Pupils and staff at Stoke Gabriel primary school were thrilled to receive a letter last week from Rebecca Clark, Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West congratulating them on their ‘excellent’ key stage 2 results, which ‘positioned them as one of our regions highest performing academies in 2016’. Matthew Medd, recently appointed Head of School, said he felt privileged to be taking the school forward from such an excellent starting point. He acknowledged that the previous leadership of Jackie Stephens had initiated significant improvements that led to increasingly high standards which he fully intended to extend even further.

The Chief Executive Officer for the Link Academy Trust, Nicky Dunford, together with the Executive Principal Tony Callcut and Directors Isabel Cherrett (Chair), Roy Gillard (Finance) were delighted with the endorsement of the newly established Link Academy, a multi- academy trust. Nicky explained that the Link Academy was established in April 2016 when the schools of Newton and Teign Federation joined together with the schools of the Totnes Federation of Village Schools, in order to develop a close learning partnership. The Trust’s vision and core purpose is to support existing small stand-alone academies and schools wishing to become academies, through the centralising of a range of services to collaboratively drive school improvement forward, in order to attain high standards. This is achieved by reducing business costs through such things as: sharing staffing expertise and resources to maximise effectiveness, joint procurement of services to achieve economies of scale, applying for additional funding particularly to improve and enhance schools environments through capital projects, alongside other exciting new initiatives- such as the Inclusion Hub based at Bearnes.

We are very proud of the achievements of all our academies, in a range of new and creative learning experiences all of which contribute to amazing learning progress as evident in the Stoke Gabriel results.