College / Sixth Form

Towards the end of Key Stage 2, pupils prepare for their transition to Key Stage 3 and the move from Hollow Lane (primary site) to Ellen Tinkham College (secondary site).

Based at Wayside Crescent in Exeter, Ellen Tinkham College educates students aged 11-19 years (Key Stage 3 to FE).  During their time at the College, students continue their education focusing on core National Curriculum and Foundation subjects (see Our School for Key Stage information),

Whilst at the College, students also participate in activities such as travel training and home lifeskills.  In addition, students have the opportunity to gain work experience so by the time they reach FE, they have more of an understanding of their next steps in life.

The Key Stage 5 (Post 16 Education) curriculum is linked to the ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ Framework, with student outcomes centred around Education and Employment, Independence, Community Inclusion and Health. There is also a Careers Programme in place.

ETC Art Project

Students at the College had the opportunity to work with the artist Catherine Cartwright, who was inspired by her Artist In Residence at ETC. Following her time with us, she created this short film. The themes of the film are Joy, Positivity and a celebration of the students involved. It was recently screened as part of Art Week Exeter.

“This animated film is meant to be viewed on loop. It is inspired by and represents young people from special needs college, Ellen Tinkham in Exeter. I used a monotype printmaking process.” – Catherine Cartwright


Everyone will be the best they can be; Everyone has a voice; No-one is excluded.