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History of the School

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 programme.  As Horsham has grown many new  houses have been built surrounding our school. 

West Sussex County Council decided to extend the school in 2013. The build was completed in late 2014 and increased the school size to over 400 pupils in a cuttind edge environment. 

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-Present