Welcome to Mrs Ethelston’s CE Primary Academy. Our current School has served the Parish of Uplyme since 1873 and nowadays we welcome children from many surrounding villages too. The school was built by the Reverend Charles Ethelston in memory of his wife, Anne Ethelston, and is not named after the Headteacher as some visitors think! The school has grown considerably since then, but still retains the feel of a small village school sitting snugly next to the beautiful Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in the heart of the village. The church is used frequently by the pupils for Worships and other events, and this helps to keep the close links between the two very much alive.

After three successful years in partnership with St Andrew's Cof E Primary School, Chardstock within the Acorn Federation, Mrs Ethelston's converted to Academy status on 1st November 2014 as part of the Acorn Multi-Academy Trust, along with Mrs. Ethelston's, Marshwood C of E Primary, Axminster Primary, Membury Primary and Loders CE Primary.

Whilst the school operates under the umbrella of Acorn Multi Academy Trust and its Board of Directors, we retain our own Local Governing Body (LGB) and through this we work hard to preserve the individual character of our school.

Within the framework of our Terms of Referenceand the Trust Board Scheme of Delegation, governors work as a team with children, parents, staff and the community to ensure the best outcomes for pupils. We are constantly striving to improve our own skills to strengthen the leadership of the school in order to fulfil these aims and obligations.

The focus of the governors has always been the well-being of our children. We want them to be the best they can be; happy, safe and healthy within a caring, positive and Christian environment which nurtures and celebrates their talents and provides the highest possible standards of education. 

These aims are enhanced by the continued support and challenge of our Chief Executive Officer of the Trust (CEO), Andrea Rice, and the increased management and teaching expertise across the 6 schools of the Trust. As staff develop and share skills and knowledge together, the curriculum and the extra-curricular opportunities for all the children will be developed and extended. We closely adhere to our Equal Opportunities Policy and, as a rural school, we are  aware that we need to offer the children as many different social, cultural and sporting experiences as we can to prepare them for their lives ahead in the wider world.  We shall continue to monitor the work of the school as critical friends, to question and challenge staff through regular visits and reports and be well informed about behaviour, safety of pupils, expenditure and value for money. We value our strong links with our church, St Peter and St Paul, and will ensure that the core Christian values are at the heart of all that we do.

As a Local Governing Body we are committed to working as a team with children, parents, staff, the community and all other stakeholders to ensure the best outcome for pupils and we constantly review the ways in which we do this. This is part of our current development plan for the Local Governing Body and we welcome any feedback.

Please find the list of governors for Mrs Ethelston's and lead roles below. Further information can be found on our Acorn Academy website:

Correspondence for the governors should be sent to the Clerk to Governors, Veronica Dower:

Corinne Hales & Jo Cursley
Co- Chairs of Governors,
Mrs Ethelston’s CE Primary Academy, Pound Land, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3TT

Mrs Ethelston’s Primary – LOCAL GOVERNING BODY


Type of Governor

Appointing Body



Lead Governor

Registered interests

Katy Lyons


As Head


Head of School

 Ex Officio






Appointed by PCC &Trustees


6.11.18 – 05.11.22


 Teacher - The Woodroffe school

Dr Joanna Cursley


Appointed by Trust Board  Co-Chair  13.02.20 - 12.02.24 SEN  None

Tracey West


Appointed by Trust Board 29.11.18 - 28.11.22 Part time TA

Bruce Roberts


Appointed by Trust Board 03.12.20 - 02.12.24 None

Elaine King


Appoionted by Trust Board 03.12.20 - 02.12.24 None

Sara Vandore-Mackay


Appointed by Trust Board 03.12.20 - 02.12.24

Governors no longer serving


 Date stood down

Corinne Eastwood Parent Appointed by Trust Board


Supply Teacher

Beth Kemptom

Parent Appointed by Trust Board 23.08.20 None

Michaela Kite

Head of School Ex officio 01.09.19 None

Claudia Betteridge

Foundation Appointed by Trust Board 09.07.19 Director Capstone Maganement

Clerk, Veronica Dower 

Local Governing Body Meetings

01/09/19– 31/07/20



Mrs Corinne Hales



Katy Lyons



Joanna Cursley



Beth Kempton



Tracey West



Corinne Eastwood



Governance Information


Notice to Parents

The Trust Board of Acorn Multi Academy Trust has agreed to submit a request for a variation to be made to the Admissions arrangements for Mrs Ethelston's CE Primary Academy for 2021-22, in respect of the over-subscription criteria relating to church attendance.

The variation requested is that " In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship". 

If you need to contact the school please use the main email address, the phone will not always be monitored.

The Wild West Day!

30 Apr 2021

Year 5 and 6 had a very exciting topic day. They dressed in their finest Wild West outfits and enjoyed taking part in lots of brilliant activities. They learnt a traditional dance, made dream catchers...

BugFest Visit

22 Apr 2021

On Thursday, we had some extremely special visitors in school. Mrs Storer organised for BugFest to join us in school and the children from Reception to Year 4 all enjoyed learning about these bugs as...

TT Rockstars Day

21 Apr 2021

The children all enjoyed a great day at school as we relaunched TT Rockstars across the school. The children all looked like amazing rock stars and robots for this special event and it was great to co...

Easter at Mrs Ethelston's

30 Mar 2021

The sun shone beautifully for our Easter day celebration in school. The children looked amazing with their Easter hats and had clearly worked very hard on their egg creations! They also enjoyed a vari...

Speed Bounce

23 Mar 2021

We all enjoyed the Speed Bounce event.  This was organised by Mrs Williamson and run by Mr Jared from Primary Sports. It was brilliant to compete in an event that everyone could enjoy and althoug...

Easter Gift

22 Mar 2021

We have had a very special delivery in school this week. The children have been gifted with a beautiful and unique handmade knitted chicken with a special treat inside. These gifts have been lovingly...

Spaceship Landing!

18 Mar 2021

An alien the Robins' have named Bll has arrived in class. We believe he may be linked to the spaceship crash at the outside garden a few ago? The children are delighted by it's appearance. Today they...

Roman Day

29 Jan 2021

Year 3 and 4 had a lovely 'wow' day immersing themselves in their Roman topic.  They had the opportunity to dress up and take part in numerous activities. They enjoyed making roman bread,using l...

Mental Health and Wellbeing

15 Jan 2021

New information has been added to our website under the Mental Health and Wellbeing section (this can be found under Key Information heading).

Bags2School Collection

18 Dec 2020

Thank you for all the donations for Bags2School.  We raised £237!  Thank you to Travis Perkins for assisiting moving all the bags!