Devon Schools Open Day Directory
As Year 6 pupils begin their final year at primary school, they may be feeling a mixture of emotions. Many of the children will gain a welcome boost in confidence by becoming the eldest in the school, yet, they also know that they will be moving on, so there’s a sense of excitement, or sometimes anxiety, about the next step to secondary school.
Any unanswered questions or apprehension will be addressed early in the school year, as many of the secondary schools hold their Open Days or events in September and October. These ‘Open’ events give prospective pupils and their parents a taster of secondary life. They will meet current teachers and representative students, be able to tour the facilities, look at the work displayed on the classroom walls and gain ‘a feel’ of the school.
Aside from attending the Open Days, there is other legwork you can do to help you and your child make the right decision.
Go to www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk to find the Progress 8 scores - this score shows how much progress pupils at a school make between the end of key stage 2 and the end of key stage 4.
On the website you’ll also find league tables, statistics and the Ofsted rating for individual schools. To find an Ofsted inspection report about an individual school visit www.reports.ofsted.gov.uk
Although most pupils end up applying to the school in their catchment area, there are some schools that do not operate designated areas and have a slightly different admissions policy. So, it is worth checking the admissions policy on each school’s website for further information. If you are considering applying to a local independent school, it will have its own separate admissions procedure.
Catchment Areas in Devon
To find the catchment school for your area, visit http://map.devon.gov.uk/dccviewer/schoolareaplusone/
Applying to a School out of Catchment Area
You’ll be asked to list up to 3 state schools in order of preference on your application form. Whether a place is offered will depend on the school’s admission process and if places are available. For most schools in Devon, there is an admissions priority for children who live in the school’s catchment area.
The Application Process
Submit your application for a primary or secondary school place online. An email receipt will confirm that the application has been received. Online applications can be changed right up to midnight on the closing date.
Devon County Council Applications:
Primary School Applications: The online system will be available from 1 November 2019 until midnight on 15 January 2020.
Secondary School Applications: The online system will be available from 1 September 2019 until 31 October 2019.
Torbay Council Applications:
Primary School Applications: The online system will be available from 1 November 2019 until midnight on 15 January 2020.
Secondary School Applications: The online system will be available from 1 September 2019 until 31 October 2019.
Plymouth City Council Applications:
Primary, Infant and Junior School applications in Plymouth: The application system will be available from November 2019 to 15 January 2020.
Secondary School applications in Plymouth: The application system will be available from 3 September 2019 to 31 October 2019.
- School Admissions: Primary admissions: 01752 307166; Secondary admissions: 01752 307469
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Online applications: www.plymouth.gov.uk/schooladmissions
The dates when school places are officially confirmed are:
1 March 2020 – Secondary Schools
16 April 2020 – Primary Schools
An outstanding education is one of the best gifts that any parent can give to their child. At Blundell’s School they offer just that. Blundell’s is a highly successful independent co-educational school located in 90 acres of Devon countryside, in a safe semi-rural area which can easily be reached by road, rail and air.
The Nursery and Preparatory School welcomes day pupils aged 2½ – 11 while the Senior School offers day and boarding (full, weekly, flexi) for ages 11 – 18.
The school encourages a genuine love of study, perseverance and intellectual inquisitiveness. The children are taught in small, superbly equipped classes with generous staff/child ratios ensuring high levels of individual pastoral care. Their dedicated team of teachers are highly qualified and extremely motivated.
Blundell's is well-known for its vibrant creative arts programme and has an excellent reputation for sport and for the spirit in which it is played. There is also a wide ranging programme of extracurricular activities allowing pupils to explore interests outside the classroom.
To find out more about the happy and fulfilling all-round education offered at Blundell’s, visit www.blundells.org.
To arrange a visit or register for the Senior School open day on Saturday 12 October email: email@example.com, call 01884 252543 or if you would like a tour of the preparatory School email: firstname.lastname@example.org 01884 252393
As a parent, you will want to know that your child will be happy at secondary school, that they will make friends for life and receive the best teaching, care, tailored support and the encouragement to flourish and thrive. Your child will want to feel safe and have a great experience too.
At Brixham College, your child will enjoy all of this and more. They will build rich friendships, lasting memories and individuality alongside critical thinking skills and the drive to pursue their own dreams. With a strong house ethos and surrounded by high expectations of progress and outcomes they will believe that there are no limits to learning and no ceiling on achievement.
Represented by a student council, your child will have a voice and always be heard. Welcomed with smiles and introduced to opportunity, they will be equipped with the skills and knowledge so that they go out into the world ready for life’s challenges and a little piece of Brixham College in their hearts.
Attend the Year 6 open day events on Thursday 12 September 2019, 6pm - 8pm and Monday 16 September 2019, 9am – 12pm and experience a school which plays to your child’s strengths and raises the type of adult that you want your child to become.
See www.brixhamcollege.co.uk or 01803 858271
Christow Community Primary School
Christow Community Primary School is set in its own grounds in the heart of Christow, a village in the Teign Valley, which lies on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. Currently, it has over eighty children on roll.
The school is a safe and caring place, where success is rewarded, all individuals are valued, and strong, friendly partnerships are promoted between home, school and the community.
