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Great Torrington Junior School
Borough Road, Torrington,EX38 7NU
01805 623240


At Great Torrington Junior School we are dedicated to promoting learning for all of our members - adults and children alike. We have a friendly and caring learning environment. We are fortunate in having an enthusiastic, experienced and committed staff of teachers, support assistants and adminstration staff and the backing of a very supportive governing body and local authority.

We hope you find the information below of some use. If you wish to apply for a prospectus then please contact us either by mail, telephone or email.

We offer more than just the National Curriculum. Each child spends a half a day a week at Forest School learning woodland skills that include the use of tools, wood cutting, charcoal making, fire lighting and shelter building. The Great Torrington Curriculum Agreement ensures all children experience a range of regular visits out of school, visitors into their classrooms, professional drama groups and opportunities to make oral presentations. They use puppets, take part in debates and draw regularly. The school day normally begins with a whole school keep fit session.

There is a good range of out of school activities that include a choir and sports, drama and skipping clubs. The range of clubs has been recently expanded to include First Aid and rugby. In addition the Torrington Family Project provide the Scrambles Breakfast Club, Tarka After School Club and holiday clubs.

Our children are given a wide range of opportunities to take on real responsibilities. The School Council is very active. Each class elects two representatives and the council meets monthly. They are an essential part of our management team, for example, they regularly help to interview teachers when we are making new appointments. The team of Junior Rangers help to set up the Forest School areas and activities each day as well as helping to maintain the site. Children operate the school shop and the Healthy Snack service which are maintained wholly on their own profits. They work as Peer Counsellors resolving playground conflicts, librarians and Peer mentors for younger children. The school office is supprted by 4 Junior Office Assistants. Through these responsibilities they make a valuable contribution to school life.

We have strong links with the local community in the Civil War town of Great Torrington. Our central role in the historic and famous May Day celebrations is testament to this. We work effectively with The Plough Arts Centre, the 1646 Centre, local schools and regularly use other local amenities to support our curriculum work.

Great Torrington Junior School was built in the 1970's. We currently have just over 290 children on roll. Teaching is organised in 12 classes with all classes having less than 30 children.

Over the past 5 years we have been under-going a massive redevelopment on this site. Our school has been converted from a 4 based open plan building into one with 12 classrooms, library and ICT suite with 15 work stations. Our hall has been improved to give it a higher roof and extra storage. Alongside us we now have an Early Excellence Centre and nursery and infant school bringing together for the first time a wide range of services for local families and their children. It is one-stop shop for advice, education and support. The sporting facilities have been improved with an enhanced playground and a new, large all weather pitch (MUGA).

We are very excited about these new developments as we believe it makes a strong statement about the vision and willingness to innovate that is here.

  • If you are a prospective new parent may I ensure you of a very friendly welcome and we hope to be able to work with you and your child in the future.
  • If you are a prospective new employee I can guarantee that you will be joining a welcoming and friendly staff but whewre there is a high expecation of performance.
  • If you are an educationalist interested in any aspect of our work then please contact us as we are always willing to talk about what we do here.

About the Forest School

Forest School began in September 2005. Every child in the junior school is taught for a half a day a week outdoors throughout the year. During Forest School time the children will be introduced to a range of woodland skills, including the use of tools such as loppers and bow saws. They will be shown fire safety; they will identify trees, plants, birds and animals; they build shelters and collect firewood. Aspects of the National Curriculum are taught through Forest School including literacy, numeracy, science and geography. It helps to build independence in children and develop their self-esteem.

The school has 4 fully trained Forest School leaders, and with the 4 trained members at the infant school they make a strong and skilled team.

Forest School sessions are run at the Forest School base camp within the school's campus, in a large private woodland about a kilometre frrom the school and across the Torrington Commons.Occasionally we use RHS Rosemoor Gardens woodland.

Click on individual Year group links on the left side panel to see what the children are doing, and on "Other News" to find out what new is happening at Forest School.

Forest School Junior Rangers Appointed

Following the receipt of letters of application and formal interviews in front of three Forest School staff and two members of the School Council the following children have been chosen to be the new Junior Rangers.

Rory, Taren, Nathan E, Rosanah, Grace, Sophie, Katie W and Beth. They took up their responsibilities the week beginning October  1st.


On Monday October 1st, the first day of their new jobs as Junior Rangers, the team began work at 7:30am taking part in a live broadcast by Radio Devon as part of the BBC Autumn Watch event. They planted daffodil bulbs alongside the forest school base camp area.


Volunteer Helpers always needed.

Forest School runs best when there is a small adult to child ratio. When using tools such as bow saws and knives this needs to be 1:1. Our sessions can only go ahead with the help of volunteer helpers. We already have a dedicated band of parents, both mums and dads, who help out regularly but there is always room for more. If you can give up a regular afternoon every week, enjoy being outside and willing to learn new skills alongside the children then contact Karen Blease, the Forest School co-ordinator. We would be very pleased to have your help. Be prepared to have yourself police checked for working with young children. This is a legal requirement.

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