Chulmleigh Academy Trust

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    GCSES 2018 - 87% English and Maths Grade 4 (C) and above, 37% of all grades 9-7 (A*-A). 

    School  transport available from Barnstaple, Rackenford, Torrington and Crediton areas.

Chulmleigh Primary School

Beacon Road, Chulmleigh, Devon EX18 7AA Tel:01769 580535

Who's Who


Lully Newman

I am very lucky to be Head of School at such a wonderful place as Chulmleigh Primary School!  Having taught within Chulmleigh Academy Trust for the last six years, as a KS1/Reception teacher and EYFS Lead, working closely with our preschool, I have had the privilege of  knowing many of the children since they first began their journey through our school.  I believe passionately in the benefits of children learning through experience and have just as much fun in our outdoor learning sessions as the four year olds I teach!  We have astonishingly dedicated staff at Chulmleigh and I am very excited to be leading such a strong and dynamic team.  


Alex Whapham

Hi, I'm Miss Whapham and I am new to Chulmleigh this year. I teach Year 6 in the mornings at Chulmleigh Primary School and teach KS2 across the Academy in the afternoons. I think that I'm very lucky that I get to teach and get to know children at each of the schools! I am also the ICT coordinator across the Academy. My favourite subject is Maths and I enjoy showing children that Maths can be exciting. My dream lesson would involve all the children working together, helping each other and having fun!  


Jacob Smith

This year I have the privilege of teaching Tavy class at Chulmleigh’s unique Year 6 academy. I am new to the primary this year having previously worked as a Year 6 teacher in Oxford as well as in a variety of educational roles in both Oxfordshire and Devon. I am particularly interested in the teaching of languages and am MFL co-ordinator for the school.

I look forward to an exciting year and welcome any questions or queries about the year 6 academy you may have.


Rachel Worsley

I am delighted to have joined the team at Chulmleigh Primary School this year. I have spent the last five years teaching at East Worligton Primary where I was lucky enough to teach the foundation and key stage 1 children. I am thoroughly enjoying the experiences of teaching Key stage 2, getting to work alongside such talented and independent young children is a real privilege.

I enjoy the outdoors and being active. I like to spend my spare time walking the coastal paths of North Devon with my family and dogs.


Alice Bagshaw

I am also a new teacher to this friendly and wonderful school. I am the other year 4/5 teacher and have really enjoyed getting to know my class so far. My favourite subject is PE but I really am quite enthusiastic about most things.  I love the beach and plan on spending my spare time surfing in the waves or playing rounders on the sand. I am an active person and find it hard to sit still unless I'm reading Harry Potter or watching a favourite movie.


Kirstin le Gros (Kirsty)

Hello! I am very excited to have joined such a friendly and passionate staff at Chulmleigh as the new year 3 class teacher. I have moved back to Devon to be closer to my family after studying in London and teaching there for the past 4 years. I have been lucky enough to teach in both KS1 and KS2, in two outer London city schools, and specialise as an art lead and science leader. I look forward to continuing my leadership as the science co-ordinator in this fun and inspiring school; as well as running after school science clubs for KS1 and KS2. I believe all children should be encouraged to have a love for learning and I try to promote this through creating a stimulating, vibrant and supportive classroom environment. I look forward to this forthcoming year with high expectations and a smile on my face!

In my spare time I enjoy reading autobiographies and romance novels. I love to try my hand at cooking, exploring with new flavours, although this isn’t always successful! When I get some spare time, I also enjoy swimming, going to the cinema and spending quality time with my family.


Kelly Stapley

I am really proud to be a part of the Chulmleigh Academy trust. I have been teaching for 10 years. My experience is teaching from nursery aged children through to yr2. I love books and engaging the children into all areas of the curriculum through a good book.

I love spending time with my family where we enjoy woodland walks and going to see new and interesting places.


Vicki Tucker

I am delighted to be joining Chulmleigh Primary School this year after spending 11 years away from North Devon teaching in a very large multicultural school in London, and most recently a 2 form entry school in Buckinghamshire. I am a very experienced KS1 teacher and have also been lucky enough to be a local authority moderator last year. 

Two of my biggest passions are reading and creative writing. I am always trying to find new ways to teach the curriculum so that children become writers, not just children who can write, and I love introducing children to new authors and books to develop their love of reading and writing.

I set very high expectations of both myself and my class and expect that we all help each other to be the very best we can be. I am passionate about providing children with the skills to become independent learners and encourage them to try and solve their problems themselves as much as they can.

I look forward to being part of the Chulmleigh family and getting to know you all.

Becky Cummins


Becky Cummins

I am delighted to be working as part of a dedicated and supportive team in the PFSU.  I share the teaching of the Reception Class children with Lully Newman.  In addition, this year I am undertaking a project across the Academy Primaries to support Speech and Language development.  I have been teaching Foundation Stage children for 20 years and consider it a privilege to be supporting children at the start of their learning journey.  I look forward to an exciting and fun year ahead.


Christine Pugsley

I have the pleasure of working with the staff and children at Chulmleigh Primary School as the Assistant Special Needs Coordinator (Assistant SENCo). I am available, in person, on a Thursday morning in school but can be contacted by email at or by phone at East Worlington Primary School 01884 861722 at any time.

I will also continue to monitor the 'Gifted and Talented' provision across all the Primary Schools and I look  forward to hearing from the children who attend the enrichment courses.



Gina Randall

I am the Early Years Manager and Administrator of Chulmleigh Preschool. I am passionate about my role within the CPFSU, where I lead the Writedance, singing and drama with the reception and preschool children.