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This is a wonderful little school that feels like a natural extension of a close family. Classes are lively, buzzing with enthusiasm and fun, led by teachers whose pride in and connection with their pupils can only be described as akin to parental. Inclusivity and the phenomenal catering for special educational needs are highlights. The onsite Earth Centre offers all children the opportunity to be involved in an ecology zone and every child spends time digging, growing and planting. The awe-inspiring surf academy takes full advantage of north Devon’s newly awarded certification as a World Surfing Reserve, the first…

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Since 2017, Andrew Trythall. His rather soulless, sparse office and his own initially inscrutable professionalism rapidly fade into insignificance as soon as he starts talking about the pupils at this school, when his warmth is palpable and his dedication to ensuring each and every child is happy during their time here is unquestionable and inspiring. As a father of four children, now mostly fledged, he lives by his mantra that ‘to learn you need first and foremost to be happy’ and he has dedicated his six years as head to ensuring the emotional wellbeing of his pupils. Parents were positive, describing him as calm, supportive and dedicated.

Educated at neighbouring Shebbear College, he then studied music at the University of East Anglia where he specialised in recording engineering and electro-acoustic...

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