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  • Celebrating Excellence: Ted Wragg Trust Cup for Football and Netball

    Published 20/06/24

    A Bright Future for Ted Wragg Trust Sports

    We continue to provide exceptional opportunities for young athletes, fostering talent and promoting excellence across various sports. Celebrating through competing for the prestigious Trust Football & Netball Cup. See below the exciting reports of this years competitions. 

    We look forward to many more exciting competitions and achievements in the future. Thank you to all participants, coaches, and partners for making these events memorable and inspiring for our young sports stars.

    Ted Wragg 1st Team Football Cup Final: ISCA vs. Westexe

    The inaugural Ted Wragg 1st Team Football Cup Final was held at Exeter City FC’s Cliff Hill Training Ground on Wednesday 19th June. This knockout competition allows schools to field their top players, aiming to inspire young athletes to strive for excellence and represent their school’s 1st team.

    From the outset, ISCA implemented a solid game plan, securing an early lead. Despite West Exe's determined defence, they found themselves trailing 3-0 by mid-first half. A tactical adjustment from West Exe sparked a comeback, narrowing the score to 3-2 as the second half began.

    Both teams showcased impressive possession-based football, creating numerous chances. However, it was ISCA that found the net next, sealing their victory with a final score of 4-2. Both teams represented their schools admirably, and for the Year 11 players, it was a memorable farewell as they prepare for their future endeavours.

    A special thanks to Exeter City FC and their Academy for providing the fantastic venue. The Ted Wragg Trust is grateful for their collaboration, offering elite coaching to our most talented footballers through the Ted Wragg Football Academy.

    Ted Wragg Football Academy vs. Exeter City Academy: A Showcase of Talent

    On Thursday, June 6th, under sunny skies, the Ted Wragg Trust Football Academy faced a younger Exeter City Academy team. This match, held at Exeter City’s Cliff Hill Training Ground, served as both a test and a reward for the players' hard work throughout the year. Representing six Ted Wragg Trust schools—ISCA, Sidmouth, St James, St Luke’s, Torbridge, and West Exe—the team performed admirably in their first competitive game together, leading at half-time but eventually falling 7-5.

    The players' efforts were commendable, providing them with first-hand experience of the high standards required for Academy football. This collaboration with Exeter City Academy, ranked the No.1 Category 3 Academy in the country, offers the best training and development opportunities for our young footballers, some of whom may go on to achieve professional careers at the highest levels.

    Ted Wragg 1st Team Netball Cup: ISCA vs. St Luke’s

    The inaugural Ted Wragg 1st Team Netball Cup concluded on Tuesday, June 18th, with a thrilling final between ISCA and St Luke’s. This knockout competition allows schools to field their top netball players, fostering competitive spirit and excellence.

    The final was a testament to the talent within the Trust, with both teams displaying exceptional skill and sportsmanship. After a closely contested match, with the lead changing several times, ISCA emerged victorious with a score of 25-22.


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  • Cranbrook Education Campus helped settle over 100 refugee pupils

    Published 20/06/24

    Today (20th June) is World Refugee Day, an event organised by The UN Refugee Agency to champion the rights of refugees to seek safety, build support for their economic and social inclusion, and advocate for solutions to their plight.

    A big part of this is the role education can play in helping children not only have the chance to learn and succeed in their future but to feel safe and secure in a new environment – something which helps their parents settle too.

    This is something that Cranbrook Education Campus (CEC), with support from the Ted Wragg Trust have been actively involved in over the last seven months working to support 104 families seeking asylum who were originally relocated to a hotel in East Devon. 

    While we don’t claim to have all the answers, Stephen Farmer, Head of Campus at Cranbrook Education Campus, part of the Ted Wragg Trust explains some of the ways in which we have worked with these pupils and their families and where we have seen a positive impact.

    1. An integrated hub

    CEC has a community support hub called EX5 Alive that works alongside the school to help improve the quality of life for children, young people and families in Cranbrook and East Devon.

    As such when families seeking asylum started arriving in the area, both the school and the hub leapt into action to provide them with integrated community support. 

    For example, working with the hub and East Devon District Council (EDDC), we appointed an English as an Additional Language (EAL) Refugee Coordinator as a liaison for all pupils and their families seeking asylum. 

    The role has given pupils a familiar adult to liaise with and provided them with someone they feel supports and listens to them.  

    While not every school will have a community hub on site, what it shows is that having close connections with other agencies such as the local council, is vital to provide an integrated support approach, rather than operating in silos.

    1. Uniform needs

    It’s so important these children feel they are part of the school and the local community so we ordered and distributed uniforms on their behalf. 

    We made sure that all pupils had all the uniform and equipment they needed before starting school.  

    1. Teacher training and translation

    We have also trained 28 teachers so far on the impact of having an EAL friendly classroom and also given them support on how best to help EAL learners.  

    Furthermore, translating documents for pupils and their families has also been important, we have translated over 1000 documents, including classroom materials and documents for parents evenings.

    1. Health support

    Ensuring refugee children get the health and wellbeing support they need is also key. 

    From sexual health matters to vaccines, we have supported pupils with whatever they need.  We have even arranged for pupils to be transported to and from medical appointments with a translator. 

    1. A welcoming home

    Of course settling refugees from diverse communities into a rural setting can generate particular challenges and we made efforts to ensure that pupils’ religious requirements were supported by providing a place for prayer. 

    We also worked with local places of worship who provide donations for the refugee families so they can build connections in the local community.

    We also run cooking activities after school giving our pupils seeking asylum the opportunity to cook meals of their choosing with the ingredients provided. 

    We have also worked to welcome them to Britain too and introduce them to our culture, such a school trip to the pantomime and taking part in events like sports days. 

    You can find further information on this as reported by TES Magazine here.

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  • Marine Academy Plymouth celebrates 'Good' rating from Ofsted after years of dedication and improvement

    Published 14/06/24

    Marine Academy Plymouth (MAP) in St Budeaux, part of the Ted Wragg Trust, has proudly achieved a 'Good' rating from Ofsted following an inspection in April. This remarkable improvement reflects years of dedicated effort, transforming the school from an 'Inadequate' rating in November 2016 to 'Good' in all areas, including the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, and Sixth Form provision. This achievement is a testament to the unwavering commitment of the entire MAP community.

    In the report, published today, Ofsted inspectors noted that MAP students have responded positively to the raised expectations for how they behave and what they can achieve, concluding that they are proud to be part of the school community.  They also stated that a strong focus on good manners, respect and empathy for others means the school is calm and welcoming and that students have high aspirations for what they can achieve at school and in the future.

    Other comments from Ofsted included:

    • Pupils behave well and work hard; they show pride in their work and what they have achieved.
    • Pupils feel safe and well supported at school, staff help them when they are experiencing difficulties and consequently, pupils can focus on their learning.
    • The school provides many opportunities for pupils to develop their characters, talents and interests, pupils value these experiences as part of their education.

    The school’s ambitious curriculum was singled out for praise with inspectors noting that the curriculum is designed well and is logically sequenced; content builds on what pupils know and can do, as a result, pupils produce high quality work.

    At the heart of MAP is a strong focus on improving the life chances of its students. The school has a strong focus on careers, and students learn about the education pathways, apprenticeships and careers that are open to them after school.  Record numbers of students from MAP went on to study at University this year - including nearly 50% of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Ofsted reflected this in their report commenting that the proportion of sixth form students who go on to university , including the most academically selective, has vastly increased.

    Leigh Withers, Principal of Marine Academy Plymouth said:

    Marine Academy Plymouth has been on an incredible journey of improvement, and I am pleased that Ofsted inspectors have recognized the hard work of everyone involved. At MAP, our goal is to create a calm and supportive learning environment where everyone can learn to the best of their ability. It was wonderful to read Ofsted’s comments highlighting how we inspire our students to envision their futures. Aspiration is one of our core values, and I want every child to leave MAP with both a dream and a plan for achieving it!”

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust said:

    “This report truly reflects the incredible dedication and hard work of the entire team at Marine Academy Plymouth over several years. I couldn’t be prouder of this amazing school and its vibrant community. I look forward to watching it go from strength to strength. Leigh and the whole MAP team should take immense pride in the high standards they’ve established, which are positively transforming the lives of students.

