Wiveliscombe Primary School serves the small rural town of Wiveliscombe, which is approximately 11 miles west of Taunton, the county town, and is close to the Devon/Somerset border. The school is housed in the original Victorian buildings, plus a number of more recent buildings. It has listed building status, and provides a very attractive environment in which to work.

queueThe school grounds includes a very large playing field, an ‘outdoor’ classroom, a conservation area and an adventure playground. A major building project in recent years provided a new, purpose built hall and two additional ‘permanent build’ classrooms. The new hall has been designed to support Arts activities, as well as more general school use, and was funded by Sport England as part of the Spaces for Sports and Arts Project.

All staff work well together in a very supportive, friendly and lively atmosphere. They are very committed, hardworking and professional in their approach to their work. Great importance is attached to Continuing Professional Development and staff are encouraged to partake in suitable training opportunities.

The children are generally well behaved, well motivated and very eager to learn.

  • Excellent Resources

    All classrooms and curriculum areas are well resourced. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards. The school is well supported by the PTFA and the governing body.

  • Supporting our Learners

    There are currently 241 children on roll. These are organised into 9 classes. Each class receives support from one or more of the 12 well trained teaching assistants on staff, and the part-time experienced special needs co-ordinator (SENCo).

  • Well Funded

    Extra funding from the DCSF has supported a number of exciting and innovative projects in recent years, particularly in the arts.

  • Nurturing our Environment

    Environmental awareness is embedded in all of our practice – teaching, learning, energy, transport. We inform our learners how to best care for the environment.

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Weather news


A decision on whether to close the school, in the event of heavy snow or extreme storm conditions, will be made by 8am on each morning and a message stating whether school is open or not will be posted here.

Our website will be updated daily with information in the event that we have to close the school.

The school phones will be answered from 8.30am.

Somerset learning platform contains up to date information on all school closures.

BBC News Somerset will also have information regarding school closures.

You may also listen to the local radio stations – Heart FM (96.5 FM), BBC – Somerset Sound (95.5 FM) or 10 Radio (105.3) for information.


If your child uses school transport the bus company will be informed if the school is closed. If the bus has not arrived within 20 minutes, assume closure.

Please note that if the bus does not run in the morning it will not collect after school, even if the school is open. If you bring your children to school you will need to make your own arrangements to get them home. The bus companies make the decision during the school day as to whether they need to collect the children from school if the weather deteriorates.


If the school remains open every effort will be made to ensure a pathway is cleared from the main gates to the main entrance, and to the outside classrooms.


Our teaching pages are an ever-growing resource to support our learners development and progress.

Covering all curriculum areas you’ll find exercises, reading materials, video and audio content and links to useful websites.

Our values and ethos

Our goal is for all our children to believe in themselves, be happy, and achieve their best. We believe that:

  • Our curriculum should be challenging, and inspiring. It will be underpinned by the highest possible standards of literacy and numeracy, teaching and learning;
  • Our children learn to love learning by being adventurous and creative, collaborative and confident;
  • As individuals we shall be responsible, reflective, and considerate of each other and ourselves;
  • We welcome, celebrate and learn from diversity of all kinds. We all have something to contribute to our learning community – everyone should help each other to find that something;
  • Our learning environment will inspire creativity, be welcoming and safe, and embrace the outdoors;
  • We should be active in our local, national and international communities; learning from them and contributing to their health and vitality.

Safeguarding statement

At Wiveliscombe Primary School it is our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children. We do this by providing an environment in which children and young people feel safe, secure, valued and respected, and feel confident, and know how to approach adults if they are in difficulties, believing they will be effectively listened to.

Child protection and safeguarding policy

We love our school

Sarah Heard

“The outstanding features of WPS  is its friendly and welcoming ethos to both adults and children.”

Sarah HeardStaff member

“The teachers are always cheerful, we work hard and have lots of freedom at play”

Steve Duncan

It is a privilege to be the Headteacher of Wiveliscombe Primary School. I have been the head’ of two other primary schools before coming here  in September 2014, so I am well qualified to say that the children here are among the most caring and well behaved that I have come across. I am very happy to send my own daughters here (one at the primary school and one at the pre-school), and would recommend this school to anybody.

Steve DuncanHead teacher

A delightful school with supportive staff and a nurturing approach to the development of each child.

Parentof child in year 1

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