In the last part of the 19th century, Lord Sidmouth built Upottery School, providing free education for the village children. That distinctive building, with its single high-vaulted schoolroom and the adjacent Victorian schoolhouse, is very much a feature of the village landscape still. It was built in the centre of our village for the local community and is surrounded by beautiful countryside in the heart of the Blackdown Hills on the edge of the three counties. The listed original Victorian building has been improved and extended to meet the needs of a modern curriculum, but the school retains much of its close family atmosphere.
In 2009 we had a £1.4 million major extension and re-furbishment, resulting in a large beautifully designed area, which acts as a perfect complement to our listed Victorian village school.
A message from Jill Nickels:
Thank you to everyone for the cards, flowers and gifts from the children and their families at the end of term and a special thank you for my beautiful silver frames from the whole school. I hope that I thanked most of you personally. I also thoroughly enjoyed the garden party, blessed by the warmest sunshine and the farewell tractor ride after the Leavers' Service. It was a wonderful end to my time at Upottery.
The Autumn term starts on Thursday 4th September.
Our four classes are taught in our 21st century building with a spacious hall, bright airy classrooms and a large playing field. Our playground houses our own swimming pool which is used each summer by all the children.
Our active PTFA help to provide many additional facilities and events around the year.