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Welcome to Mrs Ethelston’s CE Primary Academy. Our current School has served the Parish of Uplyme since 1873 and nowadays we welcome children from many surrounding villages too. The school was built by the Reverend Charles Ethelston in memory of his wife, Anne Ethelston, and is not named after the Headteacher as some visitors think! The school has grown considerably since then, but still retains the feel of a small village school sitting snugly next to the beautiful Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in the heart of the village. The church is used frequently by the pupils for Worships and other events, and this helps to keep the close links between the two very much alive.

After three successful years in partnership with St. Andrew’s CE Primary School in Chardstock, within the Acorn Federation, Mrs Ethelston's converted to Academy status in November 2014 as part of the Acorn Multi-Academy Trust, along with St Andrew’s, Marshwood CE Primary and Axminster Community School. Whilst the school operates under the umbrella of the Acorn Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) and a Board of Directors, the school retainsits strong Christian ethos and its own Local Governing Body.

The focus of the governors has always been the well-being of our children. We want them to be the best they can be; happy, safe and healthy within a caring, positive and Christian environment which nurtures and celebrates their talents and provides the highest possible standards of education.  These aims are enhanced by the continued support and challenge of our Chief Executive Officer of the Trust (CEO), Andrea Rice, and the increased management and teaching expertise across the 6 schools of the Trust. As staff develop and share skills and knowledge together, the curriculum and the extra-curricular opportunities for all the children will be developed and extended. We closely adhere to our Equal Opportunities Policy and, as a rural school, we are  aware that we need to offer the children as many different social, cultural and sporting experiences as we can to prepare them for their lives ahead in the wider world.  We shall continue to monitor the work of the school as critical friends, to question and challenge staff through regular visits and reports and be well informed about behaviour, safety of pupils, expenditure and value for money. We value our strong links with our church, St Peter and St Paul, and will ensure that the core Christian values are at the heart of all that we do.

As a Local Governing Body we are committed to working as a team with children, parents, staff, the community and all other stakeholders to ensure the best outcome for pupils and we constantly review the ways in which we do this. This is part of our current development plan for the Local Governing Body and we welcome any feedback.

Please find the list of governors for Mrs Ethelston's, their profiles and lead roles below.

All correspondence for the governors must be sent to the Clerk to Governors, Veronica Dower. She can be contacted at St. Andrew's Primary Academy, Chardstock. Axminster. Devon. EX13 7BJ or

Corinne Hales
Chair of Governors,
Mrs Ethelston’s CE Primary Academy

Mrs Ethelston’s Primary – LOCAL GOVERNING BODY


Type of Governor

Appointing Body



Lead Governor

Registered interests




As Head

Head of School

 Ex Officio






Appointed by PCC &Trustees


1.11.14 – 31.10.18


 Teacher - The Woodroffe school

Neil Vincent


Elected by Parents

 Vice Chair

 20.10.15 – 19.10.19


 Teacher - The Woodroffe school

Claudia Betteridge


Appointed by Trust Board


 30.03.17 - 29.03.21



 Director Capstone Management LTD

Dr Joanna Cursley


Appointed by Trust Board    22.03.16 -21.03.20 SEN  None

Esther Stansfield


Appointed by Trust Board    30.11.17 - 29.11.21    

Governors no longer serving


 Date stood down


Nick Ivins

Parent     25.01.18    

Ciara McMackin


Elected by staff  




Katherine Mansi


Appointed by Trust Board  


stood down


Clerk, Veronica Dower on 01460 220534 or

Chair of Governors, Mrs Ethelston’s CE Primary Academy, Pound Lane, Uplyme, Lyme Regis. DT7 3TT

Governors from St. Andrew’s Primary with responsibilities

Sarah Ellis – Safeguarding

Judy Chisholm – Early Years

Local Governing Body Meetings

01/09/16 – 31/07/17



Mrs Corinne Hales



Ms Michaela Kite



Ms Ciara McMackin



Dr Joanna Cursley



Mr Neil Vincent



Mr Brian Impey



Ms Claudia Betteridge



Mr Nick Ivins



Mrs Katherine Mansi




Thank you for your patience during the school closure.

We will reschedule Celebration Worship in due course.

Teddy Bear Outing

19 Mar 2018

Robins' Class visited the Teddy Bear Museum in Dorchester this week.  They took their furry friends along to meet the veterans, and thoroughly enjoyed a visit to the park as well.  Well done Robins!...

Spring Concert

19 Mar 2018

What a superb musical extravaganza the Spring Concert was.  The show featured performances by all year groups on violins, cornets, guitars, ukeles, piano and more!  Along with some fantastic solo sing...

Thrills at the Theatre

14 Mar 2018

Herons' Class went to watch Wicked.  Swallows' and Kingfishers' Classes went to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, picking up tips for their upcoming production!  All classes were commended for...

PTFA Springo Bingo

12 Mar 2018

Thank you to all parents and children who came to support the PTFA on Friday at Springo Bingo. We raised £125 which will go towards this years fundraising cause of Enrichment which will benefit all ch...

South Africa- helping where we can

28 Feb 2018

In February, we were asked if we might donate some exercise books to a school in Cape Town, South Africa.   Mrs


10 Jan 2018

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Happy New Year

04 Jan 2018

Happy New Year to all Pupils, Parents and Carers of Mrs Ethelston’s,There will be no newsletter this week as we have had such a short week.Clubs will commence from 15th January. The new clubs list wil...

Carols round the Tree

15 Dec 2017

Many thanks to all the parents that joined us for our last event this year - Carols round the Tree, and many thanks to Irve Davis-Griffiths.

Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day

15 Dec 2017

Thank you to everyone for taking part in our Christmas Jumper Day.  We raised over £110 for Save the Children.

B Sharp at The Hub

05 Dec 2017

Well done to all the Mrs E's children that took part in the B Sharp 'Out of the Box' on Friday evening.  A fantastic performance at the Hub and also lovely to see some old pupils performing too.

Uplyme Village Hall Christmas Fayre

04 Dec 2017

Thank you to the members of Mrs Ethelston's Choir that performed at the Christmas Fayre on Saturday.  There will be another chance to hear them sing at the Carols by Candlelight on 14th December in Ch...

Sports' Day

18 Jul 2017

Thank you so much to everyone for the tremendous support for Sports' day today.  Special thanks to the staff and helpers, particularly to Mrs Timbrell for the hours of organisation.  These events are...

Owls' Class

18 Jul 2017

Year 5 have been learning about the Olympics.  We learnt how to compete in the long jump (which is different to today) and will be writing explanation text to explain how to be successful!

Year 6 Kenway Cup Tournament, Colfox

18 Jul 2017

Thankfully the rain held off, which enabled the football team to attend Colfox Academy for Kenway Cup knockout tournament.  Well done to them for battling against some very good teams and showing good...

Spring Concert

18 Jul 2017

This week we enjoyed a fantastic Spring Concert at the church.  These occasions make me so very proud of the children, staff and school.  The contributions were stunning and to quote a parent, who sum...

Swimmers Support Superbly!

18 Jul 2017

Well done to all our swimmers who travelled to Dorchester Thomas Hardye Leisure Centre on Friday.  The team supported each other magnificently at quite an overwhelming event!  We are proud of you for...