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Michaela Kite

Mrs Ethelston's offers a high standard of education within a caring and Christian setting. It is important to us that our children leave us as well-rounded, reflective and confident individuals, who achieve their full potential.  Children should enjoy school, feeling safe to take on new challenges and experience learning in a variety of ways.  We are all very proud of our unique school and welcome you to visit us.  Please browse our website or contact us if you would like further information.

Ms Kite

Head of School

Our Setting

Mrs Ethelston’s Church of England Primary Academy is situated in the lovely village of Uplyme, which adjoins Lyme Regis. We have close links with other schools in both Dorset and Devon, and we are a feeder school to The Woodroffe School. We make the most of our rural location with visits around the local area, and are also proud to be part of the Jurassic Coast and the many unique learning opportunities this provides.

Mrs Ethelston’s has close and happy links with St Peter and St Pauls Church and is very much a community school and although the children come from a fairly wide area, they are encouraged to feel involved in village life. There are many links with the village of Uplyme creating a real partnership with the local community.


The School is named after Mrs Anne Ethelston, who was born in 1799, and was the wife of the Reverend Charles Wicksted Ethelston. 

After her death in 1854, Reverend Ethelston decided to erect a building in his wife's memory to house the already existing school. Sadly, the main building was not opened until 1873, a year after Reverend Ethelston's death.

Academy Status Update

Mrs Ethelston's CE Primary and St Andrew's CE Primary were part of the Acorn Federation until 31/10/14. Both schools converted to Academy status on 1/11/14 as part of the Acorn Multi Academy Trust, along with Marshwood CE Primary and Axminster Community Primary.

Mission Statement

Deep Christian roots,
Nurturing strong growth,
Flourishing children.

We are a Christian school, at the heart of our community, working to enable children to grow creatively and to achieve their best in a happy and secure environment.


  • We are a Christian family at the heart of our community.
  • We believe in a school founded on our core Christian values of love, peace, perseverance, friendship, good choices and celebrating life.
  • We believe in developing each child spiritually, morally and socially within a Christian context, helping each child to consider their own attitudes, values and beliefs.
  • We believe in forging a partnership with parents, the local parish and the wider community.
  • We celebrate good things.
  • We believe children deserve a relevant, rich and challenging curriculum, which is carefully planned and well taught, so that they can experience success and learn to persevere.
  • We believe children should develop their creative abilities enabling them to have enquiring flexible minds.
  • We believe in celebrating the talents of each unique individual, who is created in God’s image, developing children’s self esteem and confidence.
  • We are all different.
  • We believe in celebrating and valuing different cultures, beliefs and abilities, so that everyone is valued equally.
  • We believe that every child should achieve their full potential.
  • We aim high.
  • We believe that children, staff  and governors should aspire to the highest possible standards in all aspects of school life.
  • We keep happy, healthy and safe
  • We believe that children are entitled to the very best learning experience we can offer in a secure, loving and respectful atmosphere.

Christian Values

As Christian schools, our core Christian values lie at the heart of all we do. They are;

  • Celebrating life
  • Good choices
  • Friendship
  • Perseverance
  • Peace
  • Love

Ethos Statement

Each school has its own distinctive ethos. Our ethos statement has been developed with our ethos committee made up of staff, children, governors and parents.


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...