Welcome from the Academy Head

Welcome to our school website which we hope is informative and gives you a good indication of what our school is like.

Widecombe is placed in a unique and beautiful location in the heart of Dartmoor and we value everything that this location offers our children. A sense of community is central to our ethos, and we want our children to value and understand their own school community, the surrounding local communities but it is also extremely important to us that they develop a wider sense of what community means globally which opens their eyes to the world beyond where they live.

At Widecombe, we want our curriculum to give frequent and varied opportunities for our children to develop their personal voice. We want our children to leave Widecombe as confident, competent individuals who know how to make a positive difference to the people and the world around them.  Child voice should be integral to the planning process and they should be given scope to make decisions about their own learning thus engaging them fully in the process.

Through developing positive learning behaviours, our curriculum will enable children to develop high expectations of themselves and to actively explore possibilities beyond the familiar. They will leave our school with the life skills needed to succeed, and if they don’t always succeed, they will have the resilience and positivity to pick themselves up and try again.  

With links to our partner schools within the Trust (Bearnes, Broadhempston, Cheriton Bishop, Diptford, Drake, Harbertonford, Hennock, Ilsington, Landscove, Moretonhampstead, Otterton, Stoke Gabriel, Tedburn St Mary and Yeoford), the church and the local community, our children are given varied learning experiences. As they move through the school the children are given opportunities to develop their talents in a range of different ways that will underpin their confidence and enable them to achieve the “impossible”. Whilst on this journey they learn how important it is support everyone else and work in harmony to make a little school a very special place to be.

We hope you enjoy exploring our website. If you would like to know more about our school, please contact us or come for a visit. We would love to show you around!

Des Stokes (Academy Head)