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Welcome and Introduction

Welcome to ASSR!

We are a small, welcoming village school committed to the wellbeing and academic success of our pupils.

Our strengths are based on excellent relationships, with pupils, parents, staff and governors.

We are an inclusive community where all children can flourish through our school vision:

Learning to be the best they can

Loving all God's Kingdom 

Living life in all its fullness 

John 10:10

We would be delighted to show you our unique and wonderful school - Please do not hesitate to contact us to book a visit.


Ailsa Clark, Head of School


I am pleased to introduce you to The Sussex Spires Federation. We are a federation of two small schools (Herstmonceux C of E Primary and All Saints’ and St Richard’s C of E Primary) who work closely together to achieve excellence for our children. In the role of Executive Headteacher, I work on the strategic aspects of the federation and each school has a Head of School who is responsible for the day to day running of the individual schools. Both our schools have a Church of England foundation which is of central importance to our vision. We work together as we believe that our schools can achieve more together than they can in isolation and this is reflected in our federation motto: ‘Stronger together in faith.’

In our schools we want all our children to be the very best they can be and this is reflected in the schools’ visions. To achieve the best for our children we have designed a curriculum to make sure that they have the essential knowledge they need to prepare them for their future success. We have built our vision and curriculum around the context of our schools and on our ambition for our children.

‘Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.’

Stephen Hawking

Our schools are situated in the beautiful Sussex countryside in the heart of 1066 country. We want our children to love their heritage and understand its importance in history and to understand the richness and diversity in our country and the wider world. We want them to be curious and through this curiosity to develop knowledge through experience. We have an ambitious curriculum as this is what we believe our children need and deserve. Our children love to learn and we are here to enable them do to this joyfully and effectively.

If you want to find out more about us, please make contact through the school offices or come and see our schools for yourselves. Everyone is welcome.

Catherine Cottingham, Executive Headteacher