The staff and Governors of Withycombe Raleigh Primary School would like to extend a warm welcome to you. We are a large Church Primary School situated on the outskirts of the wonderful seaside town of Exmouth in East Devon.


We all work very hard to ensure every child in our care is given the opportunity to reach their full potential so that they leave us well-equipped to enter into their next stage of education and on into the challenges of adult life.


Our school is dedicated to creating a happy, stimulating learning environment supported by the Christian values of GRACE - Generosity, Respect, Agape, Courage and Empathy.

Mrs E Jones, Headteacher

Wednesday 8th July 2020

We would usually celebrate Kindness Day in school on Wednesday 8th July, but this year we're asking you to think about how you can make some kind gestures from home.

Click Here for our Kindness Day 2020 information and photo wall.

School Arrangements

Please check your emails for a more detailed version of this message. Some key points:

We are currently only offering places in school to children of key workers or those children classed as vulnerable. Once we know that we are able to accommodate all of these children safely, we hope to invite our Year 6 children to attend school on a part time basis from 8th June. All our plans are subject to change depending on ongoing Government decisions.

From 1st June, our school will look very different. Children eligible to attend school from 1st June will be allocated a ‘bubble’, which they will stay in with their allocated Teacher and TA. We have installed a one way system in classrooms and in corridors, and have timetabled outside spaces to prevent children in different bubbles from mixing. Please ensure that places are always booked via Parentpay.

Children do not need to wear school uniform; they can wear their own clothes. Please check your email for information about what they need to bring to school. 

We will continue to provide Home Learning for those of you who are educating at home. Almost all of our teaching and support staff will be linked to a ‘bubble’ and will be working in school all of the time. They will continue to respond to emails and Seesaw messages but this may not be as prompt as it has been.

If your child will be attending school over the next few weeks, it would be beneficial if you could explain to them how school will be different. Please explain to them about social distancing and the need for thorough and regular hand washing. We hope to inform our Year 6 families how we plan to introduce them back into school from 8th June.

Please check your email for changes to drop off and collection times for children currently attending.

If your child is attending school it is really important that we have the correct contact details for you. If your child becomes poorly whilst in school we will need you to collect your child as soon as possible.

Letter from Dawn Stabb, Head of Education & Learning, DCC on 17th June 2020, to explain the Devon response to the Government’s plans for a wider return to school.

Read existing guidance about what parents and carers need to know about schools, colleges and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak.

Guidance on Absence and Isolation


NHS guidance continues to be that if your child is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (continuous cough and/or high temperature), your child cannot return to school until a 7 day period of isolation, from onset of their symptoms, is complete.

If anyone in the household is displaying symptoms, all members of the household need to isolate for 14 days. For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when their symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

This means that if children display symptoms of coronavirus, they cannot attend school for 7 days from the onset of the symptoms, even if the symptoms have ceased, and even if that takes their isolation period beyond 14 days in total. If you are contacted by the new NHS Test and Trace team, please follow any guidance they give you.

In the event of children returning to school before the isolation period is complete we will contact parents/carers and ask them to collect their children as soon as possible. Children will be isolated within school until they are collected. 

Clear NHS information about testing and isolation can be found here.

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