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  • Swimbridge Church of England Primary School
    Barnstaple Hill
    EX32 0PJ
  • Head: Ms Angela Fleming
  • T 01271 830437
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 11.
  • Read about the best schools in Devon
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Devon
  • Pupils: 96
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 13th 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.

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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