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Exmouth Community College

On Friday 3rd March, a whole lot of children from different schools in the Exmouth area (including Brixington, Woodbury Salterton, Lympstone, St. Josephs, Withycombe,  St Peters and the Beacon) went to Exmouth Community College for an active morning of physical activity.

All the children seemed really happy as they took part in a rotation of different activities: cricket skills, hockey skills, new day curling as well as bowls were challenges on offer.


SEND Fun Festival: Primary Students Enjoy Activities at the College

Thank you to all the organizers and helpers; we hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.

By Daniel and Jessica (Brixington Primary)

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

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

Seriously Strange
Strangely Brilliant

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

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.

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

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

To see the full list of

winners click or tap here

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Tate Modern & Jacobean Theatre for Post 16 Students

Town Council Supports College Cadets

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.

Cricket Heroes!

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.

More Inspirational KS3 Students


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!!!

College Musicians Tour: Amsterdam

Students from the College took their musical talents to Amsterdam over the spring half term.  It was very cold but that did not stop them having a great time and playing successful, well received concerts.

It takes more than a bit of snow to stop an ECC musician getting to a gig!

Women in Construction Day For Technology Students

Cricket Team Train with England Academy Player,

Freya Davies

Farewell To Judy Butcher

Key Stage 3 Secretary, Mentor, Listener, Friend, Font of all ECC Knowledge and Master of Staff Cover!

Our Girls Represent East Devon in the Devon Finals

The Devon finals were held at Paignton Community College with 10 teams represented in both ages groups. Our Under 14's finished fourth and our Under 16's came third, both teams should be proud of their achievements.

Well done girls!!

Post 16 BTEC Sport students Organise Fitness Activities

for Primary Students

The World Book Day competition challenged students to design, create and display their own world of stories. Five year nine classes at the college took part in the competition. A world globe was created by the art technician( Mark Prior) and the librarian (Louise Burrows) which showed the seven continents.
Students then completed mini booklets about  their favourite books which were sorted into the most popular genres at the college and then attached to the globe in the appropriate positions.
Mrs Burrows said, "We chose to be involved because we are always looking for new ideas to promote reading and literacy and this seemed like a fun thing to do to get the students talking about their favourite books and hopefully discovering some new ones along the way."

The students have won a prize of £1,000 worth of books for the college and they will be involved in the choice of those books! Their entry will be featured on the World Book Day website.

College Students Win A National World Book Day Award

Author Chris Bradford Wows Audience of Hundreds!

Chris Bradford, author of brilliant fiction for young people, visited Exmouth Community College on World Book Day, Thursday  March 2. Nearly a 1000 students from both the college and local primary schools enjoyed  a dynamic presentation from Chris who uses costume, video and interaction with his audience to illustrate his adventurous novels. His latest series of 21st Century Bodyguard novels were illustrated with real bodyguard training exercises using students from the audience. His other very successful Samurai series was illustrated using a Samurai sword. Students and Teachers were full of praise for Chris after his 45 minute presentations.  He did one to a packed main hall for primary students and another show for College students as part of our World Book Day celebrations of literature.

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!

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Dance: Mannequin Challenge

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 Evans is Champion Future Chef of Devon!!

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.”

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.

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.

The History department recently took sixty eight year ten students to the World War One battlefields of France and Belgium to support and inform their GCSE learning. The students visited the cemeteries of Tyne Cot and Langemark; explored the Wellington Tunnels and paid their respects at the Thiepval memorial to the soldiers who died but who were not found.

The group were also lucky enough to attend the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres: a valuable and moving experience.  This was a great trip, despite the rather poor weather at times, which helped the students understand the realities of war including the political and human consequences.

GCSE History Students

Visit WW1 Battlefields

A group of Post 16 students had a wonderful trip to London on the first Saturday of the spring half term. Arriving in Waterloo they saw the sights of the South Bank and then visited Tate Modern which the students thought was “brilliant”. Especially popular were the Rothko, Richter, Guerilla Girls and Tower of Babel installation.  The group explored the gallery to the full.  

The next stop was the Sam Wanamaker theatre to see The White Devil:  an original candlelit Jacobean production. This proved to be an amazingly fresh way of helping students understand the play and Webster.

Deputy Principal, Mr Turner, recently applied to the Town Council for a continuance of the grant support the council currently give to assist the College in its Community Cadet programme.  The Cadets work with the emergency services and learn a range of skills which are used to support the community.  The scheme gives many young people the chance to develop self confidence and social skills which will be invaluable when seeking and undertaking full time employment or further education.  The College is very grateful for the commitment the Town Council have made to continue their support of the cadets scheme for a further three years.  A group of the present cadets will soon visit the Council to give an overview of what they have been involved with this academic year and their reactions to their experiences. SEE BELOW  

Brooke Bradley does not look like a rugby player..but she is... and a brilliant one.  So good, in fact, that she represented her country as she played in the England team against an under 20 Army side during spring half term.  England won the match 38-15

Brooke, who is in Year 12,  is now involved in two forthcoming matches against France. The first one this weekend (25th Feb) at Esher and then on the 17th March in France at Stade Guy Bonfice in Mont-de-Marson.

