Welcome from Richard Light, CEO

The Tarka Learning Partnership was formed in July 2018 to support the development of high quality learning for a group of North Devon schools, supported and hosted in the community. The partnership’s vision is to empower schools through their own vision and curriculum to support the young people in their care. The collective efforts of all impact positively on the local North Devon community we all serve through learning and investment.

Eden Park Academy, Sticklepath Community Primary Academy, Landkey Community Primary Academy, Roundswell Community Primary Academy), Newport Community School Primary Academy and the Park Community School worked together for 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. From 2023 West Berry Federation, composed of Berrynarbor V.C. Primary School and West Down Primary School, is working with the Tarka Learning Partnership, as they work towards full membership and academy conversion. We are also working with other prospective schools to widen and enrich the partnership through manageable growth.

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.

Our family of schools benefit from locally based support services which are in sharp decline across Devon. Support services such as school improvement, governor support and training, CPD, inclusion, safeguarding finance, HR, premises development, GDPR, support staff and teacher/leadership training, as well as direct services to children and families are developed and managed by the Trust central team.

The Tarka Learning Partnership is a strategic lead partner and employer for Devon Primary SCITT, a partner dedicated to high quality primary teacher training. Through our own extensive CPD programme and connections other organisations such as SWIFT, we foster the development of all staff through professional development courses and opportunities.

I know that the Trust and all constituent partners embrace collaboration; working with each school’s community in this new era, safe in the knowledge that we are collectively building a supportive organisation in the heart of the local community to enable the future development of all partner schools.

Richard Light, CEO
Tarka Learning Partnership