Welcome to Axminster Community Primary Academy

Welcome to Axminster Community Primary Academy


Axminster Primary Academy is a school where the community is at the heart of what we do, working to enable children to grow creatively and to achieve their best in a happy and secure environment.


‘I am the learner; I have high expectations’.


Our high expectations extend to all aspects of the school's work: academic standards, behaviour, respect, kindness and courtesy.

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 where Mrs Gardner or Mrs Ayres will be more than happy to help with your queires.


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:   Lin Coley

Nominated Lead Member of Staff: Ross Minton

Nominated Deputy Lead Member of Staff: Claire Kew                        

Safeguarding Leaflet - Axminster.doc214.5 KB
Safeguarding Policy Devon 2017 Axminster.pdf349.64 KB

Early Learning in the MAT

Early Learning in the MAT

Visits to our Early Years are most welcome - please contact each school direct





We still have places in Reception for 2017 in all of our academy schools which include:-

Mrs Ethelston's Primary Uplyme

St. Andrew's Primary Chardstock

Membury Primary

Marshwood Primary

Axminster Primary

Loders Primary

Stop! Drop! Read!

Stop! Drop! Read!

Stop! Drop! Read!  If you were in school yesterday, you may have heard these words on several occasions.  Something very exciting was definitely happening!

Lessons were paused several times at the sound of the bell and children around the school were seen to be relaxing and reading for pleasure with their classmates.  Whether it be finding out interesting facts and information in the castle themed non-fiction gazebo, fuelling their imagination with a wonderful range of fiction in an ‘under the sea’ gazebo or reading to a very special four legged visitor, Swizzle the dog, the whole school was buzzing with children enjoying their favourite books as well as discovering new books and authors along the way.

Adults beware! There may be a few last minute additions to the children’s Christmas wish lists following this exciting experience! Click on the title for more photographs.


Tchoukball tournament

Tchoukball tournament

On Tuesday some of our Year 6 children went to Chardstock Primary to participate in a Tchoukball tournament.  Other academies from our Multi Academy Trust were also in attendance.  Tchoukball is a fast hand ball sport consiting of a team of 7 players that incorporates key sporting skills; athleticism, concentration, respect for oneself and the opposition and teamwork.  Mr Smith, the Go-Active instructor, was very impressed with the quality of play and behaviour of our children.  Well done Year 6!

We love reading!

We love reading!

Maple Class love reading and listening to stories.  The children also like to talk about books that they have read, especially about the characters in the stories.  This Thursday the whole school will share their love of reading with our "Drop everything and read" day.  It will be a fun day of reading where we shall "drop everything" and get together and share the enjoyment that we can get from reading.  Click on the title to see further photographs of Maple Class. 

Children in Need

Children in Need

Today Axminster Community Primary Academy held a non-uniform day and cake sale to raise funds for Children in Need.  The theme for the day was "spots" and the children (and staff) certainly rose to the challenge!  A huge thank you to everyone who helped us to support this cause.  Please click on the title to view more photographs which were taken by some of our children.