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Membury Community Primary School
Membury, EX13 7AF, UK Axminster
+44 (0)1404 811491


Our school aims to provide a rich, stimulating educational environment. A caring ethos underpins the curriculum and staff nurture a happy family-like atmosphere where knowledge and skills can be acquired within a framework of good moral behaviour.

School ownership is considered the right and privilege of the whole community. High expectations are fostered, not only of pupils, but also of staff, parents and governors.


The central purpose of all school activities is to help pupils to learn and to achieve.

The staff at our school aim:

  • To provide learning opportunities of the highest possible quality.
  • To be constantly aware of, and responsive to, the needs of individual pupils, socially, emotionally and in their learning.
  • To help each child to become articulate, literate and numerate.
  • To enable children to develop confidence in themselves and in their capabilities by praising them for good work and building their self-esteem.
  • To ensure that the atmosphere is orderly and purposeful and that the working environment is attractive so that pupils are able and willing to learn.
  • To provide clear and fair discipline which seeks to foster the development of self-discipline within each child.
  • To monitor and evaluate the achievements of pupils and to help them to understand what they need to do to improve so that they feel responsible for themselves and for their work.
  • To foster a life-long love of learning.
  • To create a supportive and co-operative relationship with parents, encouraging them to get involved with their child’s work.
  • To develop their skills and enhance their capabilities with regard to the needs of the school.
  • To continue to try to improve their planning, delivery and assessment of the National Curriculum programmes of study and promote high standards.
  • To foster respect for individuals within our multicultural society and their beliefs


The curriculum taught in the school is designed to be balanced and broadly based, promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils. The learning experiences provided are intended to prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.


The primary aim of the school’s special education provision is to integrate children with Special Education Needs (SEN) into the academic and social life of the school and to enable pupils (from the least to the most able) to work to their full potential. Most children have a special educational need at some point during their school career and it is important to recognise and address this need as soon as possible. Needs may be related to emotional difficulties, learning or behaviour. Children who are very able have special needs as well as those experiencing difficulties in other areas. The school has its own Special Needs Policy based on the Code of Practice which outlines a set procedure to be adhered to by all state schools. Children for whom there is a concern are supported by the class teacher who consults with the school coordinator for SEN (Mrs Weatherley). Wherever possible additional help from within the school’s staffing resources is given (for instance a proportion of the Classroom Assistant’s 5–10 hours per week of support time).


Parents and friends are encouraged to extend the range of the school curriculum as well as helping with academic tasks such as reading. In addition to practical cookery sessions we have in the past included a few lessons of pottery and sewing.

A variety of educational trips are offered and we welcome a range of visitors to the school, e.g. the Police Liaison Officer etc.

After school swimming sessions, run by the Headteacher and her husband, who is a governor may be available daily during the second half of the Summer Term.

Children use the new village hall for indoor PE lessons.

French is taught to the whole school weekly. We are proud to employ a professional football coach who runs a lunchtime club. He includes some cricket and rounders when the weather allows. The school has After-School Clubs on three nights per week during the majority of weeks of the term. These include a Sports Club, art, craft, cookery and the opportunity of completing homework, doing extra reading etc, if parents wish.

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