Cambian Devon School

As an independent specialist provision for 7 to 18 year olds with on-going Social, Emotional and Mental health difficulties, our team works hard to provide high quality personalised education experiences. We combine high expectations for our students with sensitivity to their individual needs.


Our experienced and passionate team work together to promote our school as a community and ensure our students success both within our school and beyond. We offer a rich and varied curriculum that we are able to tailor to individual students needs and interests offering a range of both academic and vocational elements. Timetables are tailored to each individual to ensure they have the best opportunities available to them to make good progress and fulfil their potential. We continually monitor and improve our offer, embracing opportunities to further build and expand on the learning experiences of our students. Our school supports the national curriculum building strong Literacy and Numeracy skills, underpinned by a whole school approach to emotional wellbeing, to ensure students are able to fully access the range of subjects and opportunities available to them.


Students are able to access a range of qualifications including GCSE’s, Functional Skills, BTec, Asdan, Duke of Edinburgh Award and other vocational options. We pride ourselves on our nurturing approach and the sense of community within our school, creating an environment in which students can thrive, students have access to a range of pastoral interventions such as Thrive, Emotional literacy and Talkabout.


At Cambian Devon School we have two school campuses; one in Paignton and one in Buckfastleigh. Our Paignton campus is our main school campus and this is where the majority of academic lessons and therapeutic interventions take place. Our Buckfastleigh campus is our vocational campus where have our catering kitchen, our fam and forest schools, our ICT suite and DT facilities.


Our staff team build strong positive relationships based on mutual respect and trust and ensure that students are valued allowing them to thrive within our school. We celebrate achievement both big and small as every step is as important as they strive into their futures. Personal development is a core element of our school and students are actively encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities that enrich their experiences. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development as well as fundamental British Values are embedded across our curriculum and our school.


Reporting Progress and Achievement


At Cambian Devon School, we facilitate robust communication between home and school. Key workers make weekly phone calls home to inform parents and carers an overview of progress and achievements over the week. We provide a termly report with an overview of attitude to learning, behaviour, attendance in lessons, progress and attainment against national expectations for each subject. We also provide a comprehensive written report at the end of the academic year detailing progress in each subject over the year. We also host Annual Reviews of Education and Health Care Plans, Personal and Education Planning Review meetings and contribute to various other meetings such as Looked After Children (LAC) and Team around the child (TAC) meetings. At the end of every term we hold a Mentoring Day where parents and carers are invited into school with their child, they will be given a tour of the school by key workers and have the chance to meet with subject staff, look through their students books and discuss progress and attainment with staff.

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Students also take part in physical education and sports related activities in our outdoor space, at the gym, at the local park, through nature walks as well as in local sports facilities.

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