Congratulations Brooke, all at the College are very proud of you and we wish you all the best for the future. Sports results

Brooke Plays for England Under 20 Team

On 10th February, a group of female year 9, 10 and 11 Design and Technology students attended the Women in Construction Day at Exeter College. The students had the opportunity to experience an afternoon of activity and discovery at the Technology Centre at Exeter College.

This unique event was aimed at introducing girls to the employment opportunities in the construction industry and highlighted some of the careers they can aim for such as Architect, Civil Engineer, Quantity Surveyor, Plumber, Electrician, Carpenter and many more.

The afternoon included hands-on practical workshops demonstrating the skills of a carpenter and electrician.

There were also female tutors demonstrating and talking about their experiences working in and learning these trades.

The day provided a great window into the many career options available to young women within the construction industry, and thus the various training avenues they may wish to consider. All the girls came away feeling inspired and clearer about their own possible future choices.

VIP Treatment for Students at

London Restaurant

Our Year 13 Travel and Tourism students had to plan an event for their A2 qualification. The group chose two days in London. They contacted Matt Ford from the Gaucho Group and were given the VIP treatment in the Piccadilly Restaurant followed by tickets for Wicked organised by Paul Whittle of Le Meridien. The students experienced London attractions such as the London Duck Tour and the Tower of London. The whole event was planned, booked and executed by the students: nice work if you can get it!

The Under 13 and 15 girls cricket teams had the wonderful opportunity to train with current England academy and Western Storm player Freya Davies.

Our students are preparing for their South West finals over the next month. The squads trained with Exeter University 1st team and their Head coaches Sandy Allen and Jack Bradbury. A big thank you to all involved.

Mrs Butcher has worked at the college for 24 years but on February 28 she retired with the sincere thanks and goodwill from all the staff. Efficient, unflappable, caring and professional were some of the words used by the Principal and staff to describe Judy. She was a friend and supporter to both staff and students with whom she had a brilliant relationship.

One of Mrs Butcher’s many tasks was the unenviable job of being in college at 7am to receive calls from staff who were ill and to organise for their lessons to be covered by other teachers.  She always did this with sympathy and efficiency.  Judy was also often the first contact for new parents and students visiting the college before joining mid term.

Mrs Butcher was a trained Maths teacher. However, she chose not to teach but still worked in education. She attended Rolle College in Exmouth when it was a teacher training institution as did some other members of staff at the college.

The staff bought Mrs Butcher a flowering shrub and other presents, there were two huge cards full of good wishes as well as a gift from the college.  Everyone wanted to wish her well.

Thank you Judy.  We wish you every happiness for the future.

The college Under 14 and 16 girl Football teams recently represented Exeter and East Devon at the Devon Finals. The girls had progressed to finals after being unbeaten in the local rounds producing some excellent football.

Brilliant work by the Sports BTEC students organising activities for local primary school students.

The girls under 13 cricket team have recently participated in the ECB regional finals. After qualifying as champions in the Exeter and East Devon they produced some excellent cricket to finish third overall. During the groups stages they lost one match and in the semi finals they lost to the eventual winners by 12 runs. Coach Taylor added,"The squad should be extremely proud of their achievements, well done girls".

Girl Cricketers in ECB Finals

Year 7 Students Investigate

Sustainable Transport

An enthusiastic and industrious group of Year 7 students had the opportunity to work with Sustrans and the Geography department In February.  

World Book Day Costume Extravaganza

On Friday the 3 March the main hall was a strange scene. There were students and staff there but they were all dressed as characters from fiction and they looked just wonderful. The afternoon became more weird by the moment as crazy games were played before the Principal awarded prizes for the best costume. A fantastic afternoon.  Mr Alexander thanked the Library and English staff for all the work they did to make the afternoon such fun. He told the students that he was amazed by the quality of the costumes and asked the students to thank their parents on his behalf for the work they had put in.  After congratulating dozens of students individually as they left for home my Alexander said, “This has been one of the best afternoons I have had at the College!”  

Sherlock Holmes or Mr Allen?  That’s a puzzler!

On March 3, a group of Year 9 & 10 scientists attended a live science show for students at the Colston Hall, in Bristol. This event featured five of Britain’s top scientists and hints and tips about the GCSE science exams.  We were able to meet and listen to the scientists who each gave a different presentation about a different area of science. We heard talks from Professor Mark Miodownik, Professor Lucie Green, Professor Robert Winston, Professor Alice Roberts, and Dr. Simon Singh.

