The staff and Governors of Withycombe Raleigh Primary School would like to extend a warm welcome to you. We're a large Church Primary School situated on the outskirts of the wonderful seaside town of Exmouth in East Devon. We work very hard to ensure that every child in our care is given the opportunity to reach their full potential, so they leave us well-equipped to enter into their next stage of education and on to the challenges of adult life. The past few months have highlighted that we have an amazing school community, who all have a common goal - happy children.


As a Church School we have a common vision that is shared with the whole school community, and which is then supported by our values. Our vision is ‘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’.

Mrs E Jones, Headteacher

Learning has moved online

In accordance with the national lockdown, school will only be open to children of Critical Keyworkers and for vulnerable children (those with an EHCP or a social worker) who require childcare so their parents can attend work. The Government has asked parents to keep their children at home wherever possible and have asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. The fewer children making the journey to school and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread.

For this reason, we will continue to provide care at Withycombe Raleigh Primary School, but we must make it extremely clear that this will be for a limited number of children only: children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. 

If it is at all possible for children to stay at home, they should do so in order to protect all families from infection. We ask you to take this into consideration when deciding what is best for you and your family.    

Staff will take the next couple of days to plan and prepare remote learning for children. We will also update the school website regularly to keep us in all touch.

We were really looking forward to welcoming all the children back to school tomorrow and we are so sad that this is not now possible. We will keep you updated as we get more information.

Best wishes, Mrs Emma Jones


To minimise the number of people gathering around the school site at the beginning and end of each day, we have set out a timetable for drop off and collection. We request that you ensure you do your utmost to arrive within the allocated time. If you have more than one child at school, please drop off/collect all children in your family at the earliest of the time slots provided. 

On arrival (at your child’s allocated school gate) please enter the playground area where the children will be collected by school staff and escorted (or directed) to their class.  At the end of the day, children will be escorted back to the same playground to waiting parents/carers. Please note that adults will not be allowed into the school buildings unless they have a previously arranged appointment. 

We ask that parents and carers support us by:

  • Ensuring that only 1 adult per family attends school for drop off and collection.

  • Adhering to social distancing rules, keeping 2m away from other people.

  • Wearing a face covering on school premises, including playgrounds.

  • Avoiding gathering.

  • Keeping left when moving in and out of the school site.

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