    “It was also heartening to see that Ofsted recognised the impact expertise from the trust has had in enhancing the curriculum, improving student attendance, and easing staff workloads. Together, we are making a real difference. Congratulations to the students, staff and wider community of Marine Academy Plymouth. We are so proud of you all”

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  • Local school opens Community Bike Hub to get children wheel-y active!

    Published 11/06/24

    Marine Academy Primary in Plymouth, part of the Ted Wragg Trust, has launched its new Community Bike Hub.

    Ryan Evans, Sustrans Bike It Plus officer at Plymouth City Council was in attendance for the launch on the 7th of June along with representatives from the cycling charity Sustrans.  

    Local families will now be able to borrow adult and children’s bikes and accessories from the school on a weekly rolling basis for free.  The bikes could be used to make the journey to and from school or for leisure trips in the evenings or at weekends. 

    Staff at Marine Academy Primary hope that the scheme will allow children and their families to enhance their active travel opportunities and remove any challenges regarding the financial costs of cycling equipment. 

    The St Budeaux school aims to provide pupils with a wide range of extracurricular activities in order to expand their cultural capital and understanding of the world.  Marine Academy Primary will continue to consider how they can help to provide experiences for children that they might not have access to otherwise. 

    According to a study that followed 8,000 school children over a period of years, pupils who walk or cycle to school may have a healthier body weight than those who arrive by car. Sustrans have also stated that a 20-minute bike ride to work could use the same amount of calories as a cappuccino, a bar of chocolate or a 175ml glass of wine.

    Alex Druce, Quality of Education Leader and Trust Lead for Primary Curriculum at Marine Academy Primary said:

    “Everyone at Marine Academy Primary is really excited about the Community Bike Hub Scheme and its potential to strengthen our relationships with the community.  I hope that providing local families with access to any cycling equipment they might need will help to not only improve physical fitness but also mental wellbeing by getting them outside and travelling actively.”

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Multi-Academy Trust said:

    “We are lucky to live in a beautiful part of the country with the moors and coast on our doorstep, but it’s not always easily accessible.  I want to say a huge congratulations to Marine Academy Primary for organising this valuable resource for the community.  I hope that people will take advantage of the scheme and get pedalling!”

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  • Local schools putting on free community events for families this summer!

    Published 11/06/24

    St Luke’s and St James’ schools, both part of the Ted Wragg Trust, are working together to host a range of community events this summer.  

    The events are open to families of children at St Luke’s, St James’ and Whipton Barton Primary and are all free, places just need to be booked in advance!

    The schools want to share their facilities with the community and help to bring local people together.  

    There will be a cooking competition at the Ready, Steady, Cook event with ingredients provided on the 24th of June at 4pm at St Luke’s.  The group will also be joined by a local food charity to learn about budgeting for meals.

    On Thursday the 4th of July at 5pm, St James will be hosting a family portrait session.  Not only will those attending get a portrait to take home, they will also learn about photography.

    Fitness classes will be taking place at St Luke’s every Monday from the 3rd of June to the 15th of July at 5pm.  These will be run by a qualified instructor and all levels of fitness are welcome.

    Lastly, St Luke’s is holding an open practice with Pinhoe Community Voices Choir on Wednesday the 12th of June at 3.45pm.  They will be singing some well-known pop songs, as well as some from famous musicals. 

    Mr Harrison Littler, Headteacher at St Luke’s C of E School said:

    “The summer break can feel long and we wanted to offer some exciting activities that families could take part in.  I do hope lots of people will come along to these events and have a brilliant time!”

    Emily Harper, Head Teacher at St James School said:

    “I am delighted that we have been able to work closely with St Luke’s and Whipton Barton to design these free summer sessions. I am so excited to welcome families into the school during the summer break for some fun activities.”

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

    “Everyone at the trust is so proud of the staff at St Luke’s and St James for coming together to offer the local community these exciting events over the summer.  At the Ted Wragg Trust we believe all schools should be the heart of their local community and it’s brilliant to see these schools embodying this.”


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  • Local students mentored by paralympian David Hill ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    Published 05/06/24

    Year 9 students Zack, Daisy and Maisie from West Exe School, part of the Ted Wragg Trust, cooked a hot homemade meal for the homeless clients of St Petrocks this month.

