Ashfield is a two form entry Voluntary Controlled Junior School, catering for children between the ages of seven and eleven with an admission limit of 60 for each year group. As established by the original trustees, the school has no religious affiliation with any denomination and was founded by voluntary subscription in 1845 for the education of the people of Bushey. Admission is for children of all abilities, primarily from our main feeder school, Merry Hill Infants, which is linked to Ashfield by the Local Education Authority Admission Policy.
Ashfield has expanded over its 150 year history. The original 1845 classrooms are still in use by our year 6 children. These large, light, classrooms provide a good space for our oldest children. A central area between the two classrooms has been redesigned as a PPA room, while the former ICT suite has been remodelled to provide 2 work spaces for small groups following our investment of wireless technology throughout the school.
Our Hall was built in the 1970s and is used for assemblies, drama, gymnastics and indoor games. Off this room is the dining room, the library and the “little room” which is used for music tuition and teaching of small groups. The year 3 and year 5 classrooms are also in this part of the building. They have a communal area which houses resources and wet areas. The year 4 classrooms are in a separate building to the side of the playground.
Ashfield is fortunate in having two hard play areas. The large upper playground leads to a large expanse of grass and is suitable for more boisterous games. The lower playground has been landscaped and has a scrambling wall. This area is ideal for quieter games. In the summer months the field is set out with picnic tables which provide an area for children to eat their lunch outdoors when the weather is warm and fine.
The school also has a pond and meadow area which is a haven for interesting wildlife and greatly enhances the children’s environmental studies.