Spring 2017 edition of the Coombeshead Academy Aspire magazine.
ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS EVENING 2016 Friends, parents, staff and students gathered for a special evening towards the end of last term to celebrate the success of the 2016 leavers. The students received their GCSE and A Level certificates. To the splendid accompaniment of our talented musicians and a fine display of Taiko drumming the scene was set for an enjoyable evening. Alumni Gordon Stevenson, Tamsin Putt and Kerrie Spicer were guests of honour giving some sound advice to the students. Tamsin Putt Tamsin recounted how, when choosing her A Levels she was advised to go with those subjects she enjoyed. Disappointed with her grades at the end of the Sixth Form, she took a gap year and approached her former teachers for help. The staff were amazing even marking essays although she was no longer a student at the academy – going that extra mile. A Levels are not easy! After retaking some examinations, she gained a place at York St John University to study Physiotherapy. She was awarded the highest mark for her dissertation and achieved a First Class Honours degree. She described how Coombeshead also inspired her to have the confidence to travel after a school trip to Africa. At university she started playing netball and rugby, the latter saw her competing at premiership level. Again Coombeshead staff 'kick started' this passion. She advised the students to take opportunities as they come along. Tamsin is now working full time at York Hospital as a Physiotherapist. Gordon Stevenson Gordon recommended that students follow their passion as he is now doing. Having graduated from Bath Spa University Food Technology, he is now in the second term of teacher training and has placements at Coombeshead Academy and Teign School. 4 Aspire Magazine | January 2017
GREENING COOMBESHEAD Here at Coombeshead Academy we understand that students have varied interests and try to offer something different to those who may not be sporty or who may wish to learn and do something different. The Coombeshead Green Team allows students from any year group to meet and become involved in specific projects that help them to think responsibly and care for their surroundings. In 2017 we will be focusing our efforts on a waste project called ‘WasteWise,’ in conjunction with Resources Futures and Devon County Council, to increase our recycling rate. Students have launched the project and undertaken a waste audit which showed room for refinement! The Green Team are also helping with assemblies and ensuring students ‘make the right choice’ when it comes to acting responsibly regarding their litter as part of the WasteWise project. Future projects include helping to make our grounds more environmentally pleasing by planning and redeveloping an under used piece of land as a new school garden. The Green Team will be working with the Devon Wildlife Trust on this project which will include wildflower planting and developing animal habitats. This exciting new extra-curricular group will be involved in environmental and sustainability projects on a rolling basis and are always welcoming new members! The Green Team is part of an academy wide approach through Sustainability Lead Zoe Williamson for Education South West and Peter Rose Associate Senior Leader (Experiences). Aspire Magazine | January 2017 5