New Bideford school set up for former Chelfam Mill pupils has had a strong start, says principal.

The principal of Torridge Academy says the new school has settled in well since its opening in September.

The academy was opened by SchoolsCompany Trust to cater for some of the pupils from Chelfham Mill School, which closed last year.

A police investigation is still under way into allegations of historic abuse at Chelfham Mill, near Barnstaple.

Torridge Academy was set up in the former Springfield Day Care Centre in Bideford in 'one of the quickest school turnarounds of all time', said principal Rowland Eno.

Mr Eno said: "We had just 10 days to get the school up and running - I don't know if it's ever been done before.

"But the school is going from strength-to-strength; we currently have 11 pupils but we have capacity for about 20-25."

Mr Eno thanked the local community and councillors for their support since opening.

Devon county councillor Robin Julian has donated £1,000 towards a greenhouse for the school, while Torridge district councillor James Morrish helped secure temporary space at the Sea Cadets Hall in Bideford.

"We have some additional classrooms to be put in, but in the interim we have been lucky enough to be able to use this hall," said Mr Eno.

"It's a lovely building and a very nurturing environment; I am very happy with how progress has gone so far, and so are the parents, pupils and Devon County Council."

Before working at Torridge Academy, Mr Eno worked in London and has been teaching since 1983.