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Holywell C E Primary School
Tawstock, EX31 3HZ Barnstaple
01271 345908

Holywell is a thriving village school with a supportive Governing Body and an active PTFA.

At Holywell there is a happy family atmosphere which is conducive to learning. We pride ourselves on high standards of work and behaviour, good manners and consideration for all in our school community.



Welcome to our newly refurbished website.  We would like to thank all staff and governors who have collaborated on this project.

A special thank-you goes to one of our parents, Mr James Rowles, who gave his time and expertise freely; helping us to develop a website that we feel reflects the character of our school.


Thank you Everyone!

 Drawing of Holywell School

The school was founded in 1822 as a National School and consisted of one large room. Over the years it has grown, and now comprises four classrooms, offices for the Headteacher and School Administrator, and modern toilets. We have a playing field a short walk from the school, which all classes make full use of. Car parking facilities are available in the car park next to the school courtesy of the Village Hall Committee.

School Prospectus
School Prospectus

OFSTED Inspection Report
OFSTED Inspection Report

SATs Results -a link to our results this year

will be added when the

latest results are received.


About the Staff

Mr Graham Jones, who is a teaching Head teacher, joined the school in September 1988. He is married with three children. He is supported by two other full time teachers, Miss Perkins (who teaches class one - the Reception class) and Mrs Samantha Wilson-Hammond (who teaches class two -Years one/two). In addition, there are four part time teaching staff, Mrs Clea Curtis and Mrs Liz Wilde (who support Mr Graham Jones with the teaching of class four- Years five/six), Mrs Stephanie Molligoda and Mrs Beryl Archer (who both teach in class three - Years 3/4).

The teachers are further supported by an experienced and dedicated team of teaching assistants: Mrs Elaine Palmer, Mrs Jane Westaway, Mrs Jean Armes, Mrs Amanda Garland and Mrs Margaret Lynch.

The School Bursar/Administrator is Mrs Julie Broughton.


Holywell C of E Primary School accepts children in the Reception class during the academic year of their fifth birthday. Children with dates of birth between September and April (autumn and spring term rising fives) are admitted to school full time at the start of the autumn term.  Younger children, with dates of birth between May and August (summer rising fives), are admitted on a half time basis at the start of the autumn term and may attend full time in the following spring term.  


Children beginning their school careers at Holywell benefit from spending their first year in school in our Reception Class, which has a maximum of 14 places available.  The small size of our Reception Class and the expertise of our experienced Foundation Stage teacher, Miss Perkins, help children to make a secure and happy start in school. Following their first year in school, children spend two years in each of our other three classes, working in mixed year groups:

Class 2 – Year 1 and 2

Class 3 – Year 3 and 4

Class 4 – Year 5 and 6


Admissions information from Devon County Council is available via the link below.  Please note, you can express a preference for two schools but the order of your preferences (first choice, second choice) will only be taken into account if both schools are able to offer you a place.  You will not ‘lose’ a place at your second choice school if your first choice is unable to offer you a place.


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