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Achievement for All

On an overcast Sunday afternoon eight members of the college:Tom Breslin, Haydon Lockwood, Rob Osborne, Zachary Pesséll, Louis Siveyer, Fletcher Tate, Matthew Waldron  accompanied by Mr Martin, met at Plymouth Yacht Haven in order to take part in the Tall Ships activity on the ship "Pegasus".

The team were met by the crew Hannah (skipper) and Aidan (1st mate) who took them aboard. After a safety briefing and dinner they set sail for Salcombe where they arrived at 1 o'clock in the morning - it was raining and very dark which made navigating up the river pretty tricky.

Everyone was up at 5am to to get under way to the Channel Islands. There was a good breeze but the sea was not what you would call flat so many of the group suffered with sea sickness. However, the mood was made lighter by the dolphins which were riding in the  bow wave.  

Students from the College have been involved with Budleigh Literary Festival in several ways and soon Year 9 students will be taking part in the Poetry Slam event on September 15.


It is particular pleasure that we report that the award winners of the Arvon Bursary include Lucy -Anne Murdoch who is a Post 16 student at the College.  Malcolm Elliott, the Chairman of the Literacy festival, is pictured left, with the two winners of this prestigious bursary which aims to help young writers. The Poetry Slam event is at Budleigh Public Hall on Sept 15 from 5.30 to 6.30 pm.  It is a free event.

Literary Festival Bursary Winner is Lucy-Anne Murdoch!

In July, Exmouth's Classicists enjoyed the opportunity to visit Rome and Sorrento and to see some of the ancient world's most interesting and spectacular sights.

Students visited the Colosseum, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius.

Ms. Reid, Head of Classics, said "As ever, Exmouth classicists were a credit to the school and they really benefited from seeing the Roman world first hand - the trip certainly brought their studies to life."



Rome and Sorrento Trip brings Study of Classics to Life

Tall Ships Adventure

After fourteen hours the team dropped anchor at St Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey. Later that afternoon they motored the short distance to another island - Sark, a tiny island with an area of 2.1 square miles and a population of only 600 people where they landed on a beautiful sandy beach, had a BBQ and watched the sun go down over Guernsey. To add to the fun, once it got dark, there was an air display over St Peter Port.

Next morning the group went ashore on Sark again to explore. There are no cars and the only forms of transport are horses and carts, tractors, bicycles or feet. The group enjoyed blackberries and chocolate ice cream.

Later in the  afternoon the team weighed anchor and set off, skirting around Guernsey and out into the Channel until all land had disappeared from view.  At 7.30 next morning the team sailed back into Salcombe.  After a day relaxing and learning more skills they set sail for Plymouth. The wind was up and the ship scudded along in the failing light arriving after sunset. It was hard work but great fun and everyone had passed the requirements for the RYA Competent Crew certificate.   Look out for the opportunity to go tall ship sailing next year.

Year 12 Textiles team have just come back from a very exciting visit to the Plymouth Aquarium. The visit was to enable them to research 'the ocean' for their Art and Design Textiles coursework.

The aquarium gave them great opportunity to get 'up close and personal' to the creatures of the sea and they all enjoyed being able to take photos and sketch the beautiful corals and jellyfish.

An interactive 'pond' was one of the highlights of the trip, not only fun to play with but giving lots of ideas for their 'ocean' garments and creations.

A trip enjoyed by all.

Post 16 Textiles Students Inspired by Aquarium

Exmouth Community College invited local dignitaries, school governors, consultants and supporters to an event to celebrate the opening of their new state-of-the-art maths block at Gypsy Lane. An official ribbon cutting ceremony was carried out by the Principal of Exmouth Community College, Mr A K Alexander followed by Cllr J McInnes unveiling the plaque.   Guests also enjoyed a tour of the new facilities and a buffet lunch, music from two students, and an IT presentation. 


New Mathematics Block Formally Opened

E.C.C. Leads The Way with American Football in the School Games


Exmouth Community College has become the public face of American Football in the School Games! The work of Coach Rooksby both during his time as a teacher here and afterwards as the British American Football Association (BAFA) Manager for Schools, has finally paid-off in an enormous way. The College and the Raptors figure hugely in the publicity and resources provided for teachers surrounding the break-through achievement. More importantly, the Programme at the College was instrumental in helping Coach Rooksby develop a complete school-based training and playing system which is now being offered to the 21,500 schools who are registered with the Youth Sport Trust. Even before the development was made public, the response from primary school teachers has been significant, with the primary school competition card being downloaded more times than the competition card for some other sports for the entire of last year!

