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I am very proud to be working alongside the Courtlands Leadership Team as Executive Headteacher.  I have been part of Transforming Futures Trust since April 2019, establishing ACE Tiverton as a new, specialist secondary school in September 2019, growing the school community from 35 students to nearly 90 over this time.

Courtlands School is a warm, happy, welcoming place to be. Staff are highly committed to supporting pupils to fulfil their potential, preparing them for the next stage of their learning. We get to know pupils well and meet their needs fully, removing any barriers to ensure they make the very best academic, social, and personal progress. I am privileged and excited to join the Courtlands team, we will work together to ensure we continue delivering the great practice already in place whilst also making further developments and improvements to ensure that we are the very best we can be – every day - for every pupil.

I look forward to the opportunity to meet you soon. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at any point. Our school community is made up of pupils, staff and our families too – you are integral to the success of your child and working in partnership will ensure your child makes the greatest possible progress whilst they are with us.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Hannah Smart 

Executive Headteacher




I joined Courtlands in 2017 as a class teacher and have had a range of roles in the school since then. I have been fortunate in having varied career with experience of teaching at Adult, Secondary, and mainstream primary schools before joining Courtlands. I am proud to be Head of School and work alongside Mrs Smart to empower the potential of all who belong or are connected to our community. My role is to lead the efficient operation of the school ensuring that all students make progress, staff are supported and challenged to undertake their roles effectively, within the school’s clear systems and processes. I am also the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Courtlands is a special place with a staff team that is passionate about providing an holistic and irresistible learning journey for children with complex needs. As a team we strive to be do better and be better each day so that our pupils can reach their potential. We place the child at the centre of our priorities, decision making and development planning and offer something that really does transform the futures of our pupils and often their families. We offer termly open afternoons for you to see our school in action and I look forward to welcoming you to one of them if you would like to learn more about us.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Nancy Hardwick

Head of School