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Exmouth Community College is a fully comprehensive academy. We provide a first class education and a broad and exciting range of extended opportunities for our students.  We are proud to hold the Silver Arts Mark for our work in creative and performing arts. We are a Fairtrade School and a Specialist School in Maths & Computing. Our curriculum, transition arrangements and sport are all outstanding.(Ofsted)  We are committed to good behaviour, appearance and hard work and reward this through our awards system which encourages achievement for all.

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As part of our range of activities to celebrate National Science Week we had award winning author Chris Lloyd at the College to talk to Year 6 primary students and Year 9 and 8 students from the College. He presented three shows during the day to a packed Main Hall engaging students with humour, activity and knowledge!

The "What On Earth" show explains the history of science and inventions from prehistory to the present with 20 objects which the students select from Chris Lloyd’s special gown/coat.(See image)

This was a brilliant, if too short, dose of real science.

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The ‘What on Earth Show’

with top science author, Chris Lloyd

On Thursday 19th March, the Ice Project, part of Open Door Exmouth, hosted an awards evening with a difference, the ceremony was the first of it’s kind to recognise students not for academia or sports but for personal qualities like; kindness, perseverance and compassion. Martin Nicholls from Lifetimes Ceremonies presented the evening, reading the nominations and welcoming each student on stage to receive their award.

Twenty one students from were awarded trophies by Mr Alexander (and were given goody bags!) to celebrate not just what they have achieved but “who they are”.

Nominations from staff included Griffin Howard who was nominated after his heroic battle with cancer and his consistently positive attitude to school. Maria Bevan was nominated as a ‘model’ big sister as she has shown maturity, compassion and a willingness to put her sister's needs before her own. After her sister moved up to year 7, Maria would always check on her each day and help her find her classrooms. Callum Smith was nominated for having faced several tough challenges in his short life but handling them with, “stoicism, maturity and determination.”  Another winner was Tom Nicholas who was described as “A lovely lad, nothing is too much trouble for him. He will help anyone, is very polite, respectful, and helps all his peers and staff alike.”

Other students awarded for personal qualities such as kindness, perseverance and compassion: Kara Lomas, Antonia Lea, Leo Waller, Lewis Escott, Phillippa Carnall, Sacha Boneham, Kieran Manning, Jade Boneham, Damien Lis, Rhiannon Prosser, Alycia Carnall, Elijah Gates, Jack-Mitchell Shaw, Zoe Howarth, Greg Medlock, Keenan Delve and Victoria Lee.

Jenna Burnett, leader of the Opendoor ICE PROJECT, said, “The evening was a great success and very moving as we heard all the reasons why the young people were nominated. It was a very special evening during which we celebrated some very inspirational students with staff, family and friends.”

The ICE project is part of Open Door Exmouth, a local charity working to support local people and make a positive difference in our community. For more information, see

Awards Presented to Inspirational Students

Fifty three students from Exmouth Community College visited Plymouth University this Wednesday to celebrate British Science Week. The morning session was jam packed with a wide range of activities and demonstrations. This year was bigger and better than ever before, with the inclusion of a careers hub to research the potential career pathways available on completion of a maths/science-focused degree!

Students were fascinated by the latest technologies including robotics, wave power, 3-D virtual reality and many more hands on demonstrations. Some of the highlights included being enclosed inside a bubble and being strapped into the newest type of paramedic stretches. Employers from a wide variety of industries also attended and students had the opportunity to discuss future career pathways with them.

The afternoon session included a talk by Dr Lavelle. His talk provided genuine examples of why a mathematics degree can open up numerous successful, well paid career opportunities and why it is highly valued by employers. It also exemplified why mathematics is important in our lives, along with other thought provoking mathematical revelations.  Both the staff and students thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Students visit Plymouth University for British Science Week 2015

College & Business Work Together to Develop Enterprise Skills in Young People

Thursday 19th March saw Exmouth Community College host a Celebration Day for The Enterprising Futures Project, which has been funded by a £10000 grant from Devon County Council and delivered by the Business Department at the college.

Back in January staff from local primary schools attended an enterprise training day at the college, Post 16 students completed training as Enterprise Ambassadors and almost 700 students from Year 6 & Year 9 completed various enterprise activities. Since then students at Exeter Road, Marpool, St Peters, Lympstone and Bassetts Farm have been busy setting up and running their own businesses, support by school staff and Post 16 students from the college.

Before Thursday celebration event, students had to produce a business report, while on the Thursday they had trade stand to tell their story.  During the morning they had a number of interviews at these stands with the judging panel before having to give a formal presentation to the assembled crowd of fellow students, parents, governers, teachers, Post 16 students are various members of the local business and political community including Mr Bill Nash, the mayor.

The judging panel of Mr Gary Nichols (Optimise 4), Mrs Victoria Gage (Devon County Council),  Mr Ian McQueen (Big Fire & Chairman of Exmouth Chamber of Commerce), Mr Nigel Wilkinson (WNW Digital), Mr Col Hancock (Young Enterprise) and Mr Steven Hawkins (RBS/Natwest) had a very difficult task in selecting the winners, eventually selecting St Peters as the overall winners, with each of the other schools picking up at least one category award.    It was then left to the judges, together with Mr A K Alexander (College Principal) and Councillor Chapman to to present the awards and prizes to winning teams.

The next stage in project will be able to get more local schools involved by establishing an Exmouth Enterprise Education board in the summer term, which will further strengthen the links between education and the local business community.

Celebrating Singing Excellence

On Wednesday 11 March, the Senior SING College Choir having sent an audition tape to the Devon Music Service, were invited to go to Exeter Cathedral to take part in an all day workshop and evening concert to celebrate singing excellence across Devon. We were there with five other school choirs. First we learnt a few pieces together such as ‘Greensleeves’ and the sea shanty ‘Shallow Brown’   under the direction of Stephen Tanner, the Cathedral Choristers’ choirmaster.

It was a great experience to be singing in such a big group and the sounds created as a result of the acoustics of the cathedral were amazing. For the rest of the day we went to other workshops and learnt different styles of folk music with the help of folk singer Hazel Askew (who is one half of the acclaimed ‘Askew Sisters’) and Sarah Owen and her Wren Trust project choir ‘Roots a Capella’. We learnt great new songs and some new singing techniques as well which I’m sure will help us in the future.  For the evening concert we all joined together to sing what we had learnt throughout the day as well as each school performing their own pieces: we sang our own version of ‘All of Me’ which impressed many watching. It was a great day and I’m sure Mrs Lees and Senior SING will agree, well worth it for the experience we gained.      

Contributed by: Joshua Brown, Year 12

Gary Nichols (Optimise 4) and Victoria Gage (DCC) present the winners award to St Peters School