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Okehampton Primary School and Nursery Unit
Glendale Road, EX20 1JB Okehampton
01837 52866

Okehampton Primary School

& Foundation Unit


"Our school is committed to creating a happy and safe environment that enables the whole school community to achieve their potential.  We consider that everyone enriches the life of the school and is special."

Dear Parents,

Welcome. The purpose of these web pages is to tell you something about our school. The contents will give you a great deal of information about the organisation and structure of the school together with the broad aims of the curriculum. It cannot however, succeed in giving you the full flavour and atmosphere of our school, the success of which depends so much upon good personal relationships and the dedication and expertise of all those who work here.

Our purpose is to create a caring school; a school which has a positive expectation of high standards for all children. Your co­operation and support are crucial.

Open and honest discussion between home and school leads to a mutual trust and confidence in all that we do, and this in turn, creates an environment in which good education flourishes. I very much hope, therefore, that you will play an active part in nurturing and expanding the good relations of our partnership. by sharing our expectations and experience.

With every good wish,

Brian E. Cunningham


School Clothes

School uniform is encouraged and parents can purchase school sweatshirts from local shops.

GIRLS ARE EXPECTED TO WEAR - Red sweatshirt, cardigan or pullover, grey skirt or pinafore or trousers, white blouse. Summer dress - red gingham dresses.

BOYS ARE EXPECTED TO WEAR - Red sweatshirt or pullover, white shirt, grey short or long trousers.

Physical Education

Boys and Girls - White T-shirt, navy shorts and plimsolls.  It is a help to staff if younger children have elasticated slip-on gym shoes instead of those with laces, which can be very time consuming. Similarly we prefer gym shoes to 'trainers' which do not have the same flexibility or grip for indoor work.

Outdoor games can take place in cold weather, therefore warmer games kit and track suits are more appropriate for our older pupils during the winter months. Boys and girls playing in soccer or rugby football groups are required to have appropriate footwear. The school football team is provided with a school strip and we discourage expensive football club strips on the grounds of the expense to parents and the competition which inevitably results from pressures to 'keep up with the Joneses'.

Swimming takes place in the summer months for some age groups. As well as a costume and towel, a swimming hat should be worn by children with long hair.

Please avoid shoes with high fashion heels or slip-on footwear of the mule variety. They can cause unnecessary falls and accidents in the busy playgrounds.

During the first term it is wise to keep a spare pair of underpants or knickers in your child's PE bag for use in emergencies.

Art, Craft and Pottery

Please provide your child with an apron for these activities. it does not need to be elaborate - an old shirt does the job admirably.

Marking School Clothing

Please make sure that all your child's clothing is clearly marked with their name. Woven name tapes can be ordered through the school.

Nursery Admissions

Children may enter the nursery class after their third birthday and stay until they enter primary school, which normally happens in the September or January before their fifth birthday. They may join the nursery class as a 3 or 4 year old, and stay with us for 2 to 5 terms depending on their entrance age.

The unit can accommodate 52 part-time children who attend for morning or afternoon sessions.

We believe every child should be entitled to nursery education but unfortunately our nursery is always oversubscribed. When demand for places exceeds provision a Nursery Admissions Panel meets to decide which children can be offered places. The members of this Panel who take part in this confidential process are:


Nursery Teacher/Nursery Nurse

Area Health Visitors

Speech Therapist

School Governor - Chair of Pastoral and Special Needs Committee

When deciding on admissions the Panel looks at the application forms and any other reports or written information and considers carefully the individual needs of each child and their family. The following points are considered:

I. The need to achieve a balance of boys and girls, age groups and ability.

2. The home situation.

3. Children with significant special needs/developmental delay.

Five places are sometimes offered as assessment places in order to assess children's significant specific educational needs. Children needing these places are referred to us by the Pre-School Advisory Teacher.

Parents are asked to complete a Nursery Admissions form as soon as possible. It is obviously very important that the Admissions Panel has the fullest information to assist it in its decisions about allocating places.

Admission to the Nursery does not guarantee admission to the main school.

Children not entering primary school through the Nursery will have ample opportunity to become familiar with the staff and other children in a series of induction visits and meetings.

Applying for Admission

Application forms for admission to the nursery and primary school are available at the school office during school hours.

Preschool Visits

We look forward to welcoming your child to school in the half term before starting school. You will receive a letter from the Head teacher telling you the dates of an induction meeting, preliminary visits and the date that your child will start school as we stagger the children's entry into school over the first fortnight of the term.



The board of School Governors holds meetings. On average, twice a term. Dates of these meetings are available from the school.

An annual Parent/Governors' meeting is held in the Autumn term.

A list of the names and addresses of the Governors is available on request.

Parents Access to Documents

The following documents are available in school for parents to see:

1.Devon LEA Curriculum Policy Statement.

2.National Curriculum Documents.

3.School Policy Documents including Sex Education.

4.All schemes of work in Current use at the school.

5.Procedure for complaints.

6.Governing Body's Annual Report to parents.

The Education (School Records) Regulations, 1989 Information.

Re: Access to pupil records.

In connection with the above mentioned regulations, introduced by the Secretary of State, under the provisions of the Education Reform Act 1988, as from 1st September, 1990, 'entitled persons' may seek access to pupils' records by contacting the school Head Teacher.

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