Welcome to Axminster Community Primary Academy

Welcome to Axminster Community Primary Academy

We feel very proud that you have taken the time to find out about Axminster Primary Academy which became part of the Acorn Multi Academy Trust in November 2014. The Academy provides education to children aged from 2-11 years from the local area of Axminster.

We believe passionately in helping our pupils achieve their individual best. At the heart of all our work is our belief that: ‘High Expectations lead to High Achievers’. Our high expectations extend to all aspects of the schools work: academic standards, behaviour, respect, kindness and courtesy.

Axminster Primary Academy endeavours to secure outstanding achievement, high standards of social skills and the improved life chances of all our pupils and young people. They are guaranteed a broad and balanced curriculum that prepares the children and young people for modern Britain.

All pupils are encouraged to have high expectations of what they can and will achieve, achieve the best they can, make progress in their learning, have a positive attitude towards their learning, have a healthy life style, feel safe and secure, be proud of their school and their uniform, be polite, be kind and helpful members of the community.

At Axminster Primary Academy we believe that exciting, engaging lessons, adapted individually to each child’s needs are the best way to ensure every child succeeds.

Working in partnership with our parents is valued and encouraged throughout the whole life of the school.

This website gives lots of information about Axminster Primary Academy but if you would like more information and indeed come to visit us please contact the school office.


Mr R. Minton

Head of School 


Safeguarding Statement

Axminster Community Primary Academy is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of all our children in school. We believe that pupils have a right to learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment which includes the right to protection from all types of abuse; where staff are vigilant for signs of any pupil in distress and are confident about applying the/our safeguarding processes to avert and alleviate any such problems.

Safeguarding is about ensuring that everyone is safe from harm – safe from bullying, safe from people who could abuse, safe from discrimination or harassment – and that we all feel safe in our environment.

If you are ever concerned about the safety or well‐being of someone at our school please talk to one of the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead s (DSLs).


This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This means that we have a Child Protection Policy and procedures in place.

Parents and carers are welcome to read the Policy on request. Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies when there are concerns about a child’s welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with his/her parents/carers first unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child’s welfare. If a member of staff is concerned about a child’s welfare, they will record their concern, and any observations or conversation heard, and report to one of the DSLs as soon as possible the same day.

If a member of staff has concerns which relate to the actions or behaviour of another member of staff (which could suggest that s/he is unsuitable to work with children) then this will be reported to one of the DSLs in confidence, who will refer the matter to the Head of School (or the Executive Headteacher if the concern relates to the Head of School) who will consider what action to take.

Prevent Duty - Preventing Radicalisation in school

Building resilience in our young people and the promotion of fundamental British values is at the heart of preventing radicalisation. We do this by providing a safe place in which children can discuss issues, and we aim to give them the knowledge and confidence to challenge extremist beliefs and ideologies.

Our new prevent duty, is carried out under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, which legally requires us to take steps to prevent pupils from being drawn into terrorism. We take this duty seriously and carry out the four main actions responsibly, namely: risk assessment, working in partnership, staff training and IT policies. If we assess a child as at risk, we will refer to the Channel Programme, which focuses on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.

In terms of training, staff have received training to familiarise them with the Prevent Duty. In terms of internet safety, we ensure suitable filters are in place to keep children away from extremist materials, in keeping with Devon guidelines.

We recognise that we play a vital role in keeping children safe from harm, including from the risks of extremism and radicalisation, and in promoting the welfare of children in our care.


What we do if there is a concern

If we have a concern about a particular pupil we will follow the school’s normal safeguarding procedures, including discussing with the school’s designated safeguarding lead, and where deemed necessary, with children’s social care. In Prevent priority areas, the local authority will have a Prevent lead who can also provide support.

We may also contact the local police force or dial 101 (the non-emergency number). They can talk to us in confidence about concerns and help us gain access to support and advice.

The Department for Education has dedicated a telephone helpline (020 7340 7264) to enable staff and governors to raise concerns relating to extremism directly. Concerns can also be raised by email to counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk. Please note that the helpline is not intended for use in emergency situations, such as a child being at immediate risk of harm or a security incident In an emergency situation we will follow the recommended emergency procedures.


Safeguarding Team

Governor Lead:   Barry Allsop

Nominated Lead Member of Staff: Mr Ross Minton

Nominated Deputy Lead Member of Staff: Mr Calum Evans                        

Safeguarding Leaflet - Axminster.doc214.5 KB
Safeguarding Policy 2016 - Axminster.pdf345.76 KB

Willow Class fundraiser

Willow Class fundraiser

Our year 2 children have been very busy making cakes and selling them to the rest of school to raise funds for the Sidmouth Lifeboat crew.  The class have recently visited the lifeboat station as part of their topic work to learn all about the hard work involved in the life saving work they do.  Our children raised a fantastic £30.70.  Click on the tile to see another photograph.



On Friday our Year 6 children experienced what life was like during the second World War.  The children were invited to wear 1940's inspired clothing for the day and learnt about evacuee life, making evacuee labels and gas mask boxes as well as life-saving first aid skills as if they were medics on the front line.  To end the day the rest of the school and Year 6 parents and carers were treated to a special assembly where the children were able to show what they had been learning about this topic and even performing some memorable wartime songs from that era.

Harvest Bake

Harvest Bake

On Wednesday the school held a Harvest Bake sale to raise funds for our local food bank.  Children from different classes baked harvest themed cakes and our Year 6 children helped to sell the treats at breaktimes and after school.  They all had great fun with this activity and also tasting the end products!  We would like to thank everyone who supported this fund raiser and also for donating food items for the food bank charity.  A special assembly was held and Aynsley Jones from the local food bank was invited to join us to accept the donations.  Please click on the title to view more photographs.

Spruce Class

Spruce Class

In science, Spruce Class have learnt about the phases of the moon.  The children learnt about how the shape of the moon changes because of how we see the light reflected off the moon.  They also learnt how each month there is a new moon followed by changes in shape such as a waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous up to a full moon.  It then moves through waning gibbous, last quarter and waning crescent until it is a new moon again.  The children used "Oreos" to show the different phases of the moon in its cycle.  Click on the title to see the "Oreos"!

Doctor Who adventures

Doctor Who adventures

Rowan Class (Year4/5)

We have been learning how to write science fiction stories and have now written our own exciting Doctor Who adventures.

 “As intelligent as a fox, the Doctor with long, curly, dirty, black hair and skin so pale, so wax white ….” (Ewan)

 “They spied a massive, evil looking portal so they nervously jumped through…” (Bradley )

 “The Doctor cautiously stepped out of the tardis. Zap!...” (Emily)

  “The metal dalek shone like silver foil…” (Chloe) Read & See More »

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