There is no substitute for personal contact and you are warmly welcomed to discuss any queries you may have with staff, governors or other parents.
Christow Community Primary School does not have an open day, rather every day is an open day. If you would like to visit the school or preschool at any time then do not hesitate to contact Mrs Fleming at the school. The staff love the school and know you will too!
See www.christowprimary.org.uk or 01647 252542
Clyst Vale Community College
Clyst Vale Community College is a mixed 11-18 Academy, with a sixth form, in a rural location on the outskirts of Exeter.
It is the only Secondary `Rights Respecting School’ in Devon, characterised by excellent relationships and an inclusive ethos: students of all abilities progress well.
The College provides a broad and balanced curriculum at all key stages, with a focus on both academic and practical/vocational courses. At GCSE and A-Level, results have been consistently in line with or above national averages.
Clyst Vale is committed to promoting Science and Technology, and is noted within the local community for the quality of performing arts. The College has frequent successes in sport, as well.
Clyst Vale occupies a safe, pleasant, spacious campus with extreme fields and greenery. It is home to unique dual-use public library, Broadclyst Sports Hall, and specialist hearing support centre.
To experience the true feel of Clyst Vale, do go and visit it!
The open evening is on Wednesday 25th September 2019, 6pm – 8pm. This is an evening to investigate all areas of the college and speak to the teachers in their departments. It is an opportunity to see what everyone is so proud of at CVCC.
There is also an Open week from Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October 2019, from 10am-11.25am each day. This is an ideal opportunity to visit CVCC during a normal school day, visit lessons, speak to pupils and get a guided tour around the college.
For more, see www.clystvale.org or call 01392 461407
Coombeshead Academy is an 11-18 comprehensive school described in the most recent Ofsted in the spring of 2019 as, “one which sets ‘high expectations’ and is ambitious for pupils and staff”. It is a culture of mutual respect and challenges all to be their best.”
Coombeshead Academy prides itself on providing a breadth of experiences for students, in a calm, positive environment focused on learning and development at all times.
The belief at the school is that if you work hard and are considerate to people then good things will happen. At the centre of this vision is a school that inspires excellence in its students and staff. It has a commitment to ensuring exceptional outcomes for every student. Ensuring that those from the top to the lower attainment levels all flourish is paramount.
Learning, respect and enjoyment are at the heart of everything, focused around five key core values: • Positive attitude • Achievement • Community • Enrichment • Endeavour
The team of highly professional staff look forward to welcoming you and your children to visit the school.
See www.coombesheadacademy.org.uk or call 01626 201800
Cullompton Community College
Cullompton Community College is a successful and happy school where above all trust, good relationships, respect and kindness is valued. A safe, caring and orderly environment is created in which effective learning takes place and the outcomes and external evaluations show that it has maintained a very good education and high standards of achievement and progress over time. Its young people thrive because of its positive ethos, well planned teaching and a deep and enriching curriculum.
“Staff and students treat each other with respect and behaviour across the school is good. Students feel safe and are proud of their community school”.
“Teachers provide opportunities to challenge and inspire students and as a consequence engagement levels are high”
Every student is encouraged to join in with a wide range of activities to develop their confidence and leadership so they can become well rounded citizens effectively prepared for the future.
Cullompton Community College is growing in student numbers and expanding its site development with a building programme over the next 5 years. The college embraces this change whilst retaining its core values.
To learn more, visit the Open Evening at 6.30pm on Thursday 12th September 2019, join a morning tour on the 12th September or 13th September at 9.30am.
Visit www.cullompton.devon.sch.uk or call 01884 33364 for a visit any time.
Children flourish when they feel safe and secure; care underpins all that Dartmouth Academy does.
Dartmouth Academy takes pride in being at the heart of its community. Through inspirational teaching and personalised care, it enables all pupils the chance to secure future success and happiness.
As an all-through Academy, it believes in building long-lasting relationships with pupils and their families.
It fosters an ethos of empathy and understanding, with a caring pastoral system that seeks to support and involve families to help every child thrive.
Respect, resilience and role-model: teachers at the Academy recognise their role as being instrumental to every child’s development, not simply academically, but also as a person.
From the moment pupils arrive into the Early Years Foundation Stage, independent learning skills are promoted: enquiring minds, the ability to self-reflect and peer-collaboration. Pupils are coached to reflect and optimise their learning potential.
Dartmouth Academy has a mantra that fosters academic success as not a measure of ability, but an indication of how hard pupils work.
For more, see www.dartmouthacademy.org.uk or call 01803 839700
East Allington Primary School
East Allington Primary School is a small school set in stunning grounds in a beautiful village. Currently, there are 84 children on the roll and 30 children in the thriving pre-school. It is popular and many children commute from outlying villages and Kingsbridge.
The school and staff are committed to "providing the best for each child in order to get the best ". This means that teaching and learning will be the best, opportunities to enrich the children will be the best, and the children`s achievements will be the best.
