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Denbury Primary School
West Street, Newton Abbot,TQ12 6DP
01803 812583

Welcome to Denbury Primary School

Denbury Primary School is a small village school in the heart of the country just 3 miles from the market town of Newton Abbot. The original school was built in 1875 and although extended three times since, it still retains its village school ethos. The school is large enough to offer a broad and balanced curriculum whilst being small enough for everyone to be known.

We have an experienced staff offering specialisms in many areas. We make extensive use of voluntary helpers not all of them parents. Our curriculum extends beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum and we offer a wide range of extra curricular opportunities for our children.

We have an attractive self- contained site with large playing field, environmental area newly developed pond area and hard playing surfaces. We have a small hall which is used for assemblies, PE and as a dining area. Our well stocked library has recently been refurbished and children have access to it throughout the day, including break times. The Foundation/Key stage 1 Class base is housed in three large linked "Portakabins" at the back of the school. Both have large carpeted areas, a practical area with sinks and access to a safe attractive outside play space promoting an outdoor curriculum. The two Key Stage 2 classes are in the main building with access to a large central resource area and shared computer facilities. We have just installed 2 interactive white boards to enhance all our curriculum learning.  The school is exceptionally well resourced, through its own efforts and those of a very active and successful School Association.

If you would like to visit the school, this can be arranged by ringing the office and making an appointment. We always try to show parents around when the school is working. In that way you can get a real flavour of our school and how we work.

Our school is always evolving and improving, parent governor’s, staff and children share in our vision for the future. We have an excellent reputation and we are justifiably proud of what we have achieved here. We hope that this is apparent when you read this brochure, when you visit our school, or when you talk to our children and their parents. We hope that you will soon feel a part of this success.


The School Governors are appointed to assist the Headteacher with the strategic running of the School. The normal term of office is four years. Their role has become increasingly important over the last few years with the devolvement of power from Local Authorities. Denbury Primary School has full-delegated control of its budget. In effect, the Governors now decide how the money allocated to the school in accordance with an approved formula is used in the school.

A number of sub committees exist to spread the considerable work load. These include personnel, finance, premises and curriculum. The whole Governing Body meet at least once a term. These meetings are open to the public and will be announced well in advance should you wish to attend. If you wish to have an item raised at a Govemors Meeting please talk to the Headteacher.

  • Paul Hannah - Parent Governor
  • Mary Griffin - Local Authority
  • Pennie Stinton (Chairperson) - Community Authority
  • Tracey Hart - Headteacher
  • Nick Roberts - Community Governor
  • Phil Voss (Vice Chair)- Parent Governor
  • Henrietta Ireland - Parent Governor
  • Chris Burford – Parent Governor
  • Jan Bryan - Local Authority
  • Tessa Amies - Community Governor
  • Jo Keil - Staff Governor
  • Sarah Poat - Clerk to the Governors


What Our School is Really Like

- Written by children from “Haytor Class” aged 9,10 &11.

Denbury Primary School is a small School set in a quiet and peaceful village in the heart of Devon. It has improved from a lovely old Victorian building opened in 1875, to a school with modern facilities ready to give everyone a great education.

Inside it has up to date 21st Century technology with clean and bright facilities. The teachers bring great experience and high quality to our school. There are annual events, such as the May Fair, Summer Fair, a Christmas Fete and Sports Day. Loads of people in the village come and join us.

One of the things that has been improved is the quiet room, (it used to be our cloakroom) which offers children more space to work in little groups with the support of adults. One child explained to us that ‘It was very peaceful and helpful for my maths’.

We have lots of different playground equipment including Giant Jenga; Connect 4, rackets, balls, skipping ropes, chalkboards, activity tables and a . ‘Buddy Bench’ for children who feel lonely. They can sit down and be assured that someone will make friends with them and cheer them up. They don’t need to be lonely at our school.

We have painted games on the playground for children to play on and covered shelter for sunny days.

The school also has a woodland area where you can sit and relax. There are benches surrounding the huge oak tree. Our woodland area is a peaceful place to hang out.

‘I’m new and I think it’s the best school in the world. Everyone is friendly and the marks I would give it are 10 out of 10. As soon as I walked in to the building I made friends. When you move in everyone is welcoming.’

‘In the last few years we at Denbury Primary School have made a lot of changes, such as
Loads more new playground equipment,
Smartening up our school uniform
Updating our classrooms with new lights windows doors and carpets.

We have introduced new teaching strategies because we think it’s important how you teach the children rather than just what you teach them.

Our independence has really grown over the last couple of years; we are now much more involved with helping to make decisions for the school and how we will work together.

We are now including the older people of the community to come and visit the school and see what the children of the village are doing.

Because our school is small we bond and work together well as a team, so no one gets left out, for instance, the Ramble Round the Down. The whole school walked 2 1/2 miles to raise money for school, even the reception joined in.

Our school may be small but I’m sure it will never stop improving so don’t miss the opportunity to send your child to this school.’

‘We have the 3C’s Child Care Club for working parents. Everyone loves 3C’s because of all the fun we have, playing, cooking and doing art. Mrs Sophie Thompson runs it and finds lots of good things to do. She is very cheerful, kind and she is the best person to run the club’.

Class lists

    This is a mixed Reception / Year 1 class, consisting of 27 children (15 Reception and 12 Year 1).
    This is a mixed Year 2 / Year 3 class, consisting of 34 children (17 Year 2 and 17 Year 3).
    This is a mixed Year 4 / Year 5 class, consisting of 28 children (11 Year 4 and 17 Year 5).
    This is a Year 6 class, consisting of 24 children .


We aim to: -

  • Ensure that learning is enjoyable interactive and diverse;
  • Enable all children to be articulate, literate and numerate and achieve beyond their expectations;
  • Create an environment that is secure, attractive and accessible to all;
  • Apply agreed codes of conduct and behaviour, encouraging a sense of trust and respect;
  • Encourage an effective partnership with parents and carers ensuring purposeful and considered communications;
  • Enable our children to be included in a creative expressive well- balanced curriculum, offering opportunities for support and challenge at all levels;
  • Offer a warm welcoming environment and learning community where every individual understands their roles and responsibilities and respects the views and opinions of others.

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