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Post 16 and GCSE Dance students recreate the Mannequin Challenge at Exmouth Community College!


Don’t miss the College Dance Show: 14th - 16th March.   

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Twelfth Night Production makes Shakespeare Fun!

The Drama Department’s main production, Twelfth Night, was great entertainment. Here was one of Shakespeare's plays made accessible for everyone but still retaining the use of Shakespearean language and all the joyful plot twists of the play.  The students tackled the language and the plot with vigour and understanding and the added use of the back projection screen and “The Superbs” as plot stabs gave the show an enjoyable and original flavour.  Well done to all  the actors, crew and musicians who worked so hard.

Dance A Level Mini Showcase

A Level students presented a mini showcase of their work during the last week of the autumn term.  There was a dynamic feeling about the dances which also used the boxes as featured in the mannequin challenge earlier this term. See Recent News

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Pictured above are the group who last week won the Year 8 Christmas Song competition. The group are taught music by Mr Turner and he was delighted that they had been successful with their Rock n Roll Christmas song.


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Vietnam Here We Come!

Investor in Careers is a national quality of provision standard. Holders of this award are recognised as highly professional organisations who give expert advice regarding careers.  We are proud of our provision at the College and we are seeking to achieve full Investor in Careers status.  We are pleased to report that the College has started by achieving stage one of the award which is confirmation that we are providing a good service.


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On Wednesday 7th December the College once again sent a team to Exeter University for the prestigious Top of the Bench competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The team was comprised of Naomi Jukes (Year 11), Theo Burne (Year 10), Sophie Gosling (Year 9) and Daniel Heyworth (Year 9). The students found this tough competition even more challenging as Naomi attended despite fighting an illness. By lunchtime all of the students had worked well as a team to determine the vitamin C content of various foods by titration, and finished ahead of other schools despite a late start. However, at this stage Naomi was too unwell to continue and the team battled on in the final quiz as a group of three. In the final score, the team finished in the top third of schools from throughout the South West region, and both Mr Williamson and Miss Penzer were impressed with the mature and supportive manner that all of the students had throughout the competition. Thanks must also be extended to Amber Veacock who recently left Post 16 for her help in preparing the team for this competition in after schools sessions throughout November.

Students Do Well in Science Competition

College Robot Programmers Win Regional Final

The College Robot Club build robots and computer program their movements.  Students who do this have to be skilled in design, build and, very importantly, programming.  The College has previously made the national finals but in recent years have missed a place by a whisker.  However, on December 13 the boys made their way to Callington where they proceeded to book their place at the Loughborough final.  Impressive work from a great team who have put in many hours of their own time to prepare.  The team were: Connor Harris, Toby Hill, Pete Lockwood, Isaac Besley, Nick Hoffman, and Sam Hocking.


Will Tidball is now a member of the British Cycling’s Junior Academy. As an endurance rider he represented Great Britain recently at ‘The Next Generation’ contest at the Omnisport Arena in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

Junior academy endurance coach Stuart Blunt said: “At this stage of the pathway, there is a strong emphasis on development and ‘The Next Generation’ contest offers a great opportunity for the junior riders to experience international level competition - some for the first time."  

For the endurance squads, the event programme includes a team pursuit which is quite rare for junior level competition so it’ll be interesting to see how the endurance riders like Will Tidball perform in competitive circumstances.  Follow Will on Facebook

Will Tidball in Great Britain Cycling Team

Will with British Team: he is third from left

Celebrating the Achievement of Post 16 Students.

On Thursday 5 January the annual Post 16 celebration of Achievement was held in the Telfer Centre.  The evening was an opportunity to recognise the achievements of students during the last academic year.  It was good to see Year 13 students who left in July 2016 back to receive awards and recognition.  The opening welcome address was given by Jill Elson, Chair of Governors.  The Principal then spoke to the  assembled students, staff and parents.  After a musical performance the awards were presented. The evening concluded with guest speaker, Sergio White, who attended the College some years ago and has made his way in the armed forces.


