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How do we spend the money we raise?

New planters outside the year 5 and 6 classrooms have replaced the old, rotting planters; these were slowly collapsing... These planters have more seating, as well as a small section for growing plants. 


Fencing around the Sensory Garden was erected in the Easter Holidays.

During 2016 - 2017 we funded each year group with £300 towards trips or educational experiences. The money went towards various different activities and trips to enrich the children's learning. These include:

Year 6 - a water sports day at Haven Banks

Year 5 - K'nex construction kits for Technology

Year 4 - "Truly Scrumptious" chocolate workshop

Year 3 - Paignton Zoo and I-bounce

Year 2 - Exmouth beach visit and Jack's Zoo school visit

Year 1 - outdoor learning equipment

Reception - Pennywell Farm visit

The Outdoor Classroom: 

Work on our new outdoor classroom is now COMPLETE. This project, fully funded by the PTFA, provides a covered space with seating for a class. It forms part of  the plans for the continued development of the Sensory Garden.


The completed classroom:

Under construction:

During 2015-2016 we funded every class with £100 and an equal share of the "Cake-a-licious" fundraising money; this meant we gave each year group £300 to spend on activities/resources/experiences for the children. This is how the money was spent:

  • Bird of Prey centre talk (year 5)
  • Handlebards visit - performance and workshops (years 5 and 6)
  • Tutankhamun Exhibition visit (year 3)
  • Truly Scrumptious chocolate making day (year 4)
  • Cinema Trip to celebrate the end of SATs (year 6)
  • Jack's Zoo and ice creams at the beach (year 2)
  • Pennywell Farm visit (Reception)
  • Dawlish Warren visit (Year 1)

Sensory Garden Artwork:

As part of the on-going work in the Sensory Garden, the PTFA has contributed funding towards artwork for the wall. Groups of children have worked alongside local artist (and parent) Kath Hadden to produce a series of 4 pieces of art on the theme of local landscapes.

The finished works of art on display...
Working with Kath...

During 2014-2015 we also gave each year group £300 to spend. Some of ways the money was spent included:

  • Contributions towards London residential and Haven Banks watersports sessions (year 6)
  • Exeter Cathedral visit (year 5)
  • "Handlebards" performance at the cathedral  (year 5)
  • Woodland Day with Kevin Cotter (year 4)
  • Outdoor benches (year 3)
  • Naturemake workshops - making "Bug City" (year 3)
  • Exmouth Beach trip (year 2)
  • Outdoor learning resources (year 1)
  • Pennywell Farm trip (Reception)

Bigger projects over the last few years include:

  • Playground markings (games etc)
  • Equipment for KS1 outside areas
  • The Sensory Garden (on-going)
  • The Traversing Wall

School Motto

‘Enriching Lives Every Day’

Mission Statement

For in Him you have been enriched in every way, with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge. – 1 Corinthians 1-5 is the basis of our Christian Values of: Excellence; Nurture; Respect; Integrity; Compassion; Hope (ENRICH)

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