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Clyst Heath Nursery and Community Primary
School, Royal Crescent, EX2 7QT, UK Exeter
+44 (0)1392 361415

Good morning and welcome to the Clyst Heath Nursery and Community Primary School

We would like to offer a very warm welcome to the Clyst Heath Nursery and Community Primary School website. This website is designed to give you the most up to date information that we have about our school including its opportunities and aspirations for your child. Developments are taking place almost on a daily basis and we would like to keep you as informed as we possibly can. Likewise, we will also be providing you with an opportunity to contact us by way of our ‘Contributions and Feedback’ page. Our aim is to give you a useful insight into the type of school we will be developing at Clyst Heath, its aims, its staff, its curriculum, its organisation and activities. We offer a committed and talented team of staff who are focussed on delivering a curriculum through high quality teaching, which is rich and diverse for all children in our care. We want to be proud of the achievements of our children and to identify success in academic, social, cultural, physical and spiritual learning as they extend their knowledge and skills. We firmly believe that an effective partnership between home and school is vital and communications between us should be open, honest and friendly in order that positive experiences may be gained. We hope that you will take time to visit this site often in order to keep up to date with the positive progress and begin to experience for yourself the care and learning that will take place at Clyst Heath Nursery and Community Primary School.


Clyst Heath Nursery and Community Primary School opened its doors for the first time in September 2005. This school, costing £2.4 million, has been designed to accommodate 210 children in spacious classrooms, a large hall, a well equipped library area, a state of the art computer suite and excellent facilities for art, craft and design technology. We currently have a capacity for 140 children on roll. Our grounds are extensive and well planned, including a pond wildlife area which acts as a wonderful learning resource for the children. We have three distinct areas, the hard play area, the quiet area which will be home to our sensory garden and a large school field. The design of the building facilitates peer mixing and collaborative working by providing different types of spaces. The school has mixed aged classes and a sense of community is promoted. The shared areas outside the classrooms support the delivery of more flexible approaches to teaching and learning and creativity across the curriculum. For example the corridor learning bays are an extension of the classroom and suited to a range of uses. This includes investigative and practical work, small group-work and quiet study. The practical area provides an area appropriate for 3D, art and craft work.



A school that considers the child first and is founded on shared responsibility and community involvement


A school that promotes a love of learning, sets high standards and encourages each individual to achieve their full potential


A school that promotes diversity and respects the needs of the individual


A school that recognises and celebrates success


A school where learning takes place in a safe, secure, stimulating and happy environment

We believe that your child is unique. Children learn at their own pace, react and develop in different ways and will remain their own selves.


The Nursery and Reception class at Clyst Heath run together as a single Foundation Unit for children aged 3-5 years. The children are taught from the Foundation Stage Curriculum by a qualified classroom teacher and a full time Nursery Nurse. There are 26 part time places in the Nursery and we offer a maximum of five sessions a week for each child, which may be either in the morning or afternoon depending upon space available. The sessions are as follows:

  • 9.00am-11.30am Morning Session
  • 12.30pm-3.00pm Afternoon Session
The Foundation is a purpose built area housing toilet and changing facilities, a small kitchen preparation area, access to outside play and a permanent role play feature. During a child’s Nursery and Reception year they will be learning in the Foundation Unit. This will be for children aged 3 - 5 and each activity they take part in will be tailored to suit their age and learning needs. They take part in an active curriculum known as the ‘Early Learning Goals’ and will approach much of their learning through practical tasks and play, both indoors and outdoors. Admissions are agreed by the school’s Nursery Admissions Panel which includes the Headteacher, Nursery Teacher, Chair of Governors and the Health Visitor pertinent to our area. The Panel meet at the beginning of each term to determine admissions for the following term and follow the County Guidelines. These guidelines and more detailed information regarding applications and admissions can be found in the Devon County Council booklet, ‘Stepping Out’, which is available from the school office.


At Clyst Heath Nursery and Community Primary School, we have developed an exciting and innovative learning programme. The National Curriculum and Foundation Stage are taught through six areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Communication, Language and Literacy, Creative Physical Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Mathematical
Each of these areas are underpinned by key skills and together they provide the scaffolding that ensures high quality learning experiences for individuals within our school.

Staff at Clyst Heath believe that the curriculum should be relevant, fun and exciting for all learners. We know that children learn best when they are actively engaged with activities which are practical and take into account the different ways in which children learn and their individual strengths, talents and ways of thinking.

The learning is presented through half termly themes which are designed to be pertinent to the needs of the children living in the Clyst Heath area, to inform them of their local community and their place within it.

The themes have been selected to:
  • Meet the needs of the children
  • Cover the legal requirements of the National Curriculum
  • Inspire and excite the children to promote independent learning

It is our aim to make these themes whole school based where possible. This means that we will be focusing on the same theme at the same time, ensuring sound progression of planning and evaluation. Children will be able to work with younger or older peers and learn in different places around the school according to their need. Work will be provided to support, stretch and challenge individual children. We believe that this gives us opportunities for flexibility and more individualised learning programmes.

Through this design for learning, we aim to teach the children how to grow into positive, responsible and successful adults whilst developing knowledge and skills in order that they may achieve their full potential.

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