Visit the school where staff and parents will be delighted to tell you about the school
East Allington Primary School told Primary Times about its 'ABC' Vision:
• We are active learners and we push ourselves
• We ask questions
• We try our hardest
• We take risks with our learning
• We have the right to speak out
• We stand up for what’s right
• We look after everyone in our school
• We are like a family
• We keep ourselves safe
See www.eastallingtonprimary.org.uk or call 01548 521305
Exeter Cathedral School
Exeter Cathedral School was founded in 1179 as a boys’ choir school. Non-chorister pupils were admitted in the 1960s and it has been fully co-educational since 1994. To this day, ECS is a flourishing day and boarding school with over 250 pupils aged 3 to 13.
Recently, three Exeter Cathedral School pupils have been picked to play for the West Panthers Hockey Club: an established club that selects talented hockey players from across the South West.
The players train six times a season at Exeter University’s Hockey Field and, later this term, the Girls’ team will be travelling to Nottingham to take part in the nationally recognised UK Festival of Hockey, where they will be facing teams from across the UK.
Pupils are serious about sport at ECS. Across the year groups, pupils regularly engage in physical exercise – developing healthy, active lifestyles. The ECS PE Department is delighted with the girls and their recent selection for the West Panthers team.
ECS will be holding an Open Morning on Thursday 19th September from 9.30am until 12.30pm. If you would like to book a place on one of the tours, contact email@example.com
For more, see www.exetercathedralschool.co.uk or call 01392 255298
Exeter School pupils, aged 7 to 18, enjoy an impressive range of academic subjects and extra-curricular activities. Voted top independent school in Devon and top co-educational independent secondary school in the South West in The Times and The Sunday Times Parent Power 2019, Exeter School's 25-acre site is well equipped with a range of first-class sports facilities. In addition to the large playing fields, astroturf arena and all-weather courts, it also boasts a newly built four-lane 25m swimming pool and a sports hall with squash courts, climbing wall, fitness suite and dance studio.
Every year, Exeter School offers eight free places to children from the local community. Three of the bursaries - called Foundation Bursaries and funded from alumni legacies and gifts - are on offer for entry into Year 7. There are three full bursaries for the Sixth Form funded from the St John's Hospital Educational Foundation grant. Two further free places, called 'The George Williams Bursaries', to study the Sciences in the Sixth Form, have also been made possible by a generous bequest and continuing donations from the estate of a prominent deceased Old Exonian.
The school is especially proud of its excellent Art, Music and Drama departments and a number of major performances and exhibitions are staged throughout the year. Senior pupils can join the school's Combined Cadet Force and take part in outdoor pursuits such as the Ten Tors Challenge and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Exeter School has an excellent record of success in placing pupils in a range of leading universities. In the last five years, 38 pupils have received Oxbridge offers. Recently, 9 medical offers were made to Upper Sixth pupils who have also scooped up awards in Biology, Chemistry and Physics Olympiads.
See www.exeterschool.org.uk or call 01392 258712
Exmouth Community College
Andrew Davis, Principal at Exmouth Community College said:
“My primary concern has always been to support the needs of the individual. My motivation lies in the belief that by providing an outstanding educational experience we are able to make a difference to the lives of the young people who attend our college.
Three core principles underpin our work at the college.
1 Consistently excellent teaching everyday which challenges, inspires and engages students in deep learning underpinned by an imaginative and differentiated curriculum. A co-curricular programme which allows all students the opportunity to develop wider skills increasing their future employability, as well as expanding their horizons and expectations.
2 Outstanding pastoral care which recognises every student as an individual and is able to provide effective support as and when it is needed; treating all students with respect and humanity.
3 Ensuring our college is at the heart of our community, whether that is through events the school can support, providing facilities for the local community or listening to the needs of the business community.
Students who pass through our college have the skills, empathy and understanding to maximise their potential for learning in later life and making a positive contribution to society”.
For details see www.exmouthcollege.devon.sch.uk or call 01395 264761
Honiton Community College
Whatever your child’s abilities and interests, Honiton Community College has a lot to oﬀer!
Its examination results go from strength to strength; achieving its best ever results at GCSE and A level two years running! The performance of its sixth formers places the college in the top 25% of schools nationally and two thirds of sixteen year olds achieve the equivalent of 5+ A*-C including English and maths at GCSE level, with a quarter of all entries being A*/A.
Honiton Community College prides itself on its inclusive approach, working together, as a community, to provide a first-class education that helps develop rounded students that are ready to take on the challenges of adulthood.
Students of all abilities are successful at Honiton Community College. Many of its students will continue into Sixth Form - “Students, including those in the sixth form, take great pride in their school” (Ofsted 2016).
The college has been fortunate to benefit from a comprehensive building programme in recent years with an all-new Creative Arts, Languages and PE building for its students to enjoy and Science refurbishment, that totalled £5 Million.
Go along to meet the amazing staff and see for yourself why Honiton Community College has become a school of choice for East Devon.
For more, see www.honitoncollege.com or call 01404 42283
King Edward VI Community College, Totnes
King Edward VI Community College, or KEVICC as it is popularly known, is a very special place to learn with a richly diverse community. Its students are a fantastic mix of personalities and the school values each and every one of them. Staff are committed to making a real difference to pupils’ lives.
KEVICC is extremely proud of its Ofsted ‘Good’ judgement, awarded in June this year, where the following strengths were recognised:
‘Teachers have high expectations of behaviour, to which pupils respond confidently’.
