Community Events

Some dates for your diary:

Get involved in National Fitness day – Wednesday 26th September – Free Kick Boxing taster sessions at 1610 Holsworthy Leisure Centre.


Scouts Make Bake & Create – Saturday 29th September – Stanhope Park – get your entry form in by Monday 24th September!

Countryfile Children in Need ramble – Sunday 7th October – join in with a 2-mile ramble and raise some money for Children in Need!



Mr Rowe Completes his Challenge

The Dart 10k is now in its 10th year and is organised by the Outdoor Swimming Society.  This year over 1600 people took part in the event, which took place over two days.  Entry into the event is limited to approximately 800 each day, so my brother James and I were really pleased to be able to enter.  We decided to raise money for two charities; Mind – improving awareness to mental health and Level Water – helping kids with disabilities learn to swim.

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Training for the event started in June, which involved regular pool swimming and as much outside open water swimming as possible; mainly sea swims building up to the 10k.  Unfortunately, training didn’t go too well, with my longest swim prior to the event being approximately 5k, which is about 3 miles. 

On the Saturday morning I was nervous; I knew that I would be swimming for approximately three hours. There were four waves: steady 35/40 minute mile swimmers to leave first,  medium wave 30/35 minute mile swimmers (wearing red hats, which we were in),  fast swimmers sub 25/ 30 minute mile and then elite swimmers in the sub 20 wave, all leaving 15 minutes after the previous wave.

Medium waves started at 11am. As we entered the tepid water, which was around 15°C, there was no turning back.  The first 500 metres was tricky; trying to find my place in a large group, control my breathing and trying to settle into a rhythm.  The first feeding station was at 4k; making it to this was reassuring, I was feeling comfortable and the swim was enjoyable.  With a handful of jelly babies and some water, I continued after a quick two-minute rest.  The second leg of the swim took us through some great scenery. It was around this time that some of the fast wave and elite swimmers started to pass me (with ease).  I started to feel a little tired and around 6k I began looking out for the next feeding station at 7k. At this point, I was really starting to feel it!  A quick three-minute stop with water, banana, jelly babies and a sports gel I had stuffed up my leg, I was ready to continue.   Starting the last 3k of the swim was tough, my body started to seize up… I knew I couldn’t stop, if I did I would not be able to continue, so I just got my head down and kept going… one arm over the other. It was gruelling, but I was not alone.  I kept my eye on a few swimmers around me and just focussed on swimming with them and keeping up.   With 500 metres to go I could see the large 10k sign in the distance, with the end in sight, I really went for it.

I managed to cross the line in 2hours 43 minutes, which I was really pleased with. My brother was slightly faster with 2hrs 32 minutes.  We were greeted at the end with a hot chocolate, in a Dart 10k Challenge mug, for our efforts.  It was a great event, really well organised and I will definitely look to do it again next year.

I would like to thank all staff and students who took time to bake a cake. The cake sale in school raised £144.80, which is amazing!  Overall, we have raised £940 so far, including Gift Aid and still counting… If you would like to make a donation please visit:   

Nathan Rowe

Year 10 Art Peter Randal Page

Following on from their summer homework, Year 10 students have been focusing more closely on the work of Devon Artist, Peter Randall Page. This week, they have looked more specifically at his piece named ‘Ridge and Furrow’. 

He is famous for his mix of natural shapes, forms and uniform, planned pattern, which he combines through his use of large-scale stone sculptures. Some of his other pieces are ‘Between Melting and Freezing’, ‘Little Seed’ and ‘Granite Song’.

Here you can see some artist study pages by Hattie and Caitlin in their sketchbooks. Also, Paige has presented her homework and her experiments together really well.

Students’ work developed further by studying the process of creating the patterns seen in ‘Ridge and Furrow’, which are maze like. They worked on timed developments using different materials and on different and unusual papers. They experimented with chalk, charcoal paint, masking tape and electrical tape. 

