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  • Children in Need

    You raised a grand total of £765.19 for BBC Children in Need 2016!


    Mufti Day donations totalled £558.45, and a further £206.74 was raised by parents who organised a Cake Sale with the support of the PTFA.


    A huge thank you! Photo shows Dragonfly Class all geared up for the day!





  • M&M Perform Cinderella Pantomime

    The whole school was treated to a performance of the classic pantomime Cinderella by M&M Theatre, thanks to funding from the PTFA.


    The children had a great time and it really got us into the Christmas spirit. There were lots of sing-along songs and plenty of laughs!

  • 'In the Net' Performance

    It’s Dotty’s birthday and she’s just got a shiny new iPad! But there’s a problem. She’s not being too safe online. She’s posting personal information, chatting to strangers and making rude comments about school friends…



    Year 4 children from both Withycombe Raleigh and Marpool Primary Schools attended a special performance of ‘In the Net’, enacted by the Alter Ego Theatre Group and funded by Devon County Council and the Devon Safeguarding Children Board.


    During the performance the children met Dotty, Icon, Virus & Spam, Password, ‘Uh Oh’ and Dotty’s dad. The cast brought Dotty’s story to life in the style of a pantomime, covering such issues as safe internet/social media use, keeping personal information safe, and what to do if they have any concerns.


    This was a great participatory performance which the children really enjoyed, while taking away valuable lessons.



    Everything turned out well for Dotty who asked her Dad for help with securing her iPad, before going downstairs to enjoy her Birthday cake!

  • EDF Volunteers

    We are delighted to have some volunteers from EDF working around the school at the end of the summer term, helping to do some repainting and other useful jobs including tidying up planters and preparing our new beds ready to plant in September.


    EDF staff have the opportunity to spend two days a year out of the office helping around the community and we're grateful for their hard work - it was a hot sunny day so it was hard going, but what a difference a day makes! Thank you!


  • Space Rocket Seeds!

    The RHS has partnered with the UK Space Agency to embark on an ‘out of this world’ educational project - and our school is taking part!


    Two kilograms of rocket seeds took off from Florida bound for the International Space Station as part of British astronaut Tim Peake’s six-month mission. After several months on board, the seeds have been sent back to Earth, safely landing in the Pacific Ocean!


    We received two packets of 100 seeds to grow and compare – one packet has been to space, and the other packet has not. We don’t know which packet has been to space and we had to carefully plant and label each packet of seeds – one with red labels and one with blue.


    They've started to grow and so far we can't really tell which ones have been to space. We're keeping a tally on their progress.


    We join pupils of all ages across the UK embarking on a voyage of discovery to see what growing plants in space can teach us about life on Earth and whether we can sustain human life in space through the production of our own food.


    The project is called Rocket Science - turning wrpschool pupils into space biologists!



  • M&M Productions perform Aladdin

    What an absolute treat for the children!

    M&M Productions came into school on 18th November and performed 'Aladdin' for the whole school. There was lots of enthusiastic audience participation, some brilliant singing, and plenty of laughs.


    We're delighted that this pre-Christmas treat for the children was funded by the school.






  • Day of Kindness Repaid by Your Move

    Adam Williams and Kerry Van de Burgt from Your Move estate agents in Exmouth came to school on 21st March, following our Day of Kindness last week.


    They were so impressed with the children, who had been into Exmouth giving out gifts and kind messages to members of the public, that they wanted to repay the kindness.


    They very generously donated 10 footballs to the school.


  • Voices Around the World

    Last term Key Stage 2 children took part in the 'Voices around the World' project. Voices Around The World is a charity that works to link up young people World-wide through involving them each year in a project to record a song together. Funds raised by the sales of the songs released are used to support children in needy schools in Africa.


    This link is for the video version of the song which has just been released, with a lovely clip of WPRSchool. You can download it from the VATW store, or order a DVD to keep.



         Our Weekly Achievers


Here are the achievers awarded in assembly

on Friday 16th March.

Each week we award two achievers from each class. Awards are given for a variety of reasons including improvement in work, excellent behaviour, trying particularly hard... and generally going the extra mile. Parents are told what their child's achievement award was given for.

