Ashbury School – “We Care”
Ashbury with Compton Beauchamp CE (A) is a small village school with around 70 pupils in the heart of Ashbury, a rural village that nestles on the edge of the Downs in an area of outstanding natural beauty. We are very proud of all that goes on here and our motto, “WE CARE” encompasses all that we do.
“The very succinct school motto ‘We care’ is demonstrated through the excellent relationships between adults and pupils.”
OFSTED Feb 2016
“The family atmosphere exuded by the whole school community is a powerful embodiment of its motto “We Care”, which is explicitly linked with the message of the Good Samaritan.”
SIAS Sept 2011
We are a caring school with a Christian ethos in which every child and adult is respected, encouraged and assisted towards their full potential in every sphere of their lives. The children are fully supported in their learning by dedicated staff, governors and parents.
Ashbury School has been educating local children for over 200 years and has a tradition in the village that is second to none. Thomas Stock, a parish curate in the local church, started the school which was to be the first school in England to be held outside a church, and which set the foundation of the school system we know today.
The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all it’s pupils. The school enjoys a strong partnership with the Church and parish at diocesan level. There are regular visits from the vicar of St Mary’s and the children enjoy their role in church services.
Our school is an integral part of Ashbury village, so we believe we have a role to play in sharing with the children many of these traditional village qualities: a sense of community and respect for each other, responsible behaviour and tolerance and consideration of others. The children enjoy taking part in the village events and parents and other members of the community are welcome to become involved in the day to day life of the school.
We aim to develop children's awareness both of themselves and the wider world. This means encouraging children to be thoughtful, reflective and responsive to their own feelings and emotions, and to the world around them. The theme of spirituality is woven into the curriculum throughout the school.
We have three classes, Wayland, Ridgeway and Ashdown teaching children of 4 years old through to the age of 11. We have a strong and active partnership with Ashbury Pre-school who work closely with us to deliver a joint Foundation Stage unit. Our cook produces fabulous healthy school meals all cooked on site and we have been awarded an Enhanced Healthy Schools Award. Ashbury School is proud to be part of the Faringdon Partnership, an alliance of local primary and secondary schools who work together to share ideas and events and to enhance and further childrens’ learning and experiences. More information about the Faringdon Partnership can be found by clicking here.