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Chagford C E Primary School
Chagford, TQ13 8BZ, UK Newton Abbot
+44 (0)1647 432412

Welcome to Chagford C of E Primary School

Chagford Church of England Primary School is a happy and thriving learning community with around 150 children. We actively encourage all learners to accomplish their very best in all aspects of school life. Whilst believing that children should leave us accomplished in the key skills of literacy and numeracy we also place great importance in educating the whole person. We actively encourage children to experience new things and provide many opportunities in music, sport and the arts to help them to do this. Above all, we help children in these vital formative years to develop a sense of who they are. We show them how to respect and care for each other; to take personal responsibility and to follow a moral code of conduct. The school itself was built in the 1930s and enjoys the use of extensive grounds and buildings, with a tree lined sports field, shrubbery, gardens, nature reserve and playground, plus superb views across Dartmoor - a unique setting which we make much use of for educational visits. We have an amphitheatre for outdoor plays and a nearby open air swimming pool. Our school is very well resourced with books, computers and all necessary equipment to meet the demands of the school curriculum. The school has a close relationship with Chagford Pre-school, which is on the school site; this greatly facilitates the transition of children to Reception and is seen as a benefit to school and community. The teaching staff and governors believe that happy children become learning children and grow into fulfilled and responsible adults. That is our vision. I urge you to come along and see for yourself our very special school environment. My door is always open.

Justin Stone, Head Teacher



The strategic vision for Chagford Church of England Primary School is to create a happy, stimulating learning environment, where the whole school community engages to ensure that each learner achieves their full potential. The School should be respected and valued by the wider community and freely acknowledged by all to foster exemplary standards.


In the pursuit of this vision and to support learners in their pursuit of excellence and personal development, we work as a team to:

  • ensure that our teaching is of the highest quality and standard to enable enthusiastic learning
  • provide a stimulating, balanced, relevant curriculum that is motivating, interesting and appropriate for all learners so that they can achieve success
  • actively promote a healthy life style and cater for the physical, emotional and mental needs of each child
  • provide a stimulating, secure and safe learning environment that we can take pride in and is valued and used effectively
  • prepare learners for future opportunities, responsibilities and experiences foster Christian principles, particularly those of respect and value for each other, the community and world around us, whilst appreciating the culture and faiths of others


Children are of compulsory school age in the term of their 5th birthday, so your child will spend up to 7 years in primary school. Children enter the school in the Reception Year and progress each year until they are in Year 6.

There are three stages that make up a primary school:

  • Foundation Stage - Reception (ages 4-5)
  • Key Stage 1 - Year groups 1 and 2 (ages 5-7)
  • Key Stage 2 -Year groups 3, 4, 5 and 6 (ages 7-11)

Our school is divided into the following classes:

  • Reception (age 4-5) Foundation
  • Year 1 (age 5-6) Infants

At present Reception and Year 1 are organised as one unit so they can work flexibly to help meet the needs of all children. The staff working in this unit are: Miss Pinn, Mrs Vizor and Ms Rowe as a job share, Mrs Wiseman and Mrs Brown. Prof Merttens (one of our Governors) has also kindly offered some of her time to work with this group.

  • Year 2 (age 6-7) Mrs Hill
  • Year 3 (age 7-8) Mr O'Brien
  • Year 4 (age 8-9) Miss Matthews
  • Year 5 (age 9-10) Mrs Searson
  • Year 6 (age 10-11) Miss Rowden

The classes are organised around a quadrangle. This area has, among other things, a rubberised road, playhouse, sandpit and water tray which enables the Reception and Year 1 children to have a safe and enclosed outdoor area for structured play activities.

There are also key parts of the Foundation Stage curriculum which need an outdoor area. This quadrangle also enables all our pupils to pursue many continuing science projects, including observing birds at the bird table, creatures in the pond, visitors to the variety of plants and shrubs and occasional visiting pets. This is a particularly attractive area, with a re-planted rockery and seats for both adults and children.


School clubs and adventures

"If you teach someone to respect and care for nature they are less likely to damage it when they grow up.and of course, all children love getting muddy!"

Mrs Whitcher, Garden Club

Weekly Clubs

There are more activities planned for later in the year, so bookmark this site and come again soon!


  • Football - lunchtime Mr KcKinnel
  • Beginner Recorders - lunchtime Miss Rowden
  • Advanced Recorders - lunchtime Mrs Searson


  • Football Team - lunchtime Mr O'Brien
  • Netball - lunchtime Mrs Knox
  • Garden Club 'Muddy Boots & Little Shoots' - 3:30 - 4:30pm Mrs Whitcher


  • Orchestra - 10am Mrs Searson
  • Choir - lunchtime Miss Rowden
  • Band - 3pm Mrs Searson
  • Ballet/Modern - 3:45 - 6:30pm Rosemary Woodwark


  • Football - 3:45 - 5pm West Exe

Music Tuition

If you would like your child to learn a musical instrument then we have tutors coming into the school who teach woodwind, piano, brass, guitar, percussion and strings. The school does subsidise these lessons and has a number of instruments to loan. Please contact the school office if you would like more details.

Nb: the school band and orchestra are very much in demand locally, and our carol singing in Chagford Square every year at the Christmas Shopping Evening is enjoyed by everyone!


A drama, dance and percussion club which takes place every Monday in the school hall from 3.30-4.45pm and is run by Rosina Kellman. Open to children from Year 3 onwards, the club aims to have fun and be creative, whilst exploring the varied art forms of drama, dance and music.

By acting out sketches, practising dance and doing plays, the children learn dramatic expression which will periodically be turned into performances.

French Lessons

Would you be interested in your child learning French?

We are very keen to start up a French Club at the school, so I am interested to find out just how many people would be interested so that I can explore the possibilities. Please email the school (see the Contact Us page) and let me know. Merci beaucoup!

Chess Club

We have recently said goodbye to our chess master but the children's enthusiasm for the game remains and they do not wish to say 'check mate' to their chess club, so if there is anyone out there who would be able to teach the children chess every Monday lunchtime, please do get in touch (see the page).

Other Cultural Activities

There is also a full programme of off-site visits for all classes throughout the year, with theatrical performances by visiting acting companies, authors and musicians.

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