Shoreline Academy

 Shoreline Academy is located in North Devon, with sites in Bideford and Barnstaple.  Our aim is to work closely with primary and secondary schools to provide support to the most vulnerable students.  Our students come to us at various points throughout their schooling, usually as a result of their school placement having broken down.   Our purpose is to support students to create an environment where everyone can grow and develop, as they become responsible citizens and lifelong learners.  Our role is to help students get back on track, either through a return to regular schooling or by completing Year 11 with Shoreline Academy.  We work closely with a diverse range of outside agencies both statutory and voluntary so that our students can access the support and guidance they need. We are committed to tailoring our curriculum to meet the needs of our students, developing a range of skills knowledge, attitudes and understanding so all our students can aspire to their full potential. 

Contact Us

Principal main contact: Tessa Claridge

Enquiries are dealt with by an academy administrator 

The Shoreline Academy

Springfield Court Fishleigh Road , Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 3UD

01271 386333


Open today

09:00 – 15:00

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staff biographies

Tessa Claridge Principal

Tessa has been in education for over 20 years. Starting her career in further education and holding various senior leadership roles, Head of Department in Surrey, Head of College in Cornwall and as Head of Education and Pastoral Operations in Oxfordshire. Tessa has used her varied experiences to inspire learners from different backgrounds, ages, and abilities to achieve and engage in education. Now as Principal of Shoreline Academy Tessa will be looking to bring her drive and passion to ensure an excellent student experience. In her spare time, Tessa likes to spend time with her family and dogs

Russell Clarke Vice Principal

Russell’s teaching career began in Birmingham after completing a BSc (Hons) in secondary design and technology Education at Nottingham Trent University in 1998. Much of his experience is in pastoral support within mainstream schools. His previous leadership roles have included Senior Head of Learning and Guidance, Assistant Head Teacher and Deputy Head teacher. Russell’s family relocated to Devon in 2016 and he was appointed Vice Principal  in July 2017.

Jo Parker Assistant Principal and Sendco

Jo graduated from The University of Plymouth with a BSc Hon in Environmental science in 2005. She then spent time working with young people with SEND or at risk of permanent exclusion through charities in Cornwall and North Devon.  After qualifying as a teacher, and working in various mainstream schools, Jo started working for the Devon Personalised Learning Service in North Devon in 2012 where she taught science. Following a promotion in 2014, Jo became the lead teacher for pupils with Medical needs and developed the site to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum was offered to pupils with medical needs. Jo is now the Assistant Principal with responsibilities for Inclusion and SEND. Outside of work Jo spends time with her family and enjoys scuba diving or relaxing with a good book.

academy information

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student data

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The Shoreline Academy timetable (pdf)


School Nurse Information

Primary students school nurse details (pdf)


Secondary students school nurse details (pdf)



School Newsletter 9th Edition (pdf)


School Newsletter 10th Edition (pdf)


School Newsletter 11th Edition (pdf)