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St Luke's C E Science and Sports College
Harts Lane, EX1 3RD Exeter
01392 204600

Welcome to the new St. Luke’s Science and Sports College.

We are a Specialist Science and Sports College with Mathematics as a supporting subject and our students are given opportunities throughout their five years to contribute to all aspects of college life, taking extra responsibilities and sharing the process of ‘Education for life’. We are a caring college where every individual matters and we all work hard to achieve very high standards, both academic and personal.

Student Council

We, as the Student Council represent the Student voice of St Luke’s Science and Sports College.

Our aim is to help improve the College by giving everyone the opportunity to express their views and make a contribution to the development of the College.

On entry to St Luke’s students are allocated to one of five Houses. Each House has a House Council and elected representatives from each of the 8 tutor groups in each House go to House Council meetings every two weeks to take ideas forward from all of the tutor groups.

House Council meetings are run by the House Captains and House Head. House Captains and Vice Captains take these ideas forward to a weekly College Council meeting which is attended by the Deputy Principal, the link person with the Senior Leadership Team .

The College Council elect a Head Boy and Head Girl from the Officers and the College Council representatives attend meetings with the Principal and Governors on relevant issues. Members of the College Council and House Councils represent the College on interview panels, at Parents Evenings and are involved in organising fund raising events, UK Youth Parliament elections as well as events for the benefit of charities or Students in College.

St Luke’s Student Councils deal with issues that are of interest and concern to Students in College and we also have a contribution to make to the development of the College now and for the future.

Alongside College Council, each House has 2 representatives for Sports Council.

Sports Council have a responsibility in organising Inter-House sports teams as well as supporting Staff in their duties at break and lunchtime. They provide sports equipment for use by Students’ on the tennis/netball courts and football pitches.

Sports Captains also support other sporting activities in and around the College.

Science Department

Latest News

  • Congratulations to Year 9 who have just got their SATS results back and have managed to achieve 7% higher than their target for Level 5 and above.
  • Year 8's had great fun watching the really wild show as part of our South Africa Week in School.
  • Staff are all busy working on the new suite of GCSE courses being offered to year 10's from September.
  • Bored over the summer holidays? Have a go at our summer science competition

The Team

  • Mr P. Scarbrough - Science Team Leader
  • Mrs S. Tucker - Science Community Link
  • Mr J. Oxer - Science Teacher / Head of Darwin House
  • Mr D. Samuels - Science Teacher
  • Mrs R. Wood - Science Teacher
  • Ms. O. Balue - Science Teacher / English Teacher
  • Mrs K. Humpherys - Science Teacher / Leading Professional
  • Mrs S. Isard - Science Teacher
  • Mr S. King - Lab. Technician
  • Dr. J. Kerslake - Lab. Technician


  • 8 brand new science labs
  • 2 prep. rooms
  • Faculty resource base
  • Greenhouse
  • Outside environmental area and pond

The Learning School - The Curriculum Plus

At St Luke’s we aim to support students in the enjoyment of Learning through the provision of an exciting and enriching curriculum. Our curriculum is developing continuously to meet the changing needs of young people in the 21st century:

Former student Charlie McGahan who gained the fifth highest mark in the country for GCSE Science subjects is now studying a Veterinary Course at the Royal Veterinary College of London.
Musicians perform in St Lawrence Church
The Winners on Sports Day
Science Experiments
Using ICT (Information Communication Technology)
Working with Business Representatives on Industry Days
  • It is an exciting blend of the best of academic and vocational elements;
  • It is inclusive and accessible for all students;
  • It promotes individual Learning routes for students appropriate to their individual needs;
  • It is challenging through the provision of appropriate courses and grouping arrangements for all students;
  • It is differentiated with opportunities for ‘Accelerated’ progress in some subjects for able students;
  • It promotes flexible and independent learning through the use of the latest ICT equipment in all subject areas.

Key Stage 3

Students follow a broad and balanced common curriculum including the following subjects:

French or Spanish
Religious Education
Design & Technology


  • Design Technology includes: Electronics; Food Technology; Graphics; Resistant Materials and Textiles.
  • Students will study either French OR Spanish in Years 7 and 8. More able linguists are given the opportunity to begin a second language in Year 9.
  • Setting take place in some subjects from Year 7 or Year 8, most commonly in Mathematics, Science and French or Spanish. Specific details of our setting policy is available from the College on request.
  • Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Agreed Syllabus determined by the Christian churches and other faith communities.