‘Pupils enjoy school. The majority are proud to attend’.
‘Pupils are ambitious and have high aspirations for themselves’.
‘Pupils receive a comprehensive programme on personal, social, health and economic education’.
KEVICC enjoys strong academic progress, with extensive cultural enrichment. It is one of the few schools locally to have achieved a positive Progress 8 three years running, since the DfE brought in their new performance measures.
The college aspires to be consistently excellent in all that it does. It wants to harness the potential of the community to develop a truly unique school, infused with co-operative values that prepare children to be happy and successful adults.
For further details or to arrange a tour of the College, contact College Admissions on 01803 869200 or go to www.kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk
Kingsteignton School is housed in a brand new custom-built, state of the art building opposite Teign School in Kingsteignton.
Pupils enjoy the luxury of large light, bright classrooms with lots of additional space for small group and one to one work. It also has a separate library, drama/music studio and a Design and Technology studio. The outside space is enormous with a huge playground, landscaped gardens and a large playing field.
It is a dementia friendly school which means it is focused on keeping everyone healthy both physically and mentally. Children are encouraged to cycle, scooter or walk to and from school and, cook healthy meals and snacks in the fabulous kitchen. Spending time with the more elderly members of the community is also an important part of what the school does and regular visits to a local care home are part of its curriculum.
It is a school where technology plays a strong part in enhancing learning with all children having individual access to an iPad or a Chrome book to support their education. They even have a robot!!
If you are looking for a great school for your child – why not go along and have a look round?
For further information go to https://kingsteigntonschool.org or call 01626
Kingswear Primary School
Kingswear Primary School enjoys a diverse intake from the wider surrounding area from Totnes to Torquay and into Dartmouth. Recent quality assurance recognises the good quality of education, achievement and well-being of its children.
Kingswear Primary School concentrates on giving every child in the school the opportunity for personal achievement.
The acquisition of knowledge and skills is the entitlement of every child irrespective of ability or background, and the school is very lucky to have an inspiring team of staff who work hard to support all of the pupils to achieve their very best.
For more, see www.kingswearprimary.org.uk or call 01803 752356
Newton Abbot College
Newton Abbot College is an exciting place to learn. It is passionate about nurturing exceptional, independent thinkers who are happy and confident individuals, equipped with the skills and knowledge to be the best they can be.
Whether it is opening minds through exciting opportunities, or opening doors by maximising outcomes, students are given the very best preparation for life.
A supportive environment is provided that gives students the confidence to learn and work as part of a community, collaborating with and caring about those around them.
Ofsted have given the college the seal of approval, judging all elements of what it does as ‘Good’.
It is proud of its academic performance. Students reach above average standards by the end of Year 11 and examination results have improved year on year.
The Open Week allows parents and their children to experience life at the College.
Visit the Evening Showcase on Wednesday 11 September from 6-8pm and the Open Mornings on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 September from 9-11am to explore the facilities, meet staff and students and observe teaching and learning in action.
Life chances for students are maximised at Newton Abbot College, where everyone is challenged to ‘Imagine what’s possible…’
For more, see www.nacollege.devon.sch.uk or call 01626 367335
Atlantic Academy is the small school, with big ambitions for all of its pupils. Located amongst beautiful grounds, in its new state of the art school building, its committed team are transforming the lives of young people. From excellence in learning, to amazing extra-curricular activities, its staff take the time to get to know all pupils and support them to be ‘the very best that they can be’. Visit Atlantic Academy on its open evening - 24th September from 5.30pm or call 01237 431969 to book an appointment. For more, see www.atlantic.academy
Bideford College is on a rapid journey of improvement to ensure that all of its students make outstanding progress and are happy, responsible and successful in all that they do. The broad curriculum offers opportunities for academic, technical and sporting excellence, housed in state of the art buildings. Visitors are welcome to be shown around the college at any time, however the Open Days are at 9.15am on Tuesday 24 September, Wednesday 25 September and Friday 27 September. The Open Evening is on Thursday 26 September between 4.30 pm and 7pm.
For details see www.bidefordcollege.org or call 01237 477611
Braunton Academy is a popular and oversubscribed community school where learning and well-being are at the forefront of its ethos for all to ‘Aspire & Achieve’.
This progressive school has a strong traditional ethos: it combines this with a firm belief in developing the solid foundations of knowledge, skills and understanding. It provides an exciting and nurturing learning environment where students truly flourish. As an open and collaborative academy, it takes its responsibility seriously, to equip students for their future. See the website www.braunton.academy or contact 01271 812221 for more information.
Chulmleigh College is a successful and ambitious school with a strong reputation for high standards. Their results are consistently amongst the best in the county; all groups of pupils achieve beyond national expectations. The broad and rich curriculum is enhanced, by excellent extra-curricular activities; outdoor education - Ten Tors and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award - is particularly strong. As well as high academic achievement, they have a proud record in music, drama, art and sport. A subsidised travel service is available for pupils from Barnstaple, Torrington, Rackenford and Crediton areas. The Open Evening is on Tuesday 17th September 2019, 4.30pm–7.00pm and the Open Morning is on Wednesday 25th September 2019, 9.00am-10.45am. Personal tours are available anytime. Visit: www.chulmleigh.devon.sch.uk, or call 01769 580215.
