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 that it is necessary to close all or part of the school. We occasionally have to make a decision during the school day, if the short-term 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.

Covid Update:

Covid guidelines for schools are provided by the Department of Education. We have a comprehensive set of strategies to minimise the risk of infections, at the same time as planning to remain as ‘normal’ as possible, aiming to keep everyone safe and happy.  

We expect all staff members and visitors to wear a face covering while on our school site, in areas which are communal - this includes parents / carers who are dropping off or collecting children from the playground. We ask that this precaution is taken during these busy times where social distancing is difficult, so please support us by wearing a face covering if you are on site.


In school we continue to mitigate the risk of infection by: 

  • regularly washing or sanitising our hands

  • sanitising high contact areas throughout the day including door handles and light switches

  • ensuring classrooms are well ventilated

  • staff testing regularly using a lateral flow test.


If you or your child test Covid positive, please note that rules around isolation has changed to 7 days as long as a negative test result (via a LFD) is demonstrated on Days 6 and 7. As of Tuesday 11th January confirmatory PCR tests following a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test result are to be temporarily suspended. This will mean that anyone who receives a positive LFD test result will be required to self-isolate immediately and will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test.


Staggered starts and home times:


To ease the congestion around the school site at the beginning and end of each day, we have a staggered 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.