Yeo Valley Primary School (YVPS) was founded in 1900, first as a recreation centre for the nearby textile factory, then as a wartime hospital and later a boys' secondary modern school before being established as a primary school in the 1970s. Still very much a community school, with its own nursery, YVPS accommodates 230 children from the surrounding area, aged from 2 to 11.
YVPS is part of the Cornerstone Academy Trust, a multi-academy trust that provides 21st century education as well as professional teacher training through the Cornerstone Teaching School and has developed a local, national and international reputation for its innovative use of IT and digital media.
Digital tools are going to be a critical part of your child’s future. Whether your child is using a computer to edit video, a waterproof device to collect data outdoors, or developing literacy, free thinking, creative and communication skills, the ethos of YVPS is to use the technology alongside excellent teaching to provide an outstanding education, packed with opportunity. However, balance is very important in education, as in all areas of life. The children will also play and learn outdoors as well as in sports teams and they have the chance to sing in a choir, play a musical instrument and learn to cook.
YVPS is part of The Cornerstone Academy Trust, a forward-thinking digital academy that is transforming the classroom experience through the incorporation of Microsoft technology enhancing student centred learning and to achieve better outcomes for all pupils. Staff can focus on delivering personalised learning experiences that empower students to be independent and creative learners, whilst building skills that will prepare them for the future.
Cornerstone Academy Trust recently ran three comprehensive virtual open events involving all its schools, in order to give parents all the necessary information to choose the right school for their child next September.
These information-packed events took place on Microsoft Teams, and included live presentations from the leadership team, the SEND team and the teachers as well as a virtual tour of the school and a wide variety of sessions showing children’s classroom, outdoor and creative activities.
The video documenting the events is now available here. It offers you a chance to understand more about each school, our staff and our ethos, as well as seeing at first hand our high standards of education, amazing facilities and commitment to harnessing technology to provide excellence in teaching and learning.
You can also learn more about our school by browsing through our prospectus.
Yeo Valley Primary School, Derby Road, Barnstaple, EX32 7HB
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