Category Archives: Exmouth Community College

Funding of Exmouth Community College

20161115_091009Exmouth Community College as an Academy is registered as a Charity and is funded directly by Department of Education through the Education Funding Agency(EFA). We are monitored by the EFA on a very regular basis as well as being independently audited and our accounts can be seen on the College website. As Chair of Governors I meet Mr Alexander every week. If anything is urgent extra meetings are added or phone calls.

The College receives funding in various categories. We were very disappointed by the Government Funding review and were informed at the last week of term that we would have reduced funding of £79,000 under the new formula. I have written to our MP, Sir Hugo Swire on behalf of all the Governors.

We are also very concerned at the Devon County Council shortfall in the ‘High Needs Block’ funding for those young people who qualify based on their individual assessment for their ‘Education Health Care Package’. As a member of the ‘Devon Education Forum’ I, along with others on the forum vote against the suggestion by the DCC officers to reduce funding to every school by £55 per pupil(meeting held on 19 October 2016 available on DCC website). In the case of Exmouth Community College this will be approximately £120,000 with immediate effect. Devon County Council Cabinet may make a decision at its meeting in January. I have also raised this with our MP Sir Hugo Swire.

It is important for everyone to know that we have the same pressures on our budgets as small businesses and our grant from the EFA is fixed by them based on the number of students counted in January. We have, during the past year and ongoing  also had the following increases in our budget expenditure of the following:

  • Implications of the National Living Wage
  • Increased National Insurance contributions
  • Introduction Apprenticeship Levy
  • Increased teacher pension contributions plus further increases planned for 2019
  • Falling demographics
  • Reduction to the Education Services Grant and indeed the total loss of ESG in 2017/18
  • Address the maintenance backlog
  • Cash flat budgets
  • Absorb staff increments and inflationary increases
  • Potential increases to Local Government Pension Scheme contributions as a result of the current review being undertaken
  • Reductions to Post 16 funding
  • Increased costs due to high level instances of Mental Health issues growing within schools

Jill Elson

Exmouth Business Fair

2016-10-27 09.39.55Jill Elson opened the first Business Fair organised by Exmouth Chamber of Trade as Chairman of Governors, Exmouth Community College with Ian McQueen Chairman of Exmouth Chamber of Trade.

Exmouth Community College is very pleased to welcome the Exmouth Chamber’s Business Fair during October Half Term. The College wishes to work in partnership with business, as it is an essential for our students. Young people have to make choices when they are aged 14yrs (Year 9) on their future studies for exams. The College is educating young people for the future and we want them to be successful in the ever changing world of work – apprenticeships, further education college, University or straight into work. Our businesses need to tell us the skills they need and employ our young people. It may be in the future we can help business with their need to upskill their workforce for example in digital working within our sixth form.

Exmouth Business Fair – New Hall, Green Close

Exmouth Community College is very pleased to welcome the Exmouth Chamber’s Business Fair during October Half Term. The College wishes to work in partnership with business, as it is an essential for our students. Young people have to make choices when they are aged 14yrs (Year 9) on their future studies for exams. The College is educating young people for the future and we want them to be successful in the ever changing world of work – apprenticeships, further education college, University or straight into work. Our businesses need to tell us the skills they need and employ our young people. It may be, in the future, we can help business with their need to upskill their workforce for example in digital working within our sixth form.

Jill Elson

Exmouth Community College – Chairs Update for September 2016

EXMOUTH COMMUNITY COLLEGE    Update  September 2016

I would like to begin this update by congratulating our students for the superb exam results they achieved this summer, which were a just reward for both their hard work and excellent teaching provided by the College staff. They have gained the university, college, apprenticeship and other job opportunities by their achievements; they are a credit to the College and their families and I wish them well. We welcome and thank all parents and carers for the support the College receives from them in helping students achieve their potential.

