A warm welcome from children as Rocks Park Primary School opens 40 years ago.

Rocks Park School celebrates 40th anniversary

Rocks Park School is 40 this year and celebrating with a party and exhibition on Friday, September 20.

Everybody is welcome to attend from 2.15-6pm and if you have any old photos, memories or work that could be included in the exhibition the school would like to hear from you.

The primary school was officially opened by Princess Alexandra on Wednesday, July 18, 1979, a year after building work started.


Princess Alexandra pictured at the opening of Rocks Park Primary School.


When Mr David Marshall, who would be headteacher, first saw it there were only walls and a roof. He was told nine children would be coming to the school but by the time September came the total had risen to 57.

The school was built on land given to East Sussex County Council by Miss Fairbourne, a descendant of the Streatfeild family. They owned Buckswood Grange which was built in 1700 on the site of an old priory.


Some of the first children to attend Rocks Park Primary School.

Happy place

More than 200 pupils now attend the school and there are 28 members of staff. Mr Andy Best is headteacher and the school is still described as a very happy place to learn, with a thriving Friends of the School Association which raised more than £12,000 last year.

Check out the Rocks Park Primary School Celebrations Facebook page where you can see photos from the past sent in so far. If you would like to share more photographs, memories or work please contact Wendy Wheatley at wwheatley@rockspark.e-sussex.sch.uk.


Rocks Park Primary School in its pretty woodland setting.

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