Great Torrington School
Attending an Open Event at Great Torrington School gives you the opportunity to find out more about the school and visit lessons. You will experience the type of high quality, innovative teaching that happens across the curriculum which enables the pupils to make such outstanding progress. The next Open Evening is on Thursday 19th September, at 6pm, followed by five Open Morning Tours on Monday 23rd September to Friday 27th September, from 9.10am – 10.30am. It is not necessary for you to book for these events. If you require further information, contact Reception on 01805 623531 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See www.gts.devon.sch.uk
The Ilfracombe Academy is an 11-18 church academy, part of the St Christopher’s Trust, with approximately 1,000 students on roll including a popular and expanding Sixth Form. Staff are committed to providing the highest standards of academic excellence and pastoral care. Central to this are the core values of hope, kindness, courage, integrity, trust, respect and responsibility.
In the recent SIAMS and OFSTED inspections the Academy has been rated ‘Good’. The school has now moved into brand new multi-million-pound facilities giving every department an outstanding learning environment for the students. For more details call 01271 863427 or go to www.ilfracombeacademy.org.uk
The Park Community School
Built upon generations of success, Park School is ambitious with high standards, expectations and aspirations for every single student. With embedded values, a traditional house system and committed staff you can expect support, opportunities and challenge to help develop the skills and character needed to lead successful, happy and fulfilled lives.
For a flavour of ‘Life at Park’ visit www.theparkschool.org.uk, click News, Termly News. The magazines here are packed with fantastic reflections of students’ experiences and achievements. Visit the Open Evening on 19 September and the Open days on 23-26th September to see Park staff and students in action for yourself. For more, call 01271 373131
Pilton Community College
Being sure that your child has every opportunity to achieve their potential and their desired goals is vital. At Pilton Community College they aspire for all students to access a wide range of opportunities inside and outside the classroom. As well as a broad range of taught subjects, there are opportunities in everything from sports and student leadership to STEM, public speaking and the arts. It is proud of its well-established international links and the life changing experiences they provide. Pilton is a caring, vibrant learning environment where students and teachers exemplify its high expectations and model its key values. The Open Evening is on 23rd September; and Open Mornings on 25th, 26th, 27th September. For details visit www.piltoncollege.org.uk or call 01271 374381
South Molton Community College
South Molton Community College is a popular and well-respected school. Its ethos is one of actively supporting the success of the students in its care. The school is committed to fostering the talents of every individual. The academic success of students is very important, and this goes hand in hand with nurturing talents in music, sports, art and performing arts. A huge influence is placed on the values of self-discipline, good behaviour, team work, respect and co-operation. The pastoral support and caring environment is second to none. This year's Open Day takes place on Tuesday 10 September. There will be tours of the school at 9am, 10am, 11am and 12pm. The Open Evening takes place on Tuesday 10 September, from 4.30pm to 7pm. Visit www.smcc.devon.sch.uk or call 01769 572129
Queen Elizabeth’s School
Queen Elizabeth’s School, or QE as it is affectionately known, has a proud history serving its local community for over 470 years. The school is located just 8 miles from Exeter in the rural market town of Crediton.
Based across two separate campuses, the school can offer all the opportunities of a large school but with the close-knit feel of a small community.
The Barnfield Campus, with its beautiful grounds and views across to Dartmoor, is dedicated to Years 7 and 8. This allows younger students to build their confidence and make new friends in a nurturing environment tailored to their needs.
Years 9, 10 and 11 study at the Western Road Campus along with the exceptional Sixth Form, which is based in the charming Grade 11 Listed College House.
The belief at the school is that education empowers young people. It gives them the tools to thrive in a challenging world. The school’s size allows it to offer students a broad choice of subjects and an impressive range of artistic and sporting activities, including superb theatre productions and a fantastic outdoor education provision.
The curriculum is designed on the fundamental principle that it needs to support its young people to develop an understanding of the world and, importantly, their role in shaping it. That is what the school means by Educating to Empower.
For further information, visit www.qe.devon.sch.uk or call 01363 773401
Rackenford C of E Primary School
Rackenford C of E Primary School in Devon is offering parents more choice over their child’s education.
The school offers parents the option of Flexi Schooling, allowing parents and children to work flexibly between home schooling and attendance at school.
Sarah Maude, Head of School at Rackenford Primary, is a strong advocate of flexi schooling. She said: “Each child’s learning journey is different, and we’ve found that full-time attendance sometimes doesn’t fit with the child’s needs or a family’s philosophy of education.
“Offering flexi schooling can give parents and children the option to choose how they wish to learn, while still receiving the full support of the school. We are already working with five ‘flexi families’ and it’s incredibly encouraging to see how well it has suited the children and their ways of learning.”
Students facing challenges around learning and emotional development will soon be given support through a working ‘school dog’. Bramble is in training to improve wellbeing and reduce anxiety or stress, as well as listening to children read.
You can visit the school at its Open Mornings on Tuesday 8th October 2019 and Tuesday 11th February 2020, meet the Head of School and see how its progressive, friendly and nurturing environment could work for your child.
