Welcome to Shebbear Community Primary School

Thank you for visiting our website, which I hope you find to be useful and informative.  I have just become the Head Teacher of this lovely primary school – which was founded in 1877 – and am looking forward to ensuring that the school continues to thrive and grow.  If you are contemplating moving to this delightful area and would like to contact the school, in the first instance either telephone or email our school administrator, Mrs Hawker, on the contact details provided below.

The school was assessed as a ‘Good’ school in the OfSTED inspection held on the 15th November 2016 and this reflects the dedication, commitment and hard work of the staff, governors, pupils and parents of our school.

Our school is set in the heart of the Devon countryside, in the small rural village of Shebbear which has its own shop,  Church and Chapel.  Shebbear regularly features within the top ten best places to live – and we have to agree! We employ a four class structure during the mornings and a three class structure throughout the afternoons, which means we have small class numbers ensuring that every child receives the best possible education that we can provide.  We also get to know our children really well.

We are very much a community school with several of our pupils being the third generation of their family to come to the school.  Our ethos can be summarised as follows:

1.  Our school has a family feel – we know and care for our children as individuals.  Their well-being and personal development is as important as academic achievement.

2.  We have high expectations – we want all of our children to achieve the very best they can whatever their circumstances and starting points.  We also have high expectations of their conduct and attitudes.

3.  We support our children to become future citizens – to develop the skills and resilience they need to be lifelong learners, adaptable and able to face the challenges of the 21st century.

We are very fortunate to have excellent and well-maintained facilities, including:

  • Lovely school gardens and grounds
  • Three modern, inviting classrooms
  • A recently refurbished dedicated library area
  • A wildlife pond area
  • Our own polytunnel to grow vegetables
  • A Tyre Park
  • An enclosed 5-a-side Football Court (which has been refurbished during the summer holidays)
  • A netball court within the school playground
  • Easy access to the Village Playing Field and Village Hall which are next door to the school
  • School meals cooked on site
  • Interactive whiteboards in each class
  • Class sets of Learnpads
  • Wireless connectivity
  • An independent Pre-School on site with whom we have close links
  • A generous playground area with brightly coloured markings to stimulate active and creative playtimes
  • A recently updated enclosed hard court area, courtesy of an ‘Awards for All’ grant
  • Experienced, friendly teaching and support staff

Many visitors to our school comment on the ‘family feel’ that the school has – I do hope that you can visit soon and experience that for yourself – we look forward to meeting you.


Nick Alford
Head Teacher

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