We are a Church of England school with a strong Christian ethos and this foundation is evident throughout our school. Withycombe Raleigh Church of England Primary was founded in 1886, when it was established on the site of the old St Michael’s Church, providing a Christian foundation for the education of children.
We aim to continue this tradition by ensuring Christian principles of love and care are at the centre of all we do. The School was inspected by the Inspection Service for Anglican schools and achieved an ‘Outstanding’ grade.
Our school has enjoyed some major building enhancements to our already extensive and well equipped school and grounds. We are a highly inclusive school with a talented and committed team of staff who deliver quality lessons, provide excellent care and support and offer a remarkable range of extra-curricular activities.
I am very proud of our school and I have a personal commitment to the quality of education received by every pupil in our school. We have an excellent reputation in our community for achievement and for our extra curricular opportunities, such as music and sport, for which we have enjoyed success both locally and nationally. Ofsted (2017) reported that our school continues to be a good school and pupils and parents value how we maintain the wide breadth of the curriculum and provide many opportunities for pupils to take part in musical and sporting activities.
We all work very hard to ensure every child in our care is given every 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 relationship with our families is a vital part of the success of our school and we hope that all children who attend Withycombe Raleigh will look back on the experience with great pleasure and fond memories.
Following an Ofsted Inspection on 19 April 2017, we are delighted to report that our school continues to be Good.
I am delighted with the content of the Ofsted report and believe it reflects much of what our school is all about. As Headteacher I am very proud of our school and all our staff - our skilled Teachers, TAs, Governors and our pupils. It is great that others recognise the hard work and commitment we all give to ensure we make a real difference to the lives and achievements of the children in our care.
We would also very much like to thank the parents and children who wrote in, or took the online survey in support of the school - your responses were taken into consideration during the inspection.
Stephen Powley, Headteacher at time of inspection
You are ambitious for the school and, together with your strong leadership team, are driving forward the school’s continuous improvement.
Across the school, pupils are enthusiastic learners who work diligently.
You have sensitively maintained the ethos of a school which promotes the well-being of pupils and staff and strives for high academic standards.
"An amazing school with dedicated and excellent staff. My daughter has had the best start to her education."
"My son arrived in year 2 and will soon be leaving year 6 for comp. He has loved being a part of this amazing school and the teachers do an amazing job encouraging the children and bringing out their potential."
"This school has gone from strength to strength in the time our children have gone through Withycombe, the new buildings are a terrific asset and of course the inspiring teachers!"