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Filleigh Community Primary School
Castle Hill, Barnstaple,EX32 0RS
01598 760295

Welcome to Filleigh

Filleigh Community Primary School is set in the glorious, rolling parkland of the Castle Hill Estate in the village of Filleigh, which is located on the old A361 near the market town of South Molton. The Exmoor National Park is close by and the attractive coasts of North Devon and Somerset are within easy reach.

Filleigh is a small school. Our roll is normally around 100 children, aged from rising five to eleven.

Our school building dates back to 1862, when it was founded by Hugh, Second Earl Fortescue, in remembrance of his second son, John. The school was established as a County school in 1932. The building comprises of five classrooms, a library, staff-room and office. We are fortunate to have a good-sized playing field with activity equipment, an outdoor quiet area, a pond and a wildlife garden.

The large, modern and well-equipped village hall is next to the school and adds greatly to the school's present accommodation and the breadth of opportunities we can provide both in and out of school.

We maintain close links with other small schools in our area and join with them in co-operative ventures ranging from science and music days to sports activities and field trips.

We believe that children learn best in a secure, friendly and stimulating environment where each child is valued as an individual. We have high expectations both of our children and of ourselves.

Children work best when intrinsically motivated to learn, so during the day you will find many different teaching styles being used from whole class teaching to group work to children working individually. Children who have individual educational needs, whether academic, social or behavioural, will have their own targets and work towards them appropriately. We always talk to parents about this to make sure the home/school partnership works to the best advantage of the child. Our classroom assistants also support children with individual needs so the children get as much support as possible.

As children move through the school we help them to start to take some responsibility for their own learning.

At Filleigh School we aim to provide an environment where positive attitudes are encouraged with a wide range of learning opportunities to help children grow into independent and responsible young adults.

How to find us

School Council

The School Council is made up of two representatives from each class plus the whole of Year 6. Mrs Palmer is our link Teacher; she guides us and helps us run our half termly meetings.

We elected a Chairperson, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretaries and Publicity Officers to take on the different roles and responsibilities. Pupils’ concerns are discussed, for example, a School pet, playtime issues, library reorganisation, outside play area, etc. We have formed sub-committees to investigate and report back. Once the Council have all the information and have voted we elect pupils to present our findings to our Headteacher, Mr Mellor.

School Council enables us to talk about our concerns and help make a difference in our school.

School Clubs

Cross Country Club

this was run over 5 weeks of the Spring Term by Mrs Warren, Mr Mellor and Mrs Latham. The children ran a 2.5 mile course through Castle Hill, with the kind permission of the Fortescue Estate, and managed to improve their time each week.

Netball Club

the Netball Club have gone from strength to strength this year. The A Team recently won the South Molton Learning Community Netball Tournament which involved seven local schools. The B Team were third in their group. Mrs Hammett and Mrs Hastie have worked with the children over the winter and the children’s dedication and enthusiasm for the game really showed during the tournament.

Football Club

Mrs Warren ran Football Club over the winter months using our Village Hall as a substitute for the field in wet weather. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience of indoor football and looking forward to next season.

Gardening club

is organised by Mrs Huntingford. The club has been running during Thursday lunchtimes for about a year and remains popular with the children.  There are two half-hour sessions, each with eight children.  We have grown vegetables and cooked them, created planters and generally helped look after the garden and learnt about the wildlife and the changing seasons. The summer term is going to be a busy one and I would really appreciate help in running the club.  If you would like to help on Thursday lunchtimes (all or some) or do some occasional digging etc please either contact the school office.

Tag Rugby

this will be starting again after the Easter Break with a tournament sometime during the Summer Term.

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