Ashburton Christian School had its beginnings in the work of Keith and Rosemary Townshend who initiated investigations in 2005. This eventually led to the establishment of the Ashburton Christian Schools Trust (ACST) which implemented the vision for a Christian School in Ashburton. The school began its first year in 2009 with 27 pupils.
With the support of other Christian schools and private donors ACS was well resourced in buildings and teaching materials from its first day. Upon integration in 2011 the ACST handed over operation of the school to the first board of trustees who are under the proprietorship of the Christian Schools Trust (CST) in Christchurch. The CST are also proprietors for Middleton Grange, Rolleston Christian School and Aidanfield Christian School. The ACST retain ownership of the facilities and have members on the school board.
Members of the Ashburton Christian Schools Trust are Keith Townshend (Chairman), Rosemary Townshend, Mary Pearce, Alistair Weaver, David Bayne and Darren Butler.
Ahburton Christian School is in a beautiful rural setting on a two hectare block just outside the Ashburton town boundary. We have two recently built classroom blocks comprising a total of six modern classrooms. A homestead has been extensively refurbished as the administration block, staffroom and music room. A playing field, hard-court and parking area have all been established. There is a junior and senior playground and the first stage of a fitness course.