Key Stage 4

All students follow a limited Core Curriculum including the subjects shown below:

English (Language and Literature)
Physical Education
Religious Education
Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE)
Science (Triple Science, Applied Science, or Double Award Science)

Increased Flexibility

In Years 10 and 11 the curriculum is increasingly flexible and students have a wide range of option choices available to them. Students are encouraged to choose courses which they enjoy and are suitable to their preferred Learning style. Students and Parents have access to wide-ranging Careers advice through our PSHE programme, and through the College Options Evening.


We offer a range of optional GCSE’s including more ‘academic’ subjects such as Business and Economics, French, Italian, Spanish, Statistics, Geography and History, and more practical subjects such as P.E., Art and Design, Drama, Music, Electronics, Food Technology, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Textiles.

There are opportunities for students in higher level Mathematics or English sets to incorporate Statistics and Media Studies as an integral part of their core curriculum.

College Link Courses

We have excellent links with Exeter College and Bicton College . A number of our students each year enjoy travelling to Exeter College to follow skills-based courses in Construction, Motor Vehicle Mechanics, Beauty Care, Hairdressing or Catering. Other students travel to Exeter College to tackle a different type of vocational course – Applied GCSE’s – which we offer in Engineering, Business, and Health and Social Care.

Other St Luke’s students take advantage of opportunities to travel to Bicton College to experience vocational courses in areas such as Agriculture, Animal Care or Outdoor Pursuits.

St Luke’s Vocational Courses

Within our own College we offer vocational courses in ICT, Business Administration, Leisure and Tourism, Applied Science and Vocational Spanish. These courses appeal to students who want to learn in a more practical way that is applied to the world of work. We also run our own specialised vocational ‘ASDAN’ programme for students who prefer a more practical type of Learning, and would find a full programme of GCSE courses too demanding. Finally we aim to introduce a BTEC qualification in Sport from 2006.

Individual Work Related Learning Programmes

These programmes are available to some students in Years 10 and 11, and include a blend of Work Placements, College Placements and a limited core curriculum at St Lukes.

The Enrichment Curriculum

Our curriculum is enriched through a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including a range of sporting activities, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Homework Clubs, Young Enterprise, Outdoor Pursuits, Community Volunteering programmes and many others. We encourage as many students as possible to participate in and benefit from these activities.

Our College ‘Activities Week’ at the end of the Summer Term provides a range of exciting and interesting activities for students to become involved in: at home or abroad; in or out of school; residential or day activities. All College students are expected to participate in Activities Week.

Special Educational Needs including Gifted and Talented Students

St Luke’s College is committed to the principles of Inclusive Education. We strive for full inclusion of all students in all aspects of college life and curriculum at all times. We believe that each child should receive the same common entitlement as outlined in the National Curriculum. We endeavour to achieve this, particularly at KS3, and in later years try to develop curriculum programmes designed to meet individual needs and which are appropriate to the world of work. Our new college will also have specialist support provision for students with physical difficulties.

Teaching in the mainstream curriculum is ably supported by a growing team of Teaching Assistants who work mostly in the classroom to offer addition help to individual and groups within the lesson situation.

Our Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO) arranges additional input sessions for some students as appropriate, particularly focusing on boosting literacy. Students who have English as an Additional Language (EAL) receive help from college and the EAL service.

The Edison Centre is a well equipped centre which can offer a variety of support packages to both individuals and small groups of students.

The Edison Centre also provides the venue for ‘UTOPIA’, a club which runs most lunch times for students who may want a little respite in the day from the lively atmosphere of a busy college.

Over the last five years we have developed a very successful, ongoing link with Ellen Tinkham College for students with severe and profound learning difficulties, in which students have visited us and taken part in a wide variety of lessons.

The ARC Centre is located separately from the Edison Centre. It provides support and guidance for students who are experiencing a variety of difficulties mainly due to issues linked with behaviour. A student may be referred to the ARC centre by the Head of House or a member of the Senior Management Team for a single lesson or for longer, possibly extending to several days. During their stay the student will be provided with work similar to that being done in the classroom and offered support with their learning should they need this. They may also be offered some counselling help.

Our full, detailed Special Educational Needs and Accessibility Policy is available to any parent on request.

Gifted and Talented Students

We hold a register of Gifted and Talented Students based on information from primary colleges, college data and teaching staff. The list is reviewed every year and is available to all staff to ensure that students are challenged in lessons and so that appropriate extension opportunities are available.

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