Welcome to The Link Academy Trust

The Link Academy Trust is a multi academy trust made up of nineteen primary schools offering your child strong foundations to academic excellence. Your child deserves the very best education, your family deserves to be part of the very best community and we aim, together, to provide exactly that.

In April 2016 the two schools of Newton and Teign Federation joined the four schools of the Totnes Federation of Village Schools to form The Link Academy Trust.

Woodleigh Federation, three primary schools joined the Link in March 2018 after a Management Partnership, as the Trust’s reputation for supporting small primary schools grew and the Trust prospered. Following this the Link was approved as a Sponsor Academy enabling the Trust to support failing schools.

The Link also took part in a DfE Research project investigating small rural primary schools in terms of financial sustainability. Four of the Link’s financial practices were published as case studies reflecting best practice.

During 2019- 20 the Link Academy Trust saw significant expansion with Drakes, (East Budleigh) and Otterton formerly the Raleigh Federation and Broadhempston joining the Trust. Later that academic year Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Ilsington and Moretonhampstead primaries were re-brokered into the Link from the South Dartmoor Academy Trust and then in 2021, Morchard Bishop C of E joined to strengthen the Woodleigh Hub further.

2023 saw Sparkwell All Saints Primary and Wolborough C of E Primary School join the Trust and with the latest addition of Littleham C of E Primary in the East Devon area, the Link goes from Strength to strength..

The Trust now has an established reputation as a successful Trust, able to offer excellent school improvement opportunities as well as sound financial practice. Academy Heads are able to focus completely on Teaching and Learning while experts manage HR issues, payroll, a full range of financial services, property actions-including a full programme of regular maintenance and rapid support. Health and Safety issues are managed, alongside GDPR and catering/ cleaning.

If you are interested in exploring whether we are a Trust you would like to work with please don’t hesitate to contact us. A warm welcome awaits.

Nicky Dunford, CEO Link Academy Trust


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