Slade Lane, Abbotskerswell, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 5NS
Dear Parents and Visitors,
Welcome to Abbotskerswell Primary School.
Our philosophy is fostered on creating a school where children and adults can be happy, respectful, responsible and successful. As a community primary school we are very keen to provide children with a well-rounded education that will help prepare them for the wider world. All staff members take an active part in helping achieve this.
We are a small school at the heart of the village community where we have strong links and long-standing relationships going back to 1875 when the school was originally built. You will find that many of the current children’s parents, and some of the staff, used to attend the school when they were younger and in our entrance foyer you can find trophies engraved with some of their names, going back to 1973. Our History Club has produced a wonderful book detailing the history of our school which can also be found in the foyer.
At the start of this year there are 111 pupils on roll split between four classes. Graham Lawrence teaches Puffin Class for our Reception and some Year 1s. Ryan Childer teaches Robin Class with our Year 1 and Year 2. Lyndsey Kerswell and our Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Lisa Walsh, teach Swift Class with our Year 3 and Year 4. Ann Williams teaches Kingfisher Class with Year 5 and Year 6.
The children are divided into four houses (Priory House, St Mary’s House, Carsewell House and Henley House), chosen by the Student Council to reinforce our links with the local community. These houses are used to foster a sense of team work and healthy competition which support our positive behaviour policy. Children earn points for themselves and their house which translate into exciting trips, extra activities chosen by themselves and even vouchers provided by our excellent PTFA.
Pupils have a history of achieving well. Results in 2018 were excellent across the school and higher than the average for other schools in almost all areas. We are proud to give our pupils a solid start to school life and the best possible start to their secondary school journey. Parents are confident in the education and support we provide. Pupils and staff enjoy coming to school.
In July 2017 we were proud to achieve the Devon Inclusion Award at the highest grade possible: Enhanced. This is external recognition for the high quality inclusive education that we offer for all children.
The school provides a stimulating and engaging curriculum based around termly learning themes. For example, last year’s Endeavour learning theme in the spring term inspired a plethora of links and opportunities to make learning real. Two of our parents cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats raising £15000 for school IT equipment. During their endeavour, pupils linked up electronically each day with the two dads. Geography, History, Art, Science, Maths, PE and Writing were all inspired by the theme and culminated in a themed fair to the community to celebrate the work. If you would like to read more about this, follow the links on our website to the Hare and Tortoise Endeavour. The pupil blog is particularly interesting.
We also provide a large range of extra activities and enrichment to the curriculum. Nature School is possibly the most popular element with its amazing base camp. Garden Club and a sensory garden link really well. The Bright Sparks Computing Club is popular and helps train our young people in advanced programing. Drama Club and class performances are truly inspiring. Class learning of the violin culminated in a big-stage show. Netball Club produced some excellent performances. A cross-school business project helps pupils in many ways.
We run a Breakfast and Activity Club at the start and end of the school day to help working parents.
The eldest children (those in Year 6) work hard in their final year to leave a positive legacy at the school. To facilitate this, they work on a Year 6 Leavers Award that includes a range of categories – Wider Community, School Community, Academic, Environment, Adventure / Personal Challenge, Legacy and Creative. Within these areas, they earn points for different activities and at the end receive either a gold, silver or bronze award complete with a special leavers’ book of memories and photos.
Governors play a significant role in the success of the school. They bring important areas of expertise that help to challenge and support us on our continuing journey. Our Chair of Governors, Catherine Denning, tells you more in the Governors section.
We are also supported by an excellent and very active PTFA who raise a lot of money for the school. Fiona Jones is the Chair of the PTFA and you can find out more about their work on the PTFA section. Thanks to their hard work, the pupils have access to technology that helps prepare them for the modern world. We have new interactive boards in the classrooms, i-pads, networked PCs and assistive software that helps support leaners.
This is a happy place to work and learn. If you would like more information or to have a look around, please feel free to make an appointment with the office.
For the most up to date information about our school please read the weekly messages from our Headteacher Mr Tim Hughes:
We take safeguarding seriously at Abbotskerswell Primary School. If you visit our school please take time to read the safeguarding information that comes with your visitor badge. To read our policy or to find out more information please view our safeguarding page:
Please visit the information page to access the full list of links to relevant documents, information and policies:
Quick links to some of the key information pages:
Find out about our amazing Hare & Tortoise event that took place in February!