World Book Day

World Book Day

All the Acorn Multi Academy Trust Schools celebrated World Book Day in style! Events included visits by authors, writing competitions, story time, and, of course, dressing up as characters from favourite books. Click on the heading for more photos, and visit the individual school websites to see what happened at each school.

St Andrew’s recognised for its high achievement

St Andrew’s C of E Primary Academy Chardstock has received a high ranking in the BBC’s school league table. The school’s results place it 34th out of all state primary schools nationally. The table also shows the school as the second highest performing in Devon.

Mrs Rice (Executive Head) and Mr Rourke (Head of School) would like to thank the entire staff, governors, parents and especially the hardworking children for this success.

Flamingo Pool - People's Millions Vote

Flamingo Pool - People's Millions Vote

Thank you from the Flamingo Pool in Axminster to all our parents and staff who voted in the People's Millions TV show . All our schools use the Flamingo Pool for swimming lessons, and many parents and children use the pool regularly, so we are delighted that they have received a cheque for £50,000 to purchase an Aqua Gym for use by the whole community. 

Launch of Acorn Multi Academy Trust

Four local schools have joined together to create the new Acorn Multi Academy Trust.  Mrs Ethelston’s Uplyme, St Andrew’s Chardstock, Axminster Community Primary School and Marshwood Primary School have converted to academies and will form The Acorn Multi Academy Trust coming into effect from 1st November 2014. The schools will leave their respective Local Authorities, Devon and Dorset, to become a free standing group of schools directly funded from central government. Representatives of local people will be directly responsible for the quality and development of the education of local children.

Whilst the four schools will operate under the umbrella of the Acorn Academy Trust each will maintain its own distinctive ethos and the parents are reassured that the identity of the three Church of England schools and the one community school will be carefully preserved through the oversight of their individual governing bodies.

This exciting opportunity brings the four schools into a highly effective, close knit, educational organisation which brings enjoyment and success for the pupils and satisfaction and professional development for all the staff. Read & See More »

Academy Consultation


A summary of the questions and answers from the meetings held in September are available for information.  Please click here for a copy.

Hooke Court Residential

Hooke Court Residential

The Year 4s at Mrs Ethelston’s and St Andrew’s Schools spent three wonderful days at Hooke Court ( We followed a busy and inspirational programme led by professional outdoor pursuit leaders.  The main focus for the three days was on teambuilding and outdoor survival skills. Having arrived by coach on Wednesday, we were faced with our first challenge: putting on our own duvet covers!  The afternoon was spent with team building activities leading to ‘Bridging the Moat’ where the children winched a heavy parcel across the moat.

We spent all day in the woods on Thursday, building our tribal kingdoms. The children were split into two groups; each group built a den big enough to house everybody, they voted for their chief, agreed on a tribal name and found a suitable tribal cry. In the afternoon we enjoyed games and songs by the campfire and had a fantastic time together.  Read & See More »