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High Bickington C E Primary School
High Bickington, EX37 9AY, UK Umberleigh
+44 (0)1769 560324

Welcome to High Bickington C of E Primary School

High Bickington Church of England Primary School is a co-educational primary school for children aged 4 to 11 who live in High Bickington, Atherington and the surrounding area. The school at High Bickington is one of the oldest in the Diocese of Exeter. In 1856 Miss Gertrude Pyncombe made provision in her will for ‘the instruction of a number of poor children in certain subjects, including the Church Catechism’, and in 1858 the former almshouses were opened for use as a school.

Since that date the original building has been enlarged and modernised, but still remains, in essence, a Victorian building that includes a slate-flagged archway leading to the adjacent church. In 1991, due to increased numbers, a mobile classroom was erected on land adjacent to the playground.


This is a Church of England School in the Diocese of Exeter.

Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles and practice of the Church of England and in partnership with the church in the parish and Diocese.

The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning of faith and promotes Christian values through the experiences it offers to all of its pupils.


Ours is a school for children. We value, and aim to facilitate, their intellectual, emotional, social and physical development.

We believe it is most important to teach children how to think, not what to think. We want all children to be stretched and feel success as they progress through the school. We want all children to enjoy a happy and fulfilled life here.

We aim to achieve this in an atmosphere of calm, purposeful learning, and happy discipline, in which we teach skills, impart knowledge, and develop understanding in all children according to their age and the best of their abilities.

We respect the choice of the parents to entrust to us the continuing development of their children and we will do everything in our power to make their child’s education a personal success.


We recognise that children come to our school with an excitement for life and a curiosity for learning. We want to celebrate the exuberance of childhood and encourage individual creativity within a framework of positive relationships.

We therefore offer all our pupils high quality learning which, in response to the 1988 Education Reform Act (Section 1) and the Devon Curriculum Statement, enables all pupils to:

  • Develop their own individual enthusiasms and creativity, through lively, inquiring minds Develop a wish to learn; to question and to argue rationally
  • Best apply themselves to tasks
  • Gain good work habits and so acquire knowledge and skills relevant to life in a fast changing world
  • Develop an understanding of, and respect for, the religious, spiritual and moral values of others and to consider their own values, attitudes and beliefs
  • Develop a sense of self-respect and individual worth
  • Learn to be self-reliant and adaptable to life as independent, self-motivated people


Various after-school clubs are run, voluntarily, by teachers and parents. These may include football, netball, golf, cricket, and Year 6 club and recorders.

We encourage all pupils to take part in our regular visits to the theatre and to other places of interest. We try to arrange residential visits every year for KS2 children to provide opportunities for personal growth and development in problem solving initiatives.

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