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Our Outdoor Learning Day

The whole school had the most amazing outdoor learning day including lots of various activities and worship and an outdoor picnic in the woods. We were very lucky as the weather was great!

Our Official School Opening Ceremony

The Bishop of Horsham officially opened the school as a Primary School with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday 19th October. Our Head boy, Hayden and Head girl, Evie's first official job was to give the Bishop of Horsham a guided tour when he visited to officially open the new building. They also had an interview along with Pip Fairweather for an article for the Church magazine

Head Boy and Head Girl

The big news in Spetmber was the result of the election for Head Boy and Head Girl. The whole school voted, including staff, and Evie Kynoch and Hayden Napier, having given excellent speeches to the school along with all candidates, were the successful two. Lara Sawyer and Peter Read are now our Deputy Head Girl and Boy and will support Evie and Hayden in their roles.

The return to school on Tuesday 5th September heralded the start of a new era at Ashington CE School. We are now officially a Primary School with a brand new classroom for Year Six and a refurbished and reconfigured classroom for Year Five. The new build also includes five new individual toilets and a covered outside area for Year Six.


The children at Ashington CE School enjoyed a fun-packed ‘Empty Classroom Day’ on Tuesday 13th June.

Outdoor Learning Leader and Reception Class teacher Miss Martlew ably led the staff team organising activities for the children to enjoy.

Outdoor learning and Forest Schools are already a big part of school life at Ashington but this special day involved all the children learning in mixed age groups and creating some lasting memories. Activities included orienteering, a woodland tower challenge, blindfold trail, maypole dancing and bug hunting. Every child painted one letter of a bible passage which now has pride of place in our Prayer Garden; they also decorated ceramic hearts and each made a mosaic tile which will form a beautiful whole school mosaic in Year Three’s Roman inspired garden.

Before lunch the whole school, including all the parent volunteers, took part in ‘Worship in the Woods’. Everyone then enjoyed a picnic lunch together.

It really was a day to remember.

Our God- short version .MOV


My name is Lexi, I am 11 weeks old and I am your new school dog. I am a Shichon. My mummy, Purdy, is a Shih Tzu and my daddy, Billy, is a Bichon Frise. I am hypo allergenic because my coat doesn’t shed and I am small and loveable. I like to be with people but because I am a puppy I also need to sleep a lot and I need lots of help to learn good manners.

I am going to be at school most days and will spend my time in Mrs Fairweather and Mrs Dowling’s office until I am fully trained. I will never leave the office off the lead, even when I am older and wiser. You will be allowed to visit me when the adults at school think I am ready, so you may have to be patient for a little while.

The reason I am going to be your school dog is because one of you suggested it and then Mrs Fairweather did lots of research and found that school dogs are known to be very good for everyone’s well-being and can even become reading dogs or therapy dogs.

I am really looking forward to meeting you; but not all at once!

Lexi 's first day at school was Tuesday 25th April 2017.

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

Our School Book Week

At school this week we have been embracing Book Week. This year we decided to all enjoy the same book, The Day the Crayons Quit written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Each teacher planned a range of exciting learning opportunities around this fantastic book which culminated with a dress up day on Friday. The children and staff came to school dressed as their favourite crayon: Red, Purple, Beige, Grey, White, Black, Green, Yellow, Orange, Blue, Pink or Peach. It proved to be quite a colourful event!


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 

Earth Moving

On Sunday 5th February we asked for volunteers to come along and help to dig over our school allotment beds in preparation for planting lots of exciting vegetables!


We have had a great start to the new year with the children and staff all immersed in our Take One Picture Art Week. This year the painting the teachers based all the children's learning around is 'Penelope with the Suitors' by Pintoricchio. Part of the story of the picture is that the suitors have to try to string a bow in order to fire an arrow and win Penelope's hand in marriage; all our Key Stage Two children had an archery session, one of the different cross curricular opportunites that was planned during the week.

Do look at the Class & Photo Gallery pages for lots more pictures of the children's work and activities.

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