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A Warm Welcome From The Executive Headteacher

Welcome to Payhembury Church of England Primary School and Pre-School. I am delighted and proud to be the Executive Headteacher of such a forward-thinking and happy school, where the school community shares the highest expectation and aspiration for everyone, working hard together towards securing the best outcomes for every single child. Our ambition is to provide excellence for all in teaching and learning and to open doors to a bright future.

At Payhembury Primary School we offer a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all pupils the knowledge they need to succeed in life. We offer a curriculum of opportunity and challenge, where there are no limits to learning.

Payhembury Primary School is situated close to the town of Honiton in East Devon. We are proud to be part of the FORT federation; with our other school only a few miles away called Awliscombe Church of England Primary School.

We actively work collaboratively with other schools in the primary and secondary phase. We are based in a small, dynamic community and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Our learning environments are engaging and play a key part in stimulating children’s interests and moving learning forward. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, outdoor learning is an integral requirement of the curriculum; our children enjoy an extensive outdoor setting in which to learn and play together.

We aspire to develop children into young, confident leaders who understand that their voice is important and should be listened to in a respectful environment is essential.

At Payhembury Primary School we have a passionate and active School Council and Eco Council Committees. As a school community we wrote our mission statement  

‘Living, loving and learning forever; becoming the best as we journey together’

This sentiment underpins all we do at Payhembury Primary School and it reflects the attitude that permeates the school. The school ethos is for everyone to learn and strive to be the best they can be.

Our School Core values are explicit and are the foundation to all that we stand for…PARCH
P – Perseverance
A – Acceptance
R – Respect
C – Care
H – Honesty  

We are fortunate enough to receive tremendous support from our parents and carers. The home school partnership is one of exceptional importance to us, as we firmly believe that this is the key to ensuring successful learning.

Upon arrival at the school, you will immediately notice the excellent learning behaviour of our pupils and the passion, enthusiasm, and friendliness of our staff. We believe that your child’s learning journey is lifelong, and we feel privileged that Payhembury Primary School and Pre School is where this very important journey begins.

We want our children to sparkle, not just academically but in all areas of their lives. We want them to have courage, resilience, passion, enthusiasm to name only a few qualities. Using their PARCH values to guide them in decision making, using wisdom and hope.    

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

You are always welcome to come and see the school in action. Please contact the school office 01404 841291 to make a suitable appointment.

I look forward to meeting you very soon.

Best Wishes, 
Mrs Penny Hammett
Executive Headteacher

School Admissions

Are you looking for a school place?

We understand that choosing the right school for your child is one of the most important decisions a parent has to make. To help with this we would be pleased to give you a tour of our school so that you can see what Payhembury Primary School and Pre-School has to offer your family. Please contact our friendly office team by telephone on 01404 841291 or by email to payhembury@fort.devon.sch.uk

Children born between 1/9/2019 and 31/8/2020 can start school in September 2024. Details of how to apply for a school place can be found on the School admissions – Education and Families (devon.gov.uk).

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  • Important
    27 November 2023
    New School Website
    Dear Parents/Carers, https://payhemburyprimary.co.uk/ I am very excited to share with you the new website for Payhembury Primary School . We have been working on the new site for a couple of months now and we feel it's time to launch it with you. We are still ironing out a couple of pages but I think we are ready to share it. We have had our sights on a new website for some time now, but it was reinforced that we needed to improve our communication and information sharing with you from your feedback on the parent questionnaires. Our new site links to SchoolPing so whole school messages will copy directly to the front page of our website . We have also added significant information about the curriculum and the coverage, progression and subject leadership. Please take the time to look at the different sections on offer for you. I want to thank Jules Denning for being the driving force behind the new site. They look easy but it takes a long time to build three websites to our specific needs. We are also working on one for Awliscombe Primary and a smaller version for our Federation site at the same time. I would love you all to visit our site, not only so you can see what information there is, but also because the more people who visit the site the more it will be picked up in search engines. If you have any feedback than I would love to receive it. I still have some pictures to upload but I'm nearly there. Please send your feedback to the office and Tina Radford will bounce it on to me. With regards,
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    20 November 2023
    Newsletter - Monday 20th November
    Dear Parents/Carers, Please find attached our newsletter for this week. Have a lovely week. Kind regards,
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    13 November 2023
    Newsletter - Monday 13th November 23
    Dear Parents/Carers, Please find attached this weeks newsletter for your perusal. Have a lovely week! Kind regards,
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    6 November 2023
    Newsletter - Monday 6th November
    Dear Parents/Carers, Please find attached our school newsletter for your perusal. Many thanks and kind regards,
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    30 October 2023
    Newsletter - Monday 30th October 23
    Dear Parents/Carers, Please find attached this weeks newsletter for your perusal. Kind regards,
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    17 October 2023
    Newsletter - Tuesday 17th October
    Dear Parents/Carers, Please find attached this weeks newsletter and supporting information. Have a lovely week. Kind regards,
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    22 October 2021
    Newsletter 22nd October 2021
    Dear Parents, Please find attached this week's newsletter. See you after half term! Best Wishes, Jules Denning


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Contact Us

Payhembury Primary School
EX14 3HT
Tel: 01404 841291

Email: payhembury@fort.devon.sch.uk

Executive Headteacher

Mrs Hammett - headteacher@fort.devon.sch.uk

Head of School 

Mr Bladon - headofschoolpay@fort.devon.sch.uk

Chair of Governors

Mrs Meek - chairofgovs@fort.devon.sch.uk

Business Manager 

Mrs Denning - jdenning@fort.devon.sch.uk 


Mrs Kumar - ekumar@fort.devon.sch.uk