About us

Our School

There has been a school in the village of Clyst Hydon since 1620. The present school has continued since 1890. The school has a tradition of quality education and village and community involvement. We aim to maintain and continue those strong traditions.

Clyst Hydon School is an exceptional school, which provides a friendly, caring environment where each child is valued and can develop into a happy, motivated learner, prepared to meet the opportunities and challenges of future life.  Parents partner us in helping our children to acquire a love of learning and to become the best they can be.

Our Pupils

We love coming to school every day.  We are a very kind and friendly community.  We respect ourselves, others and our school.  We work hard at everything we do.  We always do our best and never give up when something is hard.  We are gentle and caring towards each other.  We enjoy celebrating each others’ successes however big or small. We are very good at listening to each other.

We have a School Council, which involves us in making the school even better.  We are encouraged to talk about any aspect of school life from Anti-Bullying to buying new PE equipment.  We are encouraged to take on leadership roles in school from collecting and handing out registers, to giving out fruit and milk, to being classroom helpers, and being playground buddies when new children arrive.

Our Staff

Mr Steven Mellor (Executive Head Teacher, Devon Moors Federation)
Joanna Rousseau (Head of School)
Mrs Wendy Janse van Rensburg (Puffins Class)
Mrs Charlotte Stevens (Teacher)
Ms Catherine Wakley (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Carol Wall (School Administrator)
Stef Hastie (Business Manager, Devon Moors Federation)
Phil Parsons (SENDco)

Our Governors

Iain Stewart (Chair Governing Body)
Pete Simmons (Governor)
Steve Mariner (Parent Govenor)
Alison Mackey, Local Authority Governor
Cynthia Worley (Parent Governor)
Charlotte Board, Clerk to Governers

Our School Association (CHSA)

As a school we benefit greatly from the enthusiastic support of parents and friends of the school. Clyst Hydon School Parent’s Association (Parents, Teachers and Friends Association) hold regular events throughout the year to not only raise funds, but also to offer social activities that can involve the whole family. Various activities that have taken place include autumn festivals, quiz evenings, pancake races, the Easter fair and Easter Egg hunt, skittles/games evenings, discos for the children to attend, themed discos for the adults, the end of term summer term family-fun evening and other social activities. Each year funds are raised to provide equipment, theatre visits and additional support for other enrichment activities undertaken by the children in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The staff are extremely grateful for the support they receive from School Association. The School Association meet at least three times a year near the beginning of each term. After the meeting, there is usually an opportunity to chat informally with other parents, friends and staff who have attended the meeting.

The School Association Committee

Hannah Whitfield: Chairperson

Phil Renouf: Treasurer

Ben & Laura Clatworthy: Secretary

For further information on the CHSA, contact: