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."
"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