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 »

Academy Consultation


A summary of the questions and answers from the meetings held in September are available for information.  Please click here for a copy

Hooke Court Residential

Hooke Court Residential

The Year 4s at Mrs Ethelston’s and St Andrew’s Schools spent three wonderful days at Hooke Court (www.hookecourt.co.uk). We followed a busy and inspirational programme led by professional outdoor pursuit leaders.  The main focus for the three days was on teambuilding and outdoor survival skills. Having arrived by coach on Wednesday, we were faced with our first challenge: putting on our own duvet covers!  The afternoon was spent with team building activities leading to ‘Bridging the Moat’ where the children winched a heavy parcel across the moat.

We spent all day in the woods on Thursday, building our tribal kingdoms. The children were split into two groups; each group built a den big enough to house everybody, they voted for their chief, agreed on a tribal name and found a suitable tribal cry. In the afternoon we enjoyed games and songs by the campfire and had a fantastic time together.  Read & See More »

Celebration Service with the Bishop

A Celebration Service led by the Rt Rev'd Nicholas McKinnel, Bishop of Crediton, was held at St. Andrew's Church to mark the 150th anniversary of the church and the 175th anniversary of the school.  A choir made up of children from the school sang harvest songs to a packed congregation of parents, friends and people who had been associated with both the church and school in the past.  

Fencing and Archery at Chardstock this summer

The Go Active Holiday Club has started at St Andrew's Primary School, Chardstock. The children were really keen to try out the new Archery and Fencing equipment, and Mr Rourke couldn't resist having a go as well! Click on the heading for more photos of the fencing and archery, as well as the children doing the itchy-wah-wah song!

You can still book in for sessions this summer using the Go-Active website - click here

Jumping for Joy

Year 6 at St. Andrew’s C of E Primary Chardstock are celebrating another set of outstanding SAT’s results.  The class once again achieved 100% level 4 in all areas and amazingly succeeded in reaching 100% level 5 in Maths.  Several children also reached their own target of level 6.  The teachers, staff and governors at the school are all very proud of the children’s hard work.  The photo shows the children jumping for joy.

Associated Schools

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: