Newport Community School Primary Academy is part of the Tarka Learning Partnership. All schools within the trust are responsible to the Directors and Members of the Trust. 

Newport Community School became an Academy on 1st August 2011 and is formally known as Newport Community School Primary Academy (NCSPA). In 2018, the school became part of a Multi-academy Trust known as the Tarka Learning Partnership.


The school is governed by both an Academy Trust and a Local Governing Body.  The Trust is currently made up of five Members and a Board of Directors, whose role is to oversee and challenge the school and the Local Governing Body on the long-term strategic direction and performance of the school.


The Trust members are:-

  • Graham Cockell

  • Marie Mock

  • Jane Hanson

  • Victoria Nel

  • Peter Blyth


Local Governing Body


The Chair of Governors is David Cresswell and he can be contacted in writing through Newport Community School Primary Academy, Landkey Road, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 9BW.


The Tarka Learning partnership is a registered company at Companies House.  An annual financial record is compiled each year and sent out to parents and relevant community partners.  This statement is available through the school office and the Academy’s website.


The Governing Body of the school is responsible for ensuring that the school provides the best possible education for the children, and to see that it fulfills all the requirements laid down by law.  The Governing Body is made up of a variety of different types of governors.


Parent governors are elected by the parents of children at the school, and teacher and non-teaching staff governors by their colleagues. Elections are held every four years, unless a vacancy arises. 


The Governing Body members are:-

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Kim Baker 

Co-opted  Safguarding Lead Governor


Della Oliver

Clerk to Governors


David Cresswell

Chair of Governors -

Parent Governor


Viv Howells

Parent Governor


Jessica Patel

Vice Chair of Governors - Parent Governor


Kieran Kidd

Community Governor


David Barnett

Staff Governor Occupation Interim Headteacher


Jo Hill

Staff Governor Occupation Teaching Assistant


(Governors can be contacted through the school: 01271 376252 or email Letters can also be handed into the school office).


The full Governing body meets at least six times a year as a whole.  This board discusses health and safety, buildings, finance, the community, personnel, curriculum and home-school links etc.  Governors monitor the school curriculum and strategic development. The Tarka Learning partnership’s Board of Directors oversees the work of Newport’s Local Governing Body in accordance with a delegated scheme of Governance.