2013 - 2014 News

Summer 2014 News

Activities Trophy Winners

Raleigh House Overall Activities Trophy Winners

Students were in high spirits for the Raleigh House end of term Assembly on 11th July.  For the first time in many years Raleigh won the overall activities trophy.  Head of House Mr Hampton thanked all the tutor groups for... Read More

Expedition Challenge Kenya

Year 11 students Chris Dunkin, Jack Goddard and Emily Sanders left for a 28 day expedition to Kenya on Thursday 10th July.  Family members gathered at the entrance to the school to say farewell before they left for their adventure with Outdoor Coordinator Gary Ratcliffe.

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Sports Day 2014

We had perfect weather for our Sports Day on Monday 30th June.  Thank you to everyone that came to watch and support the students, we hope you all had a lovely afternoon. 

Congratulations go to Chichester House who are the overall winners of Sports Day for the 2nd year running! 

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Le Bistro De Dan Roro 2014

On Monday 30th June 2014, nearly 200 children from primary schools across the Barnstaple Learning Community gathered in the Park Community School Hall for ‘Le Bistro de Dan Roro’, by the one man ‘Compagnie Tête- à- Tête’. The audience was entertained for 75 minutes by... Read More

Vollyball Championships

Croyde Bay provided the picturesque backdrop to the 2014 Devon Beach Schools. 248 children from schools across Devon competed for a place in the South West Schools Beach Championships.

Year 10 students, Niamh Marshall and Sophie Watts came 1st in the U16 girls competition.  They now... Read More

Phoebe's Football Success

Phoebe Oreshko in Year 9 has just been offered another 12 months contract with Bristol Academy U15's Football team.

She has just completed a year with this team and played teams such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Aston villa.

Congratulations Phoebe!

Athletics School League

North Devon Athletics Competition Round 1

Below is the results of the North Devon Athletics competition held at Braunton Athletics Track on Wednesday 14th May.  Well done to all the students who attended.

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MFL Pop Video Comp Support

Year 9 student Ben Martin and Year 8 student Emily Brooks have enter the MFL Pop Video competition this year.  We hope you will support them by voting for them.  To make it easier for you to find the videos on You Tube, we have given the links to both of their videos below.

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Devon County Show Performers

32 students were taken to the Devon County Show at Westpoint this week by Music Teacher, Mr Street. They were amongst other schools, who performed on stage during the day. The School Choir performed 2 songs, the Year 10 GCSE band, performed 2 songs, and the rock band called Sociodiscord... Read More

MacMillan Charity Donation

On May 16th 2014, Mr Hare from Macmillan Cancer Support, visited Park School to receive a cheque for £206 from Ms Vidlers Year 7 Tutor Group.  This was raised as part of the Fortescue Charity challenge.

Battlefields Trip 2014

On the 4th - 7th April 2014, 48 Year 9 and Year 10 students went on the Battlefields Trip.

Below is a link to the North Devon Journal story published 15th May 2014, about the trip.

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Ten Tors 2014

Weekend of 9th to 11th May 2014

Park Community School Ten Tors 35 Mile Team successfully completed Route MM at 14.55pm. After quite a windy, wet and demanding weekend, the whole team finished.

Mr G I Ratcliffe the Outdoor Coordinator at Park Community School and the rest of the... Read More

Donation To CLIC

Donation To CLIC For Children With Cancer

Park Community School student Emily Baker in Year 9 inspired her friends and many staff to hold a fund raising event to raise money for CLIC.  Staff and pupils kindly baked a variety of cakes and a lunch time cake sale was held by Mr... Read More

Spring 2014 News

A Memorable Ski Trip

Yet again the Ski Trip to Passo Tonale was as successful as ever.  Excellent snow conditions, fantastic weather and the students all made huge progression with their skiing & snowboarding ability.

A massive thank you to staff and students who made it such a memorable trip.

Letters and places available from Mrs Freeman for 2015 trip. Book your place now.


Victory For Yr 9 Rugby Team

Our Year 9 students won the North Devon Rugby Championships yesterday beating Chulmleigh 45-12 in the Final.

It was a very mature and skilful performance from all involved, and they maintain there unbeaten run within North Devon to three seasons.

Huge Congratulations to all the players. 

CSI - Inspire To Aspire Event

So ‘Who killed Stan?’ was the scenario put to the audience at the latest Inspire to Aspire event which was based on a CSI theme. After an introduction to explain what happens when a crime is committed and a person is stabbed, the audience were taken through the various stages that a forensic scientist would go through to try to discover who was responsible for the crime, as well as looking at what could be done to save the persons’ life if this situation arose.

