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Clyst Vale Community College
Station Road, Exeter,EX5 3AJ Broadclyst
01392 461407

The College's buildings reflect its growth over the years, and are not a selling point. The Main Building was the original block opened in 1960 and, with its subsequent 'add-ons', houses Reception, Administration, the Library, the Staffroom, plus classrooms for Humanities, Languages, Food Technology and Art. The centre of the building is the Giraffe House, formerly an open courtyard but now covered over, and an invaluable large indoor space (it has a high ceiling, hence the name!). Science and Technology are taught in separate blocks, with Maths, Post-16 and the Hearing Support Centre based in the newest block, opened in 1995. English and some languages are taught in a small village of mobile classrooms, Performing Arts subjects have a suite of specialist rooms. The College has six ICT suites, as well as some clusters of machines in several areas, and two banks of 'flying laptops'. A wireless network was installed in the summer of 2004. There has been refurbishment work to RE, ICT, Food Technology and Science in recent years, and a workshop expansion in Technology completed in February 2003. The College has extensive, beautiful, playing fields, and day time use of Broadclyst Sports Hall (a shared facility owned by East Devon District Council). The College library is a dual-use facility, open to the public on three days each week. The Hearing Support Centre is the designated unit for hearing impaired students from Exeter and East Devon. Sadly, the site is suffering from planning blight caused by the impending development of the new settlement.


The College operates through a Subject structure. There are departments for English, Maths, Science, Technology, Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities and PE & Performing Arts. In addition, there are co-ordinators for Careers, PSD and ICT. In Key Stage 3, all students follow the National Curriculum, including discrete lessons of ICT and Drama. In Key Stage 4, most students follow a programme of nine GCSEs, as well as non-examined PSD, Careers Education and Work Related Learning. We also offer vocational GCSEs in Leisure & Tourism, and Health & Social Care. A group of approximately fifteen students follow a Skills for Working Life programme, including a day each week at a FE College and a reduced GCSE programme. A handful of students each year follow extensive work-related programmes.

At Post-16 we offer over 25 subjects at AS/A2, and GCEs and OCR Nationals Level 2 in the Business, Health & Social Care, Travel & Tourism and Leisure Studies. OCR Nationals are offered in conjunction with East Devon College in Sport and Social Care, and NVQs in Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing, Motor Vehicle & Motor Cycle Engineering. The Post-16 programme is enriched by a tutorial programme, RE, and a number of extra-curricular activities including Young Enterprise, paired reading, peer education in the APAUSE (Sex Education), scheme, charity work, sport and work experience. The College offers major residential experiences to Year 8 and Year 12 students and a range of other trips and visits.

College Aims and Objectives

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.


Our aim is to create a vibrant environment which students, families and the local community will choose to visit for both study and leisure

Clyst Vale is one of only 5 Dual Use libraries in Devon.

This means that we are part of Devon Libraries and Information Services and open to the public for 3 sessions a week throughout the year- we do not close in school holidays at these times.

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