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.

Clyst Hydon Primary School aims to:

- develop capable, confident and caring children who embrace life

- teach each child to be creative, solve problems and communicate effectively

- provide a secure, inclusive setting for all children including those with disabilities

- promote awareness, respect and understanding of the attitudes, values and beliefs of others, while offering opportunities for personal reflection and questioning

- encourage all children to be healthy, physically active and environmentally responsible

- foster mutual support within mixed age classes

- encourage the children to participate fully in school life and contribute positively to the wider community

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 Lindsay Hodder (Teacher)
Mrs Jane Trevelyan (Teaching Assistant)
Mrs Ange Stevens (School Administrator & Breakfast Club)
Stef Hastie (Business Manager, Devon Moors Federation)
Phil Parsons (SENDco)

As part of our curriculum overview we follow the Devon guidance for Religious Education shown below. We acknowledge all faiths and beliefs in the school and welcome the diversity and richness this adds to our community.

National Curriculum

Please read the following documents that explain the National Curriculum in the Primary phase

Our mathematics planning and teaching uses the White Rose scheme of work as its basis; this covers the entire primary curriculum requirements from Foundation Stage to Y6. Please refer to the following documents as an explanation of how our curriculum is taught across each year group and the area of mathematics covered.


EYFS Maths

Math Schemes of Learning



Our Governors

Iain Stewart (Chair Governing Body)
Vicky Morris (Vice Chair Governing Body)
Pete Simmons (Governor)
Steve Mariner (Parent Govenor)
Sam Evans (Clerk to Governors)

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

Phil Renouf: Chairperson

Amy Ching: Treasurer

Carol Wall: Vice Treasurer

Michael wakley-Beddows: Secretary

For further information on the CHSA, contact:





Our Clubs & Activities

Our Breakfast Club gives children an opportunity to experience social interaction prior to the school day beginning, including a healthy breakfast. We are able to cater for most dietary conditions, please see the Club Supervisor to discuss this further. All snacks are prepared freshly each day.

We do not currently operate any after-school clubs. This decision is reviewed periodically based on 'expressions of need' from our parent base.

Our staff are dedicated to giving the children the best possible experience whilst they are on the school premises.