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    Calling All Year 11 Students

    NCS helps to develop greater confidence in young people, as well as developing teamwork, communication and leadership skills. Together with personal development, it also helps to  give a huge boost to CV’s, job applications, and university applications, with the governing body of universities (UCAS) recognising the importance of NCS

    Click on the attachment below for further information and for details of how to secure a place.



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  • Year 9 Options 2019


    The Year 9 Options Booklet is available on the school website (Click link) so parents and students can familiarise themselves with this before the Options Evening on Thursday 24th January.  

    We would like to invite all year 9 student and parents/carers to the year 9 options evening on the Thursday 24th January from 4:30pm - 6:30pm.  There will be two scheduled talks about the options and the process by Mr Lewin and Mrs Mills at 4:45 and 5:30 in the drama studio.  All subjects will be represented and available to talk through the qualifications that they offer.  There is no appointment system for the event.

    If you require a paper version of the options booklet, please submit your request to the Mrs Nicholson via email at

    If you have any queries please contact Mr Lewin, Mrs Mills or Mrs Nicholson.


  • Updated Time Out Room Protocol

    Dear Parents/Carers

    We have now completed our consultation about the operation and management of the Time Out Room. Parents and carers, staff and students have provided us with opinions and suggestions.

    As from Monday 30th October, the new protocol for sanctions will commence.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Thain or myself if you have any queries.

    Link to the updated Protocol

    Thank you for your continued support.

    K. Sanders
    Deputy Headteacher

  • Parent Consultation: The Time Out Room

    Dear Parent/Carer

    Consultation period: Monday 25th September to Friday 6th October 2017

    Please see below link to a consultation letter inviting feedback from parents.

    Link to consultation letter

    It will also be discussed with students through the School Council.

    If you have any feedback please email: Mrs Kay Sanders or Mr Graham Sloman


    Kind regards

    The Park Community School

  • Ofsted 2017 Parent Letter

    Dear Parents/Carers,

    A copy of our recent Ofsted report is available on the school website and also on the Ofsted website. If you prefer, printed copies of the report are available at reception on request.

    The Governors and myself are pleased with many aspects of the report. It highlights how “the school operates smoothly, with good behaviour and polite and well-mannered students”. “The Headteacher provides strong, clear sighted leadership, raising expectations and challenging low aspirations”. “A greater number of pupils are now making the progress they are capable of”, “pupils are polite and well-mannered, they behave well in lessons and around the school”. “The new Governing Board has the expertise required to evaluate information about the progress of different pupils” and “leaders provide training across the school, this is now starting to hit home”. Additionally, “parents’ views of the school are positive” and it is clear that our community has a sense of pride in Park.

    It was pleasing that the team could evidence the positive results of numerous changes and developments introduced over the past two years, especially around teaching and learning, leading to ‘improvements in pupils’ progress in English & Mathematics’. In addition, the inspectors saw the great work of our pastoral team and the impact of the House system in supporting ‘good pupil development, welfare and behaviour’.

    The Governors and Senior Leadership Team have an accurate understanding of the areas requiring further improvements, therefore this report brings no surprises and validates our work to date. The school had already put into place strategies for school development and improvement. Our 2020 vision, published in December 2016, explains our ambitions and this report will help us continue on our journey to excellence.

    We recognise and agree with the overall judgement, which reinforces the direction of travel and action plans we have already identified and have in place. The school will respond to the report, working with you to continue with our plans to further enhance the quality of provision at the school, particularly around our core business of teaching and learning.

    The Chair of Governors, Kim Baker, and myself are happy to meet with parents between 2pm and 6pm on Wednesday 21st June. If you would like to book a slot between these times, or if you are unable to make this time/date but wish to talk with a member of staff, please contact the school on 01271 373131 or email: and we will arrange an appointment at a convenient time for you. As always, we are also happy to respond to email questions.

    Thank you for your continued support for our school. 

    Yours sincerely,

    Mr G Roscoe


  • Funding Challenges For Devon Schools - We Need Your Help!

    You may have recently read or heard about issues over the future finances of schools and I wish to share with you some of my serious concerns around the funding pressures facing The Park Community School as well as all other schools in Devon. Please take the time to read my full letter (Click this link) for full details.

    Children in Devon schools get funding that is significantly below the national average. In 2016-17 this resulted in a shortfall of £290 per pupil. This difference in funding means that we at Park received a budget which is approximately £377,000 less than the average across the UK for 2016/17. This funding shortfall has been, and will continue to be, detrimental to the quality and range of the educational provision for children at all Devon schools.

    You may have seen articles in the local press and I am aware other local schools have written a similar letter to their parents and communities. As a school community, we are seeking your support in raising awareness of this urgent situation. We would welcome all the letter writing, awareness raising and campaigning you could muster. Click the link to my letter above for further details.

    We thank you as always for supporting your school.

