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Tavistock Community Primary School and Nyrsery Unit
Plymouth Road, PL19 8BX Tavistock
01822 616044
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Our school has its roots in the Medieval times (1552) and has occupied several sites in the town. The current school was built in 1931 as a Grammar School, and then it was the Lower School for the Tavistock College and was then adapted to be a Primary School in 1991.

We are the only school locally to have a Maintained Nursery and so can take pupils from 3-11yrs. We usually have between 350 and 420 pupils. We also have a Nursery Plus (the first in Devon) and a CAIRB Centre (Communication and Interaction Resource Base) which underline and enhance our excellent reputation for providing for children with Additional Needs.

The school occupies a mature and attractive site bounded by the Historic Tavistock canal to the North-West and to the River Tavy to the South-East, within walking distance of the town centre via the underpass and through the Meadows. We share the site with Tavistock College which enables close co-operation with resources and circulation. We are on the edge of central Tavistock which is the most attractive bustling market town on the edge of Dartmoor yet only 14 miles from Plymouth.

We offer good facilities with our own hall, library, Music Rooms, ICT suite and 19 interactive Whiteboards. There are three playgrounds, a dedicated Nursery play area and an environmental area on site. We make good use of the local environment for educational visits and trips, offering residential experiences in year 4/5 and 6. Children in year 4 go to Wembworthy for 3 days and 2 nights to study the beautiful locality in Tarka country.


Primary pupils unearth Dartmoor secrets

EXPLORATION of the countryside around them was a real lesson of discovery for pupils of Tavistock Primary School recently and with the bright spring sun­shine they could not have picked a better day to enjoy their field trip. The youngsters took to the moors to follow up their class work with close up and 'hands on' experience of the local land­scape and its geology.
The children were joined by Dartmoor Park Ranger Paul Glanville, who revealed some of the ancient secrets of the moor.

Paul Glanville
Rob Molesworth

They were encouraged to look at the granite and the different colours, identify­ing the quartz, mica and feldspar.
Teacher Rob Molesworth helped the children make sketches of their surround­ings.
The youngsters enjoyed a picnic lunch at Believer Woods, explored the Clapper Bridge over the East Dart River and walked to Believer Tor to look at the pine tree forests and the open scrub lands before reaching Staple Tor.

Russell Bayliss, a parent school governor and who helped on the trip, said: 'Paul was an inspiration as he showed the children the clues that our ancestors left behind that tell us how they cut, shaped and removed the granite from the moor.
'The children also had great fun looking for signs for how the granite rocks we cut.'

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