Is your child missing out? -

Did you know that all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are able to have a FREE school meal every day?! You do not need to register for this, you just need to order through ParentPay or contact us for help.

School Admissions -

We still have spaces available for children to join us in Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 5.

 Please contact the school office for more information.

School Lunches

Healthy Living

The governors and staff of the school are committed to encouraging the children to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables during their school week in order to support parents ensure a better diet for their children. 

Additionally, the Government has introduced a scheme whereby every child in Foundation and Key Stage One is entitled to one piece of fruit or vegetable each day free of charge.

Each child is also given a water bottle when he/she joins the school and this remains on the classroom desk for the day, so that water can be readily accessed at any time of the day. This bottle is taken home each night to be washed and replenished ready for the next day.

School Meals

Similarly, the canteen staff is also committed to providing a balanced menu and follows the ‘Fresh Start’ scheme. This is a national initiative that guarantees a good quality balanced meal using freshly prepared ingredients sourced locally wherever possible.

Our meals are freshly made each day in the kitchen at Axminster Primary Academy.  

  • At least 75% of dishes are freshly prepared
  • Meat is farm assured and eggs are from cage-free hens
  • Menus are seasonal and in-season food is highlighted
  • All dietary needs are catered for
  • Staff members receive regular training and
  • No undesirable additives and hydrogenated fats are used.

Our kitchen also cooks meals for several other local schools. Meals should be paid for, in advance, via parent pay. Menus are sent home at the start of each term. Pupils can bring their own packed lunches if they are not choosing a school meal on a particular day.

Universal Infant Free School Meals

From September 2014 all children in Reception and KS1 are entitled to a Free School Meal. We are delighted that over 90% of eleigible children at Axminster are taking up the option of having a healthy fresh school meal each day. 

Free School Meals/Pupil Premium

We encourage all parents who are eligible for the following benefits to apply for Free School Meals even if they are in Reception or KS1. This is because the school receives extra income, currently £1300 per year, which we use to provide additional support for your child. Please ring Devon County Council Free School Meals on 0345 1551019 if you think you may be eligible - you will usually be given an immediate decision and the school will be notified on your behalf.

You can register for Free School Meals/Pupil Premium if you get any of these benefits:

  • Income-based & Contribution-based JSA or ESA on an equal basis
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (IBJSA)
  • Income-related employment and support allowance (IRESA)
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, that does not exceed £16,190
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Please see the Pupil Premium Page for more information on the benefits of receiving Free School Meals.

You can also apply on line by visiting Free School Meals - register online or phone 0345 1551019

Christmas jumper Day 2021

10 Dec 2021

A big thank you for everyone who got behind Christmas jumper day today and helped raise some much needed money for Save the Children. It was great to see so much festive cheer in school with the child...

Remembrance Sunday

16 Nov 2021

A poignant shot of our wreath layers paying their respects and representing the school at Axminster War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday. WE WILL REMEMBER THEM!  

Anti Bullying Week 2021

15 Nov 2021

Great to see so many children and staff wearing odd socks today to kick of Anti-Bullying Week 2021. Across the week, our assembly focus will be anti-bullying and reinforcing the importance of kin...

Armistice Day

11 Nov 2021

A big thank you to our KS2 children who took part in Axminster's Armistice Day remembrance service alongside other local schools. The children laid crosses in the town's garden of remembrance bef...

New Playground Equipment

08 Nov 2021

A big thank you to our PTFA who have worked with our School Council and kindly supplied a range of new play equipment for both our KS1 and KS2 playgrounds. 

Harvest Celebration

20 Oct 2021

On Monday Axminster Community Primary Academy came together to celebrate Harvest with all donations this year going to the local food bank. Years 5 and 6 kicked things off with a beauti...

Forest School Area Community Day

18 Oct 2021

A huge thank you to every who gave up their time over the weekend to tidy and revamp our forest school area. The hard work has made a massive difference as we work towards developing our outdoor space...

Squid Game - Safeguarding Update

14 Oct 2021

We have had several KS2 children at school mention, quote and re-enact aspects of Netflix’s most recent viral show, Squid Game. We are concerned that children at school are watching this as...

Axminster Heritage Centre Visit

08 Oct 2021

This week, our KS1 children visited Axminster Heritage Centre as part of their local history work. Whilst they were there the children found out about the town's rich carpet making history and how dif...

Parent Forums

24 Sep 2021

Having held the first Governing Body meeting of the year this week we have planned a couple of parent forums on Monday 11th October. These will take place in the school hall at 9m and 6:30pm with refr...