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Ashburton Primary School
Whistley Hill, Newton Abbot,TQ13 7DW
01364 652343

Ashburton is a lovely market town situated halfway between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth . It is often referred to as ‘The Gateway to Dartmoor ’ being just south of the moor. The school draws children from the town and immediate environs. It is the only primary school in Ashburton and when the children leave they go to the town’s well regarded community college.

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School Prospectus

PDF File Ashburton Primary School Prospectus (112kb)

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About the School

Ashburton Primary School is set on its own site and has its own adjacent playing field. There is an environmental studies area containing a small covered pond which provides a safe and exciting opportunity for outside investigation. We are also fortunate to be in close proximity to the local outdoor swimming pool which ensures every child in the school has access to weekly swimming lessons during the summer term.

The school building itself was remodelled in 1995 to a very high standard and all the classrooms are maintained with bright, individual colours. Each pair of classrooms shares a fitted design technology area. We are now also enjoying our updated ICT suite which contains 12 flat screen computers. The school has electronic interactive whiteboards into each classroom,

Ashburton has two intakes into the Foundation year, one in September and January. There are, at present, seven classes, three in Key Stage 1 and four in Key Stage 2. There are approximately 210 children on role. Each class has its own full time teaching assistant who supports the class teacher and enhances the learning potential for the children with whom they work.

The support we get from the parents enables us to provide our children with the very best education. ‘The Friends’ as they are called, run fund raising events throughout the year which provide the funds to assist with the cost of school visits, trips to the theatre plus any additional equipment that the staff would like in order to deliver the national curriculum to its highest standard.

Ashburton Primary School is in the happy and privileged position of having highly skilled and dedicated governors. They take a fully active role in the running of the school and are always welcome visitors.

The school has strong links with the nearby South Dartmoor Community College , with members of the college coming to the school to teach many aspects of PE. In return our children attend a variety of events at the college.

Close ties with the local community are integral to the ethos of the school. The children are encouraged to take part in local events such as the laying of a wreath on Remembrance Sunday and singing to local pensioners at Christmas. Our children are also honoured each year with town cups on the historic Court Leet and Law Days.

PDF File Ashburton Primary School - Ofsted Inspection Report


For information on applying for your child to attend Ashburton Primary School, please visit Devon County Council's Admissions & Transfers page.

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School Council

A School Council is an ideal opportunity for children to get more involved in the way the school is run. The School Council gives pupils the opportunity to develop skills in confidence, communication and negotiation and ensures that the children’s voice is heard and valued across the whole school by children and teachers. Our school council is made up of two representatives from every year group from Foundation to Year 6. Each member of the Council has been voted in by the other pupils in their year group. It is the responsibility of each Councillor to ensure that they express both their own views and the views of all the other pupils they represent.

The School Council meet once a month with Mrs Williams, the teacher representative, to discuss issues which directly involve the children and you can look at the minutes from these meetings by clicking here.

Here is a picture of our representatives.


Year 1 Representatives
Year 2 Representatives


Additional Educational Needs at Ashburton Primary School

Mrs Julia Webber: Learning Development Coordinator
Specialist learning support teacher
Reading Recovery Teacher
Sounds-Write Teacher

At Ashburton Primary School we are committed to offering an inclusive learning environment to ensure the best possible progress for all our pupils whatever their needs or abilities.

We believe all learners have an entitlement to the curriculum and activities that are relevant to them and appropriate to their needs. Every pupil has a unique profile of talents and abilities, difficulties and aspects they find challenging. The Learning Development Coordinator is there to ensure that appropriate access to the curriculum is available to all pupils by working together with staff parents and pupils.

Colleagues work together with regard to the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2001 and the Disability Code for schools 2002. All staff are aware of their roles and responsibilities and incorporate inclusive practice principles into their daily work by setting suitable learning challenges and overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment.

Additional support your child might receive whilst at Ashburton Primary may include:

  • individual support programmes to meet individual needs
  • extra opportunities to develop a particular talent
  • additional adult support for English as an Additional Language pupils
  • extra adult support for individuals or small groups
  • opportunities to work with pupils with similar abilities on a regular basis

The school is able to call on the support and expertise of the Children and Young Peoples Services such as the Educational Psychology Service and specialist advisory team. NHS support services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, school nurse, child and mental health service can be accessed with parental consent to help the school address individual pupil’s needs.

What is Inclusion?

‘Educational Inclusion’: definition

Educational Inclusion is about equal opportunities for all learners, whatever their ability, age, gender, ethnic origin, religious belief, impairment, looked after status, sexuality or social or economic background.

Equalities groups include:

  • learners with special educational needs
  • learners with physical difficulties
  • gifted and talented learners
  • English as an additional language pupils
  • children looked after by the local authority.
  • black and minority ethnic and faith groups
  • travellers
  • asylum seekers and Refugees
  • girls and boys gender issues
  • sick children
  • children from families under stress
  • learners at risk of disaffection and exclusion
  • young carers

All children at Ashburton Primary School are equally valued and are encouraged to participate in all of the school’s activities including extra curricular activities.

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