Cross Country Talent


Children from Withycombe Raleigh Primary School attended the Schools' Cross Country Competition on 26th March at Bicton Arena. We had a great turnout to represent our school, thanks to all the parents and carers who transported their children to the after-school event.

The Years 3 - 4 teams were second overall and Years 5 - 6 team were 3rd overall - a really great result! There were some fantastic performances from our talented runners including Anna who was 1st in the Year 3-4 girls' race, and Ned who was 2nd in the Year 3-4 boys' race.

Well done to both of you!



Former pupil wins place on Team GB


Did you know we have a World Class racquet-sports family with Withycombe Primary School connections? Mrs Williams, TA at Withycombe Raleigh Primary School, is delighted that her son Ben Lane has been selected to represent Great Britain in Badminton at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April. Ben, a former pupil at Withycombe Raleigh Primary School along with his brother Alex, have both taken after their proud mum who 24 years ago won a Gold medal for Badminton in Canada. Ben’s Nana and Grandad played tennis for England, his Aunty played at Wimbledon and his Mum was ranked 19th in the world at badminton! With this impressive pedigree Ben started playing badminton at just two years old and was representing England by the age of nine. Ben is a double junior European medallist and junior national champion. He currently plays full-time in mixed doubles and men's doubles, while brother Alex is a singles champion.


Ben’s ambition is to win Olympic gold and become world number one! Good luck Ben - we’re excited to follow your progress in Australia!






Exeter City Football Festival, January 2018


Here's the football team who braved the cold January weather to play at the Exeter City Kids Cup recently. The A and B teams played brilliantly, but there was stiff competition and we won't didn't make it through to the regional event on this occasion.


Stuart Davies from Exeter City Community Trust said

"I wanted to say a massive thank you for taking part in the Kids Cup 2018, for me it will be a highlight of the year and I thought everyone involved was brilliant contributing towards a great tournament with an extremely high standard of football. Congratulations to the winners Ottery St Mary Primary School who will go on to represent Exeter City in the regional event."


Well done to all the children who represented our school so well: Ollie, Jayden, Charlie, Billy, Sophie, Jack, Will, Jack, Benji, Alfie, Milo, Louis, Barnaby and Ollie.




Quick Sticks Hockey!


We took some children along to a Hockey Festival at Exmouth Community College on 29th January. The children were completely new to hockey and with no practice they played brilliantly against other primary schools of Exmouth! Having seen how much the children enjoyed this sport we’ve invested in some new equipment for PE, and Miss Auster has started a new after school hockey club. We hope to take part in other tournaments soon.


Well done to Ethan, Arianne, Molly, Meredith, Louis, Morgan, William, Ben and Laurence who were not daunted by the lack of practice and gave it everything!

Gym Competition Success


On Wednesday 24th January Mrs Jones took a group of Year 5 and 6s to Ladysmiths Junior School for a Gymnastics competition. The girls who participated take part in our after school gym club run by Premier sport. The team each participated in 3 rounds which included Vault, Beam, Floor, or Jump. It was the first Gym competition they had taken part in and they were very nervous. The girls were great ambassadors for our school, showing great team spirit, encouraging one another and being extremely brave.


Each event was marked out of 10 with the winning team being the team who scored the most points. We were delighted to come second...a fantastic result!

A great role model


Well done to Evan from Oak Class who plays for the under 9s at Withycombe Rugby Club, who brought in the shield he was presented with recently. Seen here also wearing his school council badge it shows that he's a great role model!

Keep up the good work Evan, we're all very proud of you!

Exmouth Learning Community

Key Stage 2 Dance Festival


On Friday 24th November 2017, under the guidance of Amy Phillips, Head of Dance at Exmouth Community College, the Year 10 GCSE Dance students ran an inspirational morning of dance for 106 KS2 pupils. The morning started with a mass group warm-up to get the children familiar with dance terminology as well as getting their bodies ready to dance. The children were then split into smaller groups with two Year 10 dance students as their leaders.

Click here for the full write-up


  Dartmoor School Sports Partnership

Exmouth Learning Community

Key Stage 1 Aesthetics Festival


On Friday 24th November 2017, children from 8 ELC Primary Schools enjoyed a brilliant afternoon of Aesthetic activities. The event was organised and stations designed by the Dartmoor School Sport Partnership.


