Coombe Dean School
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|Motto||Achieving their full potential|
|Specialisms||A Specialist Maths and ICT School & Training School|
|DfE URN||136558 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Colours||Blue and Yellow|
Coombe Dean School, opened in 1976, is an Outstanding Mathematics and ICT specialist secondary school located on the outskirts of Plymouth, Devon, England. As of January 2012[update], it had 1,090 pupils. The school gained Specialist School status in September 2003. Ofsted awarded the school 'Outstanding' status in 2009 and 2012. As a high performing school, Coombe Dean was given the option to become an independent academy in 2010, which was actioned in September 2011.
In 2004, work started on building a larger hall, an all-weather AstroTurf pitch and an extended Mathematics facility with eight new classrooms. A new English block with geothermal heat pump was built in 2007 and renovations to the Technology block were completed in 2008. Also in July 2008, solar panels were integrated into the roof of the School Drama Hall. A new Post-16 block was built as an extension to the Art block in 2012, and an overhaul to the PE block is due for completion in the summer of 2013. Plans to rebuild the Science block are scheduled for 2014.
The school offers The Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme and takes part in the annual Ten Tors event. Other applied learning events include; European exchange weeks, tall ships voyages, ski excursions and a sailing school.
During the Easters of 2011 and 2013, students from the school visited Everest Base Camp to donate computer equipment to a Nepalese school.
- The Guardian 2004 award for teacher of the year in a secondary school (south west region) went to Cheryl Pearson.
- An award in 2004 for Teaching Assistant of the Year (South West) went to Ruth Beer.