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  • Monkleigh  Primary  School

    Monkleigh Primary School

    A small rural Primary School in the heart of N Devon, Monkleigh is a happy, fulfilling experience where we all 'smile, share and succeed.'

  • Breakfast and Tea Club

    Breakfast and Tea Club

    Wrap around care from 8am until 5.30, run by school staff, where children of all ages, have fun doing a range of indoor and outdoor activities and eating breakfast and tea together. 

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  • Beautiful Surroundings

    Beautiful Surroundings

    Breath taking views of the surrounding countryside and marvellous outdoor facilities, with a large playground, field and many outdoor activities.

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  • One  BIG HAPPY  Family

    One BIG HAPPY Family

    At Monkleigh we know and care for our children as individuals. Their well-being and personal development and happiness is as important as academic achievement. A happy child, who feels safe and cared for is in the best place to learn, this is evident not only in our results but in the smiling faces around school.

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  • Exploring LEARNING  Through Play

    Exploring LEARNING Through Play

    Our Pre School and reception children have lots of exciting outside spaces to use.

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  • Our SENSORY  Room

    Our SENSORY Room

    A unique space, used by lots of children at different times for a bit of time out of the classroom.

  • Exciting LEARNING  Environments

    Exciting LEARNING Environments

    Year 1 and 2 have use of this amazing Yurt.

The best Education we can possibly provide to your children


School Staff (at December 2020): 

Headteacher  Mrs Karen Reeves 
FSU  Mrs Kate Emptage / Mrs Helen Hinchliffe
Class 1 (Yr 1/2) Mrs Bethany O'Donoghue / Mrs Helen Hinchliffe
Class 2 (Yr 3/4) Mrs Kate Slocombe 
Class 3 (Yr 5/6) Mr Mark Sussex
Administrator Mrs Di Beer
Admin Assistant Mrs Sarah Jones
Support Staff:  
FSU Miss Jodie Chugg (Foundation Stage Senior Practitioner)
  Miss Nikki Troke (Foundatoin Stage Worker)
  Mrs Martha Kingdon (1:1)
Class 1 Miss Sarah Turner (T.A), Mrs Laura Hobbs (1:1), Miss Olivia Tucker (1:1)
Class 2 Mrs Amanda Mayhew (T.A)
Class 3 Mrs Marie Jones (T.A)
Pupil Welfare Mrs Fiona Tolson
P.E.  Mrs Tracey Wilson
Outdoor Learning Mrs Marie Jones
Kitchen Manager Mrs Lynette Mayo 
Mealtime Assistants Mrs Sylvia Riddell
Ms Kelly Millman
Caretaker Mr Paul Paiano
 B&T Club Playworkers Miss Jodie Chugg
Mrs Amanda Mayhew
Mrs Tracey Wilson


pdfPE mission statement


We are enjoying taking part in Virtual Challenges arranged bt GTS. We have taken part in a Multi Skills event and a Cross Country race. It's a little different but we are enjoying the challenge!

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 On your Marks...Get Set...Go!!!!!


We were delighted to win the High 5 league.

Well done Ronnie,Liv,Ella,Mia, Megan, Anya and Isla.

We have made a good start to the Cross Country Season. With only one race left we are in contention for a team medal. I'm looking forwrd to adding results soon!

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The High 5 league has reached the half way stage and it's very exciting. This is a great opportunity for all of our players to not only play in the match and represent our School but also learn the importance of sportsmanship!

Second game against Langtree was another win for Monkleigh!

We have started the High 5 League on a Monday night at GTS. Our first game was against St Helens Bideford which we won!

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 First School in North Devon to be awarded the Platinum School Games Mark Award for commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport 2018/19-2019/20!

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We are very proud of our Gymnastics Squad who took part in the North Devon Schools Championship. For a small School with no hall we were amazing!

We have started our 2019/2020 Cross Country season. Our first race was at Kingsley School Bideford. It was wet and muddy but that didn't put us off! Results can be found on northdevonxcleague.weebly.com.