More information and links on this story can be found on the Raptors page.

Chef Demonstrates Techniques to Students

Jack Sharland attended secondary school at the College and has gone on to make himself a name in the local food world. He currently serves up delicious food at Salutation, Topsham. Jack is also a strong contender in the South West Young Chef of the Year competition. Students were treated not only to a cooking demonstration but also had a chance to taste the food. A standard to to which they should aspire!

42 year KS4 Textile students attended the Westpoint Crafts and Sewing Fair 2016 where they had fun meeting fellow artists and craftspeople. Both local and national sewing and craft sellers and makers were at the fair giving out friendly advice and exhibiting beautiful works of art but maybe best of all, there was the chance for lots of shopping! With great positive feed back from the students and staff alike, another successful year at Westpoint.

Textiles Students Visit Westpoint Craft and Sewing Fair

P16 Textile students enjoyed a workshop given by ex ECC student and local photographer/artist Jonno Pearson. Jonno gave in interesting talk explaining his work and the work publications he has had. He then went on to explain the 3 techniques he uses to create his unique work. The students were given plenty of time to try out the techniques under Jonno's knowledgeable supervision. The work created will be used as primary research and exploration for their Textile Art and Design project. The overall response was exceedingly positive and they are now enjoying experimenting with the unique techniques.


Former Student Brings Expertise to Textiles Class

Business Studies students had a sweet treat when representatives of Littlepods came into lessons. Janet, the managing director, and Sam, the production and finance coordinator, gave students an overview of why and how Littlepods came about. Students were able to sample some of the products and were left with an understanding of many business topics such as spotting a gap in the market and the importance of branding. Janet also launched a competition for the students. She wants the students to design a scrolling display about the main products Littlepod sell, namely vanilla, chocolate and coffee. These ideas will be turned into a display for their stand at the Food Matters Live convention in London. Winning students will be invited to attend: what a fantastic opportunity!

Sweet Treat for Business Studies Students

Classici Fabulissimi!


Congratulations to Sarah Reynolds (8MSP) for her winning entry to this year's Classics Prize. Sarah produced an excellent music video about Julius Caesar, filmed on location and co-starring the whole Reynolds family!


Second prize was awarded to William Henderson (8LP) for his super contribution: William wrote a song and made a music video about the Fall of the Roman Empire.



Ms. Reid, Head of Classics, said, "Many thanks to all of those who entered. The standard of entries this year was particularly high and it was very hard to pick a winner. Well done, everyone - I look forward to seeing what the competition will bring next summer!"

Open Evening Success

On September 29 the College held its annual Open Evening which was very well attended. Parents and potential students had the option of touring the College with or without guides who were volunteers from Year 8.  Feedback from visitors was very positive and the good work of the guides was often mentioned. Due to the popularity of the guides and feedback from those who attended the evening the College will try to have more guides on hand next year. The evening was in part a success due to the many students who helped with displays on the evening all of whom will receive reward points. Guided College tours during a working day are still available. Please contact Mrs Butcher, Tel. 01395 255600

A level work exhibited at A la Ronde  Examples of pieces exhibited in October are below

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Post 16 Options Evening

It was a busy evening on 19 October as students and parents explored the exciting courses on offer at Post 16 for 2017-20. Post 16 teachers were on hand at their subject displays to help and advise students. There were also talks by senior staff which outlined the challenges and rewards of Post 16 education. Our commitment to develop the abilities of all young people was made clear. Our Facebook campaign

seems to have been popular but feedback would

be welcome.  Pictured are current A Level

students  and the Head of History

Promoting History A level.


Students win Prizes at Exmouth Art Group Annual Exhibition 2016

The College has exhibited the work of a number of students at the Exmouth Art Group's Annual Exhibition. The work exhibited is a mixture of GCSE, AS and A Level final pieces. The exhibition is held on the second floor of the Ocean Suite on the sea front and is on until the 16th October. Student prize winners: 1st prize was awarded to Lydia Gibson who exhibited part of her A level coursework for which she used acrylic paint and it is entitled 'Self Portrait’. Second prize went to Lizzie Reffell who exhibited a pencil tone drawing entitled 'Hannah', who is a family friend. Lizzie’s piece was part of her AS Level coursework last summer.  

