Charleton School

Charleton Church of England Academy

We always love to welcome children and staff from our Village School to visit the church and to attend school services held in church. The school is a very friendly, family school and is part of the Learning Academy Partnership, a group of Church of England Schools in South Devon.

The school Head, Miss Ruth Benton says of the school -

At Charleton, each child is known and valued as an individual. As a small school we use this knowledge to create a curriculum that aims to inspire each child whilst providing them with the support they need to achieve what they are capable of.

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Short History of the School

A church school existed in the village in the early part of the 19th Century, and probably early still occupying the site on which Lantern Cottage now stands.

The Earl and Countess Compton paid for the present school building which was opened in February 1890.

The School Log Book records: ‘This splendid building which consists of a large room and two smaller ones has been the generous gift of Earl and Countess Compton. The Rector presided at the Opening Meeting and the Rules of Management were read and explained. The Households then elected the Committee of Management, viz Earl Compton, the Rector ex-officio and four others.

The number of pupils on roll in 1875 was 40. Toiday, the school remains a small but thriving school which takes children from many of the surrounding villages as well as Charleton itself. In recent years, it was joined with West Alvington and then Thurlestone Cof E Primary Schools, to form the Kingsbridge Area Federation. These schools together now form the South Hams hub of the Learning Academy Partnership,  a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) with a Church of England Foundation.

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