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Exmouth Community College


Autumn 2017

Urban Issues and Challenges Conference

Primary Dance Festival: College Dancers Work With Primary Students

Community College Cadets Train with Fire Service

Open Evening

Parents and their children thronged the college site on Thursday 28 Sept as they enjoyed a wonderful Open Evening.  The evening finished with a very well received talk by the Principal, Mr AJ Davis, in the Main Hall.

Yr 12 students visited Woodlands Adventure Park investigating customer service. A talk from staff, a preview of Halloween events, a mystery shopper survey and a trial on the rides completed the day.

A thank you to Woodlands for giving up their time to support the students in this fieldwork.

Students Visit Woodlands Adventure Park 
To Learn About Customer Service

On Tuesday Sept. 5,  Mr Davis, college Principal, welcomed every new Year 7 Student on their first day at College. The Triangle of Partnership assemblies cemented the relationship and joint responsibilities of the college, parents and students.  Many parents and carers attended the assemblies.  Thank you.

Please see below for the Partnership Agreement.

New Principal Welcomes New Students!

Philip Ardagh is one one Britain’s top authors for children and sells thousands of books.  It was, therefore, a real treat to have him at the college presenting a very informative and funny talk to local primary  year 5 & 6 students.

Philip describes himself as “a giant of a man”!

As he visited the college on Roald Dahl Day  it is perhaps appropriate to point out that Philip won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize: his books are hilarious.

Mr Ardagh’s visit was sponsored by the Budleigh Literary Festival.  Both the children and staff would like to thank them for bringing a very amusing and erudite giant to the college.

More about Philip Ardagh

More about The Budleigh Literary Festival

Philip Ardagh

Principal, Andrew Davis, welcomes Philip and introduces his talk.

Summary of Key Results

Five standard passes including English and Maths: 58%

Standard pass in Maths and English: 64%

Attainment 8 Average:  44.35

The students have worked hard to achieve results like these. They have had to work to more challenging courses in English and Maths and we are delighted to see that their performance in these qualifications is still excellent.  

The teaching staff have continued to provide students with the highest quality teaching and examination preparation despite not having a great deal of information upon which to base their work. It was very impressive to see so many students achieve the new highest level of a 9.

Henrietta Miles, Assistant Principal KS 4 said: "I am so pleased that these results will allow students to access the courses they have planned for the next academic year.  It is very important to the Key Stage 4 Team that all students are supported so that they can achieve their best and these results show that many students did just that."

Ben Findel-Hawkins, Head of Year 11, said: " Students are under so much pressure to achieve with these new qualifications it was very important that we remained positive for the students so that they could work hard on their preparation for the exams.  The students found the new courses challenging but their determination to succeed has shone through with so many students doing extremely well."

Principal, Mr Alexander, said," I am really proud of these results which reflect the hard work of the students and the dedication and commitment of the staff.  These new courses were demanding and the hours of extra work put in on Saturdays and during holiday periods are a tribute to students and staff alike.   Results at both GCSE and A Level have been highly pleasing and an excellent prelude to my retirement.  I wish all the students the best of fortune.”

GCSE Results

Top author, Philip Ardagh, visits college.

Students Sign Up for Organ Donation

Steve Gazzard and Roger Bourgein had a super successful day signing up our students to carry organ donor cards. It makes you hopeful for the future to see such generous thoughtful people.

Staff Exhibit Art at A La Ronde

Six members of staff from a range of departments  exhibited their own art work at A La Ronde in September.

Examples of the work on display Lloyd Wakeling Mark Prior Vicky Carter Year 13 Historians enjoy London Trip

On Sunday Oct 1 and Monday Oct 2 Year 13 History A Level students enjoyed a whirlwind History tour of London viewing Tudor sites which included the Tower of London, The Imperial War Museum, Tower of London, National Portrait Gallery for Tudor paintings, the marian burning site and Francis Drake's Golden Hind.... as well as various Horrible History favourites including a Jack the Ripper murder site and a Black Death graveyard!

Students - and staff -  also enjoyed good weather, ice cream and pizza!  Head of History, Mrs Weller said, "This is what we do in History: seek ways to bring the subject alive.  The students were a were a credit to the college."

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On Wed 11 October the college held a competition to find the student chef who would go forward to represent the college in the Rotary Young Chef and Future Chef 2017 Competition. Helping to judge the competition was Rotary representative, Sandra McQueen.

1st Amber Arnold

Menu: Goats cheese parcels, flat bread, mango chutney and lentil salad.  Amber made the bread and chutney.

2nd Helena Stimson

Menu: Pumpkin chilli, soda bread, courgette fritters and guacamole. Helena made her bread and guacamole.