Many of the works received top grades last summer at GCSE, AS and A level. The Art students are very dedicated and put in a great deal of time and effort to achieve these excellent results. The Head of Art, Mrs Honour, said, ”I am extremely proud of the quality of work in the exhibition and feel that it reflects well the diversity of skills and technical ability of our students.”



Students involved in all aspects of Physical Education have made an excellent start to their first term at the College. There has been an outstanding attendance at all clubs throughout the week which is a credit to all students. We have started a new Tennis academy, featuring some of the best players in the country.


The College has had over 50 sporting fixtures this term including; football, rugby, netball, hockey and cross country. The students have produced some fantastic results with many teams still progressing well in National and Devon competitions.


A Good Start to the Year for P.E Dept. and College Teams

The  P.E. Department were delighted to welcome Year 6 students and parents to the College on Open Evening. Throughout the evening over 300 guests were able to try out climbing, table tennis, rowing, cricket (bowling machine) and watch sporting demonstrations. It was pleasure to see the talent which will be attending the college next September


This year we have been very fortunate to have two Exeter City coaches involved in our girl’s football, pictured above). The under 13’s and 14’s are both in round 4 of the National Cup which is very exciting for both teams.

At the end of a very busy first half term we are already looking forward to the second half which will see some exciting visitors to the department. On Thursday 10th November we will welcome Joe Gore, current Somerset cricket player and former pupil. Joe will coaching and talking to some of our GCSE classes. In December we will also have the privilege of Olympic silver medallist, Annie Vernon attending the college for the day.

Thank you to all our students for an outstanding first term and remember, “success is always a team effort”.

Please follow @exmouthccsport for all PE news and results.



Students Impress at Exeter University

Last week, a selection of year 10 pupils from the College were lucky enough to take part in poetry workshops run by the Never Such Innocence charity. The charity takes its name from Philip Larkin's famous poem MCMXIV, which reflects on the changes caused by the First World War.


The aim of the charity is to ensure young people nationally are inspired, informed and included in the centenary activities. Each year they run a national competition where pupils can submit creative art, music and writing about WW1 and historically the entrees have been incredibly moving and important. After taking part in the poetry workshops, several students were invited to Exeter University to read their work in front of Lady Lucy French, the Major of Exeter and representatives from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  The event was a wonderful opportunity for our students to share their work and feelings about war and the response to the pupil's poetry was hugely positive.

Halloween Flowers with Mr Alexander

Mr Alexander visited the Florestry Club which is run by Mrs Ford. He saw some imaginative floral work using a pumpkin as an integral part of the displays created.

Exmouth Community College has been nominated and awarded as a Champion NCS College for 2015/16. The College has previously won this award.

To achieve Champion status schools and colleges have to  meet a number of key criteria in supporting the South West NCS recruitment team showcase and the NCS Experience to young people aged 15-17. The status also reflects on the number of young people from within each school or college who grabbed the once in a lifetime opportunity to go on programme in the summer of 2016.

Exmouth College has been instrumental in supporting the above by meeting a range of criteria consisting of, but not exclusive to:

- Allowing NCS to present to students at assemblies or other year group events

- Reinforcing key messages to encourage maximum sign ups and turn ups on programme

- Identifying any students they think would particularly benefit from participation and supporting them to take part

- Facilitating opportunities for NCS hosted activities (e.g. taster evenings & keep warm activities)

- Briefing staff internally about NCS

- Fronting communications to parents and pupils

- Allowing NCS access to parents/careers evenings and other relevant events

- Supporting students with any concerns or worries

- Celebrating the students who have completed NCS and showcase their achievements to other year groups and parents

NCS said, "A huge thank you for your help and cooperation and we look forward to developing our relationship with you further in 2016-17. We have an official certificate and plaque to present to the Principal."

SEND Paralympic Festival

Thirty five children took part in the first of two SEND events to be held within the ECC Learning Community on 31 October. This event was aimed at children who struggle to access physical education and it allowed them to take part in adapted physical activities based loosely on Paralympic sports. It was also a chance for these children to be out of school and representing their school and to feel achievement in doing so.


The festival was held in conjunction with BTec students from ECC who had undergone training before the event to raise their understanding of the needs and possible behaviours of the children who were going to take part. This was, for the BTec students, initially rather nerve wracking, but they were excellent and learnt quickly and made a real impact during the event.  The children took part in small “circle time” events initially to make them comfortable with the environment and the leaders. These activities were based on body awareness and basic fundamental movements such as jumping, sliding etc.


The children then undertook three different activities which were sitting volleyball based, parachute games and hand-eye co-ordination activities. The event concluded with using a large scarf for a very sensory activity which required all students to be together in a long line. They were then individually presented with their certificate of achievement. Due to differing needs for some children just staying and playing in the rather intimidating, noisy new and large environment was a major step, and there were delightful examples of excellent work form the BTec students to engage and support such diverse needs.


The ECC Leaders have now been invited to deliver again at the Level 3 Devon Ability Games doing a similar event after their excellent approach and work during the morning.  All children and leaders left very happy, and the smiles on their faces were the best evidence we could wish for!


Report from Catherine Kilburn


A group of Year 12 students visited the Diamond Light Source with Mr Stevens on the 13th of October. Students were able to meet scientists who have used the facility to study a wide range of materials.

Year 12 Students See Scientific Research First Hand

Students heard how discoveries made here have led to a potential vaccine for the hand, foot and mouth virus - as well as advances in forensic pathology and aircraft engine development.

Students had the opportunity to see the particle accelerator up close and witness imaging equipment being assembled.  The trip was run in partnership with local schools and the Ogden Trust.

Classics Students Visit British Museum

On Monday, 7th November, Classicists in Years 10, 11 and 12 went to visit the Parthenon Marbles at the British Museum. As well as seeing the friezes and statues first-hand, students also enjoyed exhibitions on the Greek Empire and the Roman occupation of Britain. This was a tremendous opportunity for the students, some of whom had never before seen classical art and architecture in such close proximity. As ever, Exmouth's Classicists were a credit to themselves, the Department and the College.

Joe Gore Returns to College to Coach and Inspire Students

The College recently welcomed back former student Joe Gore to coach and inspire students. Joe is a talented cricketer and is now on the staff at Somerset Cricket Club. During his day at the College Joe took a session with some year 8 boys; coached cricket; worked with gifted and talented students and did a question and answer session with a GCSE group.  Mr Alexander welcomed Joe back to the College and as a keen cricket fan is watching Joe’s career with interest.

Tennis Academy Launched

Continuing its commitment to the development of talented young sportsmen and women Exmouth Community College  and LED’s Exmouth Tennis and Fitness Centre launched their new Tennis Academy for young tennis players on Wednesday 9th November at the Exmouth Tennis and Fitness Centre. Jo Louis, Tennis Centre, and Tony Alexander, Exmouth Community College, are pictured with students and coaches at the Academy launch.

The Tennis Academy offers talented young players the opportunity to benefit from a unique ten hour per week programme of specialist coaching for students at Exmouth Community College, Exeter and East Devon.  The programme will develop all aspects of their game  allowing them to achieve  their true potential as tennis players.

The academy offers high quality, professional coaching provided by the tennis centre staff including fitness, strength and conditioning sessions alongside academic mentoring. This has the potential to become one of the best school tennis programmes in Devon and the South West.

Jo Louis  and the coaches from the tennis centre will work with the College to give students a great opportunity to develop their skills and understanding of all aspects of the game.


Jo Louis  said, "This is a fantastic opportunity for youngsters to receive top quality tennis and fitness programmes while studying at ECC - providing opportunities for these players to reach their potential."


Stuart Lowe, Head of PE at the College, said, "As Head of the Sport and Leisure department at Exmouth Community College I have been delighted by the start of the Tennis Academy at Exmouth. The links we have with the local community have really started to flourish and this is one fine example of how this is working.”


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT MR RICHARD THOMPSON AT THE COLLEGE

Governors’ Day

Governors spent a day in College this week visiting their link departments; experiencing lessons with the students; going to the year group assembly and enjoying lunch!


Comments from the governors included:

“The students were a delight to talk to.”

“The lesson was fascinating, nothing like when I went to school!”

“The students are a credit to the College, their behaviour was impeccable.”


