The Park Community School

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The Park Community School
Park Community School, Newport, Barnstaple (geograph 2936019).jpg
Park Lane

EX32 9AX

Coordinates51°04′10″N 4°03′01″W / 51.06956°N 4.05031°W / 51.06956; -4.05031Coordinates: 51°04′10″N 4°03′01″W / 51.06956°N 4.05031°W / 51.06956; -4.05031
TypeFoundation school
MottoSic Nos Non Nobis
Local authorityDevon
Department for Education URN113514 Tables
Head TeacherGareth Roscoe
Age11 to 16
HousesKingsley , Drake , Raleigh , Fortescue , Chichester

The Park Community School is a mixed 11–16 state comprehensive school in Barnstaple, Devon, England. It is maintained by Devon County Council.

History and houses[edit]

It was founded in 1910 as Barnstaple Grammar School,[1] 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.[citation needed]


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.

The vast majority of the school's 1,440 pupils progress to further study at Petroc College, formerly called North Devon College in Sticklepath, Barnstaple.[citation needed]


Each house has its own head prefects, sports prefect and charity prefects.

Learning mentors[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

Barnstaple Grammar School


  1. ^ Hill, Trevor (2010). From grammar to park : 100 years of a Barnstaple school, 1910–2010 (null ed.). Wellington: Halsgrove. ISBN 978-1-84114-997-4.

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