About Us

“The leadership team has maintained the outstanding quality of education in the school since the last inspection. The school’s vision is that, ‘everyone will be the best they can be, nobody is excluded, every voice is heard’. This is embodied in every aspect of the school’s work, every day.” – OFSTED, 2016

ELLEN TINKHAM is an “Outstanding” Local Authority funded special school for children and young people aged 3-19 years, who have severe learning disabilities. All our students have an EHCP (Education, Health & Care Plan).

At the heart of Ellen Tinkham is our commitment to putting the children at the centre of everything we do, through our holistic approach to education. We listen to each other, celebrate each other’s strengths and acknowledge weaknesses and foster a climate of kindness and co-operation.  Our pupils are empowered and given opportunities to participate in a more inclusive school and in the wider community.

School statistics from the Department of Education website:

Ellen Tinkham School is part of the Learn to Live Federation with Bidwell Brook Special School, located in Dartington near Totnes. The federation encourages best practice in both school as well as joint working opportunities for both students and staff.

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