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SENtient Trust

Pathfield School is a member of the SENtient Trust – a Co-operative Educational Trust that includes nine special schools within Devon.  Partners of the Trust include the co-operative Schools & College Trust and Devon County Council.


The SENtient Trust was set up to:

“advance the education, care and well-being of the pupils at the member schools, to advance the education of other members of the community, and otherwise to benefit the community… It is intended that the curriculum and ethos of the schools will place an emphasis on, and include a commitment to students learning about, the co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, solidarity, honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others with the aim of encouraging all students to become better citizens, not only while they are students but during the rest of their lives.”


The Trust supports this with a clear focus on supporting its members, on raising standards of attainment, improving achievement and outcomes for children and young people, and working with our wider community to improve community cohesion.

However, the overall responsibility for any member school’s performance continues to lie with the school’s Governing Body.

SENtient is managed by a board of Trustees, which comprises Headteachers and governors from all of Devon’s special schools plus representatives from our partner organisations.

Members of the SENtient Trust include the following schools: Barley Lane, Bidwell Brook, Ellen Tinkham, Lampard, Marland, Mill Water, Pathfield and Southbrook.