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Countess Weir Community School
Glasshouse Lane, EX2 7BS Exeter
01392 203560
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I am very pleased to welcome you to our school and I hope that this website will help you find out more about us.

We strive to create a happy caring environment and a wide range of rich learning opportunities for all our children to help them grow into independent, responsible citizens.

We are very proud of our outstanding ICT resources, our creative approaches to learning both in the classroom and the outside environment, but most of all we are proud of our children.

The information in this website will give you just a flavour of our school. We hope that you will take time to visit us, meet the children and staff and savour the positive and exciting learning taking place here.

Jill Mahon, Headteacher

Learning for All

In our school every child matters. We work very hard to provide quality education with high expectations and challenge for every member of our community.

We value our approaches to inclusion where our aim is to remove barriers and give equal opportunities. We have a Gifted and Talented Coordinator overseeing opportunities for our most able children, as well as a Special Needs Coordinator monitoring the needs and progress of all.

We have a Hearing Support Centre within our school with specialist Teachers of the Deaf and Communication Support Workers providing high quality support to our Hearing Impaired pupils in a mainstream setting.

Every member of our school learns signing and we love doing it! Our building has been acoustically enhanced throughout which supports our hearing and focus as well as creating a calm environment. We have a full range of facilities for disabled access.

"The school has a really calm and inspiring atmosphere. All the children said they felt their views were listened to."
PGCE student, Plymouth University

Our Aims and Values

At Countess Wear Community School we aim to:

  • Provide an appropriate curriculum which is delivered by reflective and enthusiastic practitioners
  • Encourage positive relationships between members of our community that develop self-esteem and confidence
  • Create a welcoming, happy, safe and caring environment
  • Encourage a trusting partnership between home and school involving positive links across the community
  • Enable all staff to develop their professionalism in order to enhance the children's education

Giving our youngest children the best start possible is very important to us and we support a range of groups and activities for you and your child from baby to pre-school.

Starting "big" school is an exciting new beginning for both parents and children. We aim to make this as happy and welcoming as possible as we begin our learning journey together.

Whether your child is starting school for the first time, joining us further up the school or you are just interested in finding out more about Countess Wear, our door is always open and there will be someone who can meet with you, if not immediately, within a short space of time.

"Children who feel that their views count show more commitment to their work, are more willing to work with teachers, develop better self esteem and achieve better results."
Ennals, 2002

"In our school we are fantastic at making sure all children are included."

"We are fantastic at using our manner."

"We are fantastic at sorting out problems."

"The best thing about our school is that it is full of lovely children."

Creativity - we love to be creative at Countess Wear!

Specialist art teachers offer exciting art and design opportunities and, in addition to our own music teaching, children have the opportunity to learn an instrument in Key Stage 2.

We run a creative curriculum programme where children come together in mixed age groups and have the choice of a range of learning through creativity. Children may work on an environmental area, orchestra, singing, model making, drama and many more.

We love to perform and our children are confident performers in front of each other, in our productions, assemblies, even in Exeter Cathedral! We love to sing. We especially love to sign the words to songs we enjoy. Being creative makes us happy!

"A very friendly and supportive atmosphere. Fabulous children, so friendly and confident. Very happy children who feel comfortable and secure who are proud of their school."
PGCE student, Plymouth University

"I feel proud that I can help the school."
Charley, School Councillor

"I feel important, thrilled and responsible"
Caris, School Councillor

"I feel good that I can contribute."
Max, School Councillor

"I feel wanted and special."
EJ, School Councillor

"I can help with ideas and get new things for the school."
James, School Councillor

Our Classes

In 1 M we have 2 posters in our classroom –

“We are a we can do it classroom” and a “We try to be happy, helpful and hardworking”

We are learning about “Life on an island” and how it can be different to living in Devon .

We will also be finding out about some Famous People in our History Topic.

For Science and Numeracy we are investigating the similarities and differences between ourselves and then finding out more about forces.

We are really enjoying using the wall bars and moving on high and low apparatus in P.E.

At playtimes we all have a piece of fruit everyday and love playing in our KS1 playground where we have a wooden train and pirate ship too!

One of our favourite lessons is when we can use the I.C.T. Suite and all have our own computer to learn with.


This is the island from the ‘Katie Morag' stories. Every Thursday we have been working on ‘Katie Morag' in Geography.

We have an interactive white board in our classroom, it can help us learn more easily and you can find any information you want.

We have been learning about food groups. We put real foods into the groups where we thought they belonged, we made some mistakes! We then drew them and put them into the correct groups.

We thought about paintings and photos and we bought in some of our own. We will be painting our own self portraits.

These are the adults that work in our classroom

Spring Term

In literacy we will be learning about traditional stories and stories from other cultures, alphabetical texts and poetry.

In numeracy we will be covering a variety of topics including, addition and subtraction, shape, capacity and mental calculations.

In ICT we are learning haw to programme and direct an object.

This term we are learning about Islands with Mrs Gelling. We have looked at the story of Katie Morag and the island of Struay . We have also been learning about belonging through RE with Mrs Gelling. We have been thinking about vehicles and have now started to make our own using our Design and Technology skills. In science we have been learning about ourselves and we have followed this through into art were we will be painting self portraits.

In the second half of term we will be learning about:

In science, we will be thinking about forces which will link to what we have already learnt about vehicles.

In history, we will be learning about Florence Nightingale and other famous people.

We will also be learning about dance using the story ‘The rabbit who stole the fire'. We will use our skills and imagination to ‘act' out the story using dance. In music we will learn about pattern, rhythm and score.

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Pupil Voice

We have a strong emphasis on Citizenship throughout our school and have won two BT Citizenship Awards.

Pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves, their behaviour and their learning and a huge range of opportunities are offered to support them in being able to do this.

Click here for Children as Co-Researchers!

Our school council has representatives from every class who, through regular meetings, bring back ideas or issues from their Class Councils to improve our school. The School Council is also fantastic at organising fundraising and special events.

Pupils run their own newspaper called The Newsmag with articles, competitions and entries from pupils and parents.

Children at the top end of the school run lunchtime clubs for younger children with a range of activities on offer from Art to Feelings Club.

"Adults do listen to our ideas, because they think it's a good idea to listen to us. My teacher listens to me and so do my friends."

Pupils in Year 6 take responsibility for the Reception Desk and have set up their own training programme to pass on these skills to each other.

Pupils give tours of the school to visitors, are involved in appointments of new staff, run workshops for Trainee Teachers on Behaviour and have even given presentations at both Plymouth and Warwick Universities on Behaviours For Learning.

"My friends, teachers and adults listen to our ideas. I can make my voice louder. I like to see more polite people asking. In our SMilers group we talked about bullying and how we can stop it."

"A lot of people listen to me. I can't make a difference, because the school is perfect!"

"We are fantastic at welcoming visitors."

Our TAG Team work with representatives from Devon Road Safety staff to create and develop our School Travel Plan.

Children have worked with our Counsellor to become Listening Friends and help each other with their worries. They have also worked with children from other schools to learn how to be Peer Coaches and support each other with their learning.

Just to be sure that everyone's voice is heard we have an audit each summer term and all the comments, ideas and views are put into booklets and shared. Please have a look around our school and you will find them on display.

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