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Girls U13 Inter Team Devon Schools Gym Competition

We entered an U13 novice team, two U13 intermediate teams, an U15 intermediate team and an U15 boys’ intermediate team into the Schools Gymnastics Competition at Falcons Gymnastcis Club on Sunday 30th March. Well done to all the teams for taking part and congratulations to the below medal winners.


U15 - Inter Team

Boys - Gold Medal

Girls - Gold Medal


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Spanish Tapas Evening

A group of Year 10 students had the opportunity to try some delicious tapas dishes at Lilicos Tapas Restaurant in Barnstaple. The students were an asset to Park School and thoroughly enjoyed their night. They were able to try the following typical Spanish dishes:  Spanish mixed paella, seafood paella, Spanish meatballs, olives and pitta bread, Spanish tortilla, patatas bravas, white beans with hummous and mock sangria. Students matched up the different dishes and impressed the staff with...

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MFL Speaking Competition

Huge congratulations to the following students who took part in a Modern Foreign Language speaking competition at Pilton Community College on Monday 24th March.

Olaia Bakkach – 7VN (near-native category – presented in Polish)

Maddison Pounds – 8GG (KS3 category – presented in Spanish)

Benji Lahai-Taylor – 10EF (KS4 category – presented in Spanish)

Lucy Hawkins – 10MN (KS4 category – presented in French and Spanish)

Each student competed against...

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Another Inspirational Event!

Another successful 'Inspire to Aspire' event was held on 'Careers in the 21st Century' where visitors from the world of Astronomy, Civil Engineering, Pharmaceutical work and Business tried to convince the audience in five minutes that they had the best job! 
All the talks were entertaining and informative and the audience were invited to ask questions, before deciding who had the best job, which was won by the Civil Engineer. 
After a short break there was a...

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Battle Of The Bands 2014

Many students took part in the Park School Battle of the Bands between 10th – 14th February in the school hall at lunchtime.  The acts included:

  • Ben Martin
  • Luke Mitchel, Erin Street & Will Jenkins
  • The Statics
  • Street Smart
  • The Underground
  • The Unknown
  • Abbie Roberts
  • Jack Tanner
  • Wren Frost

Students donated a small entry fee to charity for entry to the hall throughout the week.


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Christmas Concert Charity Donation

The Park Community School Music Department donated £500 of the money raised from the School Christmas Concert to MacMillan Cancer Support. 

Student’s were pleased to meet MacMillan Charity representatives Tony and Jane Hare who explained to the students, how MacMillan help cancer sufferers and their families. 

Devon Indoor Athletics Result

On Thursday 27th February the Park School Achieved Bronze Medal in the Devon u13s Indoor Athletics  competition. They beat 15 other schools from all over the county to secure the medal. All the athletes had to show skill and stamina across a range of track and field based activities including, shot put, long jump, triple jump, vertical jump, and speed bounce. They also had to complete races other varying distances and compete in teams for the relays.

This is a huge achievement for all...

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Fundraising For Go North Devon

Students from Drake and Chichester House presented a cheque in February to a representative from Go North Devon Mobility Centre.for £305.

Drake House raised £153 and Chichester House raised £152.

The money was raised through cakes sales, guess the teddy's name, guess the number of sweets in a jar and weekly collections.


North Devon Performing Arts Festival

Congratulations to Year 11 student Megan Bousted for coming first in eight of her nine singing classes and second in the ninth.  Megan also won best under 18 duet of the competition and most promising under 18 singer.  A great achievement.


David Atton with Head Prefects, viewing the letter Park Community School in Top 100 Schools in England

In response to the Department Of Education School Performance Tables for 2013 (click on link), we have received the attached letter from David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools, informing us that our school is one of the top 100 in England!  As there are over 3,000 state secondaries, this is quite an achievement!

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Under 13s Indoor Athletics Team Under 13's Indoor Athletics Team

Well done to the under 13s Indoor Athletics team who have recently qualified to go through to the county championships in Plymouth on Thursday 27th February 2014. All the pupils took part in a multidiscipline event including track and field based activities; they displayed a fantastic team spirit and athletic skill to see off their competitors from the other North Devon Schools.  

South West Schools Climbing Competition

Huge congratulations to the team of six climbers (Year 11 students Tommy Tanner and Callum Platt, Year 9 students Jack Tanner, Finn Ivers and Will Jenkins and Year 8 student Kate Maddocks) who represented the school in the South West Schools Climbing competition at Exeter on the 26th January 2014. Park climbers were up against ten other schools in the competition and secured a third position. A Fantastic effort by all - Well Done!

Park School Teacher, Mr Blanchard would also like to ...

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Left to right Bebe Malek, Polly Holman, Olivia Sayer, Ellie Courtney. Great Achievement For Trampolining team

After winning the South West Trampolining competition in October 2013, the Park School Trampolining team competed in the Southern England finals at Hayes, Kent on the 25th January, 2014. 