To book, contact the school on 01884 881354 or visit www.rackenford-primary.devon.sch.uk
South Dartmoor Community College
With a broad and rich curriculum, each journey at South Dartmoor Community College starts with an extensive transition programme to support students in successfully taking the next step in their education. Its care and focus upon each individual is evident in its high-quality teaching and pastoral care. This is further enhanced by its close relationships with primary schools, prospective pupils and their parents.
Alongside its core subjects, it has a specialist focus on sport, with a diverse extra-curricular programme and sport academy offer. It is particularly proud of its girl’s cricket and boy’s hockey teams, both of whom have represented the school and won national championships.
Performing Arts are also central to College life, with students embracing the opportunities to take part in the many ensembles and performances showcased throughout the year. The college benefits from dedicated specialist facilities and offers a wide range of opportunities including an annual production, Contemporary Dance performances and much more.
It is these opportunities that enable students to become curious, creative and courageous learners, driven by personal responsibility. As a result, South Dartmoor Community College is a high performing non-selective state sixth form in the county, delivering high-quality provision for ages 11-18, with many students securing top places at Russell Group and Oxbridge universities.
Visit the school to see life at South Dartmoor – see www.southdartmoor.devon.sch.uk or call 01364 652230
St Cuthbert Mayne School
St Cuthbert Mayne is a joint Roman Catholic and Church of England school that serves Torbay and South Devon. The school provides an inspirational Christian education which engages, challenges and nurtures students so that they can live life to the full, now and in the future. All students are welcomed and valued at St Cuthbert Mayne regardless of whether they have a faith background or not.
School leaders at St Cuthbert Mayne are very ambitious for all students. All staff have a relentless focus on providing the best possible education for the students. They have high expectations of all students and believe that all can achieve and that anything is possible.
The curriculum at St Cuthbert Mayne extends beyond the academic. The extra-curricular programme provides for students’ broader development, enabling them to develop and discover their talents and interests.
When students feel safe, happy and secure, they are able to learn. At St Cuthbert Mayne, pastoral care is exemplary.
Students who attend St Cuthbert Mayne school make excellent progress at GCSE and A-Level.
The staff look forward to meeting prospective students and their family at the Open Day on Thursday 19th September from 09:45am to 12pm or 6pm to 8pm.
For details see www.st-cuthbertmayne.co.uk or call 01803 328725
St John’s School
St John’s School prides itself on providing a caring and safe environment for all its pupils. Its small class sizes mean that each student receives the attention they deserve in order to maximise their academic potential.
In addition, pupils have the tremendous international opportunities available to them through interacting with, or even visiting, its sister schools around the world. St John’s is a school with extraordinary opportunities.
The school has a small, caring environment with traditional values, but also has an innovative outlook. Pupils are encouraged to think independently and will gain the valuable life skills needed for tomorrow’s world. Flexible and affordable local fee rates are available now. To arrange a visit or taster day call Jo Mason on 01395 513984 or see www.stjohnsdevon.co.uk
St Luke’s Sports and Science College, Exeter
St Luke's is an 11-16 Church of England (VC) school where high aspiration, the drive for excellence and the provision of opportunities for all, underpin its ongoing success and achievement.
Its vision ‘life to the full’ and accompanying values of ‘showing respect’, ‘being inclusive’, ‘giving hope’, ‘achieving your best’ and ‘taking responsibility’ are at the heart of all that the college does. They want to enable every child to make an aspirational next step in their education, training and future employment, preparing them to live ‘life to the full’.
Its ethos, house and pastoral systems develop a sense of family, embedding the school values, ensuring that students are happy, supported, nurtured and can enjoy school life in a vibrant, friendly and purposeful atmosphere.
St Luke's is a wonderful and very special school and at its heart are the people. Its staff enthuse, engage and inspire students who, themselves, are its greatest ambassadors. As confident, respectful and caring young people, they show immense pride in their school and achievements. The relationships between staff and students build belief, develop independence and create trust that enables learning to be exciting, challenging and personalised.
For more information, visit the website: www.st-lukes.devon.sch.uk . Visit the school on the Open Evening or alternatively contact 01392 204600 to arrange a tour of the school.
St Peter’s C of E School
St Peter’s C of E School in Exeter develops character and brings hope through wisdom, courage, compassion, and community. It is not an exam factory but a place where dreams are made a reality.
St Peter’s C of E School’s most recent outcomes: Progress continues to be above the National Average.
SIAMS Inspection May 2019 - Overall Judgement ‘Excellent’
- SIAMS May 2019 “Aiming for excellence positively underpins teaching and learning and productively encourages aspiration. This is reflected, for example, through the good and often accelerated progress made by pupils with different prior attainment.”
- SIAMS May 2019 “Along with the inspirational leadership of the headteacher and lay chaplain, senior leaders and governors have a shared understanding of the vision and use it as a touchstone when making decisions and setting priorities.”
- Ofsted 2015 judged “student behaviour is outstanding. Students make excellent progress. Working relationships between teachers and students are excellent”.
Visit the school on Wednesday 18th September 2019 for its Year 5 and 6 Open Day. See more of the school, meet students, staff and experience the exciting learning environment.
