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Admission Arrangements

Admission arrangements are in accordance with Devon County Council’s procedure, full details of which are available on the website

Details of the admissions policies can be found at  and also in the policy section below.

Other sources of admissions information which may be useful are:

For starting school - First Step booklet:  

The link to online applications:



Aims, Ethos and Values

This statement was adopted by the Governing Body on 10th October 2016. The statement is to be reviewed in the Autumn Term 2017

Welcome to Highampton Community Primary School. We are a small rural school with family values and a caring ethos.

Highampton Community Primary School is part of a wide community. Our school values its current good links with the locality and seeks to strengthen these.

We believe that through partnership with other schools and the community the children's learning opportunities will be maximised.

The school is committed to its integral role as part of the community and welcomes the opportunity to take part in events and to support the people of Highampton, Sheepwash and surrounding areas.

As a two-way partnership the school appreciates support from the community through help with fundraising, social events and productions.

The school aims

  • To help pupils develop a healthy attitude to physical and emotional well being
  • To provide a safe supportive environment for all members of the school community
  • To support pupils in developing a positive attitude towards learning and achievement so that they achieve their best and fulfil their potential
  • To encourage all pupils to make a positive contribution to both the school and wider community
  • To help pupils understand the importance of education and its relationship to their economic well being

These aims are based on the guiding principles of Every Child Matters:

  • Be Healthy
  • Stay Safe
  • Enjoy and Achieve
  • Make a Positive Contribution
  • Achieve economic well being



The school follows the Primary National Curriculum which consists of nine subjects plus Religious Education. A wide variety of teaching methods are used ranging from individual to whole class teaching. Small group work is widely used for Reading and Maths, where the children are grouped according to their ability. Subjects are integrated in cross curricular themes to make learning interesting. Educational visits are also used to inspire the children's work and reinforce their learning.

Further details of the curriculum can be found within the prospectus section below and in the Curriculum Policy.


Ofsted Report

Our latest Ofsted report can be found at


Performance and Achievement Data

The link to the school’s Key Stage 2 performance data can be found on the Department for Education website at

Our results, in some years, have been suppressed as the number of children taking the tests fell below the DfE’s threshold for reporting. The suppression of results is done to avoid identification of individual children. The school regularly monitors the progress of all children within the school through continual assessment and end of year tests. These processes enable staff to identify any additional support which may be required for the children to achieve their full potential.



The school's policies prior to federation are listed below and these will be replaced by those of the Dartmoor Federation. 

The Dartmoor Federation policies can be found at





Pupil Premium


Pupil premium is used in a variety of ways to support pupils in receipt of this funding, together with taking a whole school approach to raising standards. This is done in the following ways:

  • Provision of staffing to ensure that all children are taught in differentiated groups in literacy and maths;
  • 1:1 specific targeted activities for pupils needing further academic support to achieve at the expected standard;
  • Funded places on Socrates courses at Okehampton Primary as appropriate to extend the knowledge of pupils;
  • Provision of free extended services through morning clubs (3 days per week) and after school clubs (3 days per week);
  • Funded school curriculum trips;
  • Swimming lessons for all pupils;
  • Brass music lessons for all children in Years 3 to 6, including instrument hire and specialist teaching.


In 2015-16, the school received £13,640 in pupil premium funding and spending was in-line with the above strategy. The pupil premium funding of £15,440 in 2016-17 is also being used in line with the above strategy.


The school regularly monitors the progress of all children and ensures that activities are open to all pupils, appropriate to their age and ability, in order to minimise any barriers to educational achievement.

By adopting the whole school approach and targeting children who need further academic support, both to achieve and exceed the expected standards, we strive to obtain the best educational outcome for all pupils.

The impact of the pupil premium funding is measured through regular attainment reviews and by looking holistically at the individual needs of pupils including their wellbeing. Support and access to other services is provided as necessary, for example Family Support, Educational Psychologist, School Nurse.

The next pupil premium strategy review is scheduled for September 2017.


Reading and Phonics

We have an individualised reading programme for each child. The Letters and Sounds framework is followed, as currently recommended. We use a range of reading schemes including those published by Collins and Oxford University Press.


Special Educational Needs and Disability

    1. The school provides education for children with special educational needs, disabilities and who are in the care of the local authority. We provide for the following four areas of need:
      • Communication and interaction
      • Cognitive and learning difficulties
      • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
      • Sensory and/or physical needs
    2. The school has a Special Educational Needs & Disability Policy which includes procedures for identifying pupils with special educational needs.
    3. Following an initial identification of need, the school will meet with parents/carers three times per year to review children’s progress, , the support required, discuss activities and allocate responsibilities. The outcomes, action and support will be recorded on an Individual Action Plan ( IAP), Devon Assessment Framework Form 2 (DAF2) or a My Plan. A copy will be given to parents/carers and shared with relevant staff.
    4. The views of pupils will be included in the discussion either by pupil attendance at the meeting or by separate discussions prior to the meeting
    5. The school follows the Assess-Plan-Do-Review process as outlined in the SEN code of practice. The school will include the views of parents/carers, pupils, staff and outside agencies in this process.
    6. When a child transfers to another setting the SENCo, in consultation with parents/carers, will discuss the pupil’s needs with the new setting in order that appropriate arrangements can be made for their future.
    7. There is an expectation that all pupils including those with special needs will have access to a broad balanced curriculum through differentiated, high quality teaching. Support will be provided to address areas of difficulty and overcome barriers to achievement. The SENCo will carry out an analysis of needs including the views of teachers, parents/carers and outside agencies.
    8. Adaptions will be made to the learning environment to ensure it is fully inclusive.
    9. Staff will be trained to support pupils with special needs. This may include special courses, conferences and working with outside agencies to ensure that specialist knowledge is obtained.
    10. Effectiveness of the provision will be evaluated regularly as part of the Assess-Plan-Do-Review cycle.
    11. As an inclusive school, pupils with special needs are fully integrated and engaged in all activities with additional as necessary.
    12. Pastoral support will be provided to listen to the views of pupils, support their emotional and social needs and prevent bullying.
    13. The school supports families and pupils with their identified needs by involving Health and Social Care, Local Authority and Voluntary Sector Organisations as appropriate.
    14. Any complaint regarding special needs provision should follow the School Complaints Policy.
    15. The school will provide data on the levels of support and types of need to the Local Authority in order to help with strategic planning both locally and nationally.
    16. In 2015/16 we received £16,179 to support children with special needs. This was used on staffing to support pupils through small group work and one to one tuition. Due to the small number of children with special needs in the school, a breakdown of the children by their type of need is not provided in order to protect their identities.
    17. Details of the Devon’s Local Offer for special needs and disabilities can be found at

      SEND and Local Offer information in Devon:


Sports Funding

During 2016/17, the school will receive Sports Premium funding of £8,140. With this funding we aim to encourage pupils to participate in more sporting activities and competitions. To do this, qualified sports coaches are being used to provide the children with team and individual sporting opportunities, both during school time and through after school clubs. The children will also participate in adventurous activity days, involving many different outdoor sports, to widen their awareness of the opportunities available. School staff are receiving training through courses and continuous professional development and the school will also invest in new sports equipment as appropriate.