Welcome to Mrs Ethelston's CE Primary Academy

Welcome to Mrs Ethelston's CE Primary Academy

We are proud to welcome you to Mrs Ethelston's CE Primary Academy, part of the Acorn Multi Academy Trust.  Situated in the attractive village of Uplyme on the Dorset/ Devon border, we have 177 children in seven classes.  While our site is small, we are fortunate to have the use of our beautiful church and well-equipped village hall. 

 "Mrs Ethelston’s VA Primary school is a Christian community where the love of God and the uniqueness of each individual as created in the image of God are celebrated.

The school is at the heart of the church and local community. This has a profound impact on the children’s academic, personal and spiritual development as well as their achievement."   SIAMS report June 2013

Our school community works together, striving to give the children the best possible education.  We want the children from Mrs Ethelston's to be proud of their school and themselves.  We want them to become well-rounded, reflective individuals who have an enjoyment of learning, and rise to a challenge. 

Ofsted confirm that ,"Pupils' achievement is excellent. They make very good progress from the moment they start in the Foundation Stage.  By the time they leave at the end of Year 6, pupils attain high standards, especially in english, mathematics and science."

This website will give you a flavour of the school and some background information, but the best way to get to know us better is to come and see us!  Please contact the school if you would like any additional information, or to arrange a visit.

Michaela Kite

Head of School, Mrs Ethelston's Primary Academy

Welcome to Mrs Ethelston's CE Primary Academy
Welcome to Mrs Ethelston's CE Primary Academy
Welcome to Mrs Ethelston's CE Primary Academy
Welcome to Mrs Ethelston's CE Primary Academy

An Eggcellent Effort

A fabulous selection of eggs appeared in the main corridor on Friday morning.  You painted, drew, stuck, decorated to produce pieces of art!  Thank you so much to everyone that participated.  

Dorset Semi-Finalists

The tag rugby team put up a brilliant fight to reach the semi-finals in Bournemouth on Thursday.  The standard of the competition was very high, and all the games were nail-bitingly close!  In the end, Mrs E's drew at full time, so the game was extended by just one minute.  The other team had possession and finished the game, going on to win the whole competition.  We left a little disappointed but very proud of how far a small school from the other side of the county did!  Again, thanks to the parents who stood beside me on the touchline, and to Malcolm for his excellent coaching.

Super Season for Cross Country

A superb season of Cross Country ended last Wednesday, with the culmination of the 4 race Stockland Series. In superb running conditions, our boys and girls in years 3/4 and 5/6 battled it out with teams from 18 other schools. A huge congratulations to all the trophy winners and every runner who ran their best throughout the series, consistently achieving their personal targets, particularly in the final race of the year.

Runners who competed this year include:

Year 3 and 4 Girls

Alice, Cerys, Sophie, Kitty & Amelie

 Year 3 and 4 Boys

Aiden, Kael, Matthew, Finlay, Henry

Year 5 and 6 Girls

Phoebe, Abi, Isobel, Chloe

Year 5 and 6 Boys

 William, Rafferty, Merlin, Louis  

Season Individual Medal Winners

Phoebe 1st Overall Girl

Abi joint 2nd overall Girl Yr 5/6

Alice 3rd Overall Girl in yr 3/4

William 2nd Overall yr 5/6 boys

Rafferty 3rd overall yr 5/6 boys

Season Team Read & See More »

Governor Visit by Mr Robinson

On 26 January as part of our oversight of Independent Learning within the school, I observed a Class 2 ‘re-count’ literacy lesson led by Ms Radcliffe and a Class 5 maths lesson led by Miss Craddock. I was impressed at Ms Radcliffe’s awareness of the varying levels of independence displayed by her pupils and especially her ‘deft touches’ of intervention that skilfully kept the class ticking along as it should.  In Class 5, the majority of pupils worked with a strong sense of independence and indeed pride in their work. Miss Craddock was attentive and her timely interventions helped re-focus those flagging in their tasks.  I shall be in the school again next half-term to observe another two classes.
Malcolm Robinson, Governor

Governor Visit by Mrs Hales

Governor’s  visit

16th March 2015

Today I spent some time at Mrs Ethelston’s to look at children’s writing. I was welcomed by Ms Kite and then visited Swifts Class. The children have been learning about the Suffragette movement for their History topic and were talking about about Emily Davison, who famously stepped in front of the King’s horse at Epsom in 1913.

The children were clearly very engaged by this topic and were able to tell me lots of things I didn’t know. They followed up their discussion with some independent writing and I was very impressed by both the quality of their writing  and the excellent presentation. Most of all I enjoyed listening to the children as they confidently contributed their ideas and asked questions.

I would like to thank Mr Bowers for allowing me to visit Swifts and for talking to me about the work they have been doing to make such good progress in their writing.

Corinne Hales