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Welcome to Our School

Axe Valley Academy is a school that we as staff are immensely proud of because it is a real community. We are a completely comprehensive school offering high quality educational opportunities to students of all abilities and aptitudes. The progress of each individual student matters to us regardless of their starting points and despite their barriers.

Our beliefs as a school community are straightforward - to have a great school we need a great teacher in every classroom. Teachers are here to teach. Students are here to learn. There is no escaping that a huge part of the purpose of education is to equip children with the examination results that they need to give them as many options as possible. We must be in the business of opening doors for the young people in our care. We demand the highest standards and expect students to engage with their learning no matter what and we don’t apologise for this.

We have a school which staff and students are proud to be a part of and who enjoy working together. We aim to develop well rounded young people equipped to deliver positive change in their school and wider communities. Students need a broad education, one that nurtures specific positive character traits and virtues. We also pride ourselves on our pastoral care. Being a smaller school has some significant advantages and one of those is being able to know every student as an individual; to recognise and nurture their strengths; to teach kindness explicitly and to be as kind as we can.

Axe Valley is looking forward to a future working as part of the outstanding Blackdown Education Partnership and we have ambitions to be an exceptional school in our local community that provides the very best opportunities for the community that we serve.

Mr Rob Crocker, Headteacher

About Axe Valley Academy

Axe Valley Academy currently has approximately 600 students in Years 7-11. The Academy is located in the East Devon area of the country, in the beautiful market town of Axminster, which is set on the River Axe. Axminster is just a few miles inland from the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site but has excellent rail links to London and Exeter.

The Academy is an ambitious school where a staff body of dedicated and motivated professionals continue to work hard to support its community. It is a school that we are immensely proud of because it is a real community. We are a completely comprehensive school offering high quality educational opportunities to students of all abilities and aptitudes.

Our Trust mission is to enable effective collaboration and partnerships that will support outstanding educational experiences for the pupils attending each of the Trust’s schools.

Ethos and Values

Core Values

These are universal and apply to all members of the academy. They are clearly communicated to all members of the community through notices and displays and provide the framework for a values education programme, reward systems and other key areas of the academy.


Striving to achieve the highest standards in everything we do


Taking on challenge with grit and determination


Showing courtesy and consideration; valuing everyone as equals


Showing kindness and support to others; putting safety first

Working for us

This is an opportunity for the right person to come and join us on our journey.  We are looking for someone who shares our vision to improve the life chances of the young people in the communities we serve and the passion to really want to make a difference.

If you would like to work with us, or one of our partner schools, you can join our School Talent Pool and receive e-mail alerts of all future vacancies you are interested in, ensuring you are the first to hear of any relevant jobs at Axe Valley Academy as they are advertised.   For more information about School Talent Pools visit

Pension Scheme

As a contracted member of staff you will be automatically enrolled into either the Teachers’ Pension Scheme or the Local Government Pension Scheme (whichever is appropriate).

Further details can be found on the following websites:

Teachers’ Pensions

Peninsula Pensions (LGPS)

Car Parking

Free car parking is available on the Academy premises.  Spaces are on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

Childcare Vouchers

We participate in the childcare voucher scheme, which provides tax benefits to working parents.


Axe Valley is extremely proud of the Continual Professional Development programme it provides and the support it offers to its staff.  Our programme ensures that staff are both supported and challenged to drive improvement in teaching and learning.

All staff are expected to actively pursue their own professional development and are supported by many strategies we have put in place.



Blackdown Education Partnership

The Blackdown Education Partnership is a multi-academy trust (MAT) working across Devon and Somerset. It was born of a merger between two established MATs: The Castle Partnership Trust and Uffculme Academy Trust and currently looks after a family of 10 schools: 5 primary and 5 secondary and 3 nurseries.

Blackdown Education Partnership is, therefore, a single organisation established to deliver the education and to safeguard the wellbeing of every child in our Trust. The Trust seeks to ensure that high quality collaboration and system leadership continue to improve the education in our schools. We are responsible for the good governance of the schools within our Trust and are accountable for the performance of each school. We work with an exceptional team of leaders, teachers and support staff whose combined efforts deliver on our promise to believe in every child.

For further details on our Trust and vacancies, please click here .


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Our Location

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