared to other countries where many people do not have water piped into their homes.  After much thought-provoking discussion, the children were then challenged to design, make and test a water filter to remove dirt from a water sample..

Reception and KS1 developed their investigation skills through various activities for the topic ‘Can it fly?’ The children discussed how they could investigate the questions posed and worked extremely hard to plan and complete different investigations based on this question.

Our school Science Fair on Friday 29th April 2019

ACES child led science day fair was a phenomenal success!

Children throughout the school were challenged make or bring into school the resources needed to demonstrate their STEM skills. The fair showcased a wide range of skills and areas of scientific interest.

The atmosphere in the hall during the event was amazing. The children who were manning the stands, clearly and calmly demonstrated their scientific knowledge through investigations, displays, posters and PowerPoints. All the children, whether sharing their science knowledge or listening to their peers share their ideas, did so with maturity beyond their years. Everyone was engaged and inspiring!

Pip Fairweather has been taking photographs of all the displays

across the school today!

SIAMS Report - Outstanding

'The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Ashington First School as a Church of England school are outstanding'.

On Friday 24th March we had our Statutory Inspection of Anglican Methodist Schools (SIAMS). These occur once every five years and focus on:

  • ​How well the school, through its distintive Christian character meets the needs of all learners.
  • The impact of Collective Worship on the whole community.
  • How effective the leadership and management of the school as a Church school is.

​We are extremely pleased to have been graded 'Outstanding' in all areas. 

Please click here to view the full SIAMS Report.

OFSTED Report - Good

On Tuesday 21st March we had our statutory Ofsted inspection, the Ofsted report has now been published and we are very happy with the grading of ‘Good’.

Please click here to view the full OFSTED Report

Please click here to see the report in the West Sussex County Times


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Our congratulations go to Miss Martlew who last night won the West Sussex County Times Community Award for Outstanding Teacher, presented at a glittering ceremony at the Capitol Theatre, Horsham. Miss Martlew received over twenty individual nominations from parents in her first class at Ashington. I know I speak for the whole team when I say how very proud we are of her.

Pip Fairweather 

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