Easebourne CE Primary School moved to this site in September 2013. Before that, it had been home to Midhurst Intermediate School from 1970, with over 400 10-13 year olds. The accommodation was updated and successfully adapted for our younger children and we enjoy a spacious school building with many features one would not normally expect in a rural school of this size, including a music suite with practice rooms and a fitted kitchen for children’s cookery. Our hall, used for assemblies and lunch, has a lighting rig to support productions and our sports hall provides generous PE accommodation. The vibrant library lies at the heart of the school and is computerised, refurnished and generously stocked. Additional small rooms are used for groups but also serve as bases for nurture, and art/science.
Classrooms have interactive whiteboards which, together with desktop computers in shared areas and trolleys of netbooks and Chromebooks, enable children’s use of ICT to support the curriculum.
Outside, our grounds are extensive, with a large playground and a very generous grassed area. There is a pond, a young orchard, an area for our chickens beyond the playground and a new willow outdoor classroom, planted within a hedged labyrinth. To the west, the grounds are bordered by our woodland where our weekly Forest School sessions take place.
Early Days, our inviting on-site nursery, runs alongside Dragonflies, our Reception class, ensuring a truly connected Early Years Foundation Stage. Their outdoor area has recently been substantially enlarged, with a challenging wooden climbing-frame.
The school is very much about the community. We passionately believe in the partnership between children, staff, parents and governors. We also work hard to build strong relationships with the wider community. We are a Church of England school; our broad and balanced education is underpinned by strong Christian values and the vicar, Derek Welsman, is a governor. In recognition of the school’s strong historic relationship with the Cowdray Estate, Lord Cowdray became the school’s patron a few years ago and sponsors one of our two minibuses which proudly bears the Cowdray logo.