Welcome to the SENtient Trust

Provide opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding, skills, attitudes and attributes throughout the learning journey

As a specialist educational Trust and as individual schools we:

Make the quality of teaching and learning our top priority

As a specialist educational Trust and as individual schools we:
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We are a Co-operative Trust of all the special schools in Devon: Barley Lane, Bidwell Brook, Ellen Tinkham, Lampard, Marland, Mill Water, Oaklands Park, Pathfield, Ratcliffe and Southbrook.

We believe that all our students deserve to have the same chances and opportunities as children in mainstream schools and we work closely with our partners Atkinson Unit, Devon County Council and the Co-operative College, to achieve this.

Our vision is that every learner will be empowered and enabled to lead an independent, healthy and fulfilling life and we are keen to work with other organisations who share our aims and philosophy.

Rick Gaehl

Chair – Sentient Trust

All the SENtient schools offer outreach support to Devon schools

If you are a Devon School please contact one of the special schools who will be able to discuss your requirements and how they can assist, or if necessary, put you in touch with a colleague from another school. We are also developing a portfolio of services specifically focused on teaching and learning.

If you would like to discuss specific requirements please contact us via the contact page.

Carolyn Purslow

Vice Chair – Sentient Trust

Our Schools

Each school is different, with ages ranging from three to nineteen - depending on the school.

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Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved - volunteering, providing work placements, working together on research projects

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About Us

The Trust includes the eleven special schools in Devon - Atkinson, Barley Lane, Bidwell Brook, Ellen Tinkham, Lampard, Marland, Mill Water, Oaklands Park, Pathfield, Ratcliffe and Southbrook.

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