Welcome from the Headteacher

Holywell Church of England Primary School is a thatched school in the picturesque village of Tawstock near Barnstaple in North Devon. Holywell is a school with history, named after the holy well which used to supply water to the school. Our school really is a hidden little gem.

The school was founded in 1822 as a National School. The Church paid for the first building on the current site circa 1830, establishing it as a Church of England School. At that time the school consisted of one large room. Over the years it has continued to grow and now we have a reception area/staff room and head teacher's office, 4 classrooms and several small group rooms. Currently we have a Foundation Stage and Year one class (Robins), a Year 2 class (Hedgehogs), a mixed Year 3 and 4 class (Foxes) and a Year 5 and 6 class (Squirrels). We are also excited that building work has started for a separate office so that we can use the current one for bigger groups and activities.

As a Church of England School we aim to support a Christian ethos through the teaching of Christian Values and relating them to our everyday lives. We have an open door policy and welcome the involvement of parents and members of the local community.

In September 2012, we federated with Bratton Fleming CP School. The two schools together became known as The Gateway Federation and then in 2018 joined Ventrus Academy Trust.

We hope you find our website both interesting and informative.