You will have seen that there has been a lot of building and refurbishment in the summer holidays to improve the environment in and around the College. The new Maths Block was officially opened on Thursday 15 September 2016. This is an excellent building with 8 classrooms, with 2 classrooms on each floor able to be joined together to make a larger space. Thanks to all the contractors under Interserve.  We are hoping that the second phase of 8 classrooms will start next term which will make a huge difference to the College.

All of the Governors wish to thank all members of staff who volunteered to take young people for extra lessons, various trips both during activities week and throughout the year. During the last academic year staff led trips to a variety of destinations including Euro Disney, Madrid, Prague, Munich, Paris, Rome, Italy and the WW2 war graves.

The College, as a state funded Academy, is set up as a Charity, and receives most of its funding from Government. You will be aware, that in recent years, as with all public sector organisations, funding is very tight so we have to work very hard to ensure we get the best value for that money.  We also endeavour to raise money from other opportunities. Our staff, under our business manager – Kim Dearsly – have been very successful in putting in excellent bids, based on evidence and a good business case to the Education Funding Agency. These are very complex and time consuming. We were successful this year in gaining £720,00 to refurbish part of Green Close site.

We have had a very good year of sporting success highlighted by an excellent awards evening in May to celebrate their successes. We are working closely with Withycombe Rugby Club. It has gained a long lease from East Devon District Council to enable the club to make grant applications with our support. We wish to work in partnership with the WRFC as we use their pitch for many activities. I am attending EDDC Playing Pitch Strategy meetings to ensure our young people get the pitches and space they need for future development.

The Children & Young People’s Emotional Psychological and Social Wellbeing Early Intervention Service has begun slowly. This is specifically to help young people in schools and train staff across Devon to help young people who may have an emotional or mental health need. This is seen as a preventative service to help young people at a very early stage. I am part of the Devon County Council review team to ensure it is providing this service as specified. This is as a Governor of the College and member of the Devon Education Forum. I am very happy to be part of the team to look at how best to help young people.

We are very grateful to the ICE team, who are part of the ‘Exmouth Churches Together’ who work from the Open Door Centre. The ICE team has been working in the Exmouth Community College for the past 15 years delivering assemblies, RE lessons and providing lunch-time and after school support. More recently, the work of ICE has expanded to include 1:1 and group mentoring for those students who are struggling with school issues. The ICE team is led and managed by Jenna Burnett seeks to provide students with support when they need it and they are highly successful.

I would like to thank you all for your continued support of a good College that I am proud and privileged to be its’ Chairman of Governors. 

Jill Elson

Chair of Governors

 

Exmouth Community College Chair’s Update

EXMOUTH COMMUNITY COLLEGE    Update April 2016

Mock exams were held in the early weeks of the Spring term for GCSE and A level students and, as in previous years, a large number of booster classes have been running on Saturdays and over the Easter Holidays. We have found that such classes really do help our students to gain good results and I am very grateful to those staff who give so much of their free time to support their classes in this way. No doubt you will have seen from the press that there continues to be many changes in education, particularly in relation to the exam system, emanating from central Government. I am pleased to say that the College is adapting to meet these changes extremely well. Our core vision remains for every student to be inspired and to reach their own individual potential, providing them with opportunities across a wide range of subjects.

Many of you will have attended the very successful productions which took place this term and, I hope, have been as impressed as I was with the quality. “Anything Goes”, which was produced, directed and choreographed by two sixth form students, was superb and a real tribute to their talents and the effort they and all the cast put in to making it so successful. This was closely followed by “The Blend” which was the final dance production by Mrs Shankster Jones before her retirement. We will all miss her very much after her 36 years with the College. It was a fitting testament to her charisma and enthusiasm for working with young people of all abilities. We have also had success in sports to celebrate recently. The boys U12 team reached the Devon rugby finals. The boys U12 football team have reached the semi final of the Devon Cup and as a reward went on a trip to Manchester United. The girls U15s reached the Devon Cricket finals, whilst the girls U16s reached the Devon finals and finished second. One of our students will represent Devon Schools Cross Country Team in the South West Championships and at the Junior Indoor Athletics we finished runners up in the East Devon Schools competition. This is just a very brief sample of sport taking place at the College and I look forward to the Sports Awards evening on Wednesday 22 June 2016 where we take the opportunity to reward and recognise a huge number of sporting achievements

You will probably have noticed the progress of the work taking place on phase one of building new classrooms on the Gipsy Lane site. These 8 classrooms will be ready for use at the beginning of September. They are superb, modern classrooms which I am sure will be a pleasure both to teach and learn in. We have also submitted other bids to Government for more improvements on the Green Close site. One of the strengths of our College is the excellent Pastoral support we provide through our team of Pastoral Staff who work closely with our students. Additionally, we are fortunate to have the ICE Team from Churches Together, linked to the ‘Open Door Centre’, who are an asset to the College and who do a lot of work with our more vulnerable students. A new service has started across Devon, called EH4MH – Early Help for Mental Health. If a student feels they have a mental health need and wish to access help they can do so online at www.kooth.com or www.youngdevon.org or phone 08082 810 155. This is a free service funded by Devon County Council and schools across Devon.

East Devon District Council are working with Exmouth Community College and Withycombe Rugby Football Club to provide more sporting facilities at the College and Club together with the community at large. East Devon District Council has recognised the shortage of playing pitches in Exmouth in ‘The Playing Pitch Strategy’ and artificial pitches can be part of an answer to this problem. The good news is that Devon County Council has offered a grant of £150,000, if we can raise the other £250,000 we need in order to put a bid into the National Rugby Football Union for c£1m to fully fund the project. If anyone wishes to donate any money to the scheme we are registered as a Charity and therefore ‘Gift Aid’ and tax breaks are available. To do this please contact michaela.savage@exmouthcollege.devon.sch.uk.

 

We are saying “goodbye” to three Governors this year. David Wright one of our staff Governors stepped down in January and I would like to thank him for the contribution he has made for the past 4 years. Louise Boud, Parent Governor, is stepping down after 7 years.  Louise has been our SEN link governor and made significant contributions to the Curriculum and Human Resources Committees.  Finally, after 11 years as a Community Governor, Pat Graham will be leaving us at the end of this academic year. Pat has been a real stalwart over the years, sitting on a number of committees and giving enormous support to the College. Many of you will know Pat from her work with Exmouth in Bloom for which she, very deservedly, received an MBE in last year’s Queen’s Honours list. We wish her all the best in her “retirement”.

Finally, can I remind everyone that Governors welcome the opportunity to talk to parents and carers about any matters to do with the College.  We have a “Governors’ table” in the Main Hall on Parents’ Evenings. If anyone wants to talk to us, do come and talk to us as we wish to hear your views.

Jill Elson, Chair of Governors

Exmouth Community College Chairs’ update Winter Term

EXMOUTH COMMUNITY COLLEGE    Update January 2016

You may have noticed the work taking place on phase one of building 16 new classrooms on the Gipsy Lane site. Phase one is for 8 classrooms. We are working with Devon County Council to try to bring forward the second phase to commence as soon as the first has finished, because this will save the cost of contractors leaving and clearing the site and then having to come back again at a later date. Our Finance Team have had great success at winning grants to improve the College environment as well as repairing some of our buildings. CCTV has also been extended to cover the College entrance, the gates and the entrance to Phear Park.

We opened a Memorial Garden within the College grounds on Remembrance Day 11 November 2015. It was designed by Mrs Smith, one of our technology teachers, and funded by various grants from Exmouth Town Council, Royal British Legion, Royal Marines Association and the National Lottery. It’s a lovely area with seating which students are free to use during the school day. We have had a number of fantastic musical events this term. The Annual Rotary Concert took place in November and was, as always, a wonderful evening which provides a real showcase for the talented musicians within the College. This year it was compèred by two of our sixth form students. The College choir recently won a competition to sing in Exeter Cathedral and a carol service was held in Withycombe Church supported by the College orchestra and with students reading the lessons.  On the sporting front, we now have the addition of a long jump pit (funded by grants) which was opened this term by Vernon Samuels an ex- Olympic competitor.

During the summer we had students travelling to America, France and Indonesia where students worked as volunteers in the Rain Forest and dived on a coral reef. During the Autumn term students took part in visits to: Exeter Cathedral, Birmingham for four days, Dartmoor, Haldon Hills and three trips to London. The ski-ing trip to Italy was a also great success. As ever our thanks are due to all the staff who volunteer to take our students on these trips.

We have an excellent team of Pastoral Staff who work closely with our students. Additionally, we have the ICE Team from Churches Together linked to the ‘Open Door Centre’ who are such an asset to the College in terms of providing additional support. A new service has started across Devon, called EH4MH – Early Help for Mental Health.  This is specifically to help young people in schools and train staff across Devon to help young people, who may have an emotional or mental health need. This is seen as a preventative service to help young people at a very early stage. As a Governor of the College, I have been invited to be part of the Devon County Council monitoring group to ensure it is providing this service as specified. I have attended my first meeting and those who visited the College thought we were providing an excellent service. If a student feels they have a mental health need and wish to access help they can do so online at www.kooth.com or www.youngdevon.org or phone 08082 810 155. This is a free service funded by Devon County Council and schools across Devon. They have visited the College and talked to members of our staff about how they can signpost students on how to access help.

In December, we held the Premier Awards evening for our past post 16 students who had achieved excellent results during their time with us. It was a very enjoyable evening and I am sure all the parents and carers were very proud of the students who won prizes. Commander Nikki Thomas, a former student, gave a very inspirational speech.

East Devon District Council are currently working with Exmouth Community College and Withycombe Rugby Football Club to provide more sporting facilities for the College, the Club and the wider community. The Council has recognised the shortage of playing pitches in Exmouth in ‘The Playing Pitch Strategy’ and artificial pitches can be an answer to this problem in part. The current lease at Withycombe RFC has been extended to 99 years in order to attract funding. Cllr David Chapman as the newly created Sports Champion, with both representatives of the College and Club, has been assisting in these negotiations. Those in the community who wish to help in this endeavour are urged to contact either; the College, Council or Rugby Club.

Our team of 19 Governors bring knowledge and experience to the College. They are volunteers and do not receive any payment. We have had 5 new Governors join the team this term: Ann Grange(parent), Clair McColl(parent), Marianne Skinner(Teacher), Lyn Edmondson (Teacher)and Ian McQueen(Community). We are very aware that Parents, Grandparents and Carers support is essential to enable our young people to get the most from their education. The College receives a large sum of money from the Government to provide the basics, but all the ‘extras’ have to be funded by fundraising, sponsorship, donations and grants. We thank everyone for the support the College receives.  We recognise young people need the ‘taxi’ service, provided by relatives and the extra funds that are provided for various activities, to help them reach their potential.

Finally, can I remind everyone that Governors welcome the opportunity to talk to parents and carers about any matters to do with the College.  We have a “Governors’ table” in the Main Hall on Parents’ Evenings. If anyone wants to talk to us, do come and see us, we welcome any opportunity to hear your views. 

Jill Elson              Chair of Governors

Exmouth Community College

Exmouth Community College  had the Premier Awards evening on Monday 14 December 2015 in the Telfer Centre which was packed. It is one of the many highlights of the year when those students who were in the sixth form in July and are now in University, college, apprenticeship or work. We welcome them back for the College to recognise their achievements in the summer term. Holly Quilter won the Premier Cup.

The annual Carol Concerts were held during the last week of term in the Withycombe Church. College orchestra, College choirs provided the music. On the Tuesday Students and others read the nine lessons. The Church was full with parents and others. It was a very enjoyable evening.

For more details read the College website.

Exmouth Community College – Chairman’s update September 2015

EXMOUTH COMMUNITY COLLEGE    Update  September 2015

I would like to start by praising all our young people on the exam results which were extremely good. This is by the hard work of our students, with good teaching and support from the College staff including giving up time to provide review and booster classes evenings, at weekends and during holidays. I also wish to thank all parents, grandparents, carers and other relations for supporting the young people as they work towards these important exams. They have gained the university, college, apprenticeships and other job opportunities of their choice by their achievements and I wish them well.

You will have noticed the work taking place during the summer holidays to improve the environment for our young people and to start building new classrooms on the Gipsy Lane site. They have demolished the ‘stables and will be demolishing the ‘caretakers’ building when work has progressed further. This is from the grants our excellent staff won in the bidding process to the Government totalling over £6 million with more grants from Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Exmouth Town Council and from our own College funds including upgrading the CCTV to cover College entrance, the gates and Phear Park.  A memorial Garden is being created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War and to record the names of the fallen from Exmouth. The garden will contain a Delabole slate with the names of the fallen of Exmouth in World War l and the ex pupils of Exmouth School in World War ll and subsequent conflicts. We have invited the Bishop of Exeter to open it.

All of the Governors wish to thank all those members of staff who volunteered to take young people on various trips during activities week and during the summer holidays. Activities week included trips to Euro Disney, Paignton Zoo, Tall Ships Sailing, Science Camp, Exe Wakeboarding, Norman Lockyer Observatory and during the summer one group visited Thailand with another to Italy.

We have an excellent team of Governors, who all bring knowledge and experience to the College. Parents, Grandparents and Carers support is essential to our young people. The College, as an Academy, is a Charity, receiving a large sum of money from the taxpayer to provide the basics but all the ‘extras’ have to be funded by fundraising, sponsorship, donations, grants . We welcome and thank you for the support the College receives and we recognise young people need the ‘taxi’ service and extra funds for various activities to help them reach their potential.

We have had a very good set of results on the sports field during the summer term. An excellent awards evening was held in May to celebrate success. We are still working closely with Withycombe Rugby Club to gain a long lease from East Devon DC which will enable the club to make grant applications with our support. We wish to work in partnership with the WRFC as we use their pitch for many activities. I will be setting up meetings with various sporting organisations in Exmouth under the EDDC Playing Fields Strategy as our young people are the future and need more playing space. I am also investigating the provision of an athletics facility in Exmouth based on the UK Sport Urban Concept as introduced in Haringey in London.

A new service will be starting in September across Devon.  It will be the Children & Young People’s Emotional Psychological and Social Wellbeing Early Intervention Service. This is specifically to help young people in schools and train staff across Devon to help young people who may have an emotional or mental health need. This is seen as a preventative service to help young people at a very early stage. I have now been invited to be part of the Devon County Council review team to ensure it is providing this service as specified. This is as a Governor of the College and I am very happy to be part of the team to look at how best to help young people.

Jill Elson

Chair of Governors

Exmouth Community College GCSE results

Press Release – GCSE results 2015, Exmouth Community College

Headlines:

Following last week’s best ever A Level results, this year’s GCSE examinations produced some excellent results in a variety of subjects. Particular mention should be made of Maths, where 78% of students achieved A* to C. Further Additional Science reached 88% A* to C. Latin saw 71% achieve A* to C. In addition, Computer Science gained 87% C grades and above. It was pleasing to note the continued improvement of English Language, where 69% achieved C and above. Also of particular note are Technology, who averaged 70% and Creative Arts, who achieved an average of 70% A* to C grades.

Notable achievements include Elizabeth Reffell, who gained seven  A*’s and three A grade. Premier Cup winner Joyce Tang achieved eight A* and two A grades.  Imogen Handford achieved seven A*’s and four A grades.  Sabrina Mitchell gained three A* grades and seven A’s.  Jack Gooding achieved eight A grades, with Ben Hopley gaining two A* and five A grades.

Mr Findel Hawkins and Mr Bown, Heads of Year at Key Stage 4 said “We are very pleased with the results. As always, there are some fantastic individual achievements which reflect the hours of hard work, which has been put in by students and staff. It’s pleasing to know so many of the students will now be able to follow their chosen pathways into Post 16 and we are looking forward to them returning to the College”.

Henri Miles, Assistant Principal Key Stage 4 said “The results reflect the hard work put in by the students and staff over the last two years. In particular, the relentless work by the English and Maths departments to ensure students gain strong grades in these key GCSE’s”.

Mr Alexander said “I am very pleased with the standards achieved in a number of subjects, especially Maths, English, Further Additional Science, Technology, Media and Latin. I am delighted with the excellent individual results of a large number of students which is a great testament to their ability, their work ethic and the total commitment of my staff. Given the increase in the severity of marking this year, the results are all the more satisfactory. As ever, we will review the achievements in all subjects and prepare to improve yet again for next year. I would like to offer my personal congratulations to the students who deserve their success, well done”.

Chair of Governors Jill Elson said “I am very pleased that the hard work of students and staff have reaped dividends and particularly impressed with the English and Maths results. The College is always thankful for the support of parents to their children and the College.  The Governors will be working with Mr Alexander to ensure we build upon this achievement for next year“.

Exmouth Community College AS/A2 results August 2015

Exmouth CC Jill Oct 2011Press Release – AS / A2 Level results 2015

Exmouth Community College

Headlines 

A2 results continue to improve on last year with a fantastic 99% pass rate and an amazing 18% achieving A* to A grades. 

18% of students achieved A* to A grades.

68% of students achieved A*- C grades.

99% of students passed all their examinations (A*-E). 

AS results – provide an excellent foundation for future success 

52% of students achieved A – C grades.

86% of students achieved A – E grades, passing all their examinations. 

Vocational and BTEC results have shown a massive improvement: a tribute to the efforts of all involved. 

Students and staff at Exmouth Community College are celebrating their best ever set of A level results.

A Level

The A level results climbed yet again, with significant improvements at the highest levels, despite changes making it more difficult to achieve an A* or A.  Holly Quilter and Sam James achieved three A* with Holly getting a further A grade.  Jack Carmody and Megan Pollard achieved two A* grades and the rest A grades.  Other students such as James Colville-Hyde, Ana-Kristina Holmes, and Jack Oke achieved three As, including A* grades.  Across the range students excelled according to their enthusiasms and abilities, and the overall pass rate climbed once more to 99%.

AS Level

Notable achievements are Angela Roxas achieving four straight A grades, while  Ben Kay and Sam Winnall achieved at least three A grades each.

Simon Tanner, Assistant Principal and Head of Post 16 said: “I am delighted!  This has been richly deserved by students and staff who worked incredibly hard all year.  The most up to date Government figures show we achieve significant improvement with all our students, but we never get complacent, and the end result is improved life chances for all our students, whatever their ability.”

College Principal Tony Alexander said “The best ever set of A Level results recorded at the College speaks for itself.  I am delighted for all the students and particularly pleased with the figures of 18% gaining A* and A grades which is outstanding. 

The hard work, dedication and commitment of students and staff have reaped great dividends.  I am thrilled that despite more severe marking this year, we have achieved this landmark figure.” 

On behalf of the Governing Board at Exmouth Community College, Chair of Governors Jill Elson said “We have an excellent team of staff under the leadership of Tony Alexander.  The students have achieved excellent results by hard work and taking opportunities open to them to help them achieve these results.  Thanks are due to the support of parents to their children and to the college.  Well done everyone.”