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Bendarroch School
Aylesbeare, EX5 2BY Exeter
01395 233553

Bendarroch School is different

Those who know Bendarroch School recognise the school's unique ethos - a quality that is clearly there but is difficult to embrace in a few words. The School exists to serve the needs of each child individually. It begins from the precept that every child has a right to be happy and to be safe at school. It recognises that each child is different from every other child, develops at his or her own pace, has his or her own strengths and own weaknesses. There is no such person as the standardised child.

Below is a link to an article published in the Western Morning News on 20th September 2006 (Note this is a large file and will take some time on a slow connection)

Important Notice

After almost thirty years of ownership, Gail and Nigel Home have sold Bendarroch School to the parents of children at the school who are pledged to maintain the school's unique ethos.

To this end, Nigel Home will, for the time-being, remain as headmaster with the same teaching staff. In time a new head will be appointed and Nigel Home will remain as a teacher for a further few years.

The new owners will assume responsibility at the end of the summer term when they plan considerable investment in the school preparatory to taking the school on to Year 11 (15-16 year olds)

Although academic achievement is an essential part of the aims of our school, real education is something far wider, deeper and more indefinable. All who know Bendarroch recognise that it reaches with conviction, compassion and boundless enthusiasm far beyond the limited confines of most schools.

We believe:

  • To succeed, a child must be happy at school.
  • A child's confidence is the foundation of success.
  • Each child is an individual, with unique requirements.
  • All children deserve our respect, time and understanding.
  • Childhood is to be savoured, not to be pressurised.

If you are in agreement with these fundamental principles, then Bendarroch is the natural choice for your child.

The core of the Bendarroch ethos is the relationship between the child and his/her teacher. This relationship is the key to gaining confidence and consequently to a successful and happy schooling. It is the foundation of a contented and fulfilled childhood, a beginning which is ultimately vindicated by the young person's confident entry into the adult world.

At Bendarroch children are given the schooldays we all wish we had had - the freedom and security to be a child!

As a direct result of this philosophy, Bendarroch has a track record of success with most pupils going on to leading senior schools in Exeter and the South-West.


The children follow a traditional syllabus, covering all key aspects of the national curriculum and considerably more. All children learn French and Spanish, and Latin is available for older children as an after-school activity. Art, drama and music have an important place within the timetable.

The curriculum includes games lessons and swimming for all children. Tennis, cricket, badminton and sailing are all available as optional after-school activities.

Visits to theatres, museums and places of educational interest are frequently arranged, including visits to London and particularly to Shakespearian productions.

Children can also have private music tuition (piano, guitar, brass instruments and woodwind) and speech and drama lessons leading to LAMDA examinations.

In these respects, Bendarroch is like many other good schools. It is Bendarroch's ethos which is different. These subjects are pursued in an atmosphere of warmth, enjoyment and high expectation.

The school curriculum includes:

  • Arithmetic/Maths (75 minutes each day)
  • Literacy (75 minutes each day)
  • Science
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Art
  • Geography
  • History
  • PE/Games
  • Religious Studies
  • Drama*
  • Music

*This includes an annual Shakespearian production at the end of each summer term. (This year the production will be Macbeth)

Computer studies are not included in the curriculum. Although some homework may invite the use of computers, it is our belief that at this age it is not desirable to spend part of the school day in front of a computer screen. The emphasis at Bendarroch is upon traditional teaching, involving discussion, listening and the development of interaction between the teachers and the taught. Learning is a shared experience.

Games are of an informal nature and include rounders, badminton, cricket

Swimming lessons are held on alternate Fridays throughout the year at Exmouth Swimming Pool. A qualified instructor from Exmouth Swimming Pool assists with the tuition. Children are taken to Exmouth on the school minibus and with the help of volunteering parents.

Playtime. We regard this as a very important part of the school day when children learn the essential skills of social interaction with each other. Children at Bendarroch enjoy considerable freedom within the school grounds. The grounds and climbing frame are fully utilised by the children for their own games, camp building, tree climbing... Children wishing to remain quietly in their own classroom are free to do so.

Children of Class 1 have their own sanctuary area for their outdoor play, but are free to join the older children in the school grounds if they wish to do so.

There is no staff room - staff are on hand all day.

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