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  • Small Group Open Events October 2021

    Due to Devon being in a Covid Enhanced Response Area until 4th October, we have taken the difficult decision to change the way we conduct our open events by replacing the College Open Evening on Tuesday 21st September with a wide range of smaller and more personal events. We are very keen to meet prospective parents/carers and pupils and are delighted to be able to offer a ‘package’ of Covid-safe opportunities to help inform your choice of secondary school for September 2022.
    Small group tours – wide range of dates available
    We are offering small group tours with our Executive Headteacher Michael Johnson, Deputy Executive Headteacher Neil Payne and SENDCO Laura Mackie. After school for those who may not be able to visit in working hours and morning tours for those who wish to visit during a normal school day.  Being able to see the school ‘in action’ provides an excellent window into what we offer here at Chulmleigh College, and with the tours being led by our Senior Leadership Team in a small group environment, you will have ample opportunities to ask any questions you may have. 
    We are offering a wide range of dates for these tours, please click on the links below to book.
    After school tours: Morning tours:
    Year 6 Taster Morning Saturday 16th October 9am-12pm We are delighted to be able to offer prospective pupils the chance to attend a Taster Morning at the College, where they will experience a range of lessons and activities.


Trust Leadership Team

Our Academy Trust Leadership Team consists of a dedicated team of professionals who deal with the day-to-day management of all of our schools under the guidance of the Executive Headteacher, Michael Johnson.

This results in seamless management across all of the schools in the Trust, and ensures that every child benefits from our unique flexibility to share resources, expertise and best practice across the schools.

Executive Headteacher - Chief Executive Officer 

Michael Johnson
Executive Headteacher
Chief Executive Officer

We are all proud of Chulmleigh Academy Trust and our family of schools.  We are here to work with you so that we, together, promote ambition and inspire all the children in our care.

Deputy Executive Headteacher  

Neil Payne
Deputy Executive Headteacher

I am passionate about raising standards in education and my role centres around Teaching and Learning and the Curriculum.  I am also the Senior Designated Officer for Child Protection at the College.  I have worked in a number of schools and at the College previously, as Head of Religious Education, and bring this wide experience to my role.  

Business Manager 

Tina Harrison
Business Manager

As Academy Business Manager I am responsible for the strategic oversight, operation and delivery of support services within the Trust. 

I am also the Company Secretary and have responsibility for the Trust’s compliance in relation to its legal and statutory obligations.

As you can imagine the role is varied and there is never a dull moment!


Laura Mackie

First and foremost I am a Maths teacher and teach Year 6-11 across the Trust.  In addition to this my key responsibilities are Special Educational Needs, Pupil Premium IT and Transition.  I am passionate about inclusion and believe that every child has the right to the very best education, no matter what their barriers to learning may be. 

I am truly proud of the progress that all our pupils make, right across all the schools within the Trust, and know that the fantastic teachers we have are the key to pupils success.

Estates Manager 

Terry Pullen
Estates Manager

My role within the Trust focuses on the buildings, and health and safety. It is an absolute privilege to be associated with our four schools, ensuring the premises offer the very best possible conditions for learning. Whilst I am based in the College, I can quite often be found at one of the primary schools checking on things and making sure everything is working as it should. My position allows me to get involved in so many aspects of education; not only the facilities management side but teaching and learning, community partnerships, pupil and parent support. It’s never boring, quite often a challenge and always rewarding.

I really do hope that my contribution helps the children benefit from the best possible environment.