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 »


We will soon be announcing the dates for our open mornings for children starting Reception in September 2016.

If you are moving to the area and would like to visit one of our schools for a tour and to meet the staff, then please contact us on the numbers below to arrange a visit.

Primary Schools

  • Axminster Community Primary - 01297 33005
  • Marshwood CE Primary - 01297 678224
  • Membury Community Primary - 01404 881491
  • Mrs Ethelston's CE Primary, Uplyme - 01297 442210
  • St Andrew's CE Primary, Chardstock - 01460 220534
We still have some spaces at our Early Years and Pre-schools. Please ring to arrange a visit.

Early Years

  • Axminster Early Years Centre - Age 2+ - 01297 33005
  • Membury Pre-School - Age 3+ - 01404 881491
  • St Andrew's Early Years Centre, Chardstock - Age 2+ - 01460 220534

Axminster Early Years Centre Open Day - Saturday 11th July 10.00-12.00

Axminster Early Years Centre Open Day - Saturday 11th July 10.00-12.00

Axminster Early Years Centre will be opening in September. Come along and celebrate at our Open Day on Saturday 11th July, 10.00-12.00, at Axminster Primary School.

There will be balloons, face painting and a bouncy castle for the children. Parents and carers can come and see our plans for the new centre based in Axminster Primary Academy and enjoy the free refreshments.

Our friendly staff will be available to talk to parents about their childcare options and the new facilities on offer.

Rainbow Under 5s and Stepping Stones Nursery are combining together and becoming part of the Acorn Multi Academy Trust providing childcare from age 2+. Nursery voucher funding is available for all 3 and 4 year olds as 2Gether funding is available for eligible 2 year olds. Open 9.00-3.30 term time.

The new Early Years Centre in Axminster will be working closely with St Andrew's Early Years, Chardstock (tel 01460 220534) and Membury Pre-school (tel 01404 881491) as part of the Acorn Multi Academy Trust. 

All parents (with small children!) are welcome - please pass this invitation on to your friends, relatives and colleagues who might be interested.

Axminster Early Years - Opens September 3rd - Ages 2+

Axminster Early Years - Opens September 3rd - Ages 2+

We have some exciting news regarding the Early Years provision in Axminster. Rainbow under 5s Playgroup and Stepping Stones Nursery will be combining to form the new Axminster Early Years Centre managed by the Acorn Multi Academy Trust.

Axminster Early Years will be accepting children from age 2 to 5 years.

Sessions available will be:

Morning session

9.00am to 12.00pm

Lunch club

12.00pm to 1.00pm

Afternoon session

1.00pm to 3.30pm

All day session

9.00am to 3.30pm

Call Rainbows on 01297 35956 (mornings only) or Axminster Primary on 01297 33005 (school hours) to arrange a visit. Read & See More »

Ofsted Report - Membury Primary School Rated Good with Outstanding Features!

Ofsted Report - Membury Primary School Rated Good with Outstanding Features!

Membury Primary School celebrates following their recent Ofsted inspection which rated them good in all areas with a rating of outstanding for Behaviour and Safety. 

Behaviour of the children was rated as outstanding with Ofsted stating that “behaviour is exemplary as attitudes to learning have been transformed.”  All of the children endorsed the view that this is “the best school in the world”. 

The inspector highlighted that Membury Primary School has made rapid improvements since its last inspection following a partnership with St. Andrew’s Primary Academy, Chardstock. The report says “that the inspirational Head promotes a strong sense of ambition that every pupil and member of staff can be successful. She has created a culture where good behaviour can flourish and effective teaching is the expectation. Staff and pupils have risen to the challenge she sets, and are proud to be part of the school.” Read & See More »

Comic Relief

Comic Relief

All the schools have been fund raising for Comic Relief - Staff and children alike have been wearing red and donning silly hairstyles. Mrs Ethelston's raised £196, St Andrew's £102, and Axminster Primary raised a magnificent £553.

Pictured is one of our kitchen ladies who took part in a 'bake off' to make 350 Red Nose buns and cookies for the children at all the schools Portlocks' Pantry deliver to - Well done, and thank you from all the children.