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About Us

The Ivy Education Trust works closely with all schools within our Trust and beyond. The Ivy Education Trust celebrates the diversity of each of its schools and is founded upon the alignment of vision and values that we all commonly hold to secure the best outcomes for our pupils.

The name of our Trust is inspired by the story of Dr Ivy Williams. Born in Teignbridge (Newton Abbot), in 1877, she managed what we would wish for all the children and young people of Teignbridge and surrounding area that we serve in our schools by fulfilling her childhood dreams and ambitions.

On 10 May 1922 Dr Ivy Williams became the first woman to be called to the Bar (formally recognised as a qualified Barrister of Law) of England and Wales.

The story of Dr Ivy Williams reminds us of the famous quote from Michaelangelo:

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

The Ivy Education Trust supports and challenges all members of our learning community to dream big, aim high, and achieve more than they ever thought was possible.

Working For Us

Joining our Trust means so much more than working for just one school. Ivy Education Trust is a successful growing family of schools that play a part in shaping our culture within South Devon.

A career with us has many opportunities. We are passionate in supporting staff with their professional development and well-being. We believe that the more we invest in our staff, the more successful we will become as an educational Trust.

We want the best for our stakeholders and have many opportunities and rewards on offer.

Benefits

  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Cycle scheme
  • Close proximity to the Dartmoor National Park
  • Coastal locations
  • Easy access to the M5 motorway and Exeter Airport
  • Excellent rail and bus links

Incentives

  • Investment in resources and facilities
  • Free Occupational Health referrals
  • Free use of on site Fitness Suite
  • Food allowance for approved duties
  • In house People and Finance expertise

CPD And Progression

  • Personalised training programmes
  • New staff/PGCE Induction programmes
  • Middle leader training opportunities
  • Mentor programmes
  • Strong links with external groups such as PiXL, Challenge Partners and South West Teaching School Alliance
  • Strong links within the local learning community

Why the ‘Ivy’ Education Trust?

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The name of our Trust is inspired by the story of Dr Ivy Williams. Born in Teignbridge (Newton Abbot), in 1877, she managed what we would wish for all the children and young people of Teignbridge and surrounding area that we serve in our schools…she fulfilled her childhood dreams and ambitions. Despite those ambitions at the time seeming highly unlikely – she dared to dream, she set her sights high, she proved her doubters wrong…

On 10 May 1922 Dr Ivy Williams became the first woman to be called to the Bar (formally recognised as a qualified Barrister of Law) of England and Wales. This was despite having passed many of her qualifications in Law as early as 1903. The law and regulations at the time prevented females from formally qualifying and practising law. Changes to these laws and regulations in 1919 and 1920 saw her make her breakthrough a few years later.

Ivy Williams’ Call to the Bar had been the fulfilment of a childhood dream: both her father and her brother were lawyers; her father a solicitor and her brother a barrister. She gained qualifications from both Oxford University and the University of London. Despite her momentous and history-making call to the Bar, she decided not to practice as a Barrister. Instead, returning to Oxford University as the first ever woman in the UK to be appointed to teach law to others.

The story of Dr Ivy Williams reminds us of the famous quote from Michaelangelo:

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

The Ivy Education Trust supports and challenges all members of our learning community to dream big, aim high, and achieve more than they ever thought was possible.