Winners of major prizes:

Jim Walker Prize for Contribution to Drama: Josh Brown

Exmouth Raleigh Rotary Club Millennium Award: Josh Brown & Zoe Gray

Paul Wood Memorial Trophy [531st Exmouth Tribute Fund]: Emily Eglinton

Sir Peter Emery Cup: Matthew Jackson


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The future chef competition is judged by professional chefs and is a competition to find the top chefs of the future.  Abbie Evans and Jack Briggs impressed food experts in the autumn to book a place in the Devon final representing our area. The Devon final was held at Petroc, Barnstable, this week and the great news is that Abbie won!!! The judges said Abbie had used well balanced, consistent ingredients that gave her dishes a depth of flavour that worked on many levels of taste. College students have a great record in this competition with Katie England reaching the national final and that is where Abbie is headed.  Abbie will now go forward to represent Devon in the SW Regional final at Petroc, Tiverton, on the 10th Feb where she will be up against students from Cornwall, Somerset, Gloustershire, Bath, Bristol and Wiltshire. Congratulations to Abbie, and to Jack, for making the Devon final.

The judges who selected Abbie as winner were:

TOM LEWIS: Chef Lecturer – Petroc College – Barnstaple Campus

MIKE TAYLOR L&D Manager Defence Navy and South

LEWIS SINGLETARY  Catering Manager, RMB Chivenor, Braunton

DAN WARD  Head Chef, RMB Chivenor, Braunton


Abbie Evans is Champion Future Chef of Devon!!

Business Students Experience Enterprise Day in Exeter

The Year 10 GCSE Business studies students were invited to Exeter College to participate in an enterprise day. The day started with warm up exercises, the highlight was doing a personality trust and finding out what type of bird they were! We had many wise owls and Peacocks and luckily not too many Seagulls!

Students took part in many tasks that encompassed many business topics that they are familiar with including Recruitment and Marketing. The day culminated in the students working in small teams to set up a business of their choice. They had to promote it using T Shirts, there were some interesting designs!

A useful day giving students an insight into the day to day running of a business

Under 12 Girls Football Team Victorious!

The Under 12 Girls Football team (Yr 7) is a team to watch! The team won the East Devon Cup when they played at Axe Valley Community College on January 26 in freezing and blustery weather. Despite the conditions the team had a brilliant victory which means that they now go on to represent East Devon in the County Finals in May.

Well done to all the team:

Charlotte Moules   Jessie Jukes   Carly Cox   Alex Fulthorpe  Hattie Real Yasmin Levi    Amy Jenions   Esme Amor
Coco Goodbody-Stannard, also played in the 1st round but sadly was ill for the Cup match so couldn't play.

East Devon Champions!!

Well Done to the YR7 & 8 Sport Hall Athletics team who won the East Devon Schools Championships held at Kings School.


1st place in 5 out of the 6 events held! Next stop the Devon Final to be held at Plymouth Life Centre in February.

Team -

Emily B Saphira M Naomi M Issy F-W Imogen C Rebecca S Esme K-T
Sonny C Charlie P Ollie H Harry B Tom G Harrison B


Sport Hall Athletics Team Success

Help Former Student Mitchell O’Sullivan Raise Money for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation.


Mitchell is a former student who recently cycled through Europe. He has now cycled from John O'Groats to Lands End to raise money for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation. So far he has raised £500



Students in years 7 to 11 had a chance to enhance their knowledge when actor/historians visted the college. Groups of students were treated to dramatic explanations of historical events important to their study of history. The visitors worked in costume and engaged the students in the activities.  A brilliant way to make History live and to engage students with the subject matter.

Young Historians Engaged in Dramatic History!

Students Reap the Rewards of Reading

Last week, an exciting new project was launched in the English Department to allow students to collect prizes for the books they read. The project, sponsored by Dominoes, Tesco and WPS Westward, allows students to collect the points they gain on Accelerated Reader when they pass a quiz, and exchange them for a range of prizes. The more challenging the book, the more points are available, but students must pass the quiz (60% or above) to gain any points at all.

Prizes include chocolate, stationery, skip-the-queue lunch passes and skip-a-homework passes. Students who gain over 400 points – a huge challenge – can look forward to a movie and Dominoes’ pizza, and even a chance to win an extra mufti day for their tutor group!

Students who read over a million words will also become Word Millionaires, with a special badge awarded to them in assembly by Mr Alexander. We look forward to giving away lots of prizes, and really seeing those reading levels soar!

Some of the lucky prizewinners

Principal, AK Alexander, To Retire

In January Mr Alexander announced that he has decided to retire at the end of this academic year.  Staff were unaware of Mr Alexander’s intentions until he made a brief announcement at a staff meeting and there was a moment of silence as they digested the news.  

To read the press release and Mr Alexander’s letter to parents click here

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Dance: Mannequin Challenge

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The Under 18 cricket team, who recently won the Exeter and East Devon cricket competition. The squad included some excellent cricketers and players who were new to the game. The team were a pleasure to work with on the day. Well done to all!!!


