About St Andrew's

About St Andrew's

There has been a school serving the village of Chardstock and the surrounding area since 1712. The original school building was in the centre of the village, opposite St Andrew's Church. The school lies at the heart of the village and has always had close links with the Church.

The village of Chardstock lies off the A358, midway between Axminster and Chard, on the Devon/Somerset border. It is a thriving community, with a post office/shop, church, village hall and a pub. The village has a wide range of activities as well as annual events such as the St Andrew’s day fayre in September.

Our new school opened in 2009 and provides extensive modern facilities, including a variety of outdoor spaces for playing and learning. It has bright, airy classrooms, all with immediate access to the outdoors, a spacious hall for dining and PE, and a well resourced library / IT area. The outdoor provision is spacious and extremely well arranged with playground space with seating, a climbing area, a field with seating, gardening areas, wild areas for environmental work and our very own chickens!

Academy Status Update

Mrs Ethelston's CE Primary and St Andrew's CE Primary were part of the Acorn Federation until 31/10/14. Both schools converted to Academy status on 1/11/14 as part of the Acorn Multi Academy Trust, along with Marshwood CE Primary and Axminster Community Primary.

Mission Statement

Deep Christian roots,

Nurturing strong growth,

Flourishing children.

We are a Christian school, at the heart of our community, working to enable children to grow creatively and to achieve their best in a happy and secure environment.


We are a Christian family at the heart of our community

We believe in a school founded on our core Christian values of love, peace, perseverance, friendship, good choices and celebrating life.

We believe in developing each child spiritually, morally and socially within a Christian context, helping each child to consider their own attitudes, values and beliefs.

We believe in forging a partnership with parents, the local parish and the wider community.

We celebrate good things

We believe children deserve a relevant, rich and challenging curriculum, which is carefully planned and well taught, so that they can experience success and learn to persevere.

We believe children should develop their creative abilities enabling them to have enquiring flexible minds.

We believe in celebrating the talents of each unique individual, who is created in God’s image, developing children’s self esteem and confidence.

We are all different

We believe in celebrating and valuing different cultures, beliefs and abilities, so that everyone is valued equally.

We believe that every child should achieve their full potential.

We aim high

We believe that children, staff  and governors should aspire to the highest possible standards in all aspects of school life.

We keep happy, healthy and safe

We believe that children are entitled to the very best learning experience we can offer in a secure, loving and respectful atmosphere.

Christian Values

As Christian schools, our core Christian values lie at the heart of all we do. They are;

  • Celebrating life
  • Good choices
  • Friendship
  • Perseverance
  • Peace
  • Love

Ethos Statement

Each school has its own distinctive ethos. Our ethos statement has been developed with our ethos committee made up of staff, children, governors and parents.