We at Starcross Primary School have always prided ourselves on the provision that we make for the children who attend, the staff who work at school and the wider community as a whole.

From time to time, local and national initiatives direct the way in which schools operate, and there are currently several of these that are helping to drive us forward and constantly raise standards.

We were delighted recently to achieve the Activemark Standard, which basically is awarded to schools where over 95 per cent of the children undertake more than 2 hours of high quality PE or sport. We pride ourselves here on our achievement in and attitude to health and fitness, and we fully understand that education in these areas should be for life.

Every Child Matters

All schools currently work very hard to meet the 5 outcomes of the “Every Child Matters” agenda. This is an initiative that has been introduced to ensure that all schools strive on a day-to-day basis to ensure that the children do the following:

  • Be Healthy
  • Stay Safe
  • Enjoy and Achieve (in all they do)
  • Make a positive contribution (be a good citizen in the school and wider community)
  • Achieve economic well-being (prepare well for the world outside school)

This agenda has profound importance to the school, as the 5 outcomes underpin everything that we do here. When inspected, it is these 5 outcomes that we are measured against by agencies such as OFSTED.

Devon Healthy Schools Plus Award

We have recently worked extremely hard towards accreditation as a DEVONHEALTHY SCHOOLS PLUS SCHOOL

This award is given to schools who work alongside the County Council to meet the 62 criteria that are in place to measure how healthy they are as a school. The main categories that we are measured in are:

  • Management
  • Ethos
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Care
  • Partnership

The criteria within each section look at features of the school such as its policies, the food it serves at lunchtime, and the support that it gives to different members of the community. The school is also measured on how effectively it promotes health and fitness to all members of the school community.

After an intensive process, we recently underwent our final assessment, and we are delighted to be included in the list of 100 other Devon schools who have received this award. We have always considered our attitude to health and fitness to be of the highest standard, however to be acknowledged for it at county level is a testament to the hard work and effort that goes on at school on a daily basis.


More and more schools are turning “green” in their approach to everyday school life, and Starcross Primary School is no different in that respect.

Our school council (see separate section) are very active in discussing topical issues, and as a direct result of pupil interest, the school council brought to my attention the need for adopting a greener approach to school life, in particular to the amount of waste that the school produces.

After arranging input from our friends at Global Action, who came to run workshops on recycling paper and compostable waste, we decided to recycle all of our white paper and other compostable materials, which are now stored in separate recycling bins and emptied on a regular basis. We found out that in doing this, we not only helped the environment, but cut the cost of our refuse disposal by one third.