Cricket Heroes!

Key Stage 3 Board

Next year a group of Post 16 students will embark on a trip of a lifetime to Vietnam, one of the most interesting and beautiful far east countries.  The students have started their fundraising activities and in the last week of the autumn term they ran a cake stall in the Post 16 common room.  The cakes were wonderful as can be seen from the photo. To find out more about Vietnam click here.

Investor In Careers

Abbie’s menu:

Main, Lime and coriander chicken Tikka curry with yoghurt and mint dip and home made naan bread

Dessert: Lime and Bourbon cheesecake

Girl Cricketers At The Top Of Their Game

The Under 13 and 15 Girls Cricket Teams recently took part in the Exeter and East Devon indoor competition. Throughout the day there was some excellent cricket played with the standard improving game by game. In the Under 13 tournament the girls successfully won five matches which crowned them champions! The girls will now go on to the County Finals. In the Under 15 section the girls finished runners up to an excellent Sidmouth side but this means that they will also go to the County Finals. Well done to both teams.

Under 13 Team

Representing Devon in U15 Rugby


Congratulations to Year 10 students Harry Sprague, Ben Dawson, Jason Farrant and Owen Tidaball on representing Devon U15 rugby team over the past 2 months. The boys have played in victories over Bristol, Cornwall and Somerset with Owen and Jason scoring in the recent victory over Bristol.  Mr Lowe, Head of Sport, said, ”I am really proud of what these boys have achieved and this shows what hard work and determination can do. They have been part of a strong College team over the past few years and I have no doubt will go on to higher levels in rugby.”


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The NSEA Eventers Challenge took place at Bicton Arena on Saturday 21st January 2017. Rhiannon Law (Year 10) took part in the equestrian team event and managed a creditable 6th in her class despite tough conditions and a strong field of competitors from other schools.  Well done!!


Picture is of Rhiannon and her 15'2 horse, Legaf, tackling the course in fine style.


Equestrian team event: NSEA Eventers Challenge

Professional chef, Richard Hunt, gave a two hour demonstration to our Year 10 students on January 31.  He covered lots of practical skills included in the new GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition course. These included; jointing a chicken, filleting round and flat fish, different techniques for preparing vegetables and different methods of cooking.  His demonstration was very informative and enjoyable, and included some audience participation. This was a very valuable boost for the Food and Nutrition students and we thank Richard for doing such a fine job.

Catering & Nutrition Students Guided by Professional Chef

College Cadets

The Year 10 Cadets have completed four months of their programme. For the next five weeks they will be working at the fire station with the firemen learning new skills.  One of the trips planned includes a visit to the Fire Headquarters where they will experience working in confined areas using breathing apparatus as well as other experiences.  The cadets will continue to work with local charities to help with their fund raising.

The Cadets have spent equal amounts of time at the Fire and Police stations learning the many aspects of these public service jobs including stop and search techniques, interviewing and taking statements from members of the public.  They have learned about the use of protective clothing and personal safety. The Fire Service has taught them how to use water hoses and pumps, the workings of a fire engine, and how to search buildings and rescue people.

The cadets have visited to Exeter Cathedral twice: they took part in the procession for the Devon Annual Festival of Remembrance Service and they also helped members of the public at the Fire Service carol concert which included reading the Fire Fighters Prayer.  

The cadets have been very positive about the programme and say that it is a success because they have learnt new skills that they wouldn’t have gained at school and they now have a knowledge and understanding of the professions with whom they have worked.  The programme has helped to improve their  communication skills and confidence thus improving their chances for future employment in the public service area.

The recruitment process for next year’s programme starts in May/June so students should look out for more details about this.  We hope to have some of the current cadets and staff from the police and fire service on hand at an open evening to give students more information and a chance to discuss whether this would be the right thing for them.



Girls U16 Badminton Team Devon Champions!

After a long day playing at Paignton, our Under 16 girls badminton team were crowned Devon champions!! They have made it to the next round in Bournemouth.

The whole team were fantastic and fought for every point. The players were: Tess Findel-Hawkins, Josie Culliford, Michaela Stortenbeker, Jasmine Case and Abi Savage.

Under 19 Boys and Girls

No 3 In Devon!

Our under 19 boys and girls teams were playing as well and both came 3rd in Devon. Players: Morgan Wright, Ross Buckler, George Harris, Harry Reay, Alysha Townsend, Yana Tushingham, Maya Dawson and Daisy Holden -Morrision.