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Caen Community Primary School
Caen Street, EX33 1AD Braunton
01271 812786
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CAEN SCHOOL is at the heart of Braunton, amid the outstanding natural beauty of North Devon.

The open spaces and clean air are refreshing, the ocean and landscape inspiring, the community welcoming and supportive.

This is echoed in the school itself, where the teaching is progressive, but built upon long experience and tradition.

CAEN SCHOOL is where education,
friendship and fun come together - to inspire.

BRAUNTON is a lively and cosmopolitan village, reputed to be the largest in England. Nestled in the grassy folds at the foot of Exmoor, it looks out to the Atlantic over the magnificent beaches of Saunton and Croyde, with the Taw Estuary and the Braunton Burrows - a Unesco world biosphere, to each side.

This inspirational setting and fascinating local history have blended with its appeal for adventure, in and out of the water, to visitors and locals alike, making Braunton a unique place in which to grow-up.

The school was built in the high street, using local stone, in 1873, and remains the focus of the village today. We are as proud of the fabric and setting of the school, as we are of the work, behaviour and creativity that goes on inside the building, from both pupils and teachers.

And let’s not forget our much admired swimming pool, award-winning school garden, or our committed and active PTA.

Our School Ethos

1. We aim to foster enthusiasm, confidence and a zest for life and learning.
2. We address the National Curriculum by providing a broad and balanced education that encourages a sense of wonder and consideration of the world around.
3. Every child is supported to make the best progress possible and to achieve high standards.
4. We encourage praise and celebrate success.
5. We strive for strong links between the school, parents and the local community.
6. We learn to value others by being valued ourselves, whoever we are, and understand that; cultural diversity, race and gender equality are fundamental to good citizenship.
7. We actively encourage a generous and tolerant attitude to others and strive to maintain a naturally standard of manners and behaviour.
8. Caen Community Primary School aims to create a warm, caring environment in which all the children and adults are able to reach their full potential both individually and collectively.
9. We offer a variety of activity and teaching methods, including first hand experience to personalise learning as much as we can.
10. We believe that all children have a right to play and that play is an invaluable learning tool.
11. We celebrate and encourage staff skills and aim for professional challenge and advancement.
12. We encourage the use of modern technology to enhance learning.
13. We are a healthy school. We foster enthusiasm for physical activity and the confidence to perform to the best of our ability.
14. We encourage children to take ownership and responsibility in caring for their school and the environment.


Literacy and mathematics are given high priority and taught daily. Teaching and learning in these subjects is given cross-curricular relevance whenever possible and the school recognises the importance of speaking and listening activities in both subjects.

Science teaching takes place through practical investigation initially using the child’s own environment as a stimulus. Pupils will be introduced to many scientific concepts and skills to encourage an enquiring mind and scientific approach.

The school has its own ICT suite with 18 computers. Every class is fitted with laptop computers and data projectors enhance whole class learning. The children are introduced to a wide range of ICT skills to equip them for the challenging world of the future.

All classes participate in RE and our scheme of work is based on the Devon Agreed Syllabus. We aim to help children to develop an understanding of the Christian faith and tolerance and empathy for others.

The curriculum is enjoyable, broad and balanced. Pupils explore a variety of topics through History, Geography, PE, Art, Music, D&T, Modern Foreign Languages and Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning.

Educational visits are frequent to the school as are visiting speakers. Links with the local community are many and varied.


Cycle Proficiency Classes


Sport plays an important part in life and Caen primary School, and this is reflected in the range of clubs which are available.


Netball takes place on a Monday from 3.15 – 4.15pm and is run by Mrs Burton.

Netball club is aimed at children in years 5 and 6 and is very popular at present.

Children have the opportunity to play matches against other schools and take part in a large tournament which is run every year.

Caen has won the netball tournament in 2005 and 2006 against other schools in the local area.

Tag Rugby

Year 5 and 6 children are invited to join our tag rugby teams which have enjoyed considerable success for many years, including winning the Devon Millennium Games Championships in 1999. This club is run by Mr Little.


Football is offered to all Key Stage Two children (boys and girls) and our teams have successfully taken part in many matches. This club is currently run by Mr Ashford.


Caen has a swimming pool and a private club run by qualified swimming instructors. This is available to any children wishing to join.


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Our school promotes a healthy lifestyle in a number of ways, which we strive to continue to develop.

  • The school has it’s own kitchen, where hot, healthy school meals are prepared daily, and which exceed the new government requirements in terms of nutritional content. Fresh ingredients, which are sourced locally, are used wherever possible, and there is always a choice of menu, including a vegetarian option. Pupils have also been involved in preparing guidelines for nutritious packed lunches and prizes are awarded for the healthiest class of the week!
  • Pupils have healthy snack breaks in which they can either purchase a fresh fruit portion or eat one they have brought from home. In addition to this, free fruit is provided daily for pupils in Key Stage One.
  • Our pupils are encouraged to drink water regularly throughout the day. We also plan lessons to include quick brain breaks. Both of these have been shown to enhance learning.
  • We are currently working towards achieving a Healthy Schools Award. This is an exciting initiative which has involved encouraging more walking/cycling to school as well as promoting sport and fitness within school. As well as our excellent sports facilities (see sports section) pupils have the opportunity to take part in morning keep fit sessions before the school day begins.

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