The activity stations were all led by Year 9 ‘Living For Sport’ Sport Leaders from Exmouth Community College. The leaders showed an enthusiastic sense of fun and maturity in their approach to the afternoon which really encouraged all the youngsters to take part and enjoy themselves.

Please click here for full write-up

Netball Team Debut


Our new netball team played at ECC against other schools from Exmouth, Lympstone, Budleigh and Woodbury. It was their first tournament and most had only been learning netball for a term so this was a great experience for them.


Our Smart New Football Kit!


We'd like to thank MPS Windows, Exmouth for generously sponsoring our smart new football kit. The children were really excited to be heading out for a competition looking like a professional team! We really appreciate your support.


3rd November 2017


Bicton College provided a super setting for the East Devon Primary Cross Country Finals. This year’s Cross Country Finals expanded dramatically as over 280 young runners from across 20 of East Devon’s Primary schools took to the grounds of Bicton College on a beautiful late autumn Friday.


Particular thanks go to Matt Cookman, Bicton College Sports Maker, Bicton College’s Military academy students and sports leaders from The King’s School, Ottery St Mary for their assistance and efforts in ensuring that the event ran smoothly.


The 44 Boys and Girls School teams had won through local cluster qualifying rounds held in The Axe Valley, Exmouth, Ottery St Mary, Honiton, Sidmouth and Culm Valley Learning Communities as part of The 2017/18 Devon School Games programme.


Whilst competition was fierce the overriding atmosphere was one of tremendous camaraderie and support. There were some very close results and congratulations should go to all teams on qualifying for the East Devon Finals and demonstrating such team spirit and effort levels throughout the afternoon.


We are so proud of our children who took part, many whom had never entered a Cross Country competition before! This year however we did not make it through to the Devon Finals, here is to next year!


The course was tough (very hilly!) but the children gave it all they had, and for many of them this was only their second cross country race. Mrs Jones said "the children all ran very well and I was very proud of their team spirit, perseverance and sportsmanship! Well done to both teams!"


10th October 2017


Well done to the cross country teams representing Withycombe Raleigh Primary School at the Exmouth School’s Cross Country event at Bicton Arena yesterday.


The Years 3-4 girls team came 2nd, so they’ve qualified for the East Devon championship. Huge well done to Anna who came 1st place!


The years 3-4 boys team came 1st, so we’ll also be taking them to the East Devon championship! Well done boys – you showed great determination and it paid off.


Our school were the overall Years 3-4 winners!


With our Year 6s away on residential, our Years 5-6 teams were not so well represented, but the 4 boys and a girl who came along really tried hard, showing great willpower.


Well done to all the runners who took part - we have discovered some very talented runners at Withycombe Raleigh Primary School, and the after school running club is very popular!  We wish you good luck for the East Devon championship!


Full write-up and results here






















29th September 2017: Exmouth Tennis Centre


Congratulations to the team of 12 Year 6 children who attended an athletics tournament in Exmouth on Friday 29th September. The children were fantastic and came up against some fierce competition from the other Exmouth schools, finishing an impressive 5th place out of 12 schools!


The children competed in a variety of athletics events in the sports hall:

• Speed bounce

• Sprint hurdles

• Chest throw

• Vortex throw

• 5 minute run

• Triple jump

• And finally a team relay


Well done to Charlie, Josh, Richard, Ollie, Aaron, Evan, Sophia, Alana, Crystal, Ruby, Sophie and Arabella.


Full write-up and results here

Quick Sticks Hockey Tournament


On Tuesday 20th February, two Year 5 teams took part in a Quick Sticks hockey tournament at ECC. Overall 16 teams took part from across primary schools in the Exmouth community. Our two Withycombe teams played with enthusiasm and determination. The sun shone brightly and a great afternoon was had by all. We were also lucky to meet Alex (pictured with the teams) who started playing Hockey at primary school and now plays for the Under 18 England Hockey team! An inspiration to us all.



