Academy Trust

Exmouth Community College

Achievement for All

Hall of Fame

Thomas Hitchings

BSc (Hons) Government, First Class

London School of Economics 2007

Now on a gap year teaching English in China and Tanzania. Enrolled on the 'Teach First' programme and will join an accelerated stream of teachers entering inner-city London state schools in September 2008. Teach First last for two academic years and after than Tom has accepted a position as a management consultant with Accenture, also in London.  

Rebecca Scott (nee Hitchings)

MSci Chemistry, First Class University of Nottingham 2004 Postgraduate Certificate in Education

University of Cambridge 2005

Rebecca has now taught for two full years. She currently teaches the sciences at Swavesey Village College just outside Cambridge. She lives with her husband Paul, who she married in 2007.

Dr Andrew Hitchings

MBBS. BSc (Hons) Medicine, First Class

Barts and the Royal London, University of London 2004

Since graduating Andrew has worked in several different hospitals in London and now Kingston. He has also gained membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP). He lives together with his long-term partner Paula in London.

Laura Jane Ford

BA (Hons) 2:1 Psychology at Reading

Both parents work at Exmouth Community College and Laura is currently on her next degree studying midwifery at Plymouth University

Neil Shiel
BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry. He subsequently attained a Bsc (Hons) in Pharmacy and a MSc (Hons) in Biochemistry, both in 1996 and all from UMIST

Hayley Shiel
BA (Hons) Media & Cultural Studies 1996 Middlesex University

Stephen Dewhurst

(Exmouth Community College 1985 – 1993)

Sheffield University 2:1 BSc (Hons) Biology

Now teaching Biology in Nottinghamshire

Debbie Buchanan (nee Debbie Smith)

Exmouth Community College until 1981 BA (Hons) Psychology Swansea University

“… hope it will inspire students at the college to consider going to university as she had made up her mind not to go to University until she came into contact with students who were at University and changed her mind” Mr & Mrs Smith

Now = Course Leader Secondary PGCE ICT at Edge Hill University “Debbie spent 15 years in the IT industry, in training and change management, before moving into teaching. She worked as a curriculum mentor in school before becoming course leader last year. Debbie is currently studying for an MA in Education and her interests include creativity and teaching ICT outside of the classroom.”

Andrew N Tweed

MSci (Hons) Chemistry – University of Nottingham, June 2007

This page celebrates the achievement of some of our past students. Please email if you would like to be added or know someone who should be!

Stephen Bell

“I was a pupil there for 7 years, from 1970 - 77. I never went to university, but some of my achievements may be of interest. I am attaching a brief profile, and a photo of me on the summit of Everest in1993.” & while a pupil at Exmouth School during the 1970s, Stephen Bell discovered his passion for climbing. By the time he was 21 he had made many notable ascents in the UK, the Alps (including winter ascents of the north faces of the Eiger and the Matterhorn), and Alaska. In 1981, he made the first of many visits to the Himalaya. Later, he worked for the British Antarctic Survey, spending 126 days in a tent in Antarctica, before serving for 4 years as a Royal Marines Officer. Steve co-founded the trekking company, Himalayan Kingdoms, in 1987, which introduced commercial expeditions to British climbers. He was the first Briton to lead paying clients to the summit of Everest in 1993. In 1995 he formed the Sheffield based company, Jagged Globe. It is now Britain’s leading mountaineering operator, and one of the foremost in the world.

Steve has made numerous contributions to mountaineering books, magazines and journals, including his own book ‘Seven Summits’. He has chaired several international high altitude mountaineering organisations, and is actively involved in the development of the sport and its impact on the mountain environment. In January 2004 he emigrated to Australia with his wife and three children, and lives near Melbourne.

To visit Steve’s company:  

Exmouth Community College doesn’t just produce successful graduates…

Visit the Magnolia Incentive Site to see more successful young people from Exmouth.

Students who were part of the winning film teams which won the Green Apple National Award for films promoting a greener way of life. The films were: The Food for Thought/Think Deep/ Ecologic.


Josh Jones and Emily Kelly in Yr 13 volunteers in Ghana and Namibia respectively during their time with us

Daryl Scholes who is working with Share Music to support and inspire adults with learning difficulties


Alisteir Brammer played Marius in the West End Les Miserable He also toured in Joseph and continues his success.


