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  • Swimbridge Church of England Primary School
    Barnstaple Hill
    EX32 0PJ
  • Head: Mr Garry Reed
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  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 5 to 11
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Devon
  • Pupils: 114
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Current Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 14th February 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 29th January 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the school says...

Swimbridge Primary School is situated amid rolling Devon countryside, 4 miles south east of Barnstaple, close to the Atlantic coastline. The school was originally founded in the 18th century, although the present building was constructed in 1866, with further classrooms added in the 1920s and 1990s, with an new admin block in 2003, the year the school topped the Primary League Tables for the South West, coming 25th in the country. We are currently the top Primary in North Devon. But SAT results and league tables are not what are really important. We aim for a happy learning environment - of excellence and enjoyment.

Although a small school we are able to cover all areas of the National Curriculum in our own unique style. We endeavour to maintain a friendly, caring family atmosphere conducive to learning. We have been especially sucessful 'bringing on' children with special needs and developing the skills of the more able. At Swimbridge EVERY child is special.

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Special Education Needs

At Swimbridge Primary School EVERY child is special. We are a mainstream school with experienced teaching and support staff able to cope with children with a range of learning difficulties. Currently we have a few children within the Asperger's/autistic and dyslexic spectrums. We have staff trained (or experienced) to support children with dyslexia, hearing difficulties, speech problems and those on the autistic spectrum. We try to keep our classes as small as possible and whenever possible SEN children work within the classroom, working in groups of 3-6 with the teacher or assistant where desirable. As well as Primary Strategy Interventions we use 1:1 programmes designed to help individuals. Our aim is to celebrate individuality but promote peer support and socialisation. Our SEN children are very well integrated into the school community and make extremely good progress according to value added statistics.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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