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Our Ethos

Ilsington School is situated within the Dartmoor National Park, about two miles from Haytor Rocks. Ilsington itself is a picturesque rural village and the parish is the second largest in Devon. In such a setting the children are encouraged to enjoy and respect their environment and we take every opportunity to involve them in educational activities concerning their local area.

Our village school forms an important part of the local community, and benefits from these close links, for example as regular users of the village hall, playing fields and parish church. We have a strong ethos of self-fulfilment for pupils at our school and work closely with parents to achieve this.  Ilsington Primary School is a Voluntary Controlled Church of England Primary school, and although Christian values are built into our ethos and teaching, all children are welcome what ever their family beliefs. At Ilsington we endeavor to provide all children with a safe and secure environment that sets high standards and encourages children to work to their potential.

The key feature of our school is the caring family atmosphere, through which we offer praise, encouragement arid support when things are going well, and forgiveness, reconciliation and guidance when mistakes are made. As well as providing a broad and balanced curriculum we encourage children to develop in many ways. We strive to nurture their talents and to equip them with the skills they will need throughout life.

As education moves forward those involved in it are constantly faced with exciting new challenges and demands, Central to all of them, however, must be the child - your child. Parents at Ilsington are invited to form a partnership with the school to support and guide their child’s learning process.

To achieve this, good communication between home and school is essential and actively encouraged. Parents are encouraged to help in school through a wide range of activities including the Friends of Ilsington Association, who meet regularly and carry out many fund raising activities to provide necessary extras for the school.

Parents are also represented on the Board of Governors. Our school prospectus details the curriculum and teaching methods. It outlines policies and statements of intent and makes explicit our ethos as a school with a church foundation. We consider our school unique in providing a family atmosphere for education. You are welcome to come and visit and we look forward to welcoming you and introducing you to our children and staff.