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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 its 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.
Wiveliscombe Primary School caters for children between the ages of 0 and 11 (including the provision at the Paddocks Nursery and Pre-School which is managed by the School on a nearby site). The school’s planned admission number (the number of places available in each year group) is 34, and the governors have agreed to cap class sizes at 36.
The school grounds include a very large playing field, an outdoor classroom, a conservation area and an adventure playground. We have a reflection garden which is an additional quiet space for the children to use during break times. All teachers are committed to using the outdoor environment to complement their teaching programmes.
There is a designated raised bed garden for each class, where the children are encouraged to plan what to grow and to get fully involved in the process.
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 classrooms and curriculum areas are well resourced, and there is a wireless network covering the whole school accessed by PCs, laptops and tablets.
Children and staff
There are currently 231 children on roll. These are organised into 7 classes (the majority are mixed age groups).
Each class receives support from one or more well trained teaching assistants, and the part-time special needs co-ordinator (SENCO).
Most of the children attending the school live in Wiveliscombe or are bussed into school from one of the surrounding villages.
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 all staff are encouraged to partake in suitable training opportunities.
The children are well behaved, well motivated and very eager to learn.