Photo of our Main Playground

A warm welcome to you from everyone here at Withycombe Raleigh Primary School. We are a successful and friendly Church of England Primary School located in the seaside town of Exmouth. Our school website is designed to give you a flavour of the many wonderful things that go on in our thriving school.

We hold high expectations that all of our pupils find success, both academically and socially. We're also proud of the strong community links that we've built with our local church and charities.

As a Church school we have a common vision that is shared with our whole school community: ‘Growing Happy, Caring, Hearts and Minds’. The foundation of this can be found in the Bible, John 15 v 12; ‘My command is this: love each other as I have loved you’. 

Our vision is supported by our five ‘GRACE’ values: Generosity, Respect, Agape (the unconditional love from God), Courage and Empathy. These values underpin everything that we do in our school, making it a happy place to be and where children’s wellbeing is at the very heart.

We take our safeguarding duties incredibly seriously. If you have any concerns about a child please let us know. Please visit our Safeguarding page for more information.

Winter School Closures:

We aim to keep our school open, but in the case of severe weather over the winter months school closures are listed on the Devon County Council website here: School Closures

We will also send a text to inform you as soon as a decision is made. We rarely have to make a decision during the school day, where the forecast would lead to unsafe travel home for families or our staff, and it's important that we have the correct contact information for you.

  • End of term, Friday 17th December

  • Return date, Thursday 6th January 2022

Autumn term:

Guidelines for schools have been provided by the Department of Education with the latest update published on 17th August. We have set out a comprehensive set of strategies to minimise the risk of infections at the same time as planning to get back to ‘normal’ as much as possible, aiming to keep everyone safe and happy. Please check your emails for the full letter, but here are some key points.


Our main control measures continue to be:


  1. Ensuring good hygiene for everyone.

  2. Maintaining appropriate cleaning regimes.

  3. Keeping occupied spaces well ventilated.

  4. Following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19


Staggered starts and home times:


To ease the congestion around the school site at the beginning and end of each day, we have set out a timetable for drop off and collection.  As traffic on Withycombe Village Road can be high and parking is limited, we encourage families to avoid driving to school and to walk, cycle or scoot.  As the main driveway to school will be used for pedestrian access, there will be no access to vehicles from 8:30am-9:10am and 2:40pm-3:20pm each day.

Please remember to visit our Home Connect page regularly for other updates, newsletters and key dates.