The Park Community School, Barnstaple
|Mottoes||Sic Nos Non Nobis|
|DfE URN||113514 Tables|
|Houses||Kingsley, Drake , Raleigh , Fortescue , Chichester|
|Website||The Park School|
History and Houses
Originally founded in 1910 as Barnstaple Grammar School, educating the youth of much of North Devon, the school's name was changed to The Park Community School in 1976 when the school became a comprehensive. From 2002 - 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 originally consisted of four houses, all of which were named after prominent people 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 day begins with a registration period either in a tutor room or assembly and then is divided into six 50 minutes lessons. After the first two lessons there is a twenty-minute break that is followed - after lesson four - with a lunch break.
The school is a specialist in teaching technology subjects and pupils are able to take small classes in subjects, including: food, electronics, product design, graphics and textiles.
The vast majority of the school's 1,440 pupils progress to further study at Petroc.
A wide variety of trips are on offer at Park school. Some examples: Year seven residential to Torquay. Triple science trip to Alton Towers. Gifted and talented trips for particular subjects. Annual ski trip open to all years. End of year activity days. Year ten Bude residential. (see Park website for images.)
The current head prefects (2015–16) are: Callum Choules, Catherine Boorman, Tahmid Chowdury and Alison Bell. Every prefect gets a badge, and a lanyard with their photo on. Each house has its own head prefects, sports prefect and charity prefects.
The school has a team of learning mentors who work with specific students to enrich and improve their time at the school.
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