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Outdoor Education

All pupils at St Mary’s benefit from using a diverse outdoor learning environment, to support their learning. The school is fortunate to have a large field, woodland habitat walk and woodland area to use for a number of outdoor education activities throughout the year. Key Stage Two also have the opportunity to achieve the John Muir Award each year.

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Writing Competition Winners!

St Mary’s School has won the top prize in the CPRE Devon Writing competition, so were awarded a wooden plaque and £200 prize money. The judges were very impressed with the overall quality of the entries, which demonstrated that the children had really thought about why our countryside is so important.   There were also prizes for individual children’s artwork.


Outdoor Education

Pupils have worked towards their outdoor learning awards this year, based on the outdoor learning themes of: environmental awareness, skills, creativity, wider community, nature knowledge, advocacy, curriculum enhancement and reflection and spirituality.  Year 6 were also awarded the national John Muir Award.


Environmental Art Exhibition

All of the classes have been working on a range of environmental art and design technology as pat of the school’s Environmental Arts project. Some of the work has made use of recycled materials, such as Meldon’s pirate ships. Other artwork involved natural materials such as leaves and recycled wood.  Venford Class designed and created bird feeders and wrote some tree poems. Fernworthy made ‘insect hotels,’ which they hope will encourage minibeasts. Finally, Burrator Class created bird boxes and wicker insects. The children also created natural ‘rust prints’ and environmental art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy as part of their outdoor learning sessions.

Mud Kitchen

Year 5 have been working with Claudia, Anna and Alison from the Abbey Education Centre to design and re-build our mud kitchen in the Woodland Area. This has taken a lot of hard work, but the area looks fantastic now and has been enjoyed by all of the classes.  The area had an official opening, to celebrate all of the hard work that has taken place.

Meldon's Vegetable Garden

Meldon Class have grown lots of vegetables in their new vegetable garden.  So far this year they have harvested broad beans, potatoes and purple sprouting.



  • 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