Farewell to Easebourne Primary School

Easebourne Primary pupils pictured with their headteacher Arthur Bain. Picture by Louise Adams C130925-1
Easebourne Primary pupils pictured with their headteacher Arthur Bain. Picture by Louise Adams C130925-1

EASEBOURNE Primary School is marking the end of a glorious and historically rich era, and is bowing out in style with a farewell summer fete tomorrow.

It has been at its current site in Easebourne Street for 140 years.

The next chapter for the school will coincide with the start of the new academic year.

It will be moving to the former Midhurst Intermediate School, which was home to Midhurst Rother College (MRC) students, on Wheelbarrow Castle.

The intermediate school buildings became redundant when MRC moved into its state-of-the-art £31m new school on the river site at Midhurst last September.

The £1m relocation will include enhanced security measures and amendments to accommodate younger primary age children.

The move is part of a series of plans for the site which could provide space for community use as well.

The relocation was a decision made by the schools’ governing body at the end of the 2012 summer term.

The new site will provide six Key Stage One and Two classrooms, a larger library, computer spaces, and two halls for sports and drama.

There will be spaces for special and additional educational needs, a medical room and an improved school foyer for parents, office space, staff room, PTA and meeting facilities.

The primary school move leaves a question mark over its current site, leased from the Cowdray Estate.

There are currently no plans or proposals in the pipeline for the primary school building on Easebourne Street.