Jill Elson, Chair of Governors, said, “It was great to see the College in action. We appreciated the time and effort made by the teaching staff who provided excellent teaching. We also appreciated that the staff make a lot of extra effort to help the students in many ways such as with sport, dance, drama, music, extra lessons and homework club. We as a Governing Board are very proud to be part of the College and its achievements.”


Post 16 Law and Sociology Students

Consider Gender Stereotypes and Justice.

A mixture of Year 13 Law and Sociology students recently attended an Exeter University ESRC funded Research Day entitled,"Proper Victims".  The event was held at Exeter Castle. The students attending were given a wealth of information about Public Enquiries and had to decide if they felt the issue of Gender Stereotypes affected a person's access to justice, and separately, if there was sufficient evidence of this to demand a Public Enquiry. It stimulated a lot of passionate discussion!

Gifted & Talented Students

The Autumn term has leapt into full swing for the College’s Most Able students, with extra curricular activities already filling the College calendar.  The sporting opportunities offered to our talented athletes are amazing. However, there are range of other opportunities offered for students to stretch and challenge their skills and understanding under the guidance of our Gifted and Talented coordinator, Mr Williamson.


For example, on Friday 21st October Year 11 students were treated to a presentation by Toby and Katie DeBurgh.  Both Toby and Katie have worked in the field of Nuclear Science, as engineers in charge of decommissioning power stations, and in Nuclear medicine.  From finding out that radioactive fuel really does glow, to examining how radiation can be a vital healthcare tool the Year 11’s were able to place their GCSE Physics studies into a real world context. Students were also shown the advantages and disadvantages of the UK turning to Nuclear Power to meet it’s energy needs in the 21st century.  When asked for their views on the construction of Hinkley Point C in Somerset opinions were divided, with some thinking it is a positive move and others less sure.  One thing is sure, the presence of thousands of skilled jobs in the South West for nuclear scientists this is certainly an area that offers some excellent opportunities for careers and study.

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The UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics. The UKMT organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for 11-18 year old UK school pupils.

On Wednesday 16 November Exmouth Community College hosted one of the national regional finals. A total of 20 schools in the region came to Exmouth to compete for the regional title which would qualify them for the next round, which is the National Final, held in London. Each school entered a team of 4 made up of students from years 12 and 13. There were 3 different rounds: the group challenge, head-to-head contest, and the cross-number.

The final results were:

1st Exeter Mathematics School

2nd Torquay Boys Grammar

3rd West Buckland

The team from Exmouth Community College achieved very commendable 10th place and were a credit to the College.

It was a very enjoyable day for all the students participating and a joy for their Mathematics teachers to see them so enthused.


UK Maths Trust: Senior Team Challenge Regional Final 2016

Future Chef Winners!

Once again students from the College have impressed food experts to book a place in the regional final to represent their area in the regional heats of the Future Chef Competition. Abbie Evans won the area final at Exeter College on 16 November with fellow student Jack Briggs being the runner up.


Both now will go on to represent the area in the regional final at Petroc in Barnstable in January. The three judges were Richard Hunt, top Devon chef and owner of The Devon Scone company; Matthew Picket tutor at Michael Caine's Academy and the 3rd judge was the recent winner of the Young South West Chef of the year.  These talented judges were really impressed by the level of skill and competency our students demonstrated during the competition, whilst remaining cool under pressure.


Abbie created great flavours that complemented each other through her three course meal:

Starter: garlic and lime prawns in a spicy mango sauce

Main course: lime and coriander chicken tikka curry with yoghurt and mint dip and home made naan bread

Dessert:lime and bourbon cheesecake.

Jack showed a great ability to work within a kitchen and produce a high standard across his three course meal.

Starter: smoked mackerel pate

Main: parmesan stuffed chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto ham with dressed asparagus and carrots

Dessert: raspberry and ginger cheesecake.


We should also thankex student Jack Sharland who spent time helping Abbie and Jack perfect their dishes before the competition in Exeter.

We wish both of these brilliant chefs all the best for the regional finals in January.  The College has a history of success in this competition with one student reaching the national final.

Joyful Music Concert Raises Spirits of Audience

The annual ECC & Rotary music concert featuring student musicians and singers took place on Novemeber 15 to raise money for charity.  The large audience were treated to talented choirs, string groups, bands and soloists performing a wide range of musical styles with verve and expertise.  This was a joyful evening of entertainment.

Our thanks to all the music staff and students who gave up so much time to make the concert a brilliant success. Each year it gets better!!   


