Welcome to Blackawton Primary

BALogoWelcome to Blackawton Primary School Website. We hope that you will find all the information you need about our happy and successful school. We also hope that you will enjoy sharing and celebrating the range of activities and experiences on offer to the children.

Blackawton Primary is a village school which is at the centre of the local community. We aim to enrich all our children’s learning with the many benefits this offers. There are strong parent links which foster a secure environment for the children to embark on their education. 

We are also a school that looks out beyond the village to Dartmoor, the sea, Europe and links with schools in Ethiopia. All of these connections support our school ethos which places a high priority on an inspiring, flexible, relevant and creative curriculum for all children.

We hope to equip the children with both the academic tools for economic success and the social and emotional skills for happy lives. We want every child to feel empowered to ask questions, take risks, make mistakes and test ideas and yes, we do let the children climb trees!

We look to develop learning skills and independence through the experiences children have. We believe in enriching and hands on learning using our environment, visits and visitors to greatly enhance all aspects of the curriculum.

There is a strong ethos of using the outdoors to enrich learning. Children and staff at Blackawton are encouraged to ask the question, ‘why am I doing this indoors?’ To support this approach one of our fields has been turned into our sixth ‘classroom’. It features a poly tunnel, raised beds, an amphitheatre and Forest School zone. We believe learning at Blackawton should have no boundaries.

Staff at Blackawton are highly skilled and dedicated. Our motivation and ethos focus on the simple question, ‘what is best for the child?’ Relationships are based on inclusion, care, respect and empathy. We encourage all to take responsibility for themselves, their peers, their community and their planet.

Please come and visit us to see for yourself!

Mark Oakshott and Michael Rolls
(Co-Executive Headteachers)


Tom Pether
(Head of School)