Cullompton Community College is a co-educational comprehensive school for students aged between 11 and 16. We currently have approximately 650 students on roll; Cullompton area is a growth area and the roll is predicted to increase in the long term.
Cullompton is a small town situated 1 mile from the M5 at junction 28, 15 minutes north of Exeter and in easy reach of Dartmoor, Exmoor and the Devon coast. Exeter is a culturally and commercially developing city with a new shopping centre opening in 2007, new leisure developments, university, museum, cathedral, international airport, theatre and concert hall.
The college opened in 1968 on the present site and became fully comprehensive in 1979. The college was purpose built and has benefited from the addition of two new buildings; technology in 1998 and science in 2003. A new Sports Centre with a gym and an Astroturf pitch has been added for community and school use. The college is well equipped with a full range of classrooms and specialist facilities for each subject. The college has six computer suites and two laptop trolleys as well as IT access in every teaching base. Every teacher is provided with a laptop and every subject area has at least one interactive whiteboard, with a development plan to extend the facilities. The school hall is equipped with a large electronic screen and presentation facilities, plus lighting and sound equipment for productions. Much of the school has been refurbished in the last three years providing a new staffroom, a new music suite, a study centre and a business centre. We appointed a professional chef in 2005, subsequently school lunches have been of an exceptional quality providing a choice of meals and a vegetarian option each day.
Academic standards are rising and we have been very high in the Devon value added tables for three years, coming top in 2006 for VA at KS3 in Devon. We had an OFSTED inspection in January 2004 and were judged to be a good College with good achievement and good teaching. The report and summary can be downloaded from the college web site.
Pastoral care is a key feature of the school and we have worked hard over the last four years to improve the learning environment and ethos of the college. We consider there to be three key aspects of college life that create our positive ethos:
- We have high expectations of all our students, they will work hard because they are motivated to do so, learning will be enjoyable and teaching will nurture ambition.
- Our offer beyond the curriculum will be extensive and encourage all our young people to develop their individuality. We will seek talent in all our young people and work with them to ensure they achieve their potential.
- We believe that students thrive in a caring and supportive environment. College organisation is designed to ensure each young person feels safe, secure and happy. We place high importance on respect, honesty and courtesy.
Our college is a community with adults and students working together and taking equal responsibility. A happy well ordered disciplined environment is essential if students are to learn effectively. Every young person has the right to learn; we expect high standards of behaviour and will not tolerate disruption in lessons. We require our college uniform to be worn by all our students. Our Code of Conduct is displayed throughout the College and outlines our expectations.
I hope this information provides a flavour of our college; if you would like further information please do contact us.
Cara Dunne, Principal.