This has been a positive start to their GCSE option subject. Well done, Year 10!


Mrs Bloxham

HCC Open Events

Holsworthy Community College warmly invite parents, carers and families of primarily Year 5 and 6 children to our Open Events:

Monday 1st October—Tours at 9.15am, 11.45am and 2.15pm

Tuesday 9th October—open from 6pm—8pm 

for September 2019 and September 2020 intake

Please contact the College to book a place on one of the daytime tours.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to arrange a tour of the school, please contact us

Tel: 01409 253430


open event flyer Oct 18

HCC PTFA – meeting 18th September

On Tuesday 18th September, the PTFA will be holding their first meeting of the new school year. The meeting will take place in M2 at 7pm. All welcome!

This dedicated group of people have raised over £4,000 for our students, helping to fund projects such as:

  • Digital Leaders – training to support all of our students’ safer internet usage
  • Headphones for the SEN department
  • Girls’ rugby kit
  • A road bike for PE
  • Bear Tracks initiative for targeted Year 8 and 9 students
  • Supporting the Prom Committee with a donation

Last year they held a great Bingo evening and supported College events such as the Winter Concert and Open Evenings.

The PTFA is a great support to the College in raising funds and helping to shape how the College is run.  It gives parents a direct voice in their child’s education.

If you would like to join, please come along.

Situations Vacant – Science Teacher

Science Teacher – Maternity Cover contract

Start date: 1st November 2018

Closing date for applications: Friday 21st September 2018  at 9am

Interview date: w/c 8th October 2018

We are looking to appoint an inspiring and dedicated Science teacher to cover maternity leave. The successful candidate will teach across Key Stage 3 and 4. You will have the drive and determination to ensure the best outcomes for all students. Above all, we require a teacher with passion for their subject, preferably Chemistry, and a commitment to outstanding teaching and learning.

We always value supporting our staff and from September, there will be an additional twelve hours a year of Continuing Professional Development time, which will be during timetabled lessons. This will be part of our Enrichment and Intervention programme for students.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Keen to join a school where you will be supported and encouraged to develop professionally through a CPD programme.
  • Passionate about teaching and learning.
  • Innovative, hard-working and an excellent practitioner.
  • Determined to support young people to enjoy their learning and make good progress in maths.
  • A good team player who is looking to join an outstanding department.

Holsworthy Science Department is a friendly group of dedicated and hard-working subject specialists. They have developed a range of resources using the OCR Science Gateway Combined Science and for the GCSE Gateway Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They have developed the curriculum and their teaching and learning styles together and are looking for someone to come and join their team. This post would be suitable for an NQT or an experienced teacher.

We are delighted to be part of The Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust (DMAT), which came into effect on 1st January 2018. DMAT is a large MAT consisting of three secondary schools and thirteen primary schools and provides further opportunity for sharing good practice and resources for staff development. Opportunities to work across the schools in the DMAT will be available if a need arises.

All schools in the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The successful candidate will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS).

For a job description and application form please visit the College website:

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LGB Welcomes New Governors

The Local Governing Board of the Holsworthy Area Cluster has met for the first time recently in the new academic year and there is a very new look to the whole set up.

Kate Scrivener and Ken Watson are the Joint Chairs and we are now up to 19 around the table, which is very rewarding.

Stacey Hillier-Cholwill has joined as our new Clerk, as well as providing administration support at Bridgerule school. Andrew Sweeney sits on the board and is the new Head of School at HCC. Then we have seven new Governors who have joined us……Claire Taylor, Nicky Furse, Danny Berta, Martin Prentice, Colin Punter, Toby Johns and Jon Berry. Lee Rose, who is still very much involved in the LGB, is also a Trustee with the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust

This shows great commitment and support from us all to HCC and the three primary schools at Bridgerule, Bradford and Black Torrington

Our intention is to be more visible at all the locations, attend as many events as possible and support Andrew and Lisa through the coming months 

We will endeavour to provide updates from the LGB and possibly a group photo at some point too!

