The Park Community School

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The Park Community School
Park Community School, Newport, Barnstaple (geograph 2936019).jpg
Address
Park Lane

, ,
EX32 9AX

England
Coordinates51°04′10″N 4°03′01″W / 51.06956°N 4.05031°W / 51.06956; -4.05031Coordinates: 51°04′10″N 4°03′01″W / 51.06956°N 4.05031°W / 51.06956; -4.05031
Information
TypeAcademy
MottoSic Nos Non Nobis
Local authorityDevon County Council
TrustTarka Learning Partnership
Department for Education URN146094 Tables
Head TeacherGareth Roscoe
GenderCoeducational
Age11 to 16
Enrolment1,440
HousesKingsley, Drake, Raleigh, Fortescue, Chichester
Websitewww.theparkschool.org.uk

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

History and houses[edit]

Speech Day 1973 The Park School - Front page of programme.jpg

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]

Subjects[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.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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