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Welcome to Barley Lane School

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A warm welcome to the website and an invitation to visit us in person soon because choosing a school should be a face to face thing where what matters and is important to you can be properly explored


As a visitor to this site it is likely your child or a child you know or work with is bright and capable but not thriving in mainstream primary or secondary school for a whole range of reasons and needs help and support with behaviour and learning and you are beginning to explore possible alternatives…


Recent visitors to our website and the school have identified what follows as important to them in providing initial insight into our school community.



We are here first to welcome, help and support you in finding the right school and we will be friendly, honest and frank throughout because children, parents and carers quite reasonably often find the process of leaving mainstream schooling and choosing a special school plus the whole mechanism of making that change very hard to navigate and sometimes stressful.

Please be reassured whether potential students ultimately take up a place here (most do, the school has more than doubled in size in recent years) the common and understandable anxieties about schools like ours are always soothed when folk visit and most comment on the prevailing atmosphere of calm and friendliness; one visiting parent shared recently, “I liked the place, I like the people…we talked about values when others are showing me equipment”.

Please also be reassured we know your child is unique and complex and we work hard with parents and carers and professionals to understand and support each youngster individually but there are common experiences and themes in both the challenges the children face and how we support them for example building good relationships with other pupils and teachers, autism, attention deficit, difficulties with reading and writing are all familiar to us and so creative teaching, embedded routines and strong and caring relationships are at the heart of our work.

If you are looking for a school where there is a broad curriculum both academic and vocational with a range of GCSEs and vocational qualifications where students can have a variety of enriching experiences from abseiling (we offer the DoE award too) to opera then please come and visit us and we can explore together  how we can help.

If you are seeking a school where there is a hardworking, skilled and compassionate team who authentically care for the children and young people and their families and have a strong focus every day on how to change and develop and improve their work to meet a whole range of shifting and complex needs then please come and visit us and we can explore how we can help

Please click this find out more link below where we explain in more detail how and why children come to Barley Lane and please explore the website.


I look forward to spending time with you in the near future and can be emailed, texted or called (mmaccourt@barleylane.devon.sch.uk 07848 028 341)


Michael MacCourt




Our Exam Results

2016 exam results.pdf

Contact List

contact list 15-9-16.pdf

Term Dates

school holiday for website 2017-18.pdf



“I would just like to say thanks heaps for all the help and support you give all of us. You guys  truly are a fantastic school and I'm so glad my son is with you all. You’re doing a fab job teaching my little boy, he's coming on in leaps and bounds and that's all down to you guys and all the support you give him.”                        

                                                                                                  Parent 01.07.15


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Sentient Trust & Babcock joint visit report 11.01.17.pdf



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