At 9:30am and 11.40am, there will be tours of the school followed by refreshments and an opportunity to talk to the senior staff. From 5.45pm to 8:15pm, visit departments, meet teachers, take part in activities, see displays and talk to staff. At 7pm there will be a talk by the Headteacher
Or, attend one of the Coffee Mornings: Wednesday 2nd October or Tuesday 8th October -9.30am to 11am; Monday 14th October - 11.30am to 1.30pm. Hear more about the school, meet senior staff and be taken on a guided tour.
For more details see www.spexe.org or call 01392 204764
Stover School provides education which nurtures, celebrates, challenges and inspires each pupil. Its holistic approach combines a progressive research based curriculum, with a resilient moral code based on sound family and Christian principles. It prepares confident and independent young people to adapt and succeed in an ever-changing world.
The school is always open and will welcome visitors to discover what is meant by a Stover Education. See Stover at work and play, meet staff and pupils, on a tour around the beautiful grounds on the Open Morning.
Staff will be delighted to answer any questions that you may have and discuss the fee structure, as well as the scholarship and bursary options with you.
Contact the Registrar to make an appointment. For more details call 01626 354505 or go to www.stover.co.uk
Teign School’s attention to students as individuals, ensures they leave as successful and confident young adults.
Teign School staff put student progress and achievement at the heart of all they do, and students feel that they belong in an institution that sets high expectations. Each subject challenges students in an environment where high achievement is recognised and celebrated. Equally, they are confident in supporting all students by removing their barriers to learning to achieve these goals.
Those expectations are reflected in all members of the school and it is proud of the comprehensive nature of the community that the school serves. To achieve these aims, it works in a partnership with parents, schools, businesses, continuing to develop the widest range of opportunities for all its students.
Combining these elements means that Teign School is not only a successful, but also a happy place to be. By fostering maturity, as well as achievement, students leave Teign as literate, numerate, active citizens of the future.
For more details see www.teignschool.org.uk or call 01626 366969
The King’s School
Choosing the right school for your child is a very important decision. The right education is vital in providing them with the skills and qualifications they need for a happy and successful future.
The King’s School has a long and proud history that can be traced back to a fourteenth century choir school, which was replaced in 1545 by Henry VIII and renamed ‘The King’s School’. Today it is a school that has a very strong sense of community and an underlying ethos of ‘Achievement for All’, which permeates every element of school life and is reflected in its mixed ability approach to teaching, strong pastoral care and the inclusive nature of the school.
The school has a strong track record of academic success and has been one of the highest performing schools in the South West for many years. This success is rooted in a firm belief in high quality teaching within an environment built on the positive relationships that exists between students, parents and staff.
There are many opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom and much of what happens goes well beyond the formal taught curriculum, making The King's School a very special place to study. The academic emphasis and outstanding enrichment programme continues into a very strong Sixth Form provision.
The school’s Open Evening and Open Day are in September – alternatively contact the school on 01404 812982 to make an appointment to visit. See www.thekings.devon.sch.uk
The Maynard School
The Maynard School in Exeter has become the first school in the whole of Devon (and only the second in the South West) to achieve the national Wellbeing Award for Schools. This prestigious award assesses the school’s commitment to promoting and protecting positive emotional wellbeing and mental health whilst ensuring there is a clear whole-school strategy in place which is communicated to all staff, governors, parents and students within the school.
“The importance of wellbeing at The Maynard School cannot be overstated – caring for the physical, mental and emotional health and happiness of our community is central to everything that we do,” said Headmistress, Sarah Dunn. “We understand that parents want a school where their daughter will reach their full potential academically, but also know that what is even more important to them is that they find a school where their daughters will flourish and develop into confident, happy young women ready to face the world.
“As a whole school community, we are thrilled that our work so far has been formally recognised with this award and it goes without saying that we are justifiably proud to be the only school in Devon to have achieved this status.”
For details see www.maynard.co.uk or call 01392 273417
The Spires College
The transition from primary school to secondary school can feel like a big step for some children. At The Spires College in Torquay, staff work hard to ensure that transition is as smooth and straightforward as possible. The college Principal, Alex Newton, understands the importance of open events and encourages parents and their sons and daughters to attend as many as possible.
“Open events are essential because you cannot get a feel for a school without visiting it and meeting the people who work and study there,” says Ms Newton.
“It’s a bit like buying a house: sometimes you know you’ve found the right place just from the feeling you get when you walk around.
“You need to attend the open events for all the schools that you may be considering – you will be amazed how different schools are from each other and you need to feel confident that you have chosen the right one for you and your child.
“For us, open events are so important because our ‘good’ Ofsted report gives only an introduction to what we offer. Parents and children need to come and find out what it’s like to study here now, in 2019,” said Ms Newton.
As well as being able to look around, visitors are encouraged to talk with students and teachers.
There will also be lots of opportunities to get involved in each subject area with challenges, tasks, competitions and experiments.
For details call 01803 400600 or see www.thespirescollege.com
Tiverton High School
Tiverton High School is passionate about providing its students with the highest standards of learning and opportunities. With 6% of its students achieving the coveted top Grade 9 across a range of ten subjects, including English, maths, separate sciences, music and the Humanities, the school has plenty to offer.
