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Ashbury School 

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Ashbury with Compton Beauchamp CE (A) is a small village school with around 80 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, “United in a love for learning, we will grow and succeed together" which was recently created in partnership with our governors, parents and pupils.

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Leaders, governors, staff and parents and carers have a clear determination to make sure that all pupils achieve. Staff have high expectations both academically and socially for all pupils.

OFSTED December 2019

Ashbury is a nurturing school, and this encourages pupils to successfully develop their independence.

OFSTED December 2019

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.

A happy school that welcomes each child no matter what stage of learning they are at. There is attention towards ensuring each child grows with confidence and with respect for others.

Year 4 Parent, Parent Survey, September 2019

Our History

We CareAshbury 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.

Our Church

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.

The Church encourages and develops the understanding, meaning and significance of faith and promotes all Christian values. The school celebrates its dedicated partnership with the Church and Parish at Diocesan Level.

All children enjoy Open The Book on Mondays & Collective Worship on a Thursday, which is led by local clergy and members of the congregation. This embeds our Christian Value focus for the term and delivers clear messages through bible stories and reflection time.

There are regular visits from the vicar of St Mary’s and the children enjoy their role in church services at Harvest, Christmas, Mothering Sunday, Easter, Leavers’ Service and many others.

Our Community

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.

Wonderful to see children from the school at the war memorial this morning.  They did a great job. Really special.

Ashbury Resident, Community Facebook Page, November 2019

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 particularly welcome parents and carers to join us for Collective Worship on Thursday mornings.


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.

I was very impressed by [the pupils] willingness to share and support one another.

Rev'd Norma Fergusson, email October 2019

Our School

With the recent addition of Little Berries Preschool we now have four classes, Berrycroft, Wayland, Ridgeway and Ashdown teaching children of 3 years old through to the age of 11. 

Our cook produces fabulous healthy school meals all cooked on site and we have been awarded an Enhanced Healthy Schools Award. Ashbury with Compton Beauchamp CE (A) School is proud to be part of the Faringdon Alliance of Schools, a partnership 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 Alliance of School can be found by clicking here. Our school day starts at 8:45am (gates open at 8:40am) and finishes at 3:00pm. Opening times for Little Berries Preschool is available on the Preschool page.