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  • Ellen Tinkham School
    Hollow Lane
    Pinhoe
    Exeter
    Devon
    EX1 3RW
  • Head: Mrs Jacqui Warne
  • T 01392 467168
  • F 01392 464011
  • E admin@exeter-elle…nkham.devon.sch.uk
  • A special state school for pupils aged from 3 to 19
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Devon
  • Pupils: 160
  • 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
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 21st January 2016
    • 2 Full inspection 3rd 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 17th 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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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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