    Originating as a community project providing humanitarian response to rough sleepers in Exeter, St Petrocks officially opened its doors in December 1994, having been given permission by the Central Parish of Exeter to adapt two thirds of St Petrock’s church for use as a homeless centre.  Over 600 people every year face homelessness and multiple disadvantages in Exeter and the surrounding areas.  

    Many of those who use St Petrock’s are people often viewed as being on the fringes of, or outside of, society. They include rough sleepers, those being supported in accommodation subsequent to homelessness, those facing imminent homelessness, those released from prison and those discharged from hospital, mental health facilities/specialist accommodation.  

    The students have been mentored by the paralympian David Hill as part of his work with the Dame Kelly's Trust. The four Year 9s are all taking part in AQA’s Unlocking Potential Programme which is run by the trust and donating the meals was part of the project’s social action component. 

    The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust was set up in 2008 by double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes. It supports retired athletes as they transition from sport and uses their skills and experience to transform the lives of young people through mentoring programmes. The AQA Unlocking Potential programme, run jointly with the Trust aims to bring out the best in young people so that they can achieve their goals.  

    The mentors know what it takes to overcome adversity and have the will to succeed not only in sport, but in life too.  Paralympic swimmer and triathlete David Hill grew up by the sea where he learnt to swim at a young age. Despite being born with no left forearm; David was earning swimming badges by the age of 3! His talent was nurtured until David qualified for the 2004 Paralympic Games. He was world silver medalist in swimming in 2006 and took bronze medals in 2009 in both European and World competitions.

    The group from West Exe also went along to visit St Petrocks, along with their mentor David, and they were given a guided tour and told more about the charity’s work. Zack, Daisy and Maisie are now partnering with St Petrocks for a ‘sock collection’, they are asking their fellow students to consider donating a new pair of socks for a rough sleeper. The ‘give a pair to show you care’ drive is another part of the students’ social action work to impact the local community. 

     Julie Fossey, Headteacher at West Exe School said:

    “I am so proud of Zack, Daisy, and Maisie for the work they have done on their social action project. They all really wanted to do something that would benefit the local community and I know they took a lot away from their visit to St Petrocks. I hope the sock drive will be a big success!”

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

    “Being part of and contributing to the local community is a key part of the Ted Wragg ethos and I am delighted that these West Exe students have given their time to help those less fortunate than themselves. I also want to say a big thank you to the staff and volunteers at St Petrocks, not only for everything they do to help the homeless, but for taking the time to show these students around and help them learn more about social issues.”



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  • Devon students taking part in Empowering Girls programme

    Published 03/06/24

    Girls across Devon are taking part in an Empowering Girls programme organised by the Devon, Plymouth & Torbay Careers Hub.

    Students from St Luke’s Church of England School, St James School, Queen Elizabeth’s, Isca, West Exe School, Cranbrook Education Campus, Sidmouth College and All Saints Academy Plymouth, which are all part of the Ted Wragg Trust family of schools, are benefitting from the programme. 

    The Careers Hub works with 117 schools and colleges across the country to help every young person find their best next step. They do this by working closely with careers leads in schools,  connecting them with employers and encouraging them to create world class careers education programmes for their young people. 

    The Empowering Girls programme has been designed to support girls with their confidence, raise aspirations and provide students with positive female role models. Participants take part in a 6 week mentor programme alongside a workshop that is held at different business premises. These include a tour around the business to demonstrate what different workplaces look and feel like and so students can gather information about different sectors, the skills required to work in them, and the pathways available.

    The Communication and Confidence workshop covers topics such as first impressions, personal branding, confidence in communication, fear, and our comfort zone. The workshop is conducted by Judy Salmon, a business coach, and personal development consultant. 

    The programme lasts for six weeks and at the end there is an end of year celebration event that brings together mentors and mentees who have been part of the Empowering Girls programme throughout the year. This year the event will be in July at Winslade Manor in Exeter and every young person will receive a certificate to recognise their participation and effort, the celebration event last summer saw over 40 girls in attendance.

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

    “I am delighted that so many Ted Wragg schools are taking part in the Empowering Girls programme. I want to say a big thank you to everyone at the Devon, Plymouth & Torbay Careers Hub for the hard work they have put into this valuable programme.  

