Ivybridge Community College

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Ivybridge Community College[1]
Ivybridge Community College logo.jpg
Motto "Be proud of what we achieve"
Established 1958[2]
Type Academy
Principal Rachel Hutchinson (2016-)
Rob Haring (2010—2016)
Geoffrey Rees (1987-2009)
Chair of Governors Mike Salter
Location Harford Road
37°49′36″N 122°25′22″E / 37.8266°N 122.4229°E / 37.8266; 122.4229Coordinates: 37°49′36″N 122°25′22″E / 37.8266°N 122.4229°E / 37.8266; 122.4229
DfE URN 136336 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff 350
Students 2400
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Colours Navy blue & grey          [3]
Publication The College Echo
Website web.archive.org/web/20070403031220/http://www.ivybridge.devon.sch.uk/

Ivybridge Community College is a state-funded secondary school in Ivybridge, Devon, England. It is the second-largest secondary school in Devon.[1] Since September 2016, Rachel Hutchinson has been the principal. It is on the southern slopes of Dartmoor, taking students from the surrounding 100 square miles (260 km2) of the South Hams, from 14 contributory primary schools.[4] It is large by English standards, with over 2,200 pupils, few of whom are from ethnic minorities and 14% of whom are registered special educational needs pupils.[5] The school has a partnership with Yothinburana School in Bangkok, Thailand.[6]


It was awarded a sports specialism in 1997, a specialism in science in 2004 and a third specialism in languages in 2005 In December 2009, Geoffrey Rees CBE retired as Principal of Ivybridge Community College after holding the position for 22 years.[7] The next principal, Rob Haring, moved from Hanley Castle High School, a specialist language college in Worcestershire, to assume office at the start of 2010. The school introduced blazers to the uniform and new PE kits at the start of the 2010/11 academic year. In June 2010, it was announced that it had applied to become an academy, independent from Devon County Council's control and funded directly from the state. This took effect in November 2010. New PE kit was introduced in 2016/17. The new principal, former GB gymnast, Rachel Hutchinson, moved from St Peter's School in Exeter, Devon to become Principal as of September 2016.


The only secondary school in Ivybridge,[8] Ivybridge Community College offers a range of student facilities[9] and is usually over-subscribed.[1] The college received an outstanding report from Ofsted in 2006 and 2011.[1]


Sports facilities include 4 tennis courts, a former AstroTurf pitch now a 3G rubber crumb, 4 basketball courts, a fitness suite, a rugby pitch, a 200m concrete running track, a gymnasium, a large sports hall, a 100m synthetic long jump track, and a smaller rubber crumb;[9] these are also used for extracurricular clubs.(In 2006 the year 8 boys’ football team reached the final of the Under 13 Coca-Cola Cup[10] and the school rugby team participated in the Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament.[11] In 2011, the college represented England at the Sanix World Rugby Invitational Tournament.[citation needed]

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The college curriculum follows the national curriculum of England and Wales and offers French and Spanish for a compulsory modern foreign language. Year 8 students in upper classes study a second language as well. Students choose 4 GCSE subjects, alongside Maths, English, Science, General Studies[disambiguation needed] and Physical Education, which are compulsory. (Note that General Studies is not a GCSE but is taught for PSHE purposes. Science is taught for six hours a week compared to 3 each for maths and English (KS3). For KS4, students have 5 hours of English, 4 hours of maths and either 4 or 6 hours of science per week. Higher standard science students do Science and Additional Science and lower standard science students study the more vocational Science and Applied Science. The school has a sixth form for students to take AS/A levels and BTEC National Diplomas.[15] The start of the school year in 2009 was the first year where some sixth formers studied International Baccalaureate Diplomas alongside those choosing to do A levels. This follows the move to the IB by many Plymouth Exeter and other Devon schools.


Key Stage 3 
In 2006, 84% of English students, 86% of maths students and 86% of science students achieved NC level 5 and above at the end of Key Stage 3.[16] All results had improved since 2005 in particular English which rose by from 78%.[16] In 2007, 22% of year 9 students achieved a level 7 in Physical Education,[17] compared to the 6% of pupils in 2006.[17] In the 2006 SATs the percentage of students at level 7 was just 8%, compared to the national average of 9%.[18]
Key Stage 4 
Students take GCSEs and BTEC National Diplomas. In the period 2002–05, the average percentage of students achieving five or more A*–C grades was 78% — 22 points higher than the average for England and Devon (of 56%).[18]
Key Stage 5 
Key stage 5, tertiary education comprises AS levels/A2 levels taken in years 12 and 13, along with BTEC national diplomas. In 2006, 19% of results were As, 24% were Bs, 30% were Cs, 15% were Ds, 9% were Es and 2% were Us.[18]


  1. ^ a b c d "2006 Ofsted Report". Ofsted. Retrieved 2008-04-30. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Background Information" (PDF). Ivybridge Community College website. Retrieved 2008-06-01. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Ivybridge Community College uniform". Ivybridge Community College website. Archived from the original on 2009-08-28. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  4. ^ "The Next Step". Devon County Council. Archived from the original on February 12, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  5. ^ "More about Ivybridge Community College". The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Archived from the original on 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  6. ^ "BBC - World Class - Twinning Map". The BBC. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  7. ^ "Retirement of Mr Geoff Rees". Ivybridge Community College website. 17 December 2009. Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Secondary School Designated Areas in Devon". Devon County Council. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  9. ^ a b "Ivybridge Community College facilities". Ivybridge Community College website. Archived from the original on 2007-12-02. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  10. ^ "U13 Coca Cola Cup – Boys' Final". The English Schools Football Association. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  11. ^ "Summary of the first three games" (PDF). The Christchurch Boys' High School Rugby Club Website. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 17, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  12. ^ "Breeze claims medal hat-trick". The BBC. 2002-07-31. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  13. ^ "Breeze lands Welsh lifting gold". The BBC. 2006-03-19. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  14. ^ "CBEs in this year's New Year Honours". The BBC. 2002-12-31. Retrieved 2008-05-22. [dead link][dead link]
  15. ^ "School overview of Ivybridge Community College". Schoolsfinder. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  16. ^ a b "Pupils at NC level 5 and above in key stage 3 tests". Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Archived from the original on 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  17. ^ a b "Students achieving level 7 at the end of year 9". Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  18. ^ a b c "Ivybridge Community College Prospectus 2006" (PDF). Ivybridge Community College website. Retrieved 2008-05-22. [permanent dead link]

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