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The Park Community School

Coordinates: 51°04′10″N 4°03′01″W / 51.06956°N 4.05031°W / 51.06956; -4.05031
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The Park Community School
Park Lane

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EX32 9AX

Coordinates51°04′10″N 4°03′01″W / 51.06956°N 4.05031°W / 51.06956; -4.05031
MottoSic Nos Non Nobis
Local authorityDevon County Council
TrustTarka Learning Partnership
Department for Education URN146094 Tables
Head TeacherMs Vicky Owen
Age11 to 16
HousesKingsley, Drake, Raleigh, Fortescue, Chichester

The Park Community School is a coeducational secondary school located in Barnstaple, Devon, England.[1]

History and houses[edit]

It was founded in 1910 as Barnstaple Grammar School,[2] and was the first secondary school to be built by Devon County Council, educating the youth of much of North Devon. The school's name was changed to The Park School in 1973 when the school became a comprehensive. From 2002 to 2003 the school underwent extensive remodelling with a new maths and science building linking the old North and South Buildings, and a new food hall was also built whilst many of the old classrooms were redesigned and refurbished.

Previously a foundation school administered by Devon County Council, in February 2019 The Park Community School converted to academy status. The school is now sponsored by the Tarka Learning Partnership.

The school used to consist of four houses, each of which was named after a prominent person from Devon: Sir Francis Drake, Hugh Fortescue, 4th Earl Fortescue, Charles Kingsley, and Sir Walter Raleigh. In 1999, owing to the number of pupils attending the school, a fifth house, Chichester, named after Barnstaple born Sir Francis Chichester, was created.[citation needed]


The school used to specialise in teaching technical subjects, including food, electronics, product design, graphics and textiles, and students were able to take small classes in these subjects.[citation needed]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Barnstaple Grammar School


  1. ^ "Home". theparkschool.org.uk.
  2. ^ Hill, Trevor (2010). From grammar to park : 100 years of a Barnstaple school, 1910–2010. Wellington: Halsgrove. ISBN 978-1-84114-997-4.

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