Welcome to Acorn Federation

Welcome to Acorn Federation

Welcome to the website of the Acorn Federation. We are two vibrant, creative and supportive schools where adults and children learn together. They are

Both schools are in rural parts of East Devon, on the boundaries of Devon, Dorset and Somerset, but only eight miles apart. Read & See More »

Armadillo Visits Early Years

Armadillo Visits Early Years

Throughout the Spring Term the Early Years at St. Andrew's Primary, Chardstock have been learning about animals.  We were treated to a special morning when some animals from the Axe Valley Wildlife Park came to visit us.  Accompanied by their handler, Marie, the children were able to get up close and pet Percy the python, Henrietta the tortoise, Ronnie and Reggie the rats, Merry the ferret and Archie the armadillo.  The children were thoroughly engaged by the visit and it sparked lots of conversation.

Matthew said "The snake sticks his tongue out to smell all the people" and Oliver said "I like stroking the rats.  Their tails were all soft".  The children were especially excited to meet the armadillo.  "He curls up into a ball if he is scared" said Emily.  Isla told us "I held the snake and stroked it.  He was soft and smooth".

Some of the older children drew pictures and had a go at writing the animal names.  A big thank you to Axe Valley Wildlife Park for a great visit and a special well done to all our children for their fantastic behaviour and enthusiasm. Read & See More »

7 Million Words Read

Some of the children from Oak Class at St. Andrew’s Primary Chardstock have reached milestones in their reading.  The children take part in the Accelerated Reader Scheme.  Flo has set a new school record for reading having already read a total of 3 million words this year. She is being closely followed by Indie with 2 million words and Emma and Sara on 1 million words.

"Accelerated Reader are amazed at the amount of words Flo has read, 3.5 million words since September is a fantastic achievement!!"

Sports Funding

Sports Funding

The Government is providing Primary Schools with additional funding to be spent on improving physical education and sport in schools.  At Chardstock we have used this funding to employ an outside coach to give the children skills in gymnastics.  Before half term it was the turn of the KS2 children and the weeks culminated in them trying out their skills at making human pyramids. 

This half term the Reception and KS1 children are having a turn and have started their sessions looking at making shapes with their bodies. Click on the heading for more photographs

Initial Teacher Training Opportunity at St Andrew's CE Primary School

Initial Teacher Training Opportunity at St Andrew's CE Primary School

A primary placement through the Schools Direct Programme is available from September at St Andrew's CE Primary School. Please contact Nicola Payne at  the Jurassic Coast Teaching Alliance on 01297 442232. Other Primary and Secondary placements are available at some of the 23 schools in the alliance - please visit jctsa.org.uk for further subject details.

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St Andrew’s Primary is ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features.

The report following our recent Ofsted inspection is here! A copy for parents will be sent home with the children tonight and will be available on the Ofsted website next week.

The visit found that teaching was consistently ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ and that strong leadership was ensuring rapid improvement in all areas of the school. Attainment within the school was also commented on with the inspector impressed by ‘attainment rising sharply since the last inspection’.

Early Years Centre


Jurassic Coast Teaching Schools' Alliance


From 1st April 2014, parents of both Mrs E's and Chardstock will be ordering the school uniform online from School Trends: