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Aims and values

Ethos / Statement of Purpose / Our Vision

“Our students are an untapped resource of positive potential. Our aim, in partnership with parents / carers and support professionals, is to fully meet the individual social, emotional, behavioural and learning needs of each and every young person. To personalise our predominately positive based approaches to enable each and every one to flourish and develop into happy, independent, emotionally literate, well educated, socially confident and productive members of society”


Marland School is a dual site maintained foundation trust special school for students who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan in which the primary need is identified as Behavioural, Emotional and/or Social Difficulties (BESD) or Social, Emotional and/or Mental Health needs (SEMH), with many experiencing secondary / additional special educational needs. Marland is a school first and foremost, with our main emphasis being an educational one focussed on teaching and learning as a priority.

The school is designated for 40 boys ranging from 10 to 16 years in age (Yr6 – Y11) in the Residential School (Peters Marland) and a further 36 co-educational (Yr4 – Y11) students in the North Devon catchment area Day School at Springfield Court, Roundswell, Barnstaple. Within our educational community much emphasis is placed upon warmth, security, support, consistency, honesty, respect, guidance and encouragement. It is our intention that the students in our care will benefit from the positive relationships we can offer through the role models they are provided with.