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Clyst St Mary Primary School
Clyst St Mary, EX5 1BG, UK Exeter
+44 (0)1392 874583

Clyst St Mary Primary School Web SIte

Welcome to Clyst St Mary Primary School. We are a middle sized, five-class school situated on the edge of Exeter within a thriving village community. We aim to be a welcoming and friendly school where children, staff, parents and governors work together to provide a happy and stimulating learning environment.


  • stretch and develop children within a traditional village school
  • offer an all round education, which enables each child to achieve the highest possible standards, academically, physically, morally and spiritually
  • enable children to grow up in a safe and secure atmosphere where no-one is disadvantaged because of race, gender, creed or disability
  • create an environment where each child is respected and valued as an individual and where he or she can develop self confidence, independence, tolerance and respect for others
  • deliver the National Curriculum, endeavouring to provide the highest possible standard of resources and equipment to enable the children to explore, investigate and create, whilst emphasising the skills of numeracy, literacy and oracy
  • develop self-reliance and a sense of responsibility to fit the children for their future lives
  • make the school a happy, friendly community where good manners and behaviour and high standards are considered normal


The school admits children at the beginning of the Autumn and Spring terms to ensure all children have at least two terms in reception. For the first 3 weeks of their first term parents have the option of their child attending mornings only or whole days. The school has an admission limit of 20 children per year group, at present. Applications for admission should be made by form as soon as possible. We will inform parents of the offer or refusal of a place by March 31st for the following September and January intake. Parents are welcome to visit the school to discuss the admission of their child, and appointments can be made through the school administrator. The Headteacher will be happy to show you around the school and answer any questions you may have. If too many applications are received, it may not be possible to offer places to all those who apply.


Clyst Valley Pre-school is based on-site located in a mobile classroom. For further information please contact the School Administrator who will put you in touch with a member of the pre-school group. Parents of children joining from other schools can gain all the necessary information from the School Administrator, Headteacher, and the child's prospective class teacher.


In Reception children follow the Early Learning Goals Curriculum. In Years 1 to 6 the children are taught in accordance with the National Curriculum using a topic and subject teaching approach. In Classes 4 and 5 (Years 4,5 and 6), although some topic work continues, there is greater emphasis on teaching specific subjects. This is necessary to cope with the specific demands of the National Curriculum. It is also desirable, as it helps to prepare the children for the next stage of their education.

Curriculum Content

The National Curriculum consists of ten subjects. There are three core subjects, English, Maths and Science and seven foundation subjects, History, Geography, Technology, Art, Music, PE and Information Technology. There is a legal requirement that RE is taught and its syllabus is agreed by SACRE as it is not a part of the National Curriculum. The curriculum is balanced and broadly based, and all children are given access to all subjects. Below is an outline of the content of each subject. The National Curriculum specifies what should be taught in each subject. More detail can be obtained from your child's teacher regarding the actual work your child will be doing. Additionally, in the School Newsletter, at the beginning of each term we send details of the programmes of study which each class will be following over the next term.

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