    “Not only are they providing girls with the tools they need to thrive in the workplace and their lives, they are also giving them a valuable insight into different career paths.”

    Jo Skeel from the Devon, Plymouth & Torbay Careers Hub said:

    “It’s brilliant to be able to support so many girls from across the county with their career aspirations. It’s so important that girls know there are a wide range of opportunities out there for them and that they should never feel like a certain career path or sector isn’t for them.  I hope the girls really enjoy taking part in the programme and that it inspires them to reach for the stars when it come to their future.”

    Sarah Abrahams who founded the Empowering Girls Programme said:

    “‘You can’t be what you can’t see’ Marian Wright Edelman.

    “We continue to strive for gender balance and equity in our society and although there have been big strides in the right direction over the last 50 years, there is still much to do.

    “Empowering Girls aim is to give young girls tools and inspiration to enable them to broaden their aspirations. With the generosity of female business women across many sectors who give their time to share their own stories and experiences, we are helping the women of tomorrow have brighter futures.

    “The girls have told us they feel more confident, more informed of choices they can make and we’ve also had parents share their delight as they see their daughters grow in their own beliefs and self worth.

    “I have been delighted to see the expansion of the Empowering Girls initiative over the last 5 years, growing the number of girls we can empower across the South West. This wouldn’t be able to be achieved without the Careers Hub and vital school support.”


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  • Young people from Plymouth to sail from Brisbane to Bali!

    Published 21/05/24

    Students and staff at Lipson Co-operative Academy, part of the Ted Wragg Trust, are celebrating as two pupils who left the school last summer have secured a place on the Stad Amsterdam sailing from Brisbane to Bali in August this year on the Clipper World Tour.

    Lucy Lewis and Abi Thorn will be taking part in the all expenses paid trip made possible by the charity Seas Your Future. The school co-ordinated their applications to take part in the trip and they had to supply a personal statement about why they wanted to go on the voyage, an explanation of a challenge or difficulty they have faced, and how they overcame it, a CV and references.  

    Not only were Lucy and Abi successful, but a current Year 13 student, Eli Butler will also be offered a place on another voyage on the Pelican of London this summer.

    Seas Your Future (SYF) is the operating name of Adventure Under Sail (AUS), which was formed in 2008 initially as a small charity managing funds to provide bursaries for young people undertaking sail related activities, and in 2012 took ownership of the tall ship Pelican of London. 

    Its principle strategic aims are to educate young people, through the provision of sailing or sailing related activities and other training and so as to develop their physical, mental, and social capabilities so that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society and their conditions of life may be improved.

    The charity operates the ships primarily as sail training vessels for young people, in the northern hemisphere during the spring and summer months mainly around the UK and Europe, and during the autumn and winter months on a six-month transatlantic educational voyage. 

    They provide sailing experience and an alternative form of learning for all young people, encouraging equality, inclusiveness, and passion, through adventure and challenge. Their programmes promote personal growth through Sail Training, Maritime Career options and offer hands-on Ocean Science and environmental conservation activities. 

    Mr Martin Brook, Headteacher at Lipson Co-operative Academy said:

    “I am over the moon for the young people that will get to take part in these life changing voyages.  I wish them all the very best for their adventure and am just delighted that Lipson could help them to succeed when it came to co-ordinating and supporting them with the application process.” 

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

    “Everyone at the trust is so excited for Lucy, Abi and Eli and so proud that staff at Lipson helped them to secure these fantastic opportunities.  Not only does Plymouth have a rich marine heritage, but also a lot of the local jobs of the future will be in this sector, so not only do these young people get a once in a lifetime trip, they also get to learn valuable skills that could help them in the future.”

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  • Devon students take part in Ten Tors Challenge

    Published 16/05/24

    Students from West Exe School, St James School, Isca, Queen Elizabeth’s and Sidmouth Collegeall part of the Ted Wragg Trust, took part in the annual Ten Tors Challenge this weekend. The event takes place during National Walking Month, a time to promote the benefits of walking for physical health, mental well-being, and enjoying the fresh air outdoors. 

