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Coombe Dean School
Charnhill Way, Plymouth Elburton
01752 406961

The sports facilities at Coombe Dean School are open for public use out of school hours. These facilities include:

Athletics track (summer)
Fully equipped gymnasium and
sports hall
All weather outdoor pitch with
Changing/shower facilities
Outdoor playing area for netball (winter)
and tennis (summer)
Soccer, hockey and rugby
pitches (winter)

We also have a fitness suite which is open to the public in the evenings.

The tables below are an outline of provisions currently available at the NRG Sports Facilities. For an up-to-date timetable, confirmation of an activity or to book any of the facilities, please contact:

L Smith (Head of Physical Education)
NRG Sports
Coombe Dean School, Charnhill Way, Elburton, Devon, PL9 8ES tel: 01752 403113


A comprehensive programme of evening and day time IT classes for the community take place in the school Business Centre. These are flexible learning programmes and can be completed at the convenience of the learner:

Computers for Beginners (12 hours)
Using the internet and emails (12 hours)
CLAIT 2006 (120 hours)
European Computer Driving
Licence (120 hours)
Basic Concepts of IT (24 hours)
Using the computer and managing
files (24 hours)
Spreadsheets (24 hours)
Databases (24 hours)
Presentations (24 hours)
Internet and email (24 hours)
Desktop Publishing (24 hours)
Word Processing (24 hours)
National Literacy and Numeracy tests
to Level 2

Courses run Mondays 10.00am - 5.00pm and Wednesdays 11.00am - 8.00pm, with fees starting from £15 - concessions are available for some courses depending upon status of learner

The school also offers a variety of short term courses - a programme of these for each term is available on request from the school office, or email

Coombe Dean School is additionally part of the Plym Adult Education group. Evening classes in a wide range of disciplines take place at the school. A full list of courses is available from the Plym Community Education Team (01752 406847)

Classrooms and the School Performance Hall are available for booking. A full list of facilities and costs are available from the school office or email

Coombe Dean School is a member of the Plymstock Area Academic Council (PAAC). This comprises primary schools, secondary schools and one special school in the Plymstock area. These schools work together to enhance provision for all students who attend schools in the Plymstock area.

Coombe Dean is particularly proud of the support it gives to other schools in the academic council and Hyde Park School in Plymouth as part of its Community Development Plan. This includes:

Technical support for ICT provision
Staff training in ICT and Mathematics
Year 5 Multi-Media Club
Junior Maths Challenge
Maths in Motion competition
Maths 100 Club
Maths and ICT Easter School

We additionally provide activities to support primary colleagues in all other subject areas including Science and Physical Education.

Focus Groups which represent all schools in the Academic Council for ICT, Maths, and Science meet each term at Coombe Dean School.

Other members of the Plymstock Area Academic Council are:

Dunstone Primary School
Elburton Primary School
Hooe Primary School
Oreston Community Primary School
Pomphlett Primary School
Downham Special School
Plymstock Secondary School
Goosewell Primary School

Extra Curricular

What’s it all about?
This nationally recognised award scheme has been running for over 50 years; the aim is to help young people plan and undertake their own programme of activities to develop mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
...It’s not just about walking over Dartmoor!
The award is equally about learning new skills, assisting others and carrying out activities that they enjoy. It is levelled at bronze, silver and gold.

What are the benefits?

The award will bring out the best in young people in a non competitive environment; here are some of the benefits;
• Self – belief
• Self – confidence
• Personal development
• Learn new skills
• Teamwork
• Awareness of potential
• Have some fun!

Who is eligible to enrol?

Anyone in Year 9 - 13

What do you have to do?

Each level has the following sections;
Service – to encourage service to individuals and the community, it could include activities such as helping out at after school clubs or St John’s Ambulance ie. helping others
Skills – to encourage personal interests, social and practical skills, this could include learning to play a new musical instrument, fashion design, fly fishing, ICT, juggling or drama
Physical Recreation – to encourage participation and improvement in physical activity, could include activities like surfing, sailing, mountain biking, dance or yoga
Expedition – to encourage the spirit of adventure, this section involves a 2 day walk with an overnight stay

How long does it take?

Assuming you spent about an hour a week carrying out the awards activities it should take about:
Bronze 6 – 9 months
Silver 9- 12 month
Gold 18 months

How do I get started?

Information has been given out to Years 9/10/11 via letters or assemblies. Anyone requiring further information or details should contact Mr Payne on 01752 504127

S Payne

Award Scheme Leader


“Prior to my D of E Gold Award, I wasn’t interested in school beyond my social calendar, if it wasn’t fun, I didn’t want to know. Since taking part in the award however, I have ran my own ICT business for 8 years, climbed the highest mountains in Britain, sailed my own boat to the Canary islands and have taught people from all walks of life how to climb and cave. I can say without reservation, if it weren’t for the award, I wouldn't have had the sense of adventure, the confidence, the courage and the team work to do ANY of these things.
I wasn’t from a wealthy family so it goes to show that anyone can, not just achieve the award, but do anything they put their minds to. As Ellen MacArthur often quotes of her French sailing comrades… “A Donf!” ( ”Just Do It!”).

Nick Hughes, Head of Resources, Coombe Dean School”


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