Lampard, Marland and Pathfield Schools are part of the new SENtient Trust.

THREE North Devon schools have helped launch a ‘special’ educational trust.

Marland, Pathfield and Lampard Schools were three of 11 Devon schools in the SENtient Trust, the first group of special schools in the UK to form a cooperative trust.

The launch event was held at Crealy in Exeter, where the children wowed guests with their singing and artwork.

Karen Rogers, headteacher at Lampard School in Barnstaple, said: “The children and families that all the special schools work with are inspirational.

“Even though they face many challenges on a day to day basis, they show us all what can be achieved with hard work and determination.”

The SENtient Trust was set up to advance the education, care and wellbeing of the students.

Claire May, head teacher at Pathfield, said: “The trust supports this with a clear focus on supporting the schools - on raising standards of attainment, improving achievement and outcomes for our children and young people - and by working with our wider community to improve community cohesion.”

The SENtient Trust is keen to hear from local businesses and individuals who would like to become involved.

Keith Bennett, the principal at Marland School, added: “SENtient is all about enabling our children and young people to achieve their full potential and become successful and valuable members of society.”

To find out more about the SENtient Trust, please contact the Trust at or see their website at