exe valley federation

Exe Valley



“In a creative, caring environment, we all support and challenge each other to develop confidence and independence. As active global citizens, we are inspired to discover and succeed in lifelong learning.”



The Exe Valley Federation’s vision for education enables children to flourish in a creative and caring environment. This vision is realised by encouraging everyone to support and challenge each other to develop independence, resilience and confidence so that we can enjoy a lifetime of learning.

Our vision is that children who are safe, happy and cared for learn best and that their emotional well-being is every bit as important as their learning. Reflection, curiosity, joy, awe, wonder, resilience, creativity and spirituality are all part of our curriculum, even though they are not measurable in the same way as the formal curriculum.

Our curriculum gives everyone this opportunity and encourages learning in the broadest sense through lessons, projects, home learning, visits and visitors and using the world around us to develop skills that will last a lifetime. The curriculum comprises all the learning and experiences that each school plans for its children. The National Curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum.

The curriculum is designed to be ambitious and expects that every child will be the best that they can be, regardless of their starting points in life. We support children who do not have opportunities to experience the wider world through our teaching, visits and other activities that build a rich and diverse foundation for a secure future.

The curriculum shapes and determines what children will gain from their educational experience.  It is the substance of what is taught and is built on the progression of skills and knowledge that children will need to gain to become responsible global citizens of the future. 


SANDFORD SCHOOL is a thriving community of children, parents, teachers and members of the local community. We pride ourselves in a strong relationship between home and school. We really value our wonderful outdoor learning opportunities and are keen to continue to develop them.  We enjoy utilising the pond and garden area and further our extensive grounds, which will soon include an outdoor classroom.   

Children are equipped with a growing responsibility of their learning through being actively involved in engaged rich and stimulating learning opportunities. As a school we aim to develop confidence, self-esteem and a curiosity for education which will serve everyone well for the rest of their lives. We feel that our school is a special place where children are happy and make good progress in a caring and exciting learning environment. 


The full Curriculum Vision for Sandford School can be found below - 

Sandford Curriculum Vision