Isca Academy

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Isca Academy
Isca College of Media Arts - - 270721.jpg
Earl Richards Road South

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Coordinates50°42′25″N 3°30′40″W / 50.70692°N 3.5111°W / 50.70692; -3.5111Coordinates: 50°42′25″N 3°30′40″W / 50.70692°N 3.5111°W / 50.70692; -3.5111
Department for Education URN139682 Tables
HeadteacherAimee Mitchell
Age11 to 16
Enrolment680 as of January 2015
HousesMaia, Minerva, Saturn & Apollo
Colour(s)Grey, Green (Maia), Blue (Minerva), Yellow (Saturn) & Red (Apollo),

Isca Academy (formerly Isca College of Media Arts and Priory High School) is a mixed secondary school located in Exeter in the English county of Devon.[1]


Previously a community school administered by Devon County Council, Isca converted to academy status on 1 October 2013 sponsored by the Ted Wragg Trust.[2] However the school continues to coordinate with Devon County Council for admissions.


Isca Academy offers GCSEs, BTECs and ASDAN courses as programmes of study for pupils. Some courses are offered in conjunction with Exeter College.[3]

Media attention[edit]

Cliff top selfies[edit]

Procedures for field trips at the school were reviewed in 2016 after four pupils climbed over a fence to take selfies at the top of the crumbling cliff top at Salcombe Hill, Sidmouth, despite warning signs, prompting a response involving RNLI members.[4][5]

Uniform protest[edit]

Boys in skirts 22 June 2017

In 2017 during a heat wave, boys at the college wore skirts in protest at not being allowed to wear shorts.[6] One parent claimed that the protest had been sparked by her 14-year-old son being threatened with confinement to an "isolation room" if he wore shorts, and being told sarcastically by the head teacher that wearing a skirt would not incur such a punishment. The protest lasted four days, involving only five boys at the outset, one of whom was punished for his skirt being too short, but had escalated to fifty pupils by its end, including from all year groups. The school then announced that short trousers would be permitted in the summer term of the subsequent school year, subject to consultations.[7]


It has two science departments, one upstairs and one downstairs. It teaches French as a language when westexe across the river Exe teaches Spanish. It is located beside the river.


  1. ^ "Isca | A Ted Wragg Trust School". Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Ted Wragg Trust". Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Isca College - Curriculum". Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  4. ^ Shaw, Neil (23 September 2016). "Children climb over fence to take cliff-edge selfies on Devon school trip". Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  5. ^ Duell, Mark. "Teenagers spotted taking selfies on the edge of 200ft crumbling cliff". Mail Online. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  6. ^ Morris, Steven (22 June 2017). "Teenage boys wear skirts to school to protest against 'no shorts' policy". Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  7. ^ Horton, Helena (23 June 2017). "Boys at Exeter academy wear skirts in uniform protest". Retrieved 2 July 2017.

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