Welcome from Andy Cotton, CEO

The Tarka Learning Partnership was formed in July 2018 to support the development of North Devon schools, led and hosted in the community. The vision is to together empower aspiration and learning for our local community.

Eden Park Academy, Sticklepath Community Primary Academy, Landkey Community Primary Academy, Roundswell Community Primary Academy (opened a Reception class in September 2020), Newport Community School Primary Academy and the Park Community School have been working together for the last 3 years to assist in the formation of this Trust to support staff, governors and the young people of North Devon. In 2020 North Molton Primary School and Fremington Primary School joined the Trust.

The Trust gives us the opportunity to support the development of partner schools ensuring that the leadership and resources of the Trust remain focussed at the heart of our community, where the Trust can support the education and welfare of your son or daughter.

The Trust has already begun to support schools assisting and leading bids to bring additional resources to the partnership and working with schools on leadership and classroom practices which support your child. Our family of schools will benefit from locally based support services which are in sharp decline across Devon. Support services such as school improvement, governor support and training, finance, HR, premises development, support staff and teacher training as well as direct services to children and families are being created.

The Tarka Learning Partnership is a strategic partner and employer of staff in both the Devon Primary SCITT, a partner dedicated to primary teacher training and the Devon Teaching School Partnership which works in close collaboration with Horizon Trust in Plymouth to lead professional development courses for teachers and support staff.

I know that the Trust and all constituent partners are looking forward to working with each school’s community in this new era, safe in the knowledge that we have already collectively built a supporting organisation to enable the future development of all schools.