Welcome to HCC’s New Look Canteen

We have a great new menu this term, and a fantastic new front of house canteen area. Over the summer months the area was re-vamped and re-decorated and now hosts some cool new seating and serving areas.

Main meal of the day is great value at only £2, or add dessert for only 40p!

Sandwiches or wraps are £1.50-£1.80, with baguettes at £1.80 – all made freshly each day.

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If that wasn’t enough choice, there is also Pasta King with choice of sauces – one meat option and one vegetarian option, panini, jacket potatoes or salad.

The menu offers some tasty choices – from slow-cooked beef goulash with creamy mash or chicken korma, to spinach and sweet potato dahl or broccoli and garlic pasta bake. Some of the favourites are still on the menu – Hot Wok – always popular, roast dinners on a Tuesday and fish and chip Friday. If you child has specific dietary requirements these can be catered for too, please  speak to our Kitchen Manager, Ms Crane.

You can pay for meals in advance online via School Comms:

For guidance on how to use the system, please click on the link for the Parents’ Guide to School Gateway:

Holsworthy WW1 100 years

To the Memory of the Fallen and the Future of the Living

Holsworthy Town Council is inviting other local community organisahtc logtions to organise a series of events to commemorate, thank and remember all those individuals who were involved in World War One.

2018 marks 100 years since the end of WW1

One of the ambitious aims of the project is to turn Holsworthy into the “Poppy Town” of Devon, but we also want the surrounding parishes to be a part of these activities. We want poppies to be everywhere, whether they are knitted, ceramic, cardboard etc …….no display can be too small and houses, gardens, shops need to a blaze of poppy red from now onwards!

Information about the planned activities and poppy making is available on the HTC website, as well as posters in shops. Updates are on the website and on the HTC Facebook page.

We want to remember all the people who were involved in WW1, who lived in Holsworthy and the surrounding area. A permanent WW1 Memorial Tree Trail will be planted in Stanhope Park with 39 trees to remember the 39 local service personnel who died during the war and the 40th tree, will represent all of those who survived and lived through this tough time…………this will take place in October. 

Holsworthy Town Council will be holding an event in Stanhope Park on Saturday 29th September 2pm – 10pm, this is free admission, allowing everyone to come together and commemorate the last 100 years. There will be live music, stalls, food, poems, readings, local school input, WW1 tank, Help for Heroes vehicle, RBL lorry & lots more. Posters are appearing around the town and surrounding parishes, this is also on HTC website and Facebook page.

WW1-event-poster.docxIn addition, the local schools and local organisations will have their own events over the next few months, which will be advertised individually.

Remembrance Sunday on 11th November 2018 will start as usual in Holsworthy Square, with a special agenda of activities for that very important day including the National Lighting of the Beacon, which is to take place along the coastline of England. Holsworthy Town Council have signed up and are taking part in this momentous occasion. Please get in touch if you want more information about events in the next few months!

Holsworthy Town Council     01409 253312

Mr Rowe’s Charity Challenge!

Nathan RoweOn Saturday 15th September I have signed up to do the DART 10k Open Water Swim.  I am doing it with my brother Jay…..we have decided to raise money for 2 charities:

MIND – Mental Health

Level Water – Helping children with disabilities to learn to swim

I will be doing a cake sale next Friday 14th in school and hope you can help bake a cake or bring in cake to sell as a donation, I would really appreciate it.

All money raised from sales will then go to the above charities as a donation from HCC students through my just giving page.

To make a personal donation it’s a joint account JamesNathanRowe, which is–     

I am going to ask THOR students in Year 8 to support me with this on the Friday and will hopefully do the sale at break time and perhaps at lunchtime.

If you think you can help bake/donate cake please let me know via

Thank you

Mr Nathan Rowe, Head of Thor House