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Clyst Vale Community College
Station Road, Broadclyst, EX5 3AJ, UK Exeter
+44 (0)1392 461407


The history of Clyst Vale has been one of progress, evolution and change. The College was founded in 1960 as Broadclyst Secondary Modern, becoming a Comprehensive 11-16 school and Community College in 1974 when Devon reorganised its schools. The College gained a Sixth Form in 1984, with numbers now up to 195. Clyst Vale is now an organisation of 1090 school age students, 1,200 adult enrolments and over a hundred staff. It is a large organisation in a small village, near to a city and within a mix of administrative areas. The College has a tradition of independence and putting young people first. Pressure for places is growing, and the College is regularly oversubscribed at the age of secondary transfer.


College Mission

  • To raise standards of achievement through improvements to teaching and learning
  • To provide extensive opportunities for members of the College and wider community to participate and succeed
  • To prepare members of the College community for life, and for the next stage of their lives To use current and future technology to its maximum effect for the whole community
College Aims
  • To encourage everyone to achieve their full potential
  • To encourage each individual to gain the highest possible qualifications
  • To enjoy education, each individual is encouraged to be enthusiastic about their subjects
  • To give all students the opportunity to develop skills for life and a career plan
  • To establish strong and lasting relationships
  • To provide a wide range of opportunities through a broad curriculum, subject enrichment, extensive extra-curricular activities, provision of out of hours learning, links with industry and business
  • To continue to provide the best facilities and equipment as resources permit
College Ethos

Clyst Vale will challenge students, and strive for continual improvement. It will maintain and enhance its reputation as a genuinely caring and inclusive community which encourages all individuals to fulfil their potential, academically and socially. Students will be safe, and happy. Students leaving Clyst Vale will be:
  • confident, and capable of being successful and happy in their own right aware of their responsibilities, and potential to contribute to others’ success and happiness respectful of all people and the environment aware of, and able to embrace the use of new technologies
The key principles we will promote, and the qualities we seek to develop include:
  • generosity, kindness, and sensitivity
  • reliability and honesty
  • self-confidence
  • cooperation
  • an open and inquisitive mind, with a keenness to learn
  • polite and effective communication
  • listening to others, and empathy
  • independence
  • teamwork
  • respect for all, and seeing value in every
  • individual
  • tolerance
  • self-motivation
  • the courage to not be inhibited by fear of failure or mistakes
  • an ability to give and receive praise pride in themselves and their surroundings
These will be promoted and developed through the taught curriculum, Personal & Social Development, Citizenship, assemblies, extra-curricular activities, and in our daily interactions with each other.


Adult and Community Learning organise a wide range of part-time evening, daytime and Saturday courses. There are Qualifications, Modern Foreign Languages, Computers, Health & Fitness, Special Interests, Arts & Crafts, Return to Learning, Brush up your Maths & English and Family Workshops (0-5 years) and many others to choose from. Leaflets are available termly. Some courses take place in local villages and community venues. Adults are welcome to join the Sixth Form for A level, AVCE or GNVQ study. Many local community, music and sports groups meet at the College on a weekly basis. The programme is administered centrally, not from within the College. For further information please telephone the Honiton office on 01404 42102 or the Exmouth office on 01395 223851, or look on the ACL website


Major responsibility for this is undertaken by Mr Dave Walters, Deputy Principal. He works closely with the eight Subject teams which are:

English: English Language and Literature, Communication/Media Studies and Psychology

Head of Subject: Mr M G Ferguson

Humanities: Geography, History, Beliefs & Values and Business Studies

Head of Geography: Mr D Hansford Head of

History: Miss S Jenkins Head of Beliefs and Values: Miss R Melia


Head of Subject: Miss C Tregoning

Modern Languages: French, German and Spanish

Head of Subject: Mrs H Coley; Mrs L Kyrke-Smith

Physical Education and Performing Arts: PE, Dance, Drama and Music

Head of Subject: Mr J Powell


Head of Subject: Mr B Greig

Technology, Art and Design: Three main areas ‑ Craft, Design and Technology; Home Economics; Art and Design.

Head of Subject: Mr A Sawyer

Vocational Education: Business Studies, Health & Social Care, Leisure & Tourism

Head of Subject: Mrs P Gibbs


There is a wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer at Clyst Vale including:

  • Amnesty International
  • Athletics - team practices
  • Badminton - club
  • Chess Club
  • Christian Clubs - (post and pre 16 groups) College Council - groups occasional lunchtime meetings
  • Computer Club for Girls
  • Dance - clubs, and opportunity for individual practice
  • Drama - College production rehearsals
  • Drama - 'Shine' rehearsals
  • Drama - rehearsals for individual drama competitions
  • Drama - workshops or examination groups
  • Football - team practices, inter-tutor set competitions
  • Gymnastics - club
  • Library - open every lunchtime; reading groups
  • Lunch Club - sheltered activities for vulnerable students
  • Music - a range of clubs
  • Music - practice room for student bands
  • Music - peripatetic tuition
  • Netball - team practices
  • Rugby - team practices
  • Tennis - club Volleyball - club
In addition, many subjects offer workshops throughout the year, revision classes, or 'surgeries' at key times, or provide supervised facilities for individual work.

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