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School facilities

The school currently has four mixed age classes, taking children from the age of 3 to 11 years old.  The school benefits from a Foundation Stage Unit for our youngest pupils aged 3-4 years old.

The four classes at St Mary’s are named Meldon, Venford, Fernworthy and Burrator after reservoirs in Dartmoor National Park.¬† We have the benefit of small class sizes of under 30 pupils and each class is supported by experienced teaching assistants.

All classrooms are well equipped with an interactive whiteboard.  In addition to this, pupils have access to a bank of laptop computers and make use of computer tablets for individual work.

The library is easily accessible to all pupils and can be used at any time, where individual pupils or small groups can work on a range of topics and activities with an adult.  We also have our own school chapel, which can be used by classes or groups or pupils during the school day.

The school has a very high percentage of pupils who have cooked school meals each day, due to the excellent food prepared for the school.  The food is provided by the kitchens on site at Buckfast Abbey, who make use of organic ingredients.   There are also several choices to cater for specific dietary requirements.  Every opportunity is taken to encourage the whole school community to share in school meal times so during the year, staff parents and governors are invited to lunch.  For example, at Christmas time around 130 Christmas lunches are shared in the wonderful setting of St Cuthbert’s Conference Centre, in the grounds of Buckfast Abbey.  Our school gardening club also grow vegetables that are used in school meals, for example these cabbages which were served as part of their roast dinner.

The school council also introduced a healthy tuck shop, which supplies healthy snacks at morning breaktimes three times a week.  This stocks Fairtrade products which are chosen by our pupils.

The school also benefits from a playground, large playing field and school woodland area which has been developed by the pupils over the past few years.¬† There is also a ‘wellbeing’ sensory garden on site which can be used by pupils as a quiet area during the school day.

The children benefit from the resources available at Buckfast Abbey Education Centre.  Children regularly participate in gardening activities, curriculum trails and a number of the educational activities at the Centre.  We also hope to continue with the bee keeping activities again in the summer term.   The school are also privileged to have use of the magnificent Abbey Church for Liturgies, Worship and other special visits.

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  • University of Exeter ITT Partner
  • School Games Gold 2018-2019
  • RHS Five Star Gardening School Logo (1)

    RHS Campaign for School Gardening
  • Eco Schools Silver Award