    Mr G Roscoe, Headteacher

  • Facility Improvements

    We are very fortunate at The Park to have a large and pleasant campus. We are blessed with open space and are located in a convenient and accessible location.

    Governors and staff are keen to maintain our campus, improving facilities and the learning environment, whilst ensuring safety and security of members of our community and physical property. Whilst we have no current issues concerning site safety, we are not complacent and continually evaluate our safeguarding, safety and security procedures. For example, we have recently upgraded and extended our CCTV coverage.

    Our site is large and has several entrances; these aid student movement at the start and end of school. However, we are considering closing access gates during the school day. We are proposing to close the gate by Park Lane, the gate by the bus turning circle and the gate onto the footpath by Hiern Drive between the hours of 9.15 am and 3.10 pm. Students arriving or leaving the school site between these times will need to use the main entrance by reception; students are used to using reception to sign in or out.

    We appreciate that this means a change for the small minority of students arriving/leaving school during normal hours, but we feel the added security for all members of our community is worth this small sacrifice.

    This measure is commonplace in most primary and secondary schools in North Devon and beyond. This will encourage all visitors to use our main reception area and provide added safeguarding features to our practice.

    Before any final decision is taken, we would we appreciate any parental views or feedback. Please contact reception or email: Mr G Roscoe Headteacher

  • Bus Service Changes 4th January 2017

    Whiddon Valley Bus Service

    We were informed last night at 3.20pm that there will no longer be a bus service to and from Whiddon Valley servicing Park School students. 

    Westward Ho! Bus Service

    The bus service for students living at Westward Ho! will terminate at Bideford, where students will have to change buses to continue the journey to Westward Ho!

    There are no changes to the Northam bus service; students will be able to continue their journey as normal on the usual bus from Park School.

    Bus timetables will be available at Park School from today and we have attached a copy below.

    Please contact the bus company on Tel: 01392 531670 if you would like to discuss this further with them.  Please be assured we are doing everything we can to lobby the company for a better service.

    Timetable 3-1-17.jpg

  • Changes to School Bus Services

    Please note the following bus service changes:

    • From 29th March there will be no Park and Ride bus service - This means that students who have relied on the Park and Ride Service must now make alternative arrangements to arrive at school on time.  
    • From 11th April, the 21 and 21A bus that provided a service to and from Park School will become the number 922 - The 921 provides a service to Pilton School.
    • Please note that the 21 and 21A will no longer stop at Park School, these buses will terminate at the bus station.  So students should catch the 922 bus.

    Please see following link to the new school bus timetable New 922 Bus Timetable

    For all other bus times, please visit the stagecoach website 


  • Safeguarding - Important Information For Parents

    Safeguarding in The Park Community School is considered to be everyone’s responsibility and as such our setting aims to create the safest environment within which every child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. The Park Community School recognises the contribution it can make to ensure that all children who use our setting feel that they will be listened to and appropriate action taken. We will do this by working in partnership with other agencies in accordance with “Keeping Children Safe in Education” DfE March 2018 and seeking to establish effective working relationships with parents, carers, and colleagues to develop and provide activities and opportunities that will help to equip our children with the skills they need. This will include resources and experiences that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills and protective behaviours. Ways of working by Tutors and Heads of House will be fundamental to this ethos. 

    On this page you will find various Safeguarding related information for parents/carers to read.

  • No Pass No Travel

    School Transport

    For those students entitled to free travel to and from school, Devon County organises their transport.  We all work together to safeguard students’ wellbeing and always help anyone experiencing any difficulty to get home safely.  However, the whole process relies upon the “No Pass No Travel Scheme” that we must please all support:-

    • Only students who show a valid travel pass to the driver on every journey will be allowed to travel.  Students must travel on the vehicle indicated on their pass.
    • Please ensure that your child has their travel pass before they leave home every day.
    • Please ensure that your child knows what to do in the event they are not allowed to travel or the bus does not arrive (e.g. because of breakdown or traffic conditions or severe weather).  School attendance is very important and it is best to be prepared for any of these eventualities.
    • DCC will carry out regular pass checks throughout the year.
    • Drivers are not allowed to carry passengers who cannot show a valid pass.
    • If your child loses their pass during the day they should go to the school office to ask for a 10 day temporary pass.  Replacement passes cost £5 each and can be ordered online, or by sending a cheque with a replacement form.

    Further info available at:

    Thank you for your help and support.  



  • From Grammar To Park - Book For Sale


    We are offering this book at a discounted price of £5, (RRP £19.99) 

    100 Years of Park's history written by an ex-pupil, Trevor Hill.
    This book tells the story of the first secondary school to be built by Devon County Council. An exquisite blend of archive sources and personal testimonies evokes a century of turbulent change - from 1910, when Barnstaple Grammar School opened at Newport, to 2010, when The Park Community School celebrates its centenary. 
    Amusing anecdotes and rare photos bring to life a place dear to the hearts of generations of children. 
    The book is available from the School Office.