Welcome to East-the-Water Primary School and Foundation Stage Unit. Here at East-the-Water our aims are to:

  • Provide a happy, caring, learning environment where every child and adult is respected and valued.
  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum that enables out children's social, emotional, creative and intellectual skills to develop and flourish.
  • Provide a start to our children's education that will provide the basis for future learning.       
  • Encourage our children to be adaptable and confident in an ever widening world. 

Due to the popularity and excellent reputation of the school we have doubled in size to over 420 children aged 2-11 years.  Our Foundation Stage Unit, Little Skippers, is widely recognised as one of the best early years environments in North Devon and we work closely with nationally recognised centres of excellence to ensure we offer the best possible start for your child.  In recognition of this Little Skippers was awarded outstanding (Ofsted 2013).

As well as the excellent teaching in maths and literacy and the outstanding progress that children make; at East-the-Water School you will see a rich and diverse skills based curriculum.  We believe in giving children the opportunities to investigate, problem solve and ask their own questions.  Outdoor learning is a huge part of our school with children regularly using our wonderful school garden and forest area to investigate and problem solve in maths, science and design and technology or provide stimulus in art and literacy.  We also have outstanding PE provision with a plethora of clubs and are one of the few primary schools nationally to own their own class set of bikes (we are proud to be the reigning Devon Cyclocross champions!).  We have outstanding gymnastics provision and are one of the first schools nationally to introduce Handball into the curriculum.  

We pride ourselves on the wide range of experiences offered to our gifted and talented children to challenge them and develop their strengths these range from Newspaper clubs, level 6 reading and maths groups to gifted and talented sports clubs and art projects.

When you enter our school you will notice confident, friendly and polite children who are always walking around with a smile on their face.  We promote independence and developing social skills and life skills that will prepare children for the future.  You will also notice the outstanding behaviour and attitude to their learning.  Because we’ve always believed that in order for a school to be successful, it must be happy, we have nurtured a strong sense of partnership between the school and the family, and this lies at the heart of the children’s happiness and success. East-the-Water is a fun and exciting place to be.  


We hope this website is a useful introduction to our school, please feel free to contact us to ask any questions or arrange a visit.  

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