They came 4th in the U13 Novice. Congratulations girls, for becoming the fourth best schools team in Southern England!

Coached By Philippa Malek at Falcons Gymnastics Academy.


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Inspired by Local Author

As part of our winter programme of ‘Inspire to Aspire’ evenings, students, parents and friends of the school enjoyed a fascinating journey with local author and historian Berwick Coates, who took them through the trials and tribulations of his first novel being published.

He spoke of his love of writing over many years and how he has had several other books published before this first novel.  It follows over 500 rejections, when many others would have given up, but his determination...

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Pupils during a practical exercise Primary Gifted and Talented in Sport

Forty two pupils from primary schools who were nominated as being gifted and talented in PE and sport were offered the opportunity to show their abilities and potential during The Park School's annual day for them. 

Their day began with a presentation of young and successful British sportsmen and women, highlighting the attitude and approach needed to be successful in sport.  This was followed by three practical sessions during which the pupils demonstrated their prowess and gave them...

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Autumn 2013 News

Mini-computers put school ‘to the forefront’

Students at The Park Community School have received a number of free Raspberry Pi computers from the joint project led by Google and the OCR Exam Board to help with their studies.

The Raspberry Pi is a small credit card sized computer that has been developed by a British manufacturer in order to revitalise programming in the UK.

The computer is a low cost (£25) circuit board that allows students to download an operating system and learn to code with programs called ‘Scratch’...

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Newport win Yr 6 Sports Hall Athletics

Newport Primary School retained their title as winners of the Park School's Year 6 Sports Hall Athletics competition in the most keenly contested event for many years.  The athletes competed over five activities - two runs; a throw and two jumping activities - before the finale of relay races. 

Newport won three of the activities and finished second in the other three events to take the title and gold medals.   Sticklepath School took second place with Orchard Vale School just piping...

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Some of our students with Simon Hall Inspired By Simon Hall

An interactive and inspiring evening was enjoyed by the Park Community School students, parents and staff at the latest “Inspire to Aspire” event with Simon Hall, BBC Home Affairs and Crime correspondent. 

It was certainly obvious to all that Simon thoroughly enjoys his career in the media, as he explained in detail the many advantages of a career in broadcasting.  The audience was given information about qualifications required and various other useful tips, including trainee...

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Year 8 Football Cup Final

In a thrilling match the team were beaten 4-3 by Pilton after extra time. They were very unlucky. Leading 3-2 and looking the better side Pilton equalised in the final 2 mins after being awarded a very harsh free kick.  

The team played very well with goals from Toby Maxwell, Lewis Turnbill and Carter Ward.  Well played, boys! A very disappointing result after playing what appeared to be their way to a well-...

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Free Book Buzz Books

This is 7A with their free Book Buzz books. Bookbuzz is a reading programme from Booktrust, which supports schools to encourage reading for pleasure, independent choice and develop a whole school reading culture. Participating schools give their students the opportunity to choose their own book to keep from a list of 17 titles suitable for 11-year-olds.  They are selected by a panel of experts.

Year 6 Girls Primary Year 5/6 Cross Country

Primary Schools Year 5/6 Cross Country

Over 350 primary school runners braved a combination of strong winds, sunshine and a hail storm as they participated in Park School’s cross-country event for years 5 and 6.  Despite the weather and testing underfoot conditions the runners’ enthusiasm and commitment were plain to see as was their determination.  This resulted in all four races being tightly contested with little to separate the top ten finishers in each race.

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Children In Need

In aid of Children In Need the Park Community School library held a cake and second hand book sale, during break and lunch time.  Students and staff gathered in the library to buy the delicious cakes which were kindly donated by local businesses, including Sainsburys Roundswell, Tesco Rose Lane, East and West Bakery, The Old School Coffee House, Marks and Spencer, the Co-operative Pottington, and the Park School Canteen.  We even had an appearance from Pudsey Bear (thanks to Mr Sloman Head...

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Options At 16+ Evening 2013

Another successful ‘Options at 16+’ evening took place last Monday evening for Parents/Carers and Year 11 students. Over 300 people attended to look at the options that are available for Year 11 when they leave school.

Following a brief welcome and introduction in the School Hall, Parents/Carers and students were able to visit the various stands that had been set up, to collect information and advice to help them make informed decisions about their future plans.

A huge ‘thank-...

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Another Fantastic Intriguing Lecture!

Parents, children and staff alike were fully engaged in a wide variety of activities at the Park Community School's latest "Inspire to Aspire" lecture.