The topics covered were: materials technology, specifically about self-healing materials; solar wind which led onto finding life on Mars; fertility and IVF treatment; evolution and working with genes; - and the Big Bang.

Students Enjoy Lectures by Britain’s Top Scientists

Some of the staff were very pleased to meet  Prof. Robert Winston

The event gave us an excellent opportunity to discover and learn about complex topics ,which may not be covered in the curriculum, presented by experts.  Professor Robert Winston, who studies fertility in humans and IVF treatment, had a great sense of humour as he presented his lecture. In between the lectures there were sessions where a GCSE examiner talked about how to answer exam questions properly and accurately. The examiner also demonstrated common mistakes. Although it was a long coach trip it was well worth it to be able to hear the presentations; absolutely amazing. Lukasz Gmyrek, Year 9.

YR7 Netball team make the East Devon Schools Final!

On a very warm afternoon at The Kings School, the YR7 Netball team won their qualifying group undefeated ( 5-5 v Kings, 5-1 v Uffculme and 9-1 v Honiton) and then played the most incredible match against Cullompton College. The  score was 6-6 after normal time, and remained so after an additional six minutes.  Finally, the ECC girls won with a golden goal making the score 7-6 to Exmouth putting them through to the final.

The final against Colyton Grammar was a tense match and our heroic team had very tired legs after their match with Cullompton. Sadly they lost 13-4. Nevertheless, the girls demonstrated real commitment, effort and enthusiasm throughout.  Miss Holland said, “They can all be very proud of as this was their only defeat of the season!”

Met Office ‘Maths Feast’ Winners!

Four talented mathematicians in Year 10 were chosen to participate in the prestigious further maths support programme, ‘Maths Feast’ held at the Met Office in Exeter.

Oscar Al-Mashoor, Zach Lines, Theo Burne and Max Handford won the last round of the competition as well as winning the Best Teamwork overall award. After the competition they were treated to a tour of the Met Office which rounded off a very successful and enjoyable day. Thanks to Miss McNamara for organising the trip and accompanying the students.

On Sunday March 12th at Saltmill (Saltash) the Plymouth Blitz University team took on Gloucestershire University for a place in the BUCS National University Championship to be played in London on March 19th.

Both teams fielded ex-ECC students and team mates Kristian Oliver-Purdy and Luke Lambrechts, playing for different teams!

Sadly for Luke, it was Kris' team, Plymouth Blitz, who won and will meet Brunel University in the National University Finals.

Ex-College Raptors Players in Uni. Championship Match

Pictured right: a proud Coach Rooksby with 'Kris and Luke - our fourth generation of Raptors to play in the BUCS League demonstrating the developmental value of school-based American Football Programmes - but this is the first time any of them have met each other on opposing teams!'

Two days before St. Patrick’s Day, fourteen intrepid year nine students embarked on a mission to meet the Men in White. Selflessly sacrificing three Wednesday lessons, they headed for the depths of Exeter to expose the master criminal responsible for sabotaging the Great Bideford Bake Off.

They visited the research centre at the RD&E with two of their science teachers.

The “Men in White” is an annual event staged to encourage students to consider a career in scientific research. This year’s task was to identify scientific evidence that would expose one of three “criminals” who might have been responsible for a sudden spike in the number of cases of type two diabetes due to a mutant form of yeast used at the “Bideford Bake Off”.

Our eager and, it must be said; highly competent students, took part in clinical investigations including measuring blood pressure, blood sugar, pulse and BMI. They also completed two sessions in the lab where they stained and observed the different strains of yeast under powerful microscopes and then made copies of the fungus’ DNA.

On a Mission to Meet the Men in White!

All our pupils gave the organisers praise in the feedback for what was a highly enjoyable and interesting morning.

Special thanks are due to Mr. Williamson for overseeing the trip and of course to Connor, Rachael, Chelsea, Sky, Izzy, Charlie, Sophie, Ethan, Sally, Lacy, Nathaniel, Erin, Victoria and Clemmie who enthusiastically took part.

Key Stage 3 Students Visit Houses of Parliament

On Friday March 10th representatives of each of the KS3 tutor groups had the opportunity to visit the Houses of Parliament in London. After a coach ride there and a short tour of some of the sights we arrived at Parliament. Here we were split into two groups: one looking at how laws were made and one looking at the history of Parliament.

Inside Parliament was amazing; there was lots of gold, old oil paintings and sculptures of political figures. We went into the House of Commons and the House of Lords (which was lavishly decorated)

It was a great day; it was a really educational trip showing you how they run Parliament from the inside. Huge thanks to the staff who took us and those who arranged the trip.

