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The Topsham School
Orchard Way, Exeter,EX3 0DN Topsham
01392 874498



Fore Street - Click for a larger picture...

Topsham is situated four miles south of the city of Exeter , which is noted for its Cathedral, university, theatre and shopping facilities.  The M5 provides close links with the rest of the country.  London is approximately two hours distance by rail

and Exeter airport is expanding to service both domestic and international routes.

Click here for Exeter city information

Click here for Rail information

Click here for Exeter Airport information

The Exe Estuary, on which Topsham stands, teems with wild life and is an area of sp ecial scientific interest.

The town of Topsham has a lively and thriving community and offers recreational facilities by

way of clubs including swimming, tennis, bowling, rugby, sailing and football.  Other facilities include a library, museum, Women’s Institute and youth Organisations.  There are approximately 90 clubs to which people may belong and this gives Topsham a great sense of community spirit.

Where is the school? Click here for a street map of our location


How do I get to it? Click here for a route planner website, type in our post code: EX30DN


Foundation Stage Unit

Children are admitted to the Foundation Stage Unit the term

after their third birthday.

Places are allocated by an admissions panel on behalf of the school's governing body. This panel meets once a term and you will be notified of its decision the term before your child would be due to start. Further details can be obtained from the school.


There is no automatic right of entry into the main school from the Foundation Stage Unit


Reception (final year of the Foundation Stage Unit)

Devon Local Education Authority's policy for admission to school is that children who will turn 5 between:

  • 1st September and 29th February are admitted in September
  • 1st March and 31st August are admitted in January

Admission to the rest of the school

Children are admitted to the main school according to availabilty of places and the criteria of the LEA. Places are allocated by the LEA and parents are notified in the March before they are due to start whether or not there is a place available.


Children transfer at the age of 11 to one of the Exeter secondary schools at the begnning of the Autumn term. Details about the transfer arrangements are sent by Devon County Council to parents during the Autumn term before their child is due to transfer to secondary school.


Parents are welcome to visit The Topsham School before registering their child for admission by arrangement with the Headteacher who will be pleased to accompany them.


Don't panic!

You can find out more about applying for a place in a Devon school by clicking here

The Topsham School

The central aim of our school is to offer a friendly, positive, safe, caring

and stimulating environment through trust and partnership between staff, pupils, parents, governors and links with the Topsham Community.

We offer a committed and talented team of staff who are focussed on delivering a creative curriculum through high quality teaching, which is rich and diverse for all children in our care. We are proud of the achievements of our children and identify success in academic, social, cultural, physical and spiritual learning as they extend their knowledge, skills and dispositions to learn.




We firmly believe that an effective partnership between home and school is vital and we encourage you to take an active and positive interest in all that your child is engaged with at school, supporting their learning at all times.


We hope that you will take time to visit us and experience for yourself the positive care and learning that takes place at the Topsham School.



We want the children to feel part of the Topsham school community and we believe that uniform plays an important part in achieving that.  

Our uniform is comfortable and practical and allows the children to work and play freely.


With over 230 children in the school it is essential that all uniform (including PE kit) is labelled with your child's name.

Children of Nursery age (Foundation Stage Unit)

Our part-time Foundation Stage children are not required to wear uniform. We ask only that they come in clothing suitable to our learning environment (lots of outside play, sand, water, mud, glue, paint etc.) rather than best party clothes! It is also very helpful if the children can dress and undress themselves when using the toilet and if they are able to take off and put on their own shoes.

We provide wellies for the children in most sizes and aprons for the really mucky activities, but pleased don't be alarmed if your child comes home a little messier than when they started the day- it means they've had a great time! 


Children in Reception (last year in the Foundation Stage Unit) to Year 6






Sweatshirt with logo

royal blue







Sweatshirt with logo

royal blue



mid grey




mid grey


Plain shirt with collar/polo shirt



Plain shirt with collar/polo shirt




 Footwear (boys and girls)

Socks grey/white 

Tights grey


Sensible black shoes

Black Summer sandals (not open toed, backless or “jelly shoes”)
Heels no higher than 4 cm
Jewellery – the only items of jewellery permitted in school are ear studs which, for safety reasons, must be removed or taped over for PE

Summer dress - striped /checked





PE/Games Kit - Girls and Boys *

Plain t-shirt


Plain shorts

royal blue

Plimsolls or trainers 


black or white

Socks -white

* Please note that a complete change of PE kit is required from everyday uniform including socks, plimsolls/trainers.

Book Bags in Royal Blue, printed with the school logo, are available at the school office at a cost of £4:00 each.

Caps are also available to buy, please check at the office.

Projects and Awards

We have been recognised as a Healthy School. This means that we help the children make informed choices about food, exercise and keeping healthy generally. We also provide healthy school meals and are part of the Free Fruit programme which ensures every child can have a free fruit snack every day. We were congratulated particularly on our "outstanding ethos."


We have been awarded a Gold Level Artsmark for our continuing commitment to high quality arts provision in the school. It's not all about painting pretty pictures!

Artsmark provides a national benchmark for the arts in education that encourages schools to consider the opportunities they offer in art, dance, drama and music.

Plans are in the pipeline to extend our provision with an arts centre on site.

Bike It logo

We are a Bike-It school! Bike It is a ground-breaking project which has already quadrupled the number of children cycling to school. We have more than doubled our provision of bike racks for the children and the initiative is proving to be really popular.

The South West Grid for Learning Portal is a safe way for children to access a wide range of useful resources.

It provides children and young people, from foundation level through to Key Stage 5, with a user friendly environment in

which to learn, collaborate and communicate with their peers, their teachers and other schools and offers online learning opportunities for a diverse range of educational needs,

learning styles and levels of ability, across the region.

We are running a trial of the Portal and hope to extend its use throughout Key Stage 2.

SWGfL Logo


The Topsham School was awarded the Silver TravelWise Schools Award The TravelWise Schools Award is run by Devon County Council.  The purpose of the award is to reward those schools who have developed a School Travel Plan and to encourage them to maintain them and implement the actions contained in them over a sustained period. 

The History of the Schools in Topsham


The Quakers had a Meeting House on this site in around 1713.  The Wesleyans later bought and used the building as a chapel from 1811.  In 1844 the Wesleyans held a meeting in a tent on the piece of ground purchased for the building of a schoolroom.

Topsham Wesleyan School opened in 1852 in the chapel building and in 1862 a new schoolroom was sanctioned, costing about £100.  This was used for the first time on January 26th 1863 and the infants became a separate school with its own headteacher.

On May 30th 1867, the school was closed for the opening of the new chapel, St Nicholas Methodist Church in Fore Street.  At that time there were 105 mixed all age children, and 54 infants.  On January 6th 1873 the Topsham Board School took over the school with about 80 infants and older girls, the boys having moved to Parkfield Road.

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