Led by Nick Welsh, Head of School of Architecture & Construction at Petroc, a team of lecturers led on a variety of skill-sets required within the building and engineering environment, including tower-building (Mr Cammack is still convinced his team's was the tallest, despite being 'pipped' by Mr Beasant's team by only 8cm!! - a re...

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Great Achievement For Adam In Italy

Year 8 student Adam Tobin was selected to represent Great Britain in the Men's Artistic Gymnastics Autumn Cup held in Seveso, Italy on the 26th October 2013.

Adam was in a team of four comprising two sixteen year olds and a fourteen year old.  This was Adam's first international competition, competing against gymnasts from, Italy (A and B team), France, Switzerland and Jordan.

The GB team took the Gold medal position, with individual medals going to the British team.


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Newport Primary School - the winning team Newport Wins Sports Hall Athletics

A team of 6 girls and 6 boys from Newport Primary School won the Park School's inaugural Sports Hall Athletics competition for primary schools' year 4 pupils.  The athletes each had to take part in 2 timed runs; a standing long jump; a speed bounce and a throw before culminating in a series of relay races.  Landkey School were runners up with Sticklepath School in 3rd place.

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Devon Autumn Ability Games

On Wednesday 16th October Park Community School entered the Devon Autumn Ability Games which was held at Tarka Tennis. The day gave pupils the opportunity to try many different sports and spend time with pupils from many different schools from around the county. Our pupils could try; Wheelchair rugby, archery, boccia, Frisbee, rowing and tennis.

All of our pupils were superbly well behaved and competed in the true nature of the event. We all got to meet David Hill, a Team GB...

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Year 4 Boys Top 3 Primary Schools Year 3/4 Cross Country

The Park Community School’s annual calendar of sport for primary schools started with cross country runs for years 3 and 4 pupils.  Glorious sunny weather and a dry course ensured fast run races with each of the four events being closely fought out at the finish.  Almost 400 pupils took part and completed the courses, spurred on by a very large number of supporting parents.

Results of the cross country can be viewed below.

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Johnny Ball giving autographs at the start of the evening A Fabulous Evening With Johnny Ball

A fascinating , fun and, above all, highly educational evening was spent with Johnny Ball last Wednesday (9/10/13).  The famous mathematician/scientist/comedian and “strictly” T.V. personality went down a “Wow” with young and old alike at the Park Community School.

Johnny’s (Yes, we are now on first name terms) unique style of delivery provided the packed school hall with a mine of amazing mathematical facts and figures whilst inspiring everyone to continue with their learning...

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Flute Exam Success For Sisters

Year 10 students and sisters Lucy Hawkins and Sophie Hawkins have just passed their Grade 5 Flute exams.

Lucy got a Grade 5 - Pass and Sophie got a Grade 5 - Merit

Well done to them both.

Surf Lifesaving Competition Success

Year 11 student Summer Whiteley, has just returned from competing for the junior U19 GB surf lifesaving team in Italy.   An amazing performance from all the team resulted in GB finishing 5 overall with GB finishing 1st in the beach/ sea events. Summer came away with two silver medals for the individual board race and with her team mate Lily Nichols a former Park School student in the board rescue. Lily won the silver in the run,swim,run event alongside another former Park School student Liam...

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Park Has Life-Saving Cardiac Equipment

Eight of Park Schools First Aid trained staff attended a St Johns Ambulance Defibrillator Training Course today.  

The School wanted to extend the skills of our First Aiders so that in the situation where a student, staff member or visitor at the school had a sudden cardiac arrest our staff had the confidence and knowledge to use the Schools on site mobile defibrillator machine.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest strikes people of all ages and fitness levels, usually without warning and...

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Visit from Author Kit Berry

As part of the local Appledore Book Festival Kit Berry visited Park School today to talk to our students, Kit held a workshop for a group of students, she talked about her books and explained what it is like to be an author.  Kit gave the students many tips on how to write a novel and answered their questions about having a writing career.  The class of Year 8 students were very enthusiatic and at the end of the lesson Kit complemented the class by saying "You are the best class of students...

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Visit from Author Jamie Thomson

As part of the local Appledore Book Festival Kit Berry visited Park School to work with our year 8 and year 9 students.

One quote from a Yr8 student was " The best lesson ever!"

Jamie Thomson is a British writer, editor and game developer and winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 for “Dark Lord: The Teenage Years”.

Visit from Author Paul Dowswell
Paul Dowswell 
As part of the local Appledore Book Festival Paul Dowswell visited Park School today to talk to our students, Paul also held a writing workshop for a small group of students, inspiring them to write a small piece of work about what is felt like to be a soldier in WWI who was about to leave the trenches.
A writer of historical fiction – “Auslander” about a teenager in wartime Berlin, “Eleven Eleven”- the last days of WWI, “...
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