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Dartington C E Primary School and Nursery
Unit, Shinner, TQ9 6JD, UK Totnes
+44 (0)1803 862357


Dear Parents,

Welcome to an insight into our school. At Dartington Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School and Nursery Unit, we work as a team, with children, parents, staff and the community. Through this partnership we aim to provide a stimulating, vibrant atmosphere in which all our children can reach their full potential. We are proud of our school, and we believe that it is one that caters for the needs of all children. I look forward to meeting you. Yours sincerely

Stuart Ludford, Headteacher


Our vision is to enable our children to have open relationships with each other and with adults. We help them to be enthusiastic about their learning, feel good about themselves, and respect every member for their contribution. This, we feel, encourages a unity and generosity of spirit within the School and gives everyone the opportunities to use their abilities to the full. Arrangements are made for children to attend acts of worship and periods of religious education, but it is open to parents to request that their child should be wholly or partly excused from either or both of these activities. We recognise the need to include sex education in the curriculum and are also aware of the parents’ right to withdraw their child.


Dartington Primary School Nursery Unit is unique in Devon. It occupies one of the few purposebuilt nurseries in the County. We hope the following notes will be of use but please do not hesitate to ask the Nursery Staff for further information.

Our aims for Nursery Education are:

  • To explore an interesting and happy environment in order to promote imaginary, exploratory, and creative play and to widen the child’s experience within its natural environment.
  • To socialise with adults and other children outside their home situation and become aware of their needs and feelings, so as to gain confidence and knowledge of themselves as individuals.
  • To increase their language and widen their vocabulary to give opportunity to listen to spoken language in all forms (stories, poems, songs, conversation and radio broadcasts).
  • To develop a physical awareness of their body through sensory motor experience and control.
  • To create an education readiness to learn by encouraging an encouraging mind; logical reasoning; freedom of expression; opportunity to learn a wide variety of skills.
Expectation of these aims will vary according to the age and ability of each child. They are all leading to a readiness for a slightly more formal teaching approach as a child progresses to their reception class. As a child who is learning to walk needs to crawl first, so a child who is learning to read needs to develop a large vocabulary and eye perception first. In order to count, a true understanding of number is required.


Most classes are organised in vertical groups, eg year 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 and 6. The staff teach all subjects within the National Curriculum. The site is split into Key Stage 1 (57 years) and Key Stage 2 (711 years). Resources are organised to support their learning on each site, with the Library being used by both Key Stages.

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