School History

We are a community school close to the centre of Horsham but also benefiting from extensive grounds. At our school we aim to give every child a broad and balanced education, both academically and socially. We aim to help each child develop as a successful learner, confident individual and responsible citizen.

In 1965 the school was built, but first opened its doors to pupils in September 1967. It had a grand official opening in 1968 with Councillor John Brown leading the proceedings. The school takes its name after the river Arun which meanders along the boundary of two sides of the school grounds. Before the school was built the land was a community playing field. The first Headteacher was Mr W F Phillips who was responsible for educating 178 pupils.

In 1995 the building was extended to add two further classrooms. Many mobile classrooms remained until severe flooding caused two of these to be condemned.

In 2002 a front reception area was added alongside an external refurbishment program. As Horsham has grown many new houses have been built surrounding our school.

Following a statutory consultation in 2013, the decision to expand our school from a one form entry to a two form entry school was made by the then Cabinet Member for Education, Peter Griffiths. Some members of staff laid bricks, the site manager led assemblies and both Governors and staff were extremely proud to open the new building in late 2014 when the size of the school increased to accommodate over 400 pupils in a cutting edge educational environment.

Former Headteachers:

Following Mr W F Phillips the school has enjoyed the leadership of these Headteachers:

  • Mr F Morris: 1974-1990
  • Mr J Allen: 1991-1997
  • Mrs L Phillips: 1997-2001
  • Mrs Y Royle: 2002-2006
  • Mrs C Slight: 2006-2016
  • Mr R Roberts: 2017-2019
  • Mrs D Jagger 2019 – Present