Welcome to Dartington C of E Academy! We are delighted that you are thinking of joining our school family in September 2022 and we would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome you to our school.

At Dartington our vision is “Together We Grow, Together We Flourish’, and this underpins everything we do in our wonderful EYFS unit. We believe that all of our children are unique and aspire for them to live their life to the fullest.

Our children are safe and happy. They spend their days exploring, playing, talking, singing, problem solving and questioning as they investigate our fabulous free-flowing provision and our beautiful Dartington grounds. As we play together, the children develop a deep love of learning as well as the confidence and resilience to explore challenges. The children are taught by highly skilled and experienced staff, who care deeply about every child’s learning and development, creating a nurturing environment in which every child thrives.

How do we learn in EYFS

Most of our day is spent in child-initiated purposeful play. The children have access to our wonderful outdoor area as well as all three classrooms, where they can freely access resources which enable them to pursue their own interests and fascinations. Teachers spend their time playing with and observing the children so that we can provide them the opportunities to build on their next steps – this might be a playful challenge, an enhancement to the environment, an activity or a new learning experience. The children come together in classes or smaller groups each day for adult-led learning in Phonics, Maths, our topic and for story-time, sharing and songs. We have weekly PE sessions and regularly make the most of our school grounds to support our learning, whether we are playing parachute games on the field, picking apples in the orchard, or investigating the changing seasons in our woods.

We think you and your child will love our unit – have a look at our video to see for yourself a little more of what we get up to!

How to apply for a Reception place?

So if your child was born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018 and you are interested in applying for a Reception place at Dartington Church of England Academy please go to from 15th November 2021 to 15th January 2022. Please be aware that if your child already attends our Nursery you will still need to apply for a Reception place. For more information please do not hesitate to contact us on 01803 862357.