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West Hill Primary School
West Hill, EX11 1UQ Ottery St Mary
01404 812599


We had a very successful 2006-2007 Academic Year. In June 2007, we were judged to be ‘outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted.We achieved the ‘Artsmark Gold’ Award for our commitment to the teaching of The Arts: Music, Art, Dance and Drama. In addition, we achieved the Eco Schools Bronze Award for our environmental work and the Devon County Council Travelwise Platinum Award for initiatives within our School Travel Plan. We were one of 30 schools across the country who created the Chris Beardshaw Educational Garden which was awarded the prestigious ‘Tudor Rose Best in Show’ at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. We aim to build on our successes during the current Academic Year.

In November 2005, the Sunday Times published its top 500 schools in the country. West Hill Primary School was ranked at number 7 in the country, due to its results in the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum Tests, for 2002, 2003 and 2004.  

In September 2005, our school was the first in the country to be awarded the 'Healthy Schools Award' under the new award criteria. We were judged to be either 'good' or 'outstanding' in all of the 62 required standards.  

In June 2006, we maintained our Investors in People Standard, with excellence, following the three-yearly review. In July 2006, we were awarded the Travelwise Gold Award for our School Travel Plan. This award followed on successfully from the Silver and Bronze Awards of the two previous years.

We are very proud of these achievements, but we are never complacent. We have a culture of doing our best in all areas of learning and school life, and we shall continue to strive for excellence in all that we do.

West Hill Primary School moved into their present school building during the Christmas vacation 1991/1992.

The original school was built in 1876.

There are 210 children at the school, arranged in seven classes. Members of teaching staff are: Mrs. Button, who teaches Reception Class, Miss Kemp who teaches Year 1, Mrs. Hudson, our Deputy Headteacher, who teaches Year 2, Mr. Barr who teaches Year 3, Mrs. Bedford and Mrs. Western who teach Year 4, Mrs. Racey who teaches Year 5 and Mrs. Tovey who teaches Year 6. The Headteacher, Mrs. Nield, teaches for one morning each week, alternating between all the classes, and provides non-contact time for the teachers including a special music afternoon.

School Ethos & Vision

West Hill Primary School is a happy, secure, friendly and welcoming school, with a true family atmosphere, in which all staff and pupils are positive, caring and optimistic - and they smile! The staff, governors and pupils alike enjoy what they do and do it very well. Our school community has high expectations, both in terms of achievement and behaviour, and everyone is expected to do their best and to use their special gifts and talents, at their own particular level. At West Hill Primary School , all members of the school family and the contributions they make to the school are greatly valued. Courtesy and politeness is expected at all times, and people are always acknowledged and thanked for what they do. ‘Care’, ‘tolerance’, ‘trust’ and ‘respect’ are very important to us.

Our Headteacher’s vision and goal is to achieve:

“Excellence in teaching and learning, achieved through an enjoyable and professional whole community team effort following clearly defined goals, which recognises and values the uniqueness and achievement of every child, and respects the dignity of all.”

Our June 2007 Ofsted Inspection states:

‘West Hill Primary is an outstanding school. Pupils achieve exceptionally well and

attain high standards in many areas of the curriculum. Their personal development is outstanding. Parents are extremely happy with the care and education provided and are very supportive of the school. One parent summed up the views of many with the comment, ‘I am delighted that my children attend this successful school’.

Outstanding leadership and management is a key factor contributing to the school’s success. The headteacher provides excellent leadership and educational direction. She is extremely well supported by senior staff and subject leaders who all make a valuable contribution to the school’s high performance. The school has an accurate view of how well it is doing and has taken highly effective action to bring about improvements where necessary. An extremely positive atmosphere pervades the school and there is a clear commitment from staff to maintaining high standards and providing a high quality education for all pupils.’

This was echoed in our previous Ofsted Report in January 2002, which states that the inspectors ‘came away with a very clear picture of a happy, friendly, hard-working community, whose ethos contributes significantly to the high standards achieved and prepares pupils well to become responsible citizens within society.’

We are an outstanding team and we are all very proud of our school.

Mission Statement

To create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment in which all members of the school community can grow in self-esteem and develop their potential as human beings.

The School's Aims are:

  1. To ensure excellence in teaching and learning, in the example shown through leadership and in all aspects of school life.
  2. To nurture and support all abilities, helping every child to achieve his/her potential in all areas of learning - social, intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual.
  3. To equip children with the skills and positive attitudes to become creative and independent thinkers and to become learners for life within an ever-changing world.
  4. To provide the full breadth of the National Curriculum with emphasis on the basic skills of literacy, numeracy and ICT.
  5. To develop learning activities which stimulate positive models of enquiry, reflection, challenge and innovation.
  6. To promote an attitude of care, tolerance, trust and respect among the children, within the school and within the local and wider, global community.
  7. To teach children the role of stewardship of the world in which we live.
  8. To maintain excellent facilities and an environment of quality in which all members of the school family, including their contributions, are valued.
  9. To maintain as low a pupil/teacher ratio as possible.

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