Y5-6 Girls Tag Rugby Festival


Mr Carter took a group of 22 Year 5 girls along to the Local Learning Community Tag Rugby Festival for years 5-6. This was the first experience of competitive Tag Rugby for many of the players but they did really well, playing with great enthusiasm. The team won some of the games despite getting very muddy!

Thanks to those parents who came to cheer them on, and to Mrs Kew and Mrs Luxton for helping out. Anybody interested in Tag Rugby can join our after school clubs here:

Josh, Tilly and Jenson Jump to Success!


Children from Withycombe Raleigh Primary School were part of a group who took part in Regional Trampoline Competitions in Bath on Sunday 25th March.


Huge congratulations to Josh and Tilly (photographed with their coach Polly) who both won Gold medals for DMT (double mini trampoline) and reached the finals, qualifying to represent the South West. This could lead to National selection if they continue to work hard and do well within the competitions. They will train as a squad as well as receiving their regular training from Exeter Trampoline Academy.







Well done also to Jenson in Year 4 who bounced his way to two bronze medals, one for Trampoline and one for DMT. Very well deserved after all the training you put in!


If you’re interested in taking up the sport, regular sessions are run locally. See

Olivia Raised £450


As Olivia reaches the last leg of her March DECHOX, where she challenged herself to give up chocolate for 31 days to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation’s life-saving research, we can share the news that she has raised an impressive £450! Olivia’s Granny had a heart operation so she chose to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. Olivia’s challenge has meant absolutely no chocolate bars, no chocolate cake and none of Daddy's chocolate biscuits! Well done Olivia you have made lots of people very proud!

Sport Relief 2018


On Friday 23rd March the whole school took part in Sport Relief activities, with children aiming to run at least a mile each. It was a great day and all the children showed great determination despite the odd stitch. Well done to everyone who put so much into running their mile to earn their sponsorship money - including the teachers who ran along!


You can find more photos here.

Years 3-4 Spring Concert


On Thursday 22nd March all the children in Years 3-4 put on a Spring Concert. They worked really hard to rehearse all the class songs, particularly the moving finale 'True Colours'. Other children were brave enough to 'audition' for Withy's Got Talent!

We hope you enjoyed the performances - thank you for joining us! You can see more photos here.

Joy Day 2018


On Friday 16th March we celebrated Joy Day in school. Please click here for a photo-gallery page, showing the children taking part in various Easter-themes activities.


Year 4 children raise £848.09 for Water Aid


Teams of four took turns carrying bowls of water around the outside of the school field to experience how hard it is to carry. The current topic for Year 4 is 'India' and they have been learning about how many people suffer water shortage in India. This also tied into their literacy work as the children wrote persuasive letters to their families to ask for sponsorship, explaining such facts as 163 million people in India don't have clean water, and that over 60,000 children under five die each year from illness caused by dirty water and poor toilets.

Thank you very much to everybody who sponsored a child for the Water Walk - having learned about the difficulties people in other countries face, we know that £848 will make a real difference.


Year 3 trip to Kents Cavern


Our Year 3 children recently enjoyed a trip to Kents Cavern near Torquay, to support their topic work ‘From Fred Flintstone to Iron Man!’


It was such a fun day where the children dug for gemstones, created cave art, took part in a ‘garden challenge’ and even explored real caves. Lots of children said they want to go back to Kents Cavern to share the experience with their family members!

£180 Raised for Cancer Research


Leo, Ben and William worked together to organise a stall selling games, books and bookmarks after school recently. They had asked Mrs Jones if they could do something to raise money for a good cause and they came up with the idea of selling things after school. Eliza, Daisy, Emily, Amelie and Sophia all in Year 6 raised £95 with a cake sale. Niamh, Matilda, Anna, Gracie, Hetty, Charlotte, Olivia, Ben V, William, Laurence, Brook W, Jenson, and Emily raised £20 selling book marks. They were really happy to have raised such a huge amount between them - thank you to everybody who supported them by buying from their stall.




World Book Day, 9th March


We had a delayed World Book day event in school due to the heavy snow on the official WBD. We didn't want all the fabulous outfits to go to waste so we invited children to wear them into school the following Friday.
All the children looked fantastic, with some particularly outstanding home-made costumes. There were lots of book-related activities in class including some great displays created on the day, including the 'Our Favourite Books' display shown here.
Thanks to all the families for supporting this event in school.