Professional Artists Work with Year 10 Students

All Year 10 GCSE Art & Design students had the opportunity to spend a day with a professional artist and to learn and experiment whilst still in college.

The aim of the day was for the students to learn new techniques and to hear:

How they make a living out of art.

Caricature Artist Stan Toohey

3D Artist Peter Margerum

Printmaking Artist Amanda Sabin

Stan Toohey contacted the Head of Art, Jill Honour, after his two days working with students, and said, “The students in both groups displayed a standard of behaviour, engagement, execution and creativity far beyond their years. It was an absolute pleasure to teach such well rounded individuals; they are a credit to the Art Departments' commitment to excellence and to the spirit of ECC.”                                          

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There were three artists and students chose in which medium they would like to work. The choices were: Caricature with Stan Toohey; Printmaking with Amanda Sabin or 3D with Peter Margerum.


The students will include the work they produced in their coursework for GCSE and will now have a range of new techniques to use and apply when developing their ideas towards the Final Piece.

Students Discover Skuba Diving and Pass PADI

During last year’s activities week six students took part in the all new Discover Scuba Diving activity. All the students passed the course and this week they were presented with their PADI diving certificate by Mr Alexander.

The PADI qualification gained was  the Open Water Certificate: this allows holders of the certificate to dive to a Depth of 18 metres and it is a lifetime qualification. The PADI Open Water Certificate is an internationally recognised qualification which means they can dive anywhere in the world.

Fancy becoming a qualified diver?

This activity will be running again for next year’s activities week: students wanting further information should see Mr Greaves in the Technology block on the Gypsy Lane site for more information.  Watch out for the Activities Week booklet in January next term.

Future Entrepreneurs!! Year 10 Business Students Win Enterprise Competition and Enjoy London Trip

Year 10 students Toby Abrahams, Louis Edwards, Santino Elkington, Sam Gallagher and Finley Robertson were the winners the first LittlePod Enterprise Award. The group designed an information portal about the commodities that LittlePod use to make their products. There prize was a trip to London to collect their award.


At 06:15 the group met with the head of Business Studies, Mr Wagner, at Exeter Airport for their flight to London City Airport. As the sun rose over London the students were able to see all of the places they were intending to visit for the day.

The student’s first stop was to navigate the train network to Canary Wharf. Whilst at Canary Wharf the students had a guided tour of HSBC Bank HQ. After a rigorous security check the students had an insight into the workings of the bank and the 20,000+ workers it employees. To end the visit the students went to a board room on the 40th floor and enjoyed a business breakfast.

From there it was onto the underground and a quick trip to North Greenwich to explore the O2 Arena. After a walk around the site and a lunch pit stop the students headed to the Emirates Air Line Cable Car to enable them to cross the river and make it to the Excel Centre.

Once disembarked the students had a short walk to the Excel Centre to collect their award. The Excel Centre was hosting Food Matters Live 2016 and prestigious event for food and beverage industry. The students had been granted special

access as no students were previously allowed at the show. Once there they found their way to the LittlePod stand and were introduced to the Food Matters Live crowds. The students received their awards and then had to face the cameras where they had many pictures taken and conducted interviews.

Exhausted the students made their way to the airport full of pride (and food). The trip was a fantastic, inspiring day that hopefully the students will never forget.

An Inspector Calls on Year 10 English!

Mrs Drew’s English class are studying JB Priestley's classic thriller, An Inspector Calls. As part of their work the students prepared for a mock trial of the key protagonists researching the prosecution and defence cases using the text.  Revision Notes

Pictured is Ms Thomas, Head of Post 16, putting the finishing touches to a Christmas Box before it is sent away with all the numerous other boxes put together by Post 16 tutor groups. This year pictures of the children who will receive the gift boxes were supplied which made the whole process more personal and moving for our students.

Christmas Shoe Boxes!

Principal Welcomes New Year 7 Students

On Monday September 5  the new Year 7 students started their College career.  During the day they worked with their tutor, met some of their teachers and had a Triangle of Partnership assembly with the Head of Year 7, Mrs Thorn, and Principal, Mr Alexander. It was very pleasing to see so many parents attending the assemblies. Mr Alexander  told the students that they were starting the College with a “clean slate” and he hoped that all the things that were on that ‘slate’ at the end of their first year would be positive.  He encouraged the new students to take full advantage of all the curricular and extra curricular opportunities which the College offers.  He also stressed that every student must take full responsibility for their actions.