    The Ted Wragg Trust has a special link to the Ten Tors as the Trust Lead for Safeguarding and Attendance, Aimee Mitchell sits on the Ten Tors Committee. She also acts as an Assistant Commandant for the Devon Army Cadet Force, and as such represents both the cadets and education on the Policy Committee.  Aimee offered her unique perspective on the challenge by writing a piece for this year’s Ten Tors brochure which explained why Ten Tors is important as part of the personal development offer for schools.

    The Ten Tors Challenge is attempted by 2,400 teenagers in 400 teams of six. The teams navigate routes of 35, 45 or 55 miles (depending on age) over the Northern half of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated tors/check points in under two days. Teams must be self-sufficient, carrying all that they need to complete their route and stay out overnight safely.

    Ten Tors stands alone in its scale, its ambition and the fact that it is aimed solely at young people. Training for the event is the responsibility of the participants’ establishments and often starts months in advance. Completing Ten Tors is not easy with the terrain, distances and often the climate all conspiring against success. With the right commitment, training, endurance and grit, it is achievable! 

    The Sidmouth College Ten Tors teams started training at the start of September 2023. Since then they have all put in an incredible amount of effort both in school and on the moor throughout the tough winter months to prepare mentally and physically for the challenge. Across twelve weekends students trained together for the event, working on physical fitness, mental resilience and honing the skills required to be successful including navigation, route planning, map reading and wild camping.

    The Isca team even managed to snap some brilliant photos of the Northern Lights which were on display over the weekend whilst camping!

    The teams ended the weekend tired but elated with their achievement. Students commented that Ten Tors was an amazing challenge, pushing you mentally and physically to the max and that Ten Tors pushes you to your limit, but the reward of completing it is well worth it. 

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

    “Despite living in a rural county, many of our students reside in cities, so participating in Ten Tors is a brilliant way for them to get out on to the wilds of Dartmoor! 

    “Ten Tors stands out amongst other outdoor challenges for its sheer scale, and young people who complete it will come out the other end with more grit and determination than they had before, which can only serve them well in all other areas of their life.

    “We know that undertaking challenges like the Ten Tors, helps to boost students’ self-confidence and allows them to develop their leadership, problem solving skills, alongside furthering their teamwork capabilities. 

    “At the Ted Wragg Trust we believe that education doesn’t just happen in the classroom.  We are so fortunate to have the Dartmoor National Park on our doorstep and encouraging young people to get out and enjoy and learn about the history and nature of the environment around them is exactly the sort of thing educators should be doing.”

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  • Pickleball fever grips West Exe School!

    Published 14/05/24

    Students at West Exe School, part of the Ted Wragg Trust, have been picking up their paddles and taking part in the pickleball craze that has been sweeping the country!

    Pickleball, once a niche sport, has exploded into a nationwide craze in recent years, captivating players, regardless of their age or skill level. The game first emerged in the 1960s and is a mixture of tennis, badminton and ping pong, it has gained momentum in recent years as the ultimate social sport, bringing people together to take part in a fun and accessible form of exercise. 

    Pickleball has now been introduced into the PE curriculum at West Exe School and they also run a weekly pickleball club at lunchtime which is well attended.  The school also runs an electives programme, where students pick from a number of enrichment courses every term, pickleball has been added to the menu with lots of children selecting to undertake the elective, which is now supported by external coaches from Exeter Pickleball. 

    Bruno a Year 9 student at West Exe had the following to say about the game:

    “I really really enjoy pickleball because it keeps me active and it's great fun. I get to play with my friends, it’s opened up more opportunities and allowed me to try new things”. 

    West Exe students have also completed coaching courses in pickleball to develop their own leadership skills.  Not only do students enjoy the game, several members of staff have now also become keen players!

    Its smaller court size, lightweight paddles, and perforated balls mean the game is also suitable for older people looking for a low impact activity that still provides a decent workout.  The fact that it’s easy to pick up and has a quick learning curve also attracts younger players, which has led to a diverse and inclusive pickleball community that thrives on friendly competition and camaraderie.

    Pickleball is now evolving into a serious sport with professional players and international competitions, as well as the development of coaching programs aimed at refining players' skills and strategies. The sport also has many health benefits from improved cardiovascular endurance, to helping  to strengthen muscles and developing hand-eye coordination.  

