West Exe School

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Coordinates: 50°42′25″N 3°32′24″W / 50.707°N 3.540°W / 50.707; -3.540

West Exe School
Established 1973 (merger of previous schools)
Type Foundation school

Tim Rutherford

Chair Allan Hart[2]
Location Hatherleigh Road
Local authority Devon
DfE URN 113505 Tables
Ofsted Reports

Head of English - Mrs Julie Fossey Head of Mathematics - Mr Alex Kirkbride Head of Science - Mrs Caroline Brothwood Head of History - Mr Damian Bartholemew Head of Geography - Mr Rob Clemens Head of Technology - Mr Tim Langley Head of Languages - Miss Lisa Cooper Head of Physical Education - Mrs Chris Davies Head of IT - Mr Alex Kirkbride Head of Performing Arts - Mr Dave Salter Head of Design Technology - Mrs Princess Trezise Head of Cultural and Ethical Studies - Mr B Lias Head of Year 7 - Miss Nicky Lewis Head of Year 8 - Ms Charlotte Froom Head of Year 9 - Mr Hugh O'Shea Head of Year 10 - Mr Paul Fidler Head of Year 11 - Mr Jim Putt English Department: Miss Ellie Cox-Davies - EAC Miss Naomi Drake - NCD Ms Charlotte Froom - CAF Mr Holland - TBH Mr Huntley - BH Miss Steed - LKS Mr Simon Weir - SLW Mr Leigh Withers - LW Mathematics Department: Mrs Naomi Bowler - NMB Mrs Deana Cushing - DMC Mrs Adele Dudley - AMD Ms Tracy Le - TL Miss Rebecca Ridley - RR Mrs Donna Short - DJS Mr Ken Tucker - KGT Mr Mark Whitehaed - MRW Science Department: Mr Robert Bicheno - ROB Miss Ellie Elphick - EE Mr David Ferret - DMF Miss Emma Gulliver - EKG Miss Perkins - SRP Mrs Putt - BKP

Mr Williams - PDW
Students 1,300
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–16

Old houses (Pre 2018): Grandisson, Curzon, Briwere, Temple, (Pelham) Current houses (Post 2018)

Malala (Green), Daley (Red), Romero (Blue), Boyan (Yellow)
Colours Green, Blue, Yellow, Red, (Purple)
Website www.westexe.devon.sch.uk

West Exe School is one of five secondary schools in Exeter, Devon. Before 2014, the school was a technology college.[3] Before 1972 it was a secondary modern school formed from the merger of the boys and girls branches of the John Stocker Secondary School, which itself was an amalgamation of the National School, Okehampton Road Girls School and Dunsford Road Boys School.[4] The school's catchment area is St Thomas, Alphington, and some parts of Exwick. In 2005, a new school building was opened.[4]



The four houses are named after different bishops of Exeter throughout the middle and early modern eras. These house are: Briwere (blue), Curzon (red), Grandisson (Green), Temple (yellow). A fifth house, Pelham (purple) was used when the population of the school increased but has since been removed although evidence of its existence can still be found in the form of 2012 Summer Olympic banners found in the sports hall.


West Exe School has received significant negative media coverage,[5][6][7][8] in both local and national[9] newspapers.

In 2011, a Devon County Council report described the "unhealthy culture" and "weak governance" at West Exe School. This report was mentioned in both the local newspaper and on the BBC's news website.[10] The headteacher Steve Maddern resigned in the same year after it emerged that he was being paid £152,000 per year and a local education authority audit report said there had been "insufficient professional distance" between him and chair of governors Paul Smith.

Between 2014 and 2016, there were five different headteachers at the school, all of whom changed the behaviour and uniform policies. In 2015, 1500 students and parents signed a petition against the school's uniform policies, and a parent reported that their son was excluded from the school for being "too blonde" after the school claimed his hair had been dyed. The petition received coverage in both the local and national press, but the school's uniform policy did not change until the headteacher left the school later in the year for unrelated reasons.

In June 2016, West Exe School made the headlines twice, first when a GCSE Computer Science exam was cancelled as a result of cheating on the part of a teacher. Secondly, a mother was taken to Exeter Magistrates Court after she removed her child from the school as a result of the poor anti-bullying policy, explaining to the court that she feared for her child's safety in the school.

In November 2016, the school was described by the local newspaper as "in the spotlight again" after a staff member reported that children were "running riot," referring to an incident in the school's canteen described by students as a "food fight." This happened in the absence of the headteacher; although the governors described the headteacher as on leave for "personal reasons," it was later revealed that he had in fact resigned without notice.

Devon County Council maintains a "West Exe School - Media watch" on their website.[11]


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