Kilmington Primary School is a small rural primary school situated at one end of the picturesque village of Kilmington, which is located approximately two miles from the town of Axminster.
The school was built in 1868 and was originally all one building. However, it has been developed in recent years to accommodate a larger number of pupils, and is now divided into four classrooms. The current school roll is 72 pupils. After Christmas the school roll will be 80 pupils.
The teaching areas of the school are both spacious and well resourced. There are three computers in each classroom and a wide selection of fictional and non-fictional reading material. The ICT provision is augmented by a purpose built computer suite, with fifteen Networked PCs. Each class has a digital projector which enables us to deliver various aspects of the curriculum interactively with the children.
The school is located close to the Village Hall, so the students have the use of the hall for indoor P.E. activities, and the use of a large playing field for outdoor games, clubs and good weather playtimes. All the children regularly use the Flamingo Swimming Pool, which is located in nearby Axminster.
The school plays an active part in the life of the local community, with Harvest Festivals, Drama Productions, exhibitions of children’s work, curriculum activity weeks etc.
The children undertake various visits and the older children participate in a five day residential visit every two years.
There is a wide range of extra-curricular activities for the children ranging from Guitar, Woodwind and Brass Music Tuition, Computer Skills, Reading Club, Gardening Club, Sports Clubs to Circus Skills. All the children learn French which has a weekly timetabled session in every class, delivered by a French Teacher.
Aims of Kilmington Primary School
We aim to foster, in school, a friendly and caring atmosphere where each child is encouraged to achieve his or her potential in all areas of the curriculum. We are able to give individual attention to children, which helps to encourage them to achieve much higher goals. We place much emphasis on the basic areas of the National Curriculum, as well as the practical side, and use a mixture of traditional and modern teaching methods to achieve our aims. The school welcomes all pupils, regardless of background and ability.
Governors' statement of the school's ethos and approach to discipline
It is the stated aim of this school that we wish to create a happy and caring atmosphere, where children will develop and grow to realise their full potential, physically, socially and academically.
The overall ethos of the school reflects this aim. The values of care, consideration for others, friendship and trust are positively reflected at every opportunity by staff and children alike. When these values become a part of the child's own personal code, it affects their outlook on the way they conduct themselves.