3rd Scott Clarke

Menu: Seafood Paella

Amber and Helena go on to represent the school at the next level: Rotary Young Chef at South Devon College, 15 November.     Springboard Future Chef venue/date to be arranged.

Future Chef 2017 Competition.

Chef Jack Sharland, prepares students for competition

Jack Sharland, who has recently started work at the newly opened Pascoe House, Bow, Crediton, visited the college recently to demonstrate techniques to the Year 10 Food Preparation and Nutrition class in preparation for the Future Chef competition (see above). Jack used to study at the college and has been very supportive since he left despite his busy career.

Students and staff at College are celebrate their best ever set of A level results.

A Level results

A level results continue to improve on last year. We have achieved our best ever results in all major areas. Students and staff have achieved a fantastic 99% pass rate and an amazing 19% A* to A grades, with 72% of all grades being A-C.

19% of students achieved A* to A grades.

72% of students achieved A*- C grades.

99% of students passed all their examinations (A*-E).

The A level results improved yet again, with significant improvements at the highest levels, despite new courses making it more of a challenge for both students and staff.  We are extremely proud of the achievements of all our students. Six students achieved exclusively A* or A grades, and many students achieved the highest A* grade.  Across the range students excelled according to their enthusiasms and abilities, and the overall pass rate climbed once more to 99%.

Vocational and BTEC results

Vocational and BTEC results have again shown a massive improvement: a tribute to the efforts of all involved. The average grade achieved by our Applied course students was a low Distinction, while the average grade achieved by our Technical level students was a Distinction Star. This is highly pleasing for a college totally committed to comprehensive education.

Simon Tanner, Assistant Principal and Head of Post 16 said:

I am delighted!  This has been richly deserved by students and staff who worked incredibly hard all year.  The most up to date Government figures show we achieve significant improvement with all our students, but we never get complacent, and the end result is improved life chances for all our students, whatever their ability.”

College Principal Tony Alexander said:

“The best ever set of A Level results recorded at the College speaks for itself.  I am delighted for all the students and particularly pleased with the figures of 19% gaining A* and A grades which is outstanding.   The hard work, dedication and commitment of students and staff have reaped great dividends.  I am thrilled that we have achieved this landmark in my final year before retirement.”

On behalf of the Governing Board at Exmouth Community College, Chair of Governors Jill Elson said:

“We have an excellent team of staff under the leadership of Tony Alexander.  The students have achieved excellent results by hard work and taking opportunities open to them to help them achieve these results.  Thanks are due to the support of parents to their children and to the college.  Well done everyone.”

Best Ever A Level Results

It has been confirmed that Brooke Bradley, Year 13 student, has been named as a member of the England ladies full international rugby squad for the November Internationals.

This is a massive achievement. We have a full International sports performer studying at our college! Something to be proud of indeed. Well done Brooke: we wish you the best of luck as a rugby international!

Brooke Bradley Selected for England International Squad


A group of talented Year 8 students were lucky to attend STEMFESt recently.

STEM= Science Engineering Maths Technology

They had a stimulating and interesting time which was designed to not only educate but also to inspire young people to consider these areas for their future careers.

Gifted and Talented students from Year 7 and 8 enjoyed a session on how the body uses energy. The connections between the brain, the lungs, the nervous system and muscles were explored using the students as the various parts of the body who had to react given certain body scenarios.

Not only was this an enjoyable and demonstrative manner in which to learn it also helped the students bond as a team. Mr Williamson, the coordinator for Gifted and Talented students at the college (Aspire) was also roped in as an example!

Thanks to Eon energy for sponsoring this experience.

Gifted and Talented Students Enjoy Interactive Learning

Year 7 Cross Country Teams

Well done to the Year 7 Girls and Boys Cross Country teams: both teams finished in second place at the Sidmouth College Year 7 competition!

Our Community College cadets are now at the end of their first term with the Fire Service, having made a fantastic start to the programme. The fire instructors have been especially impressed with the positive attitude, team work and commitment from all of our pupils. Those pupils have received epraise points in recognition of this.

Fire sessions to date have included working with the fire engines, running and using the water hoses together with weekly drill practice. The final session was very dramatic as it included a demonstration of a road traffic collision from one of the Exmouth Fire station watches which involved cadets using cutting equipment to rescue cadets from the vehicles.

If you are interested in finding out more about the College Community Cadets, please contact the careers office.

The Year 12 students started their First Aid Training this week as a unit towards their ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness qualification.

Many thanks to Mr Wilson and St Johns Ambulance.

Year 12 Students First Aid Training

Last Post Played and a Minutes Silence for those who gave their

lives serving their country

One minutes silence was held at the College on Friday November 10. The Principal, some staff and governors also marked the sacrifice of those who had attended the school in years past with a small ceremony in the Memorial Garden at the college. The names of those who died were read out and The Last Post was played by Owen Naughton, Year 9.

