Welcome message from Sarah Whalley, Headteacher
On behalf of all the children, staff and governors, we warmly welcome you to our school website. We hope that it gives you a flavour of our ‘EPICentre of Learning’ and Rainbow Values here at Exminster Community Primary School.
It is a huge privilege to be the Headteacher of such an inclusive school where you can just feel the buzz of motivation and engagement in the learning.
Every child is unique and their wellbeing and learning is at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to a nurturing environment where we understand and develop the ‘whole’ child, where children are happy, have enquiring minds and develop a love of life-long learning. Working in partnership with parents and carers is an essential partnership on this journey.
‘Community’ is particularly important to us here – learning about our school community, about differences and similarities and understanding and celebrating these, also, appreciating and learning about our local, national and global community.
Our school is located in the heart of a thriving and friendly village community. It has gradually grown over the last 160 years to 418 pupils. We have 15 classes, two classes for every year group and one larger year group where we have three classes. We have a strong, pro-active and dedicated governing body and School Association; their combined influence provides excellent strategic and practical support for the school. Our school has become renowned for our successful approach to inclusion, which not only enabled children with a wide spectrum of special educational needs to make remarkable progress. This benefits all children by recognising, developing and celebrating our individuality.
We celebrate the strong links with our local pre-school and our Cygnet group. This currently starts one term before the children are due to start Reception. The children join our reception unit playing alongside our Reception children. This has proven to aid children's transition into school in September as they become familiar with the environment, the staff and the routines.
Over the last couple of years, we have been developing our Nature School area which our Reception children use on a weekly basis. This space is also used for our extra-curricular nature clubs.
We think our school is EPIC! Don’t just take our word for it though. Choosing a school for your child is an important decision. To help you in that decision making, we welcome families to come and see it for yourselves. Please contact the school office to arrange a visit.