Community Links

Listed here are just some of the organisations in our community we have links with during the academic year.

Castlewood Primary School

Children and Family Centre

The Southwater Children and Family Centre is located on Worthing Road, just in front of the Southwater Infant Academy. They are open Mondays between 9.00am to 12 noon, Tuesdays 9.00am to 3.00pm, Wednesdays 9.00am to 12 noon and Thursdays 9.00am to 3.00pm.

At the Centre you can find information, advice and guidance on family related issues such as childcare, health, benefits, signposting to training and employment opportunities. The Centre offers a variety of activities and drop-in sessions too.

01403 213570


The Co-op in Lintot Square, Southwater helps us at the Academy, especially with our Fairtrade work, by welcoming children to visit and by donating items to enable our pupils with their enterprise projects.

Dominos Pizza

Dominos Pizza in Horsham visit our children in Year 1 to enable them all to make a pizza with various toppings.  They then cook the pizzas and return them to the children in time to eat them to take them home for tea.

History Society

The Southwater Local History Group was formed in September 2003. Its aim is to amass an archive of material relating to the origins and development of the area we now call Southwater, from the earliest times to the present day.

The archive is to be a community resource and therefore available to anyone for viewing, on request.

They are a small friendly Group and would be delighted to welcome new members. They would also like to hear from anyone who would be willing to share with them their own research work, memories, stories, photographs, postcards, etc – in fact, anything that sheds light on the history of the village.

Their meetings are held at 7.30pm on the first Monday of each month in the Beeson House, Lintot Square. If you would like further information or just want to pass on an item of interest, please email them on 

Horticultural Society

The green fingered children of Southwater Infant Academy love gardening.

On Wednesday 26 March, some members of the Southwater Horticultural Society attending a Special General Meeting at the Academy at which the Infant Gardening Club was formally instituted.

The club is to be linked with the SHS sharing the grown up's President but having their own proper constitution and committee.

As president of the SHS and now the IGC too, Mike Tuckwell welcomed everybody to the inaugural meeting and said that the Southwater Horticultural Society is delighted that we are joining together so that we can learn from one another.

He also said that he knows the children are good gardeners as he was privileged to judge their Summer Show and see their gardens last summer.

Headteacher, Mrs Winn, who is also the IGC secretary, explained that the Infant Gardening Club linked to Southwater Horticultural Society would be.

She explained the responsibilities which form their constitution and asked for all members to vote as to whether they were in agreement with these responsibilities.  There was a unanimous vote in favour!

The Friends of Southwater Infant Academy have bought some new spades, forks, hoes, rakes and brooms, together with a poly tunnel and some cloches to get the club started growing some seeds and also potatoes which have been chitted ready to plant.

The new committee agreed to meet the very next day to decide what needed to be done next!

Everyone is very much looking forward to working together and sharing their gardening know-how.

Briony, Chairperson of the Infant Gardening Club said "It's really good to meet some experts to help us do better gardening.  We want to learn how to grow some really big vegetables to eat and lots of flowers for insects"

Report contributed to the West Sussex County Times by the Southwater Horticultural Society.

Please visit the Southwater Parish Council website for further information about The Southwater Horticultural Society.

Junior Academy

Southwater Library

Beeson House
26 Lintot Square
Fairbank Road
RH13 9LA
Tel: (01403) 734660

Opening Times:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 1-5pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9 - 1pm
Sunday Closed

The library in Lintot Square is on two floors, covering 300 square metres. The total stock is around 8000, and the reservation service gives you access to over a million other items in West Sussex.

On the ground floor you will find the main lending collections: novels, DVD's, large print, non-fiction, CD's, as well as the children's library.

The first floor, by contrast, is much less "busy", with reference books, newspapers, study tables and easy seating. The teenage section is also upstairs.

Membership and all book loans are free, and you can borrow up to 20 items. Books are usually loaned for 3 weeks- most other items for one week

Users are reminded that items on loan may be renewed over the telephone or through the internet, or returned to ANY library in West Sussex.

West Sussex Libraries

You can also speak to the West Sussex libraries contact centre which is open Monday - Friday (8:00am - 8:00pm) and Saturday (9:00am - 5:00pm)

  • Central renewals - (01243) 642110
  • General service enquiries - (01243) 642111


The RSPCA Headquarters are based in Southwater and our Year 2 children perform Christmas Carols for them.  A very enjoyable experience for all envolved.

We also have visits from staff at the RSPCA, sometimes with a dog, which creates great excitement.

West Horsham Network

The Southwater Infant Academy is a member of the West Horsham Network of schools.  The network consists of 11 schools who all work together for the benefit of every child in the West Horsham area and beyond.  Headteachers from schools/academies in the network meet on a regular basis to ensure the network is meeting the needs of each school, staff work together to develop their teaching skills and share their expertise.  Currently, the 11 schools/academies are:

The Southwater Infant Academy
The Southwater Junior Academy
Shelley Primary School
Castlewood Primary School
St Mary's C of E School
St John's Primary School
Trafalgar Infant School
Warnham Primary School
Greenway Junior Academy
Arunside Primary School
Tanbridge House Secondary School

Wolstonbury Allicance
As a Teaching School we are part of th Wolstonbury Alliance.  To find out more, please go to