Welcome to Education South West!

We are united by our common desire to give our children the education, opportunities and confidence that will enable them to lead great lives. We are convinced in our belief that we can best achieve this by working together. Schools rightly have more responsibility and autonomy than ever before, at a time when change has never been faster and demands never greater. By working together we can provide mutual challenge and support, with an overarching, organisational umbrella to create the stability for each individual school to develop its own identity and thrive.

 We want to be the employer of choice for new teachers. We will recruit the best graduates by offering them outstanding initial teacher training, develop the programmes of professional development that we all need to grow, and offer the opportunities and programmes that aspiring leaders need to fulfil their ambitions. In short, once people join Education South West we want to make sure that they never want to leave. Behind the scenes, we will use the economies of scale of the new Trust to gain best value in our procurement, and make the most of our talented support staff to give the most effective support we can to our core purpose of outstanding teaching and learning.

We are very much looking forward to making Education South West the best multi academy trust in the country.


Education South West was formed on 1st January 2017 as the result of merging Templer Academy Schools Trust with Academies South West.

Our member schools are: Blackawton Primary School, Christow Primary School, Coombeshead Academy, Dartmouth Academy, East Allington Primary School, Kingsbridge Community College, Kingswear Primary School, Rydon Primary School, Stoke Fleming Primary School and Teign School.

Education South West has: 4,794 pupils, 304 teachers and 281 other staff with an annual turnover of £25 million.

Working for us

Education South West offers you powerful opportunities to grow and flourish as a teacher and leader across our rural and urban schools in beautiful South Devon.  Frankly, once you have joined us, we want to offer you such a wealth of opportunities that you never want to leave!  As a Teaching School, we sit at the heart of the South West Teaching Schools Alliance of over 30 schools, and of Leading Schools South West, the provider of national professional qualifications in Middle and Senior Leadership, Headship and Executive Leadership.  Please go to our website to see Recruitment Page or why not drop your CV to us at Emma.McQuitty@educationsouthwest.org.uk.

Our Mission

The Mission

“The schools that belong to the Templer Academy Schools Trust are passionate about the value of education and the difference that it can make for all young people:

  • We aim to provide outstanding educational opportunities, teaching and pastoral care for young people from 0 to 19 in our community, and to raise their aspirations
  • We want our young people to enjoy learning to the best of their ability, to be collaborative, creative and imaginative and to realise their individual potential
  • Our aim is to develop successful, confident and responsible students, well prepared for further education and fulfilling adult lives”

Blackawton Primary School

At Blackawton Primary School we strive to equip the children with both the academic tools for economic success and the social and emotional skills for happy lives. We want every child to feel empowered to ask questions, take risks, make mistakes and test ideas and yes, we do let the children climb trees!

Christow Community Primary School

Christow Community Primary School is a happy, caring school with excellent  facilities providing a safe environment; children are encouraged to reach their full potential and become confident, inquisitive and imaginative individuals.

Coombeshead Academy

Coombeshead Academy is a high achieving 11-18 comprehensive school,

“a good school on the cusp of outstanding,” inspiring students to excel in a calm, positive environment focused on learning.

Dartmouth Academy

At Dartmouth Academy, we believe that children achieve their best when they feel safe and secure. We believe in offering children an all-through education from Reception up until the age of 16, creating a close-knit school where students can flourish in a safe, secure environment.

East Allington Primary School

We are a small school set in stunning grounds. Our school and staff are committed to providing the best for each child in order to get the best. This means that teaching and learning will be the best, opportunities to enrich our children will be the best, and the children`s achievements will be the best.

Kingsbridge Community College

We are passionate about learning and are proud of the excellent teaching, care and guidance that we offer, along with first class facilities and a wide range of opportunities in and beyond the classroom.  We are justifiably proud of our Outstanding Ofsted judgement, and routinely seek excellence in all that we do.

Kingswear Primary School

We are a small family school and that’s what makes us great! We are also committed to ensuring that all our children recognise their place in Britain and the world. We utilise our beautiful environment on a daily basis and have very strong outdoor philosophy.

Rydon Primary School

Rydon Primary School is at the heart of its community; a vibrant and dynamic place to learn where children and staff are inspired, challenged to do their best and encouraged to succeed.

Stoke Fleming Primary School

At Stoke Fleming we believe that the journey through childhood should be happy, exciting and inspiring. School is vital in nurturing the talent and developing the skills in partnership with families to enable everyone to go into the world to make a difference.

Teign School

Teign School is a beacon of outstanding educational achievement, a highly cohesive community where students achieve above the national standards. Staff put student progress and success at the heart of all they do.