Welcome to Acorn Multi Academy Trust

Welcome to Acorn Multi Academy Trust


Welcome to the website of the Acorn Multi Academy Trust. We are four schools working together to strive for excellence in all we do. We have a clear focus on school improvement to ensure that all of the children achieve the best possible outcomes in all areas of school life. 

All of the schools are in rural parts of East Devon and West Dorset, on the boundaries of Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

They are:

Each school serves its own community and has its own unique identity which is monitored by a local governing body. Now working together as one organisation, led by a single  Board of Directors, and a joint Senior Leadership Team, we are able to offer our children the highest possible standard of teaching and learning Read & See More »

Launch of Acorn Multi Academy Trust

Four local schools have joined together to create the new Acorn Multi Academy Trust.  Mrs Ethelston’s Uplyme, St Andrew’s Chardstock, Axminster Community Primary School and Marshwood Primary School have converted to academies and will form The Acorn Multi Academy Trust coming into effect from 1st November 2014. The schools will leave their respective Local Authorities, Devon and Dorset, to become a free standing group of schools directly funded from central government. Representatives of local people will be directly responsible for the quality and development of the education of local children.

Whilst the four schools will operate under the umbrella of the Acorn Academy Trust each will maintain its own distinctive ethos and the parents are reassured that the identity of the three Church of England schools and the one community school will be carefully preserved through the oversight of their individual governing bodies.

This exciting opportunity brings the four schools into a highly effective, close knit, educational organisation which brings enjoyment and success for the pupils and satisfaction and professional development for all the staff. Read & See More »


Parents of children starting Reception Class in September 2015 are invited to visit on our Open Mornings to meet with staff and tour the facilities.

  • Membury Primary School 12th November 9.30 - 12 noon
  • Mrs Ethelston's Primary Uplyme 13th November 10.00 a.m.

Tel: 01297 442210 to book a tour

  • St. Andrew's Primary Chardstock and Marshwood Primary 18th November

Please visit between 9.30 - 12 noon

If you are unable to attend our Open Mornings please call the individual school to arrange a visit at a convenient time.

We look forward to meeting you.

Academy Consultation


A summary of the questions and answers from the meetings held in September are available for information.  Please click here for a copy.

Hooke Court Residential

Hooke Court Residential

The Year 4s at Mrs Ethelston’s and St Andrew’s Schools spent three wonderful days at Hooke Court (www.hookecourt.co.uk). We followed a busy and inspirational programme led by professional outdoor pursuit leaders.  The main focus for the three days was on teambuilding and outdoor survival skills. Having arrived by coach on Wednesday, we were faced with our first challenge: putting on our own duvet covers!  The afternoon was spent with team building activities leading to ‘Bridging the Moat’ where the children winched a heavy parcel across the moat.

We spent all day in the woods on Thursday, building our tribal kingdoms. The children were split into two groups; each group built a den big enough to house everybody, they voted for their chief, agreed on a tribal name and found a suitable tribal cry. In the afternoon we enjoyed games and songs by the campfire and had a fantastic time together.  Read & See More »

Celebration Service with the Bishop

A Celebration Service led by the Rt Rev'd Nicholas McKinnel, Bishop of Crediton, was held at St. Andrew's Church to mark the 150th anniversary of the church and the 175th anniversary of the school.  A choir made up of children from the school sang harvest songs to a packed congregation of parents, friends and people who had been associated with both the church and school in the past.