Colyton Grammar School

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Colyton Grammar School
Colyton Crest FINAL crest 2011-02-24.png
Motto Expectation and Excellence (Originally Esse Qvam Videri)
Established 1546
Type Grammar school, Academy
Headteacher Tim Harris[1]
Chairman of Governors Dr Christopher J Bastin
Location Whitwell Lane
EX24 6HN
50°43′41″N 3°04′21″W / 50.728°N 3.0725°W / 50.728; -3.0725Coordinates: 50°43′41″N 3°04′21″W / 50.728°N 3.0725°W / 50.728; -3.0725
DfE URN 136366 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 826, including around 214 in the sixth Form
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Colours Blue and gold

Colyton Grammar School (commonly abbreviated to 'CGS') is a co-educational grammar school ( and Academy) located in the village of Colyford in East Devon, England that teaches students from years 7 to 13 (ages 11 to 18). The school has been classified by Ofsted as 'Outstanding' in three successive reports.

The school has an open campus style setting situated on a site of over 18 acres (7.3 ha) in total. There have been a number of improvements to the campus in recent years.

The School has 826 students and just over 50 teaching staff and a similar number of support staff. Paul Evans became headteacher in 2008, succeeding Barry Sindall, who had held the position of headteacher for 18 years. Evans left that post at the end of the 2014-15 academic year and was replaced by Mrs J Wainwright. Mr T Harris joined the school as the new headteacher at the start of the 2016-17 academic year.


The school was founded in 1546 by a group of twenty yeomen and merchants who bought some land from the crown "for the benefit of Colyton". Their first act was to endow a grammar school "for the goodly and virtuous education of children in Colyton for ever".

The school was situated in a single room over the porch of the parish church until the Feoffees hired a room in the town and the school was moved. In 1612, the school moved to the Church House, which had been enlarged by having another storey built on to it.

The first headmaster on record was William Hull, who joined the school in 1603, for a salary of £5 a year. The first headmistress – Mrs. Susanah Stokes – was appointed in 1792. It was only in 1875 that the school was established as a day and boarding school with its current name – Colyton Grammar School.

On 20 June 1876, the school population reached a record low of just one pupil. Numbers steadily increased again and by August 1884, there were 33 pupils. The school was closed in 1900 due to a lack of pupils and remained closed until 1905, when it was re-opened with a new headmaster.

In 1913, a change in the school's constitution allows girls to be admitted for the first time and the school officially becomes a co-educational grammar school. A Board of Governors with fifteen members was instituted in 1914. In 1929, the school moved to its present site in Colyford.

Recent developments[edit]

The school began a program of development and expansion in 1991, adding and renovating many buildings over the subsequent two decades. This included two new Study Centres, the "Study Centre" and the "Sindalls Building", a major renovation of the Chemistry block, the "Jowett Building", a new, expansive Science and Design & Technology block, the "Feoffees Building", a new Music building, a new Art building, the large "Walker Building" which contains the school library, History, Psychology and Modern Language classrooms, a new Humanities building, the "Coly Building", including RE and Geography classrooms, a new canteen named "Take Five", and a complete refurbishment of the "Cottrill Hall", the main school hall.

Front of Colyton Grammar School, 2013

The school offers the AQA Baccalaureate but has no current plans to offer the International Baccalaureate as an alternative to A levels.[citation needed]

The school, as of 2007, had students taking GCSEs in Year 10 as opposed to Year 11, allowing for a three-year Sixth Form. As of September 2016, the GCSE exams are taken in Year 11 again, with the first examinations being taken in 2017-2018. There were no GCSE examinations taken in the academic year 2016-2017.[citation needed]

On 1 January 2011, Devon County Council ceased to maintain the school. The school became one of the Coalition Government's Academies. Colyton Grammar School Academy Trust, an exempt charity and company limited by guarantee, assumed responsibility for this state-funded independent school.[citation needed]

The school is a member of the South West Academic Trust, which brings together selective schools across the south west of England to share good practice.

In late 2013, the Head of Science was convicted of making and distributing indecent images following a police investigation into his online activities.[2]

Beginning in the academic year 2017-2018, 150 new students are admitted each year (as opposed to the former 120). This has prompted the creation of a new house, Elm, in addition to the existing Ash, Beach, Cedar and Oak. It appears[weasel words] that Elm has been placed between Cedar and Oak in the canonical ordering, resulting in Ash, Beach, Cedar, Elm, Oak.[3] This alphabetical ordering emphasises the lack of a house named after a tree beginning with the letter D, a position which Oak house may have originally been named to fill.[original research?]


  1. ^ Colyton Grammar School
  2. ^ "Colyton Grammar School teacher sentenced for child abuse images", BBC News South West, 3 December 2013
  3. ^ The new[when?] Desktop Background for the computer systems and the 2017-2018 Year 7 booklet.

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