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New Primary School, Okehampton

Prospective Sponsors have been invited to establish a 210 place primary school for pupils aged 2-11 (increasing to 420 places and subject to the rate of development), on land to the north of Crediton Road, Okehampton. Further details regarding the new school proposal can be found here.

If you have views on the above, particularly the requirements of Proposers and what you consider the priorities for delivery of these pupil places, then please submit your comments by 15 September 2017, using the contact information at the bottom of the page.

Details of the three prospective proposers and a brief summary of their proposals can be found below.


EXETER DIOCESAN BOARD OF EDUCATION (EDBE) working in partnership with delivery partners Okehampton Primary School and Okehampton College (as part of the emerging Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust which will be formally incorporated in September 2017

Our vision is to establish a highly distinctive, innovative and inclusive Church of England primary academy that diversifies choice for local parents by offering a focus on outdoor education, an extended school day and a distinctive Christian ethos. The school will be characterised by:
• A desire to serve a new developing community by being open, inclusive, welcoming and nurturing to children of all faiths and world views.
• A strong Christian ethos in which everything the school does is underpinned by the Christian values of educating for: wisdom, knowledge and skills, hope and aspiration, community and life together, and respect and dignity.
• Established practices for effective monitoring, quality assurance, accountability, challenge and support for schools within the community.
• Commitment to a cross phase approach (including leadership, curriculum design, assessment)
• Opportunities via the Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance (comprising 66 schools) – including access to school to school support, SLEs development and capacity, Dartmoor Leader of Education development and capacity (pre-SLE designation), performance data support, women leading in education etc.
• An ambitious, creative and challenging curriculum based initially on the tried and tested systems of Okehampton Primary school; there will be a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, taught explicitly and linked to all other subjects.
• A unique focus on development of pupil’s character, self discipline and resilience through extended provision enabling the pupils to build skills through outdoor education.
• A strong focus on environmental responsibility and education, building on the strength of practice at both Okehampton College and Okehampton Primary School, International and National award winners respectively for their achievements in delivery of environmental education, environmentally friendly practices and their impact.



The Red Kite Academy Trust (RKAT) has recently been formed as a Company Limited by Guarantee and the Trust has applied for Academy Sponsor status.

The vision for school is encapsulated in the phrase: learning with, through, and about the natural world. We will use the national curriculum for England and Wales as a vehicle to achieve this vision and our aims.

Our proposal for a Nature School in Okehampton will be for a mainstream primary school that will follow the national curriculum and a nature school ethos. Our school will differ from other mainstream schools in that children will benefit from education where opportunities for inspiring outdoor learning across the curriculum are maximised.

Our plan for the new school in Okehampton is rooted in our experience that children thrive, are happier and their attainment improves when their learning is linked closely to the natural world around them. The positive feedback we receive from the teachers, students and parents we work with on a daily basis is supported by an impressive body of independent research.

Our school will integrate wildlife and the environment into everyday learning. Children will have a far greater appreciation and meaningful understanding of the natural world and crucially it will represent the medium through which a well-balanced curriculum is taught. Not only will children thrive in this learning environment, they will also be given a firm foundation to contribute as citizens within their local communities and appreciate the interconnectedness of communities across the world.

Our ambition is to make a difference to the education system nationally, by establishing several clusters of Nature Schools, with a wide geographical spread across England. In order to do this, we will grow at a measured rate taking account of the challenges and obstacles we will be facing and overcoming during this period of growth. In doing so, we will learn lessons from other Multi-Academy Trusts which have grown to become large sustainable Trusts providing high standards of education for their children and communities.



The United School Trust is a Multi Academy Trust set up by the United Schools Federation. The Trust successfully applied to the Department of Education to set up and open a new primary school which opened in September 2016. Kingsteignton School is a Free School that when full will provide places for 480 children aged 2-11. The intention is that the school will offer all year round Nursery provision from 8 am until 6pm as well as a before, afterschool and holiday club. The Trust is led by a strong board of Directors who have significant expertise in education, finance and project management. The Trust and Federation work in close partnership. The United Schools Federation is a successful partnership of primary schools. One of the schools is a National Support School and the Federation is led by an Executive Headteacher who is also a National Leader of Education.

The United Schools Trust would like to use its considerable expertise to set up and open a new primary school in Okehampton. The aim would be to use this expertise to ensure that the school would provide the highest quality of care and education from the very start. The Trust would also be keen to provide all year round nursery care from 8.00 to 6.00 pm, a before and after school club as well as holiday provision.

The Trust is committed to making the very best use of ICT to support pupils’ learning as well as promoting a dementia friendly curriculum, helping children to lead healthier lives and be actively involved within the local and wider community. Kingsteignton School is a dementia friendly school and one of the Trust members is the chair of the Prime Minister’s Task and Finish group for Rural Dementia.

‘We will seek to provide all children with an outstanding and inspiring education within a caring and nurturing environment.” We will value pupils’ individuality and celebrate their unique gifts and talents through a range of opportunities designed to help achieve personal and academic excellence. Our curriculum will motivate and inspire children to explore, and learn about the world around them. It will help to develop an awareness of their roles within the community and to prepare them for healthy, active lives that embrace technology.


Contact information: Address: Strategic Planning – Children’s Services, Room AB2, Lucombe House, Devon County Council, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD