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  • Ide Primary School pupils visit West Exe School for a science seminar...

    Published 04/12/23

    West Exe School, part of the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust, held a science seminar this month for pupils from Ide Primary School.

    West Exe science teachers Miss King and Miss Flynn led the session, with a team of science helpers from the secondary school helping to teach their younger peers.

    It was a fascinating and hands-on session with a heart dissection taking place, a life-like demonstration of how food is digested in our body and also an examination of air resistance and parachutes. 

    Julie Fossey, Headteacher at West Exe School said:

    “It was lovely to have pupils from Ide Primary School visit us for a science seminar.  I know they took a lot away from the session and it was brilliant to see our older pupils passing their knowledge on to the younger children.”

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust said:

    “I was delighted to hear about the science seminar West Exe put on for local primary pupils.  It’s never too early for younger children to start coming along to secondary school events, as not only do they get a chance to learn, it can help them to feel more comfortable and confident when it comes to starting in Year 7.”

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  • West Exe School Sports Leaders undertake Water Safety Training

    Published 22/11/23

    Students from West Exe School, part of the Ted Wragg Trust,have taken part in a water safety training course this month, as have young people from Lipson Academy and Honiton Community College, which are also part of the Ted Wragg family of schools.

    Four Year 9 Sports Leaders from West Exe undertook the water safety training course and they are now ready to deliver their first Water Safety session to the rest of the Sport Leaders team later this term. 

    The students took part in the training by Surf Life Saving GB, a Search and Rescue charity with over 9,500 members who help to make our beaches safer and more enjoyable places for everyone.

    There are Surf Life Saving GB clubs nationwide which train people aged from five years upwards in search and rescue, beach education, lifesaving, and fitness skills, helping to create fitter and safer communities by the sea.

    Julie Fossey, Headteacher at West Exe School said:

    “I am so pleased that our students have undertaken this water safety training and I want to say a big thank you to Surf Life Saving GB for running the session.  It’s so important for young people to be educated on how to interact with the sea safely so they can enjoy everything it has to offer and it’s brilliant that the students will now be passing this vital info on to their peers.”

     

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

    “Everyone at the trust is delighted that students from several of our schools have now taken part in this workshop with Surf Life Saving GB.  We are blessed to be surrounded by beautiful coastline in Devon and I want our young people to be able to enjoy it safely and sensibly.”

    Published 22/11/2023

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  • Award winning author Manjeet Mann visits West Exe School ​​​​​​​

    Published 20/11/23

    West Exe School welcomed a visit from author Manjeet Mann on Thursday the 9th of November. As well as being an author, Manjeet is also an actress, playwright and screenwriter.  

    Her debut novel RUN, REBEL for young adults was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 2021 and won the CILIP Carnegie Shadowers Choice Award, The UKLA Award, Diverse Book Award and Sheffield Children's Book Award. It was also a Guardian best book of 2020. Manjeet’s second novel The Crossing, won the Costa Book Award for a Children’s Book in 2021 and was also named the Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week.  She also founded Run The World, a not for profit organisation that uses sport and theatre as a means to empower women and girls. 

    The English curriculum at West Exe is designed to ensure that students read a range of diverse and challenging texts that expose them to a multitude of different authors.  The school gets young people excited about reading by announcing upcoming books in their library on social media.  Earlier this year they also ran the Robin Stevens Reading Challenge.  

    The school is also celebrating a record breaking Sparxs reader success by Year 7 student Jacob who hit 1200 reading points in one day, double what is usually achieved in a session!  Students earn Sparx Reader Points when they read a book using Sparx Reader. The number of points they earn reflects the amount of time and effort they spend reading.  

     

    Julie Fossey, Headteacher said:

    “I am delighted that Manjeet took the time to come and visit us.  It’s so important that students hear from a wide range of speakers and having such a successful author come and talk about her work was very inspiring for many of them.

    “Developing a lifelong love of reading makes all other forms of learning earlier and at West Exe we will continue to put literacy at the heart of our curriculum.”

    Published 20/11/23 

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  • West Exe students visit Bath as part of Classics & Latin trip ​​​​​​​

    Published 10/11/23

    Lucky students from West Exe School, part of the Ted Wragg Trust, got to visit the Roman baths in Bath last month.

    44 students who are studying GCSE Classics & Latin Elective participated in a tour of the baths, as well as taking part in an interactive session called “Understanding Aquae Sulis.”  The session explores the variety of Latin inscriptions from the tombstones and altars found in Aquae Sulis. 

    Students collaborated and shared ideas as they deciphered the Latin tombstones and learned more about the lives of the people behind the language. The session also included the opportunity for the students to handle Roman artefacts associated with the layout and function of the bathhouse and the settlement of Aquae Sulis as a whole.

    The Roman baths are where the people of Roman Britain came to worship the goddess Sulis Minerva and bathe in the waters of the natural thermal springs, which still flow with hot water today.  

    Modern day visitors can explore the complex, walk on the original Roman pavements, and view the ruins of the Temple of Sulis Minerva. The museum located at the baths includes a gilt bronze head of the Goddess Sulis Minerva, and other Roman artefacts.

    Julie Fossey, Headteacher at West Exe School said:
    We are part of the Latin Excellence Programme, reintroducing Latin to state schools around the country.  I would particularly like to thank them for providing the full funding for this trip. I know that all the students really enjoyed their trip to the Roman baths and deciphering tombstones was a great way to develop their Latin skills!  I am so proud that we have so many students studying classics and Latin as these are subjects of both cultural and academic significance.”

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:
    “Everyone at the trust was pleased to hear about this educational trip to Bath.  It’s brilliant to hear about students getting out and about and embedding their knowledge through activity-based learning.”

     

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  • West Exe school marks Remembrance Day

    Published 10/11/23

    Students from West Exe School, part of the Ted Wragg Trust, have marked Remembrance Day this Friday 10th of November. 

    Royal British Legion poppies and other Remembrance items have been on sale at the school this week and assemblies have taken place with all year groups to talk about the importance of the day. 

    The school also put together a poppy display and they held a two minute silence on the 10th of November, which was followed by a student playing the ‘Last Post’ on the Eye.

    Julie Fossey, Headteacher at West Exe School said:

    “It’s so important for us to mark this day in school and make sure that all children have the chance to understand why we hold Remembrance Day every year and the opportunity to pay their respects to those who have given their lives for our freedoms.”

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

    "Everyone at the trust is glad to hear that West Exe made sure to mark Remembrance Day in a manner befitting its significance.  It’s lovely that they put a poppy display together and that a student played the ‘Last Post."  

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  • Aspens themed day at WES...

    Published 03/11/23

    Aspens are holding a themed day in the kitchen at WES on Thursday, 16 November 2023. See the menu below for the Indian choices.

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  • Connecting Communities...

    Published 18/10/23

    Recently, West Exe School welcomed 15 Spanish students who are from Vigo, a city in Galicia, in Northern Spain. The Spanish students were staying with families in Exmouth and spent every morning at school for a period of 2 weeks. They were buddied up with some of our Year 10 students who helped them integrate into school life. It was a great cultural experience for everyone involved and created an amazing buzz amongst our wider community of students.

    The Spanish students got a real insight into school life here in the UK and our Year 10 students were able to practise some Spanish, found out more about Spanish school life and made friends who they will hopefully stay in touch with!

    We did various activities with them, such as a "Spanglish" quiz which tested the students on all things Spanish and English. We also had brunch where the Spanish students tasted some typical snacks, including pork pies, scotch eggs and even twiglets, which were not very popular amongst the Spanish students!

    It was a great cultural experience and hopefully one which our students will remember for a long time. It also brought greater awareness of how fun and interesting learning about another culture can be.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • West Exe students take part in annual Abbott’s Way walk ​​​​​​​

    Published 03/10/23

    Two teams from West Exe School took part in the Abbott’s Way walk on the 1st of October.  The teams were made up of enthusiastic West Exe students and staff, both past and present and 75 teams took part in the challenge in total. 

    The Abbott’s Way walk is an annual event where teams of 3 to 8 people walk the Dartmoor route starting at Buckfast Abbey and finishing at Tavistock College – a total of 23 miles or 37km with 914 metres of climb.  The path was originally used by monks to travel between Buckfast Abbey and Tavistock Abbey.  The yearly walk brings together avid walkers of all ages and this year was the event’s 61st anniversary. 


    The event kicked off at 7.15 in the morning from Buckfast Abbey and participants were treated to some stunning moorland scenery as they walked the trail through the Dartmoor National Park.  The trail heads through Hockmoor, Lambs Down and Deans Moor before reaching the Avon Dam Reservoir and then the River Avon itself.  There is then a descent past Stinger's Hill and Erme Pits Hill before reaching Plym Ford, it’s then on to South Hessary Tor on the way to Princetown.  Final stops include Merrivale, Whitchurch Common and Moortown before the final destination at Tavistock is reached. 

    Julie Fossey, Headteacher at West Exe School said:

    “This is the first time West Exe have entered into the walk for a few years and it was great to have a diverse bunch tackle and complete the challenge together.  I am delighted that everyone who took part had such a good day and that they enjoyed the walk, even when it got steep.  I know they were rewarded with some amazing views!”

     

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  • West Exe celebrate Cycle to School week

    Published 29/09/23

    Students and staff at West Exe are celebrating Cycle to School Week, which runs from the 25th to the 29th of September this year.  Over 200 children cycle to school every day and we also have a very active staffing body, many of whom choose to beat the traffic and ride in daily. 

    Organised by the Bikeability Trust, and supported by the charity Sustrans, Cycle to School week aims to encourage both parents and children to jump on their bikes and celebrate the benefits of doing the school run this way.  Participants are encouraged to swap one car journey for cycling, cycle to school every day, cycle with their family or discover somewhere new on a cycle ride. 

    More than 100,000 children in Devon have now received Bikeability cycle training.  Bikeability is the government's national cycle training programme and children learn both practical skills and how to cycle safely on roads.  A student at West Exe, Beatrice Stothert was actually the 100,000th Bikeability trainee in Devon and to celebrate she was presented with a certificate and a bicycle by Councillor Stuart Hughes, the Cabinet Member with responsibility for cycling, earlier this year.

    Two other students at the school, Lucas and Evie, are currently training for the World BMX Championships and earlier this year both of them took 1st place in the South West Regional in Bideford (Male 14s and Female Regional Elite, respectively. 

    According to Cycling UK, on average just 2.2% of children cycle to school and 35.4% are driven, they estimate that if  just one child cycled to school instead of travelling by car for a year, it would save almost half a tonne in carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to growing eight trees for a decade or charging 58,388 mobile phones.

    Julie Fossey, Headteacher said:

    “Staff and students at West Exe are very happy to celebrate the benefits of cycling this Cycle to School Week.  An active school run can have a hugely positive impact in a range of ways, from improving health and wellbeing, to helping to reduce air pollution. 

    “ I am delighted that so many of our students make the choice to cycle in everyday and we will continue to support others to complete the training needed to feel safe and confident cycling to school.”

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  • Coffee morning at WES for potential invigilators...

    Published 27/09/23

    Would you like to come to our coffee morning on Wednesday, 11 October 2023 between 10am – 11am to find out more about the role?

    West Exe School is seeking to add to their pool of part time invigilators to assist during the internal and summer GCSE exams. The ability to work as part of a team is required. Working hours are flexible, but good availability is essential. Experience of working with SEND students would be desirable but not essential. Full training will be given. Details are on the School website.

    If you are interested in coming along please click on the following link to express your interest https://forms.office.com/e/mYaf5rkLpm

    We look forward to meeting you!

    Louise Garratt
    Exams Officer

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  • 2023 Exam Results

    Published 24/08/23

    Year 11 students at West Exe School are celebrating a truly magnificent set of exam results.

    • 22% of students achieved a grade 7 or above across all subjects in line with the national average and above the South West regional average of 20.8%
    • 80% of students achieved a standard pass in both English and Maths, significantly outperforming the national average of 68.2% against all subjects

    Head teacher Julie Fossey said “We are so proud of each and every one of our students today.  Regardless of their starting point or prior learning, they have risen to the challenge and bucked the national trend.  They should be so proud of all they have achieved not just today, but over the last five years. I know they will join me in thanking every member of the West Exe School staff and wider community for all that they have done, and continue to do to enable our young people to achieve success and to leave us ready for the exciting challenges of the next few years.

    These results demonstrate the resilience and determination of our students; they have worked tirelessly both in school and out and proved to themselves just what their hard work can do. They are now really well placed to go on to the destination of their choice with so many of them celebrating that today.

    Some noteworthy individual successes:

    Evan O - 10 grade 9s
    Oliver C - 6 grade 9s
    Emily T - 8 grade 9s
    Jacob M - 4 grade 9s plus *2 in music.

    Holly O, a Year 11 student who is moving onto Exeter College to study Drama, Environmental Science and Politics said “It is a relief but also such an achievement to have conquered so much through Covid and I am so pleased with my results. On top of the extra activities I took part in such as Ten Tors, DofE and the role of Head Prefect, it is the supportive staff and tutors and an incredible amount of hard work that enabled me to achieve this. I feel really proud of myself and it feels wonderful that I have had such a positive impact on the school in my time here.”

    Julie adds “Year 11, today’s results are results you can be proud of – you have been an amazing year group who have achieved so much throughout your time here, well done to each and everyone one of you."

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  • Summer 2023 Newsletter

    Published 23/08/23

    Enjoy reading and reflecting on our superb summer term. 

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