our school

RA Butler Academy is a wonderful school in the heart of Saffron Walden. It is situated on a large, leafy site with extensive playing fields, on-site Forest School, an all weather sports pitch and two halls.  We also have before and after school care provision on site.  

We are a three form entry school school, with 90 children in each year group.  We mix our classes annually so the children get to know everyone in their year group.  This regular opportunity to practise their friendship making skills and the breadth of children they know sets them up incredibly well for the next stage of their learning journey at Secondary School.


As the largest primary school in town we are able to provide a broad selection of opportunities and support for our children including a school counsellor, learning mentor, specialist PE teacher and peripatetic music teachers.  

Despite being a large school, we work very hard to maintain a family ethos and really value every single child and the contributions that they make. We are a UNICEF Rights Respecting School meaning that we ensure that our children have a right to a good education, to develop talents, to have a voice, to have friends and to feel safe and play. Under-pinning these we also base everything we do in school on our values:

  • Respect
  • Resilience
  • Relationships
  • Reflectiveness
  • Resourcefulness
  • Risk-taking
  • aRticulate

Our children come from the town of Saffron Walden and also from the local villages. Children at this school achieve very well. They consistently achieve above the National average in all areas. They enjoy challenge in their learning and have a great attitude. 

RA Butler is a core school of the Saffron Academy Trust, working alongside Katherine Semar School and Saffron Walden County High School to provide the best educational experiences for our children.