Hope's Gift to Little Princess Trust


You may have seen an article in the Exmouth Journal last week about Hope Haylock, a Year 5 student from Withycombe Raleigh Primary School who has made an incredibly generous charitable donation. Along with her family, we are very proud of Hope for donating her lovely long hair to Little Princess Trust, who make wigs for children who have lost their hair to cancer treatment. Hope had her hair cut on Saturday and we can now show you how amazing she looks with her lovely new bob!


The family also set themselves a £350 fundraising target to cover the cost of making the wig. However Hope has gone above and beyond this goal and has managed to raise more than £600. If you would like to support Hope’s generous efforts you can donate here:



The Great Fire!


Year 2 children did a great job of building their Tudor houses as part of their home learning. Before half term they carried their excellent models up to the top of the school field where they reconstructed part of London.

In 1666 buildings were constructed with wooden timbers and were built closely together. Homes didn't have electricity, so real flames were used for lighting, cooking, and heating homes. Because of this fires were quite common, but no fire had ever grown as big as the Great Fire of London before.

It's thought that the fire started in a baker's shop early in the morning. The shop belonged to the King's baker, Thomas Farynor, in Pudding Lane. The summer had been particularly dry and with strong winds the fire spread quickly down Pudding Lane towards the River Thames and London Bridge.

As the fire reached the River Thames it passed over warehouses full of flammable materials like oil, which quickly set on fire. After just a few hours London Bridge was on fire too. The fire was stopped from reaching the south side of the river because a section of the bridge was missing. The Navy used gunpowder to blow up some houses surrounding the fire to create a gap with no wooden houses to act as more fuel, which also helped to stop the fire spreading further.

 Famous buildings including St Paul's Cathedral, The Royal Exchange, and the Guildhall were completely destroyed, as well as around 13,200 houses - up to a third of the city was destroyed and more than 70 thousand people were made homeless.


The children were excited to see the reconstruction and sang ‘London’s burning’ while watching how the fire could easily spread through the buildings.

Christmas Fayre Raised £3,150!


Thank you to everybody who supported our fabulous Christmas Fayre again this year. Huge congratulations to Mrs Dixon and all the PTFA for pulling off such a hugely successful event!
More info and photos here:


Sleeping Beauty


The whole school were given an amazing treat when talented actors from the travelling theatre company ‘M&M Productions’ came along with their superb sets and put on two fabulous performances of the classic Panto ‘Sleeping Beauty’. The Panto was given to the children as an early Christmas present from the PTFA and it had everything you’d hope for – audience participation, singing, dancing, comedy, an evil witch - and of course a Princess. Add in a little bit of mild teacher-embarrassment and the children had a great time!

Thank you to the PTFA on behalf of all the children!

Scholastic Book Fair, Nov 2017


Thank you to everybody who supported the book fair in school this year. Mrs Board-Medley worked with the Scholastic team to bring this to school as we get a percentage return based on overall sales of the books, stationery and gifts. Thanks to the impressive number of orders we received £1,043 to spend on books for the school library! We hope your children enjoy their new books.

Shoebox Appeal 2017


A sincere thank you to everybody who donated beautifully packed and wrapped shoeboxes for the 2017 appeal. In case you are wondering how many shoeboxes it takes to fill a typical car - the answer is 147! The boot, footwells and seats were loaded ready to go by our team of helpers.


For more about the 2017 shoebox appeal:

Book Swap, Tuesday 6th March


We had a hugely successful Book Swap in school on Tuesday 6th March as part of our Mad About Books week, with around 370 children going home with an exciting new book to read!

The children all gave their choices careful consideration - including one who loved her donated book so much she decided to choose it to take home again!

Every book brought in for the swap was of great quality, giving another child a chance to enjoy it.

Thank you to everybody who helped to make this a success.





Year 4 Holi Festival


Our Year 4 children have been learning about India this term. On March 23rd they had their own Holi festival on the school field.

Holi is a traditional Indian and Nepalese festival usually held in March, where coloured water or powders are thrown at each other to mark the arrival of the more colourful season. After this families usually clean up then sit down to enjoy a feast.


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