On Friday 9th February our year 6 children travelled to Bideford College to take part in the South West Schools Indoor Rowing Competition.

We were "Oursome!"



A huge well done to Effie who picked up a Gold Medal!

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Our last Cross Country of the season has been cancelled. We are looking forward to a new date to complete the winter North Devon League.

We are in the Norh Devon Finals for High 5!

Our team of Emily, Charlotte, Effie, Isla, Liv, Nick , Bethan and Gabriel finished 2nd to Langtree on Tuesday in the Torrington Learning Community Competition meaning we now move on to the North Devon Finals!

Our Indoor Athletics Team worked really well together on Thursday at the North Devon finals. Our squad competed against large Schools of year 6's.

Our squad of year 4/5/6 did Monkleigh proud!

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We have started a local High 5 League and on Thursday we played our first match against Torrington Bluecoats. Final score Monkleigh 7 Bluecoats 3. Well done Effie, Isla, Liv, Ella, Mia, Megan, Bethan, Charlotte and Isla H.

Well done Kason, Theo, Nick and Gabriel on Gifted & Talented P.E!

        We are pleased to be starting our new school year with our fourth Gold School Games Mark award.

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Our amazing school has certainly shone this week with their sporting achievements! Last Thursday Eden, Lexi, Georgia Emily and Erin travelled to Torquay to represent North Devon in the Devon Winter Games. (Cross Country event). In a field of nearly 90 runners, Eden came 1st and after a long nervous wait we were delighted to hear that Monkleigh Primary School took the honours of 1st Team in Devon! Wow! Such an achievement. Thank you to Mrs Amanda Reeves for travelling down with our team.

 Early Sunday morning bought our next challenge....
 We had 7 teams competing in the Gymnastics competition at Falcons Gym*. In only our 2nd year of competing in this field, we are very proud to say that we took 3 rd in the U9’s Boys team. Percy, Ernie Barnie and Archie.
 We also came 3 rd in our U7 mixed team. Joe, Millie, Josie and Isabelle. 
                We are very proud of all our squad!
  U11 Girls – Lexi, Summer, Daisy, Isla K U9 Boys – Percy, Ernie, Barnie, Archie U9 Girls – Megan, Michelle, Ella, Mia, Shavonne U9 Mixed – Ronnie, Scottie, Flora, Karina U7 Girls – Sophia, Flo, Eva, Tallulah U7 Mixed (1) – Joe, Millie, Josie, Isabelle U7 Mixed (2) – Barnie, Genevieve, Elsie, Daisy 
*Thank you to all the parents for transporting and watching their children at this event.




Swimming takes place in the Autumn term at Torrington Swimming Pool for years3/4/5/6.


Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety

13 year 6

What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 meters?


What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]?


What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations?


At the moment we have not used any of our Sport Premium money to provide additional provision for swimming.


           Cross Country.

We take part in the Gliddon &Squire

Cross Country league on

cold early Sunday mornings!                                                                                                                                    Festivals.

                                                                        We take part in                                                                         many festivals held

                                                                             at GTS. 

Time To Shine.

Each year our year 6 children have the opportunty to take us to their chosen sport outside of school.


Take a look at our busy calendar!           



Monday 2nd October

Year 3/4 Multi skills festival


12.30 – 14.30pm

All of the TLC

GTPS- 2 classes

No max. 

All of the TLC

young leaders

Weds 18th October

Cross country – Steven shield

Torrington Rugby Club


No max

Please speak to Adrian Avery regarding entry

Monday16th Oct

Year 1/2 multi skills Festival

Year ½ Multiskills festival -GTBS

TC learning community

9.30 – 11.00

13.30- 14.45


All of TLC

No max

Year 11 class

GTS KS3 Young Leaders from

E and I programme

Mon 6th November- TBC

Year 6 G and T session- Volleyball TBC


12.30 – 14.30

Those chosen from testing day.



Monday 4th Dec

Sports Hall Athletics

GTS sports hall.

