William Richard Josling appears to have been the National School's first Head Teacher. He came to the school from High Bickington and remained for nearly 40 years. He remained in the village after his retirement, acting as the registrar for births and deaths. His wife, Mary Cowman Josling, appears to have taught needlework at the school at various times, having previously been a dressmaker. Their daughter Laura also worked in the school briefly as a Monitor.
James Shopland was the next Head Teacher, reported as taking over from Mr. Josling in 1900 but the 1901 census finds him still living in nearby Burrington where he had taught previously. He stayed at the school until 1920 when he moved to take charge of the school at North Tawton.
His successor appears to have been a Mrs. A. J. Harris who in turn was followed by a Mrs. Gabb who left under something of a cloud in 1934. She, in turn, was followed by Mrs. Dyke. In 1938, Miss Owen, the assistant teacher, who had worked with all of these heads, left after 42 years of service.
In 1972, under the headship of Mrs. Dallyn, the school was closed down, in spite of a strong campaign of protest from the whole parish of Ashreigney, and the younger children were transferred to Winkleigh.