Kentisbury School is a Community Primary School for children aged 4 – 11. It is located within the parish of Kentisbury, situated close to the attractive coastline of North Devon on the edge of the Exmoor National Park.
At Kentisbury School, we aim to provide our children with an outstanding, broad and balanced education which is closely informed by the National Curriculum and based on Christian principles. This enables our children to provide our children with ‘excellent care, support, and guidance’ and through a ‘stimulating curriculum enhance pupils’ interest in school’ (Ofsted, November 2009).
Kentisbury School has a long history, with earliest records dating back to 1876. The current school building was built in 1929 and over the years the building has been extended and modernised on numerous occasions to meet the needs of the changing education system. The school is blessed with the most stunning grounds which are maximised to the full.
At Kentisbury School we currently cater for just over 25 children, who are taught in collaboration with children from Parracombe School. This enables us to provide the very best educational opportunities for our children and maximises the benefits of the two unique sites that Kentisbury and Parracombe offer within extremely small classes. Children in the Reception Year and Key Stage One are primarily taught at Kentisbury School, within an Early Years Foundation Stage class or in a dedicated Key Stage One class. Children within Key Stage Two are primarily taught at Parracombe School within a Year 3/4 or Year 5/6 class. Once a week the children from both schools come together for a Community Day which alternates between the two schools and provides the children with access to specialist teachers in a variety of subjects such as science, religious education, physical education and music. Regardless of which learning base children attend, they are registered to their home school with appropriate transport between the two schools being provided by the federation.
At both Kentisbury and Parracombe, our teachers are of the highest calibre with the quality of teaching and learning being consistently good or outstanding at both schools. Each class is supported by at least one full time, highly qualified, experienced and dedicated teaching assistant. We encourage each child to maximise his or her potential and to fully develop their individual aptitudes. We do this through creating a family ethos in which children feel happy, secure and valued. In this way, they learn to be part of a community, appreciating and understanding their own and others’ needs and strengths. We pride ourselves on the fact that our ‘older pupils set very good examples to younger pupils through their attitudes, excellent behaviour and willingness to take responsibility’ (Ofsted, November 2009).
In January 2007, Kentisbury School became part of the West Exmoor Federation. As part of a federation we are able to offer ‘the best of both worlds’ to our children. Individually, we are able to offer all the advantages of a small school, namely that of being a supportive and caring ‘family unit’ that allows the specific needs of all children to be fully met. Together, we can enjoy many of the benefits bestowed upon larger schools, such as specialist teachers, extensive enrichment programme and broader friendship groups which is particularly important for our older children as they move on to secondary school.
Across the federation we benefit from having our own Forest School and Pre-School, both of which are accommodated at Kentisbury where the school grounds lend themselves perfectly to such outstanding provision.