'Delivering private education in a public setting'

We offer first and primary school education across Somerset with schools in Cutcombe, Dunster, Exford, Porlock, Timberscombe, Dulverton and Langford Budville

Cutcombe First School Children

We are committed to an inclusive & sustainable school

We are committed as a federation of schools in recognising, valuing and celebrating the differences among individuals and groups.

St Dubricius First School

Purpose led excellence through community support

Our purpose led excellence is part of a wider ethos of fostering connections between the schools and the local community, with an aim of creating mutually beneficial partnerships or sponsorships.

Exford First School

Moorland Federation Purpose, People & Planet

We are committed to helping our students, teachers & parents grow as one, whilst challenging every member of our community to perform to the highest expectations. We encourage all to be contributing members, to acquire a sense of global responsibility, and to cultivate and uphold respect for cultural diversity.

Timberscombe First School Children
What sets the Moorland Federation schools apart?

Our Exmoor
Our Community

As a federation of first and primary schools, we are dedicated to providing a high-quality, private school level education in a public school setting for all students, regardless of their background or abilities.

We prioritise respect for diversity, inclusivity, and social justice, and strive to create a safe and supportive learning environment for all students, staff and families.

Our focus on academic excellence, collaboration, innovation, community engagement, social and emotional learning, environmental sustainability, safety, and continuous improvement, allows us to foster a sense of community and ensure the success of every student, all while working towards a better future for the planet.

We are committed to excellence

Your child will receive a high-quality education that prepares them for future success, regardless of their background or abilities.

We are committed to sustainability

Your child will learn about environmental sustainability and conservation, promoting responsible stewardship of the planet.

We are committed to being inclusive and safe

Your child will learn in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment that values respect for diversity and promotes social justice.

We are committed to community

Your child will be part of a community of learners where collaboration and teamwork are emphasised, resulting in better outcomes for every student.

Timberscombe First School Children

Children with Superpowers

Understanding and providing adequate care and support for children with different abilities and levels of education is a key part of our mission to deliver excellence across the federation. All our schools are setup to ensure the highest level of care for those with disabilities, special education needs and assisted learning.

Cutcombe First School Children

Places where knowledge is power, and learning is a superpower

Join as a Student

Do you want your child to be challenged and nurtured across a varied curriculum? We teach excellence through exploration, innovation, creativity, compassion & integrity. Find out more about our commitments

Join our Team

Are you looking to be challenged & inspired? Find out about joining our team of teachers and support staff who deliver and nurture excellence in every member of our community. Find out more about our Team

Sensory Suites designed to help children improve focus

Our custom designed sensory rooms are available for all our children to use to gain access to appropriate sensory stimulation which allows their bodies to learn how to respond appropriately. We have found that a sensory room helps children improve their visual, auditory and tactile processing, as well as fine and gross motor skills. They also provide a sense of calm and comfort, helping children learn to self-regulate their behaviors, which ultimately improves focus.

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We are committed to working with great partners and achieving key accreditations.

Through our commitment to setting the standard for education we partner with People, Purpose and Planet led organisations, including becoming the first Educational Setting to be certified by Includability as a Committed Federation of Schools.

We have joined organisations such as premier league football clubs, household FMCG businesses and charitable organisations in our commitment to the delivering a diverse, inclusive, mentally healthy and sustainable workplace and centres for education.

Our commitment to the environment

Sustainability is it at the heart of not only where we are positioned in Exmoor but also the beliefs of our community. Through our programmes we promote environmental stewardship and sustainability through conservation, recycling and waste reduction education.

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News, Articles & Resources

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Support for Wellbeing through Physical Education

Our physical education programmes have been developed to ensure that the range of activities is diverse to ensure every child's needs are accounted for both physically but also through improving their mental health and wellbeing.


See our frequently asked questions across a range of subjects from everyday school attendance to special trips, extra curricular activities and admissions.

Can my child wear jewellery in school?

We ask that pupils do not wear jewellery in school.

Do you involve parents/carers in planning activities outside the classroom and school trips?

Advice from parents or carers is welcomed and essential on these occasions.

Accessibility & SEND
How accessible is the school and its facilities and how will my child be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?

Moorland Federation Schools, complete an accessibility self-audit. Efforts are made to make each school as accessible as possible within the constraints in existing buildings.

Accessibility & SEND
How do Moorland Federation schools promote caring attitudes?

Our teachers adopt differentiated teaching and learning styles to cater to individual student needs. We believe in creating an environment that enables each child to work at their own pace and level.

How do school keep track of children’s additional needs?

Every school has a SEND register, which is a list of children at the school who have a Special Educational Need or Disability and need something additional to or different from their classmates above and beyond the scaffolds and adaptations made during everyday class teaching.

Accessibility & SEND
How do you cater to the individual needs of each student?

Our teachers adopt differentiated teaching and learning styles to cater to individual student needs. We believe in creating an environment that enables each child to work at their own pace and level.

How do you identify children with SEND?

We think of it as identifying children that have barriers to their learning and we do what we can to remove those barriers.

Accessibility & SEND
How do you implement your vision in the schools?

Our vision is implemented by creating learning environments that fosters self-confidence, positive growth mindset, independence, and motivation. We create an atmosphere where children feel safe, secure, happy, inspired and valued.

Christian Distinctiveness
How do you incorporate the ethos of "Growing together, learning for life"?

We encourage children to showcase their talents, to be proud of their achievements, and share their unique qualities with others. We also encourage supporting each other and model positive behaviours, ensure we can all live up to the "Growing together, learning for life" ethos.

How do you instil a sense of responsibility and independence in students?

We encourage children to be aware of their actions and take responsibility for them. We provide opportunities for them to make choices and decisions, fostering a sense of independence.

Behaviour & Bullying

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Our commitment to the Technology

We believe that use of technology is key to ensuring that our children have the skills they require to navigate the world around them. We embrace innovation and technologies in teaching, learning and communicating.

Stand out from the crowd & be part of an innovative community

Find out today how you can get involved with the Moorland Federation. Whether that's as part of our growing team of teachers, support staff and volunteers or as a part of our partner or sponsorship programmes. We are always looking to develop links within the community and bring in innovation.

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+447947 994052
Dunster First School,
13 St George's Street,
TA24 6RX
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A boy skipping rope at St Dubricius First School Porlock