By Stevie Mears 7ATP

Year 9 musicians enjoyed a trip to see the "Classical Spectacular" at the Royal Albert Hall on Friday 17 March.

We took a coach to London and arrived at the magnificent Royal Albert Hall. Walking into the hall was like being transported into real luxury: it had an amazing structure and looked as beeatiful as a sunset on the horizon!   The music which was performed were lovely and calm and soothing to the ear until a cannon was fired and marksmen fired their rifles.  Visiting the Albert Hall was an outstanding experience and I would be happy to do it all over again.                                 Caleb Atherton Yr9

Musicians Trip to the Albert Hall

for Spectacular Concert!


Spring 2017

The Religion Department has held another successful ‘Religion and Science’ conference. Year 8 students have been studying the relationship between religion and science. In particular they have focused on the ethical issues surrounding fertility treatment.

At the conference students were given the opportunity to explore these issues in more depth from different religious and non religious points of view. Guest speakers were invited into the college to talk about their own beliefs and opinions. They represented the Roman Catholic, Church of England, Buddhist, Humanist and scientific points of view.

Students then worked in small groups for a workshop followed by the the opportunity to ask the speakers their own questions.

A big thank you to all the guests involved and the student panel, who asked some very testing questions of the panel.

Year 8 Students Explore Religious and Scientific Views

The Year 7 Football team were given a behind the scenes trip to watch Exeter City First Team train before their forthcoming league match against Morecombe. The boys were kindly given the opportunity by, Director of Football; Steve Perryman. Paul Tisdale, the Exeter City manager ran the training session which showed how the team would set up patterns of play, set piece work and fitness/ball work. Students were involved in a question and answer session, followed by meeting the players for photographs and signatures. The group were complemented on their behaviour, good manners and attitude whilst attending the session.

Well done boys and a big thank you to Steve Perryman for the wonderful opportunity!!

Exeter City Reward Trip for Year 7 Footballers

The Blend. A Dynamic, Dramatic and Original Dance Show

In mid March students studying dance delivered a fantastic show presenting three evenings of wonderfully entertaining and engaging dance choreographed by the dancers.  The brilliant dancing was enhanced by superb lighting and music to a professional standard.  

A superb achievement for all involved.

See LINX magazine at the end of term for pull out double page picture feature on the show

The college has received awards from Comic Relief for the cash it raises on Red Nose Day.  Students were in mufti and many staff were in college uniform - of sorts! Students and staff had organised activities and one was karaoke in Hall 2 which was great fun.

A good day was had by all and whilst the academic work continued many hundreds of pounds were raised (see above)  for this worthy charity.

Red Nose and Mufti Day for Students, Staff- and Dogs!

Nearly all the money has been counted and we have raised Over £2500 for Comic Relief!!!


Jack Briggs, College super student chef, is one of only two students to make it through to the final of the Great Schools Cook Off Competition. He will represent the college at The Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink at Exeter Castle on Saturday 29 April. Jack will be competing against a student from Kings.  There will no room for slip ups as internationally known and Michelin starred chef, Michael Caines, is the judge.

The Great Schools Cook Off: Jack Briggs is a winner!

The menu which took Jack through to the final was:-

Starter: Smoked mackerel pâté with toasted ciabatta slices.

Main Course: Parmesan chicken wrapped in Parma ham with a side of baked carrots in orange juices, asparagus in a Hollandaise sauce, mixed tomatoes and hassel back potatoes.

Tasty!  Once again our student chefs make an impact in a major competition. Well done to Jack- and the Food Technology staff.

This is the fifth year of successful language exchanges with our German partner school, Albrecht Ernst Gymnasium in Oettingen, Bavaria.

Read the full story of the students’ visit to Devon


German Exchanges for Five Years with School in Germany

Extra2 WINNER!

The Great Egg Race took place on March 28. Students designed and made a vehicle to compete to see which could carry an egg the longest distance. Some basic Physics was involved in the design as well as some engineering skill.  Full marks to all those who took part and gave up their time to create their machines.  The final result was:

1st Daisy Evans 7NMR with a distance of 7.99M

2nd Emily Green and Isabel Goddard 7SER with a distance of 5.90M

3rd Amy May 7 AEG with a distance of 4.85M

A selection of girls have recently taken part in cricket sessions learning to become young leaders to primary students. The group spent a day with coaches from Devon Cricket and the ECB funded ‘Chance to Shine’ to learn new drills, mini games and how to deliver training sessions.

All the girls passed the course and will now deliver sessions in the summer to Primary schools. Congratulations to the girls involved. Well done!

Girls Qualify to Train Primary Students Cricket Skills

College Robot Programmers Win Regional Final

Under 12 Girls Football Team Victorious!

East Devon Champions!!

Girls U16 Badminton Team Devon Champions!

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