Mr Turner, Deputy Principal, and Community Cadets Represent College at Remembrance Ceremony in Exmouth

Year 7 Girls Enjoy Engineering Day Courtesy of Antech.

On Thursday 12th October fourteen Year 7 girls were invited to Antech Engineering in Exeter for an Engineering Day tio celebrate Ada Lovelace, a female computing pioneer.

The girls enjoyed a tour of the facilities, opening their minds to the world of modern engineering and the variety of roles within it.

The girls were then split into teams to work on a challenge.  Their task was to design and construct a protective solution to prevent an egg breaking when dropped from a given height.  They were assessed on creativity, innovation, quality of construction and the drop test itself.  

The teams then presented their designs  and demonstrated great enthusiasm and skill.

Our thanks to Antech Engineering.

Girls into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are Winners!

On Monday 20 November ten girls from Year 10 and 11 went on a trip to Maynard School to participate in a ‘Girls in STEM’ workshop. All students were put into teams of 5 and had to participate in a number of challenges during the day including building an eco-friendly house and a trebuchet. The girls from Exmouth did extremely well and won one of the 3 main challenges of the day – decoding a secret message using the Caesar Cipher. All of the girls were extremely engaged and were a credit to the school. They also enjoyed a talk from 2 guest speakers who were both female engineers who encouraged all the girls to pursue jobs in the STEM sector.


N Atkins     E Tucker

A Bazaga Pozas

K Mitchell    L Munday

F Sampson  J Saryazdi

L Burton     L Larner

L Webber

The girls were:

Year 7 Football Team Enjoy Reward Trip to Manchester City!

The Year 7 Football team enjoyed a fantastic trip to the Manchester City stadium to watch a game as a reward.
After arrival at the stadium the lucky lads watched the Manchester City Champions League game against Feyenoord,  which ended in a 1-0 victory for Man City.  The boys were also given a behind the scenes tour of the stadium which included the players changing facilities and The Tunnel Club hospitality area.

Mr Taylor and Mr Bown would like to thank the boys for their outstanding attitude/behaviour on the trip, which included many compliments from members of the public and staff at the stadium. Well done lads!!

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 Monday 13 November Exmouth Community College hosted one of the regional finals held nationally in conjunction with the Further Maths Support Programme. A total of 26 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 a 4 made up of students from years 12 and 13.

The final results were:

1st Exeter Mathematics School

2nd Blundell’s

3rd EF Academy, Torbay

The team from Exmouth Community College achieved very commendable 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 Mathematics Trust Senior Team Maths Challenge Devon Regional Final 2017

Gifted and Talented Scientists Witness Historic Test Run

Gifted and talented year 9 Science students have been to Newquay to watch the testing of Bloodhound SSC. The students watched Andy Green use the car's jet engine to accelerate to over 185mph. They also saw the car up close, as well as listen to Andy Green chat to the engineers who designed and built the car.

The Bloodhound team will eventually take the car to South Africa where they hope to beat the world land speed record and reach an astonishing 1000mph!

Art Enterprise: Professional Artists Work with Students

On November 9 and 10 Year 10 Art students enjoyed working under the guidance of professional artists who introduced them to a range of techniques.  The students worked on printmaking with Amanda Sabin, pattern with Monica Shanta-Brown and mixed media with Jenny Mellings. The work they produced will be a valuable addition to their current GCSE project of 'Pattern and Texture'. We were very proud of the students' enthusiastic approach and excellent behaviour.

Over 100 talented Key Stage 2 children from our feeder primary schools enjoyed the Exmouth Learning Community's annual Primary Dance Festival last Friday.

Led by Mrs Phillips (Head of Dance) with the Year 10 GCSE Dance students, all participants were taught phrases of dance that explored musicality.

The GCSE Dancers had prepared some challenging work for our visitors and were very impressed by the level of talent and how the pupils worked together from different schools. After each group had performed, we were treated to a performance of 'Ne Me Quitte Pas', a quartet performed by the Year 13 A level students. Thanks must go to Katherine Kilburn and Rebecca Mason from South Dartmoor College for coordinating the event.

Brilliant Teen Authors Engage Student Readers

Cat Clarke                          Chris Russell                          Teri Terry

Click/tap the author to find out more!

On Wednesday 22nd Nov 2017 ECC were delighted to host the "Teen BKMRK Tour."   Students from Years 8 & 9 were able to meet three, very popular, teen book authors, Teri Terry, Cat Clarke and Chris Russell. They gave a brief chat about their books followed by a Q & A session. Between them their books cover a variety of genres from horror to teen angst, humour and pop music. Chris, who is also in a band brought along his guitar for a quick session too! Happily Teri sold out of her books with Cat and Chris not far behind.
An inspiring morning for all. Keep reading!