    In Devon pickleball is offered at Mid Devon Leisure Centre and Exeter Leisure Centre.  You can find your local pickleball club here.

    Harry Chambers, Teacher of Sport, Health and Nutrition at West Exe School said:

    “Pickleball has been a welcome addition to our curriculum and extra-curricular offer at West Exe School.  The inclusivity of the sport and the speed at which you can make progress has seen it become very popular with both students and staff. 

    “As an emerging sport in the UK, it is really important that we increase students’ awareness of the different modalities of physical activity that they can adopt throughout their life and pickleball is certainly one that we are promoting!”

    Julie Fossey, Headteacher at West Exe School said:

    “Whether played casually for recreation or pursued competitively, pickleball's rise in popularity shows no signs of slowing down!  I am delighted that we have embraced pickleball at West Exe. We want our students to enjoy being active and it’s clear how much fun they have when they pick up a paddle!”


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  • West Exe students mark Shakespeare’s birthday with script writing contest

    Published 07/05/24

    West Exe School, part of our Trust, celebrated Shakespeare’s birthday this week.

    William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in April 1564. The exact date of his birth is not recorded, but it is most often celebrated around the world on the 23rd of April. Shakespeare also died on 23 April; in 1616, when he was 52 years of age.

    The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust states that: 

    Shakespeare’s baptism is recorded in the Parish Register at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon on Wednesday 26 April 1564. Baptisms typically took place within three days of a new arrival, and parents were instructed by the Prayer Book to ensure that their children were baptised no later than the first Sunday after birth. This means that it’s unlikely that Shakespeare was born any earlier than the previous Sunday, 23 April. Given that three days would be a reasonable interval between birth and baptism, 23 April has therefore come to be celebrated as his birthday. 

    To mark the day, Year 8 students at West Exe School explored some of the most memorable scenes from Shakespeare’s most famous plays. The school is also holding a creative writing script competition to discover any budding playwrights!

    At West Exe they explicitly teach in depth social and literary contexts to ensure that students have the cultural capital to appreciate how the written word can be used to bring about social change and, more importantly, social justice. The English curriculum is deliberately academic and covers a broad range of contexts that are designed to inform students’ interpretation of texts and ideas, this allows students to explore perspectives outside of their own, to promotes a greater understanding and appreciation of difference and diversity.

     Julie Fossey, Headteacher at West Exe School said:

    “It was great to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday this week, his plays remain such a core part of young people’s literary journey and I am excited to see the submissions for the creative writing competition.” 

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

    “I was delighted to hear that West Exe School marked Shakespeare’s birthday in appropriate dramatic fashion by exploring some of his most memorable scenes.  Learning more about the author is such a helpful way of bringing texts to life for students and helps everything they learn to really stick with them.”

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  • St James School hosts Devon Physical Disability Super Sports Event

    Published 07/05/24

    St James School in Exeter, part of the Ted Wragg Trust family, recently hosted the Devon Physical Disability Super Sports Event alongside Devon’s Physical Disability Team.

    Twenty five students from across Devon attended the event and the school’s Year 9 Sports Leaders were on hand to help out on the day.

    On the menu for the day was inclusive tennis, wheelchair basketball and a multi-sports skills session. There were also games of boccia, a game where athletes throw, kick or use a ramp to propel a ball onto the court with the aim of getting closest to a 'jack' ball.  It was designed specifically for athletes with a disability affecting locomotor function.

    St James School is housed within a purpose-built modern building with very attractive school grounds and sports areas. Their external sports areas include an all-weather pitch, athletics field, tennis courts and also a rugby pitch.  This is in addition to their sports hall and dedicated dance studio.  

    Emily Harper, Head Teacher at St James School said:

    “It was brilliant to host the Devon Physical Disability Super Sports Event at St James this term.  Meeting the young people from across Devon was so lovely and it was great to have our Year 9 Sports Leader on hand, they were a real help and credit to the school.”

    Moira Marder, CEO of the Ted Wragg Trust said:

    “Everyone at the trust is so pleased that St James was able to host this important event for young people across Devon.  It sounds like it was an amazing day and I am glad that St James could share their excellent sporting facilities for the benefit of others.”

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