9.30- 11.45pm

All schools

Squad of 12 (6 girls/6 boys)

Year 11 helpers

Monday 8th January



9am- 10am




Monday 15th January

High 5 netball festival

GTS netball courts

9.30 – 12.00

All Schools

Year 5/6

Squads of 9/10

GTS Netball/


E and I


Monday 29thJanuary

6-a-side football festival – year 5/6

GTS Astro

9.30 – 12.00

All Schools

Year 5/6

Boys and Girls

Squads of 9/10

Year 11 switch with another year 11 group

Wednesday 7th Feb

Tag Rugby Festival


Year 5/6

Squads of 12 – Teams of 7 4 boys 3 girls (minimum of 3 girls on pitch at time)- TBC

AGA and leaders

Monday 5th March

KS1 Streetz Dance Festival

KS2 Streetz Dance Festival (workshop led by GCSE pupils)

GTS sports hall

GTPS- 9.30 – 10.45

ALL schools 11-12.30

13.00- 14.45


All Schools

All schools


Tuesday 13th March

Tri Golf



Year 5/6

Pro Golfer to leas with CDF


Monkleigh X-country



Yrs 3-6

No limit

Monkleigh staff/students/parents.

Monday 30th April

Cricket festival 3/4

GTS fields

12.30 – 14.30

All of the TLC Max of 60 from Bluecoats

10-15 GTS students

Monday 7th  May







Wednesday 23rd May

Tennis Festival

Year 3/4

GTS tennis courts

9.30 – 11.00


All schools


30 GTS Yr 8 students


Bluecoats X-country



Yrs 3-6

No limit

Bluecoats staff/students/parents.

Monday 18th June

Year 5 and 6 Rounders Tournament

GTS fields

9.30- 11.30

Years 5/6 Rounders teams squads of no more than 12

Max of 4 teams

Rounders squad players year 11

Monday 18th June

Year 3 and 4

Rounders Tournament

GTS fields

12.30 – 14.30

Years 3/4 Rounders teams squads of no more than 12

Max of 4 teams

Rounders squad players

Wednesday 27th June TBC

Year 1 and 2 summer sport festival

GTS Fields


11.30- 13.00


All schools


KS1 Multi skills festival.


1.30- 2.30pm

KS1 and foundation

No max

Monkleigh leaders.

Aquathlon Thurs 14th June

Torrington Pool

All schools- swimmers only

GTS pupils


Special Educational Needs

Monkleigh's Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCO) is Mrs Karen Reeves

The Lead Governor for SEND is Miss Grace Rodgers

Regular assessment is part of the schools education programme. Any child who is found to be having difficulty with an area of the curriculum will be given extra support and carefully selected interventions.

We use a variety of interventions such as:  the Reading Recovery Programme, Funfit, Nessy Support Programme, 1 to 1 Maths or Literacy Support, Short Term Memory Programmes and others.

We are fully committed to providing inclusive facilities at Monkleigh Primary School. We have disabled ramps and disabled access to most of the school.

Special Educational Needs and Disability - Click here to see Devon's Local Offer. https://new.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/special-educational-needs-and-disability-send-local-offer

We also aim to challenge those children who are gifted and talented with extra activities and by working within different groups.

SEN Information Report 2020/21 pdfSEN_Info_Report_20-21.pdf

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  • Foundation Stage Unit

    Welcome to our Foundation Stage Unit with Mrs Emptage, Miss Chugg, Miss Troke and Mrs Kingdon

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  • Class 1

    Welcome to Class 1 with Mrs O'Donoghue, Miss Turner and Mrs Hobbs.

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  • Class 2

    Welcome to Class 2 with Mrs Slocombe and Mrs Mayhew

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  • Class 3

    Welcome to Class 3 with Mr Sussex and Mrs Jones

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Our school goals

Our School Goals

We are a forward-thinking school, with a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment in which all members of the school community can grow in confidence and develop their full potential. We aim to prepare our children and students for a rapidly changing world by equipping them with critical thinking skills and respect for core values of honestly, loyalty and compassion.

Students will have success for today and be prepared for tomorrow.

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