The school's general philosophy is to provide a caring environment wherein each child can attain its full potential. Within the extended family community, we encourage the child to learn through experience, to co-operate with others, to appreciate the trust between parents, teachers and children; and by self motivation to move forward with confidence. We encourage children to question, learn independently and think for themselves. We aim to take each child along the path of discovery and will endeavour to meet each child's needs along the way. We aim to provide a stimulating and varied atmosphere, and make the learning process enjoyable , positive and flexible.
We encourage confident, creative, literate and numerate children who are morally and socially responsible. They will have respect for, and an understanding of, other races, religions and ways of life. As adults, we hope that they will have acquired the knowledge and skills relevant to their life in an ever changing world. Parental involvement within the school is welcomed, and enables us to provide a very broad curriculum. Everyone who works at the school has your child's best interests at heart.
The school was built in 1876 and is of traditional construction, made of local red sandstone and brick. The main building consists of a large classroom (currently used by Tawny Owls), a hall (currently used by Snowy Owls), staff room, library, Headteacher and Secretary's office, group rooms, small kitchen, cloakroom and toilets. There are three mobile classrooms on the grounds; they are used by Barn Owls, Eagle Owls and the After School room, school kitchen and Ladybirds Preschool. We have an adventure playground, a tyre park, willow dome, quiet area, a walled garden/mini farm and a grass playing space. We also have a detached playing field.
There are approximately 97 children on roll aged 4 to 11 years old. At age 11 years the majority of children progress to Kingsmead Community School at Wiveliscombe.
The children are taught in four classes. Our catchment area extends across several parishes. Please contact the school if you are unsure if you live within this area. School transport is available if your child is within our catchment or if we are the nearest school. To be eligible your child must be under 8 and reside 2 miles from the school, or over 8 and reside 3 miles from the school. Children are transported using minibuses and taxis.
Children will usually spend seven years at Primary School: R (reception) Year 1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6.
We arrange our classes in the following way:
Barn Owls - Reception
Tawny Owls - Year 1 and 2
Snowy Owls - Year 3 and 4
Eagle Owls - Year 5 and 6
Dependent on number of pupils we operate with 3 or 4 classes.
School operates for 190 days per annum with 5 extra days for in-service training.
We start at 8.45 am and end at 2.55 pm for Reception through to Year 6, with a staggered lunch start from 12 noon. We provide after-school care until 4.30pm.
Please deliver and collect your children promptly.
The lane outside the school is narrow so if you are unable to park outside the school (ensuring that you do not park in the staff and mini bus parking areas) the village hall committee have kindly allowed us to make use of their car park, at pick up and drop off time, which is situated just down the hill from the school. For large events such as Sports Day and Play Performances the school will book the village hall car park for the specific dates and times (subject to availability. You will be advised nearer the event time if this is not possible).
The whole school is a NO SMOKING AREA.
The school secretary is available Monday -Friday from 8.30 am - 4.00 pm.
The Headteacher is available by appointment.