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  • Ellen Tinkham School
    Hollow Lane
    EX1 3RW
  • Head: Mrs Jacqui Warne
  • T 01392 467168
  • F 01392 464011
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state special school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 19 with severe or profound learning difficulties, and physical, sensory or behavioural needs.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Devon
  • Pupils: 229
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 2
      • Early years provision Outstanding 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 11th March 2020
    • 2 Full inspection 2nd March 2011

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 16th October 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The ‘boy’ rabbits had just had babies when we were there, much to everyone’s surprise and delight. There’s even a school dog, a collie, currently in training. Pupils love this department and one parent told us, ‘Facilities and activities are fantastic and always being added too. Children have an opportunity to experience their particular interest or "have a go". They love rural skills.’ As well as local day trips, there are residential trips aplenty. It’s worth popping into reception just to see the videos from these trips. Amazing skiing and very brave (and happy) pupils. For the older pupils…

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Executive head teacher

Since 2002, Jacqui Warne, originally from Devon. Qualified as a teacher at Caerleon College, Wales before taking on SEN teaching posts in Essex, Surrey and London. Returned to the south west to join Ellen Tinkham as deputy head. Well liked by all (and happy to get dragged into some impromptu Zulu dancing by pupils when we were there). Parents told us, ‘The head teacher knows every child by name and gives the school a wonderful, caring, family feel.’ Another said, ‘The head teacher is a strong leader, she is very progressive and dynamic.’ A busy lady, Jacqui is also executive head of another SEN school, Bidwell Brook in Dartington, and the driving force behind setting up a new Ellen Tinkham College for FE students based at Bodley House nearby. All are part...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

The Good Schools Guide writes: Ellen Tinkham is a Community Special School catering for pupils with severe learning difficulties. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. Admission to the school is determined by the LEA special needs panel. Prospective parents are encouraged to contact the Headteacher and arrange a visit at anytime during the school year. The school operates a "Parent Buddy Scheme", with prospective parents and pupils being shown around by another parent. School age pupils follow the national curriculum, adapted and extended as necessary. Older students in further education follow programmes based around Accreditation for Lifelong Learning (ALL). The Hollow Lane club, based at Ellen Tinkham provides after school and holiday care for children with special needs.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty Y
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty Y
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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