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Back to the future for two communities.

Children, staff and parents were looking back into the future when residents of  Barns Green and Itchingfield  said farewell to a Victorian school that served pupils for more than 160 years.

In its time Itchingfield Primary School educated well over 3,500 pupils and employed eight head teachers.

Nestling on top of Fulfords Hill in Sussex countryside, the school was, according to a previous headteacher, “a perfect location in which to educate young children in an increasingly hectic world”.

People associated with the school attended a poignant closing ceremony. At the same time they were looking forward, as the last remaining split site school in West Sussex is now being replaced with a new one on one site.

Developer Berkeley Homes recently finished building the brand new school, Barns Green primary.

A special book created by the Parent Teacher Association is recording all the indelible memories from the old school.

Pupils contributed to the content of a time capsule that was buried, including a video of youngsters entering the new school for the first time.

Pictured on this page are old photographs of the school as it moves towards a modern future.

Pictures Courtesy of the Barns Green Collection at West Sussex Records Office.

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