David Fox is now playing for Norwich City in the premiership. He has also played for Manchester Utd reserves and Blackpool.


Ned Taylor is a big name on the national kite surf scene. National free style mens champion.

Sarah Flanagan (now Macdonald) and Timothy Macdonald.  Both work within the Penninsula Medical School.  They have both achieved very highly in their respective fields, nominated for, and won, National Awards.


Adam Miszewska is an engineer doing very well for a big international oil company 


Conrad Humphries World Class Yachtsman

Natasha Percy (YR10) Elite GB Judo team  

Callum Chenery has drawn for the Simpsons Magazine.


The first genuine school full-contact American Football start-up team in the history of the UK game; Oli Barnard / Brandon Jones / Lewis Marks / Sam Conway / Matthew Wells / Tim Wheeler / Jevon Burns / Harry Griffin  / Jason Iannciello / Eddie Cook / Jake Gillham

Tallulah Bodemham has been selected to represent South West Englang in Rugby (Jan 2012)


Here are just a small selection of students who have made their mark!

Simon M Tweed

BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences – University of Bath, July 2004

“I believe that Simon’s and Andrew’s achievements were made possible by the inspiration and prompting they received from some of the teachers / tutors at the ECC. Likely as not many former staff will have moved on, but it would be nice to think that there be some-one remaining who should claim some of the kudos for helping them both to achieve such academic qualifications” Mr D Tweed

Dr Diane Crone

Exmouth Community College 1979 – 1985  BSc (Hons) Sport Science Nottingham Trent University 1990

PHD Exercise Psychology University of Leeds 2002   Now a Reader / Principal Lecturer in Exercise Science – University of Gloucestershire

The daughter of the late Gordon Crone & Marj’ Crone-Smith

(a Food Technology Teacher at Exmouth Community College).

Also the Step daughter of Richard Smith, former Head of Upper School at ECC

Sabrina Furneaux-Gotch

Exmouth Community College 1997 - 2004

Graduated with 2:1 Law Degree from The London School of Economics & Political Science 2007

Miss Katie Lippett

MBBCh Batchelor of Medicine & Surgery (Hons)

Alec Newson

Achieved Master in Engineering from Nottingham University in July 2007

Lucy Tant

Exmouth Community College Sept 1998 to July 2005

BA(Hons) 2:1 Journalism

Graduated Lincoln University 2009

Steve Knightley

One of England’s greatest singer songwriters” – Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England and with three Royal Albert Hall sell-outs to their name.

The 2010/11 Rocket Club reached the national UKAYRoC finals.

Harriet Tyrrell

Nahnni Simcox,

Holly Shipton

Isabelle Stevens,

Sam Arthur

Premier Awards: see our top students and their awards including Post 16 Awards

Exmouth Community College


We are now trying to build an on line contact data base of ex pupils - not replicating Friends Re-united or Face book! - but as a means of allowing year groups to keep in touch if they wish and allow information about the school to be posted on a central website.

The site is now ready, so get your dodgy photos out and register on the site to upload them at

Alternatively you can Email them with your registration details to

Exmouth Moto Cross star Reegen West crowned best in the South West. 15 yr old Exmouth Moto cross  motocross ace Reegan West (11NH) is pictured with his sponsor Josh Pidgeon from the Country House pub in Withycombe and the SW Off Road Championship trophy.

11NH 2013

Tom White was leader of our Swing Band when Mr Turner set it up ten years ago. Tom is a very gifted trombonist who has played with Macey Grey and the Dave Murray Jazz Band (internationally renowned).

He is now going to be playing in Sinead O'Connor's band!

See Tom playing with Labrinth on Radio 1s Live Lounge

Ex Student Tom White Plays with Top Musicians

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West End Star

Former College student, Alistair Brammer, was recently nominated for ‘best actor in a musical’  award in the “What’s On Stage” awards for his portrayal of Chris in the West End production of Miss Saigon.

Alistair, who has also performed in Les Miserables and War Horse.

Alistair spent four years with Centre Stage before appearing in ‘Any Dream Will Do’ which was then the start of his professional career.