Tiverton High is a secondary school for children in years 7 to 11. Its varied curriculum offers core academic areas, sports and creative arts, supported by a range of extra-curricular activities. It enables students to develop their own skills and interests and aid them in their chosen goals and aspirations.
The transition to secondary school can be daunting. Its staff work tirelessly to ensure that each student feels known, cared for and understood. It has vertical tutor groups, well-researched to help students integrate and grow as individuals. It has also introduced Bramble, a school dog, to improve wellbeing and reduce anxiety or stress.
At Tiverton High School’s Open Evening on Tuesday 1 October 2019 parents, carers and students can get to know the school through different activities and challenges. You can also meet key members of staff, tour the school’s excellent facilities and – of course – meet Bramble.
Parents and children are also invited to attend the Open Mornings on 2nd, 3rd and 4th October 2019. To book a tour contact Mrs Hepworth, PA to the Headteacher, on 01884 256655 ext 225. For information see www.tiverton.devon.sch.uk
Trinity School, Teignmouth is a co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged 3-19. From the integrated Prep Lodge Nursery class to the Sixth Form, pupils benefit from an individual approach where each individual is provided with tailored support at every level of their academic journey.
The combination of academic excellence, a varied extra-curricular programme and pastoral care rated as outstanding ensures that pupils become well-rounded individuals as a result of experiences that have helped shape their interests and nurture their talents. This ensures that Trinitonians are equipped with the skills needed to succeed in life after school.
The Department for Education recently ranked the school in the top 5% of all schools and colleges in England for progress at Sixth Form, and the progression and commitment to excellence is evident throughout the whole school.
A varied curriculum is supported by a wide ranging extra-curricular programme which evolves each year. Visitors to the school comment on the warm, family feel that is present in all members of the school community.
Its next Open Event will be on Saturday 28th September 2019, 10.00am – 12.00pm. To confirm attendance or alternatively to arrange a visit and for more information contact the Registrar on 01626 771530 or email@example.com. See www.trinityschool.co.uk
If it is academic results you are concerned about for your child, Wellington School has just what you need. It had superb GCSE and A Level results across all subjects and many of its pupils are heading to prestigious “Russell Group” Universities. Pupils study the more rigorous IGCE in Maths, Languages and Sciences as well as Latin and Greek and the emphasis is strongly academic.
The performing arts go from strength to strength with ground-breaking new theatre projects, workshops, creative performances and technical opportunities and with a huge range of bands, orchestras and ensembles, the whole school is taking advantage of a range of exciting opportunities. Its ethereal Chapel Choir performs regularly, and its versatile musicians regularly sweep the board in singing competitions and exam results.
The superb sports facilities have specialist strength and conditioning coaches who take fitness to new levels across all sporting disciplines. There is a vibrant and active Outdoor Education programme, which included Ten Tors CCF (Army, Navy and Air Force), Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, expeditions, camping, ski trips, trekking, kayaking, climbing, canoeing and a wide range of international trips.
Wellington inspires and teaches pupils from 11-18 in the Senior School. In addition, the Prep School and Nursery nurtures pupils from aged 3, with wonderful premises, outstanding facilities and inspiring, creative teachers. Additional activities such as Forest School, trips and outdoor education bring the whole experience to life.
The school is justly proud of the rounded, all-encompassing education its pupils receive. They call it “Learning For Life”.
“Happy parents, happy pupils!” – The Good Schools Guide
For information see www.wellington-school.org.uk or call 01823 668800
West Buckland School
West Buckland School is a top 35 independent co-ed boarding school with its outstanding A-level results. Its stunning, safe, 90-acre campus is just 15 minutes from Barnstaple and is serviced by 14 bus routes from around north Devon.
As one of the highest performing schools in north Devon and catering for children from rising 3, up to 18, the school offers exceptional facilities, available to all ages, including the 150 Building made up of six art and design studios, together with a modern drama theatre.
The school offers a great start to young people in a safe, beautiful and calm space, with small class sizes, outstanding extra-curricular opportunities and excellent pastoral care throughout. Sport, music, art, drama, forest school, CCF, dance and enrichment are all offered to students in abundance.
Children entering at Nursery or into the Prep school use the school’s unique location to further their studies, with field trips to the beach and on Exmoor, as well as through its own biodiversity society, creating an awareness of, and responsibility for, the environment.
The Activity and Open Day will happen on Saturday 5th October 2019 and the Sixth Form Open Evening is on Wednesday 9th October 2019. For more details call 01598 760178, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.westbuckland.com
West Exe School
West Exe School warmly invites you to attend its annual Open Evening event on Thursday, 12 September 2019, from 5pm – 8pm. Year 5 and 6 students from primary schools and their parents/carers are invited to attend. Introductory talks will take place at 5pm and 6.30pm.
Several open mornings will also be taking place during September and October. See the advert for further details.
West Exe School provides opportunities for students to shine, through excellent teaching and innovative practice, a vibrant and rich extra-curricular provision and a curriculum that challenges and inspires from the start of Year 7 and is increasingly personalised as students move up through the School.
For more details contact email@example.com or on 01392 660100. For information see www.westexe.devon.sch.uk