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History of the School



North Tawton Community Primary School and Nursery occupied the former site and buildings of North Tawton Secondary Modern School, built in 1928.


The present Primary School moved into this site from the original site in Exeter Street, in 1962, prior to the merger of Okehampton Grammar School and Secondary Modern School to form Okehampton Comprehensive School.


Since the site was formerly a Secondary School, the Primary School enjoys outstanding outdoor sports facilities, with large hard and grassed playing areas. There is also an orchard which together with a wide variety of habitats including banks, hedges, pond, stone walls, cob walls, shrubbery and nettle beds, offers wide scope for on-site environmental education.


We are very lucky to have a supportive community including the Friends Of North Tawton School, (FONTS). FONTS manage the heated covered swimming pool and provide a variety of ‘little extras’ around the school. They also installed an all weather adventure play area adjacent to the main playground.


In 2003-4 there were major building developments, including a new hall, administration office, head’s office, disabled toilet, kitchen, servery and car park. In 2010 the whole site was made more secure, with additional fencing and an intercom system at the front entrance. In 2011, 2 new classrooms were constructed by the LA and the Foundation Stage formed a Foundation Unit with the Pre-School. In 2012 changes were made to the front entrance to increase the parking facilities and provide improved pedestrian access. An additional play space was also constructed adjacent to the ‘Tennis Court’. In November 2014 the school became a Cooperative Trust School, enabling greater links with other local Trust schools. In 2016 the school took responsibility for managing the Pre-School and opened this as a Nursery Unit. See separate Prospectus. The school also expanded from 5 to 6 classes.


This means that we are a truly inclusive centre for learning, supporting all children from 2 years to 11 years. Our school presently enjoys a range of facilities which compare favourably with most modern Primary Schools in the County of Devon. In 2017 we had a further new double classrooms built, making the school a 7 class structure, with Nursery.

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