King Edward VI Community College
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King Edward VI Community College (KEVICC) is a state comprehensive school in Totnes, Devon, England. It is located in the Dart Valley on the A385 Ashburton Road and serves Totnes and the surrounding area. It has a large campus with 1,700 students, 400 of whom are at the Kennicott Sixth Form centre adjoining the main site.
The school was founded in 1966 as the King Edward VI Comprehensive School on the sites of both the former Redworth Secondary Modern and its neighbour, the Totnes High School for Girls. The new comprehensive school was named after a former boys grammar school, the King Edward VI Grammar School, although the grammar school had been located on a different site ("The Mansion House" on Fore Street).
Notable former pupils
- Joanna Briscoe, novelist
- Ben Howard, singer-songwriter
- Toby Young (briefly), who wrote How to Lose Friends and Alienate People and is a leading advocate of the Free Schools movement in England
- Hester Goodman, musician; member of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain7
- Joseph Mount, of the band Metronomy
Notable former teachers
- Peter Snape OBE, headmaster from 1964-83; General Secretary from 1983-88 of both the Secondary Heads Association and the Headmasters’ Conference
The school currently has five houses: Babbage, Davis, Gyles, Scott and Snape.
These took over from the previous 4 school house system of Rea, Smythe, Jeffrey and Scott in 2001
In 2003, the governors of the school abolished the school uniform policy. Kate Mason, the principal, stated that the administration believed that too much teaching time was spent on correcting dress code violations. She also believed that insisting on uniforms while also praising diversity is sending mixed messages.
The school reintroduced a school uniform in 2012, having abolished any uniform for pupils in 2003. A consultation found that the majority were in favour of a uniform. Students protested, and some were punished for what the school described as truancy, leading to concerns from some parents that communication with the school had broken down. The head teacher was quoted as saying that students who refused to wear the new uniform could be expelled.
- Interview with Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Outlineonline.co.uk; retrieved 4 June 2013.
- "KEVICC uniform protest detentions: Parents slam 'spiteful' crackdown". BBC News. 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2017-02-25.
- Northen, Stephanie (2011-01-18). "School uniform does not improve results – discuss". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-02-25.
- KEVICC uniform protests: Students 'face expulsion'. BBC News.
- Totnes KEVICC parents complain about uniforms. BBC News.
- "King Edward VI Community College (KEVICC) Totnes". www.kingedwardvi.devon.sch.uk. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
- Old Totnesians Society