Welcome to Coombeshead Academy
Welcome to the latest edition of the Primary Aspire. It is a great pleasure not
only to be welcoming you to this fabulous publication but also sharing with
you the wonderful experience and opportunities of those involved in the
We as a school pride ourselves on our values of academic achievement,
endeavour, positive attitude, community and enrichment and I’m sure you will
agree that this edition of Aspire reflects those values throughout.
We are very proud of all our pupils and the commitment and effort of which
they approach school life supported by our outstanding teaching and support
We extend you a very warm welcome to come and visit us at a time suitable
to you so that you can experience the unique culture that is contributing to
the ever rising standards at Coombeshead Academy. In addition, our year
4/5 open evening will take place on Thursday 14th June, and will be followed
by specific open mornings that will be communicated to parents, pupils and
Primary Schools imminently.
I sincerely hope you enjoy this edition of Aspire and look forward to meeting you
all at some point in the future.
Change for anybody can be difficult. For new
Year 7 students the jump from Primary School
to Secondary School is a really important step
and one that we have to ensure, as a school,
is as smooth and supportive as possible.
At Coombeshead we believe that the
transition is not just about a couple of days
in school before you start in September, but
something that has been building slowly, but
surely, for a long time.
We place great emphasis on the Primary
programme that is run throughout the
academic year for children of all ages
at Primary School. Opportunities range
from talented Mathematician days, sports spectaculars, Science days and
workshops, History masterclasses and Music taster sessions, to name but a few.
There are ‘Getting Started’ clubs for children that have chosen to come to
Coombeshead Academy, ‘Away Days’ for the most worried children and a
two day school induction in the latter part of the summer term.
The aim for us at Coombeshead Academy is for children to feel that they
already know us before they even arrive.. That way, there is nothing to worry
about and everything to look forward to!
Head of Year 7
It has been a busy first year for all the year 7’s at Coombeshead Academy. They
have experienced so much since completing their induction days last summer.
The students have had opportunities to learn new subjects, meet new friends,
attend sports clubs, interhouse competitions, celebrate their successes in
assemblies, school trips, support community life as tutor reps and anti-bullying
ambassadors and raise money for local charities.
Well done year 7, I’m very proud of your achievements this year in and out of
Head of Year
Coming to Coombeshead Academy has
been one of the best things I have ever
done. Coombeshead has given me great
opportunities and a clear understanding
of what I need to accomplish in order to
succeed in all aspects of the school. I feel
welcomed and reassured constantly with
my education and I know that they will do
whatever it takes for me to understand.
If you are finding an element of the work
difficult, the teachers will not hesitate to
help until you understand it. They ensure
that you are filled with pride once you
have completed a great piece of work.
One of the things I love about
Coombeshead is the opportunities they
provide! I had the pleasure of attending a
trip to Wembley (WE day) to raise money
for charity in the school and support the life
of the academy. It
was one of the best
days of my life and
I feel so rewarded
and thankful that I
was looked at as a
Every year, in the
last week of term
the school have
an extension week.
This week enables
you to attend
My First Year
various trips per day or go on a specific trip
for the whole week (for example: this year
there is a tour of the Harry Potter Studios).
Extension week is a way of celebrating
the whole year and come together as a
community to have fun!
Another way the school reward your
outstanding excellence is by giving out
ePraise points. Another opportunity is the
sporting activities which are available.
The school allows you to attend sporting
activities and matches. They don’t always
focus on the best players to take to
matches and tournaments, but those who
are committed to the sport and come
Moving from Primary to Secondary gave
me a whirlwind of different emotionsincluding
fear and excitement; however
Coombeshead helped me to fit in and
set my goals. I was introduced to my
tutor who explained to me all the rules,
boundaries and consequences. She is so
supportive and welcoming I don’t think I
could fit in anywhere else. The work in class
is far more enjoyable and supportive. At
Coombeshead you always have someone
to talk to if you have any worries, in and
out of school, they will always find a way
Coombeshead Academy uses epraise as a reward system for our students.
Students gain points both in lessons and around the school, the points then
turn into real prizes with real value that can be spent in a number of ways
online or in epraise auctions.
HOW DO YOU EARN POINTS?
In almost anything you do around the school as long as you have done it to
a high standard you will be able to earn points. Including the following ways:
Academic Excellence - you do a piece of work to an exceptionally high
Attitude - you have an exeptionally positive attitude to work.
Community - you do something exceptional to help the school or the local
Endeavour - you try exceptionally hard at something, particularly if you usually
find it difficult.
Enrichment - you particpate and contribute exceptionally well to the school
HOW CAN YOU SPEND YOUR POINTS?
There are a variety of things you can do with your points:
• you can enter prize draws for items; such as footballs, water bottles, books
or Coombeshead Lego figures. You only need a few points to buy a ticket.
• you can give the points to charity, points translate into real money that
can make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves.
• you can save them up for the epraise auctions that take place in assembly.
At Coombeshead Academy we are proud of our anti-bullying work. Every
year group has a team of anti-bullying ambassadors who work to support the
students in their year group and who are on duty at break times and lunchtimes
to support students with any issues.
We link with the Diana Award who are a national organisation that support antibullying
work in schools and have trained our ambassadors. The anti-bullying
message is shared as part of the assembly and tutor time programme so that
the message is shared across the school. We have a strong
pastoral support team at Coombeshead that ensures that all
students have people they can talk to and refer to.
The Student Council for Newton Abbot (SCNA) is a group made up of
representatives from more than a dozen Primary Schools in the Newton Abbot
and surrounding area.
Coombeshead Academy is proud to co-ordinate this council which acts to
encourage the children to understand the role of government at local, regional
and national level and to celebrate ‘what makes their Primary School special’
in the local community.
Bushell Youth Community Orchestra
Our overall aim is to have as many young people learning and developing
on orchestral instruments. We currently have over 60 young musicians who join
us every week to develop their instrumental skills by working with our visiting
teachers. These instrumental group lessons are free and we have just been
awarded our third year of funding so we can keep developing and building on
what is already a successful project.
Great opportunities - something for everyone!
A sample of some of the clubs that are available:
Extra Curricular Activities
• Book Club
• Bushell Youth Community
• Chess & Board Games
• Creative Writing
• Drama Club
• Duke of Edinburgh
• Folk Group
• Girls Football
• Green Team
• History club
• IT Club
• Maths Help
• Mindfulness Zone
• Musical Theatre Club
• Shakespeare Schools
• Soul Band
• Spanish Club
• STEM Club
• Table Tennis
• Taiko Drumming
• Ten Tors
• Wind Group
PERSONAL TOURS AVAILABLE
Tel: 01626 201800