The Triangle of Partnership is an agreement between the College, the student and the parent/carer. Mr Alexander presented every certificate to the students which means that he shook hands with, and said hello to, every new student.


As rewards go this one must be one of the best for any football fan!
The Year 7 football team recently had a wonderful trip to Manchester United.

A Football Fan’s Dream Reward!

As rewards go this one must be one of the best for any football fan!

The Year 7 football team have returned from a wonderful trip to Manchester United. The boys were lucky enough to watch a fantastic match against Feyenoord in the Europa league, which Manchester United won 4-0. The boys saw some excellent goals scored by Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jesse Lingard.


After the game, the boys were lucky enough to meet players for pictures and autographs, with the highlight meeting 89 million pound signing, Paul Pogba.


Michael Carrick, England international, once again complemented our students behaviour and good manners. The morning after the game, the team had a tour of the ground and were able to try on match worn shirts, goalkeeping gloves and boots from Manchester United players. Another wonderful trip and the students were a credit to the College.

Dance Students Coached by Rambert Dance Company

GCSE and A Level Dance students enjoyed a workshop with the world famous Rambert Dance Company. The students were taught parts of the repertoire from professional works by the company  The dancers rose to the challenge and earned the respect of the visiting professionals who said,”Rarely do we see such talented and focused young dancers when we visit schools". Many of the students went on to see the Rambert Dance Company in performance in Plymouth after the workshops.


During group tutorials our A2 students had the opportunity to discuss their own own work with Mr Southam.  Olly Evans said that he found Jem’s critique really helpful and interesting whilst Sadie Rogers thought that Jem helped her  to see what aspects of her photographs looked the best and where her photography should go next"

There was a buzz of excitement and enthusiasm in the department throughout the day; by the end our visitor was speaking very highly of the work he saw from our students and is keen to see how their projects conclude in the spring. We hope to welcome him back again soon.



Jem Southam, Photographer, Gives Professional Guidance

Our AS and A2 Photography students have had an inspiring day with one of the country's leading landscape photographers: Jem Southam, who is well know for his images of rockfalls and cliff faces. Jem came in last Thursday to visit the department. In the morning he gave a talk about his practice and set up his large format field camera for students to see.

Danielle Gibson, photography student, said, "Mr. Southam's talk was a joy to listen to and it was very interesting to hear the  stories  behind his work as well as what he does and what equipment he uses. I particularly enjoyed looking through Southam's camera and seeing the classroom upside-down! I really loved the visit!" .

Principal Presents Air Cadets Awards

On Tuesday 29th November Mr Alexander  was the guest of honour at the annual Air Cadets award night where he inspected the Cadets of Exmouth's 299 Squadron, Air Training Corps.

Mr Alexander was also invited to present the awards.

Year 9 X Factor = Cowboy Chaos & Great Performances

Thursday December 8th saw the return of the fantastic annual Year 9 X Factor Competition. Judges Mrs. Bowles, Mrs. Duval-Steer, Miss Baker and Mr. Lomas were treated to a fine selection of musical pieces ranging from classic love songs to comedy cow bell chaos. (You know who you are!) A big well done to the winners (pictured) who were Lukasz Gmyrek, Oliver Close, Clemmie Donald, Millie Hope with help from Chloee Styles who performed "Someone Like You" by Adele. Massive thanks to the Music Department for a superb days entertainment and well done to all the Year 9 Students who took part.

ara Sponsor College Rugby

The College is delighted to receive a set of Canterbury rugby shirts from local business man Malcolm Gigg who runs ara architecture. Malcolm is seen presenting the shirts to Mr Lowe and Year 10 students Ben Dawson, Harry Sprague, Jason Farrent and Owen Tidball who were all recently selected to play for Devon U15s. A big thank you to Malcolm for his support.

Ms Parker’s Rhino Rocks Up!

Ms Parker took part in a draw  run by Radio Exe recently and won...a rhino!  Luckily it was not a real one.  Ms Parker has donated the rhino to the College where it will reside amongst the totem poles on the Green Close site.  Later there will be a competition to design a pattern to paint on the rhino.  You could win £20!!  


Pictured are Ms Parker, representatives of Radio Exe and students

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