The Park Community School
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|The Park Community School|
|Motto||Sic Nos Non Nobis (Thus we not for ourselves)|
|Department for Education URN||113514 Tables|
|Head teacher||Gareth Roscoe|
|Age||11 to 16|
|Houses||Kingsley , Drake , Raleigh , Fortescue , Chichester|
History and houses
It was founded in 1910 as Barnstaple Grammar School, 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.
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.
The school used to specialise in teaching technical subjects, and students are able to take small classes in subjects, including food, electronics, product design, graphics and textiles.
Each house has its own head prefects, sports prefect and charity prefects.
The school has a team of learning mentors (academic and pastoral) who work with specific students to enrich and improve their time at the school.
Barnstaple Grammar School
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