Fantastic Music! A Great Concert!

£1500 raised for Rotary charities and the College Music Dept.

The annual Rotary and College Music Concert was held on Tuesday 14 November and featured the talents of our young musicians and singers who were joined by students from the Mill Water School.  The concert was the thirteenth concert organised to raise money for both the college music department and local and national charities. There were some outstanding performances to please the large audience who enjoyed a real cross section of musical genres. One always leaves this concert amazed by the musical and performance skills of the young people involved.  Finally, we should give a word of thanks to the two student compares for the evening who did a fine job.

Programme for the Evening  

Mill Water School:  Directed by Mr S Winward

SHOUT! Directed by Mrs K Lees  

Piano Solo: Max Damsell

Folk Group Directed by Mrs S Stock

Houseband Directed by Mr N Rigler

Showstoppers Directed by Mrs K Lees

Student Band Led by Marcus Carson

SING with Guitar Group

Directed by Mrs K Lees and Mr D Hardman

Year 12 BTEC Group  

Vocal Solo  Catriona Brownbill

Junior Band  Directed by Mr P Stock

Cantare Directed by Mrs K Lees

Senior Band Directed by Mr S Grant

Finale Directed by Mr P Stock

Eight set one year 8 students went with Mr Salisbury to a Patterns and Predictions Masterclass run by Dr Jenny Sharp of Plymouth University.

The masterclass was focused around finding patterns, describing them mathematically, making predictions based on what we saw and then testing them.

We tested bracelet patterns, devised rules for the LeapFrog conundrum and even managed to explain quadratic sequences from first principles.

The highlight of the day, apart from the free biscuits, was definitely the double the units and add the tens rule. Basically, if you take a two-digit number and add twice the units to the tens number, it forms a ring (or bracelet) using all the numbers from 1 - 18. 19 was the exceptionally special number.

Overall, all the students, and teacher, had a fantastic time developing their problem solving skills in a challenging, interactive and fun way.

Year 8 Maths Students Do Maths Masterclass at Plymouth University

On Tuesday 21st November Exmouth Community College played host to the first 'Urban Issues and Challenges Conference' for year 11, 12 and 13 Geography students. This involved planning and design professionals from LDA Design in Exeter visiting the college to host question and answer sessions on different aspects of the issues and challenges facing the City of Plymouth.

The conference was followed by a field trip to Plymouth for the students on Wednesday. This included investigations of the redevelopment of Drake Circus shopping centre and the impacts of this development on trade elsewhere in the city centre; visiting urban renewal projects in Millbay and Royal William Yard; and a visit to the site of Sherford new town.

Students engaged very positively with the visitors. They asked a wide range of questions to help them build a case study in preparation for their exams and were able to understand better the role or urban planners and designers.

Year 7 Students Research the Future

Year 7 able and talented students were challenged to research the future world in which they will be adults. Their findings were presented as displays. Parents and staff were invited to visit the displays where the students explained what they had discovered.  The research was based on what can be actually achieved, some of which you can see below.  

U13 Badminton Teams Win East Devon Finals

Miss Hannah took two U13 teams and a boys U15s team to Kings on Dec 7 for the East Devon Badminton finals. The two U13 teams won the East Devon championships without losing a match! The U15s had two close fought games and came 3rd overall. The teams consisted off: boys U13 Jonty Wright, Ben Johnston, Lucas Uquiza, Alex Quaife and Alfie Woodger. The girls U13 team was: Mia Saunders, Kirsty Robinson, Darcie Morton and Maddie Schuchter. The boys U15 team were: Josh Finder Hawkins, Jake Diprose, SAM Diprose and Ryan Bowyer.  Well done to them all!

Students Study Victorian Literature with Senior Lecturer from Exeter University

On December 6, thirty of our Year 11 students were given the opportunity to work with Paul Young, Senior Lecturer and expert in Victorian Literature at the University of Exeter. During the workshop, students developed their contextual understanding of Victorian Britain whilst also analysing a range of Victorian texts, including the work of Dickens and an extract of 'The Mysteries of London,' a popular serialised novel of the time that is now not often studied. Our students also had the chance to speak to an English undergraduate student in the final year of their studies and were given a flavour of what life is like in higher education. What an incredible opportunity!

Year 7 Christmas Jumpers Raise Money for Exmouth Food Bank

Year 7 ran a Christmas jumper design competition. The three winners were: Anna Tymm, Joe Jubb and Daniel H.

Pupils in year 7 also donated money to wear their Christmas jumpers on the last day of term . This money was used to purchase food for the Exmouth Food Bank. The items were delivered on December 11.  The winners met the volunteers at the Food Bank and found out how the charity operates. The volunteers were welcoming and very happy to see the students with their piles of food. The students now know that they have helped people who need support at Christmas.

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