Year 9 Netball Match report: Holsworthy v Shebbear:

Year 9 Netball Match report: Holsworthy v Shebbear:

On Tuesday 5th November, Holsworthy’s Year 9B Netball Team played a match against Shebbear College’s A Team.  There were 11 people in our squad so it involved lots of rotations and substitutions each quarter which were planned by myself, Tailea Cortnell (Captain), to ensure that everyone played at least two quarters (and one in their position of choice.)  In the first quarter, it went 3-2 to Shebbear, then in the second it was 4-8 to Shebbear.  In the third quarter, we pulled the score back to 7-9 to Shebbear but then, in the final quarter, Holsworthy stepped up their game and scored five goals to Shebbear’s two. This meant that Holsworthy narrowly won the match 12-11 with Caitlin Braund scoring the crucial winning goal. At the end of the match, the opposition voted Scarlett Ley (playing in Centre Position) as ‘Player of the Match’ which we clebrated with doughnuts before heading home in the minibus!  As Captain, I am very proud of how the team played and the improvements they made throughout the match.

Written by Tailea

Pictured – Olivia Guy, Holly Chamberlain, Tailea Cortnell, Evie Hooddinott, Caitlin Braund, Scarlett Ley, Cora Williams Peck, Maisie Frost, Lily Drake, Charlotte Cleave, Laura Wade.



Holsworthy Community College Big Bake competition.

The students of Holsworthy Community college had an inter house bake off competition.  There were 22 entries in total, with a selection of Cakes, Cup Cakes, Cookies, Crumbles, Biscuits and a Pavlova.

The overall winner as chosen by Mrs Bloxham and Mr Richards was baked by Gabby and Keira of Zeus house.  It was a family fun inspired cake based on bonfire night.  It had buttercream, Sugar work Shards, toasted marshmallows, homemade caramel and praline nuts.

The judges were “Totally wowed by the decoration elements, with multiple skills shown off.  The flavour was fantastic and the design and illustration made it just like a real ‘Bake Off’ show stopper.”

 There were 3 runners up, 1 from each of the other houses.

Ben of Apollo house made a spiced Apple loaf cake with its own presentation box.  The judges said it “had beautiful chunks of fresh apple in it and was a great rich colour.”

Connor of Thor house baked Orange and Chocolate chip cookies.  According to Mrs Bloxham, one of the judges, they were “rustic, chunky and delicious.”

Jasmin of Poseidon house produced a Chocolate Autumn multi-tier cake, with sugar work leaves, pumpkins and a chocolate buttercream.  Both judges agreed that it was “A fantastic, well baked chocolate cake with fudgy icing and really impressive sugar pumpkins and leaves.”

Year 7 Keith Harings’ Human Shapes

Students in year 7 at Holsworthy Community College have fully embraced their studies on Keith Haring’s human shapes this week. As an introduction into the topic, students turned the school hall into a Keith Haring image, creating shapes by taping around their peers.

Mrs Tyrrell

GCSE Exam Results at Holsworthy Community College Summer 2019

Improvement across the board at HCC!

The college is pleased to see an improvement across all of the key performance measures in this summer’s GCSE results. This progress reflects the hard work that students, parents and staff have done or supported in preparation for taking these qualifications.

We are delighted to see an increase in the number of students achieving Grade 5 and above in both English and Maths. This year more students achieved grades 9-7 in English and Maths compared to last year.

All students in Year 11 have worked very hard over the past two years and in light of the reformed and more challenging GCSE courses many have done really well. We want to wish all of our Year 11 leavers all the best for their future plans and hope they stay in touch.

Expectations for all students and staff remain high as we move into a new school year.

Holsworthy Community College Newsletter – Summer Term 2019

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all students, parents/carers, staff and friends of Holsworthy Community College for all of their support for what has been a fantastic year.  There have been so many achievements across all areas of Holsworthy Community College.

Exciting times at HCC!

It has been another incredibly busy term for students and staff at HCC. June saw the end of a very productive exam season for Year 11 students. Everyone conducted themselves very well and there was an evening of celebration on Friday 27 June at the Falcon Hotel in Bude for the Year 11 Prom. We all have our fingers crossed for the Year 11 students and the GCSE results, which are due on Thursday 22 August. Results can be collected from 10am to 12pm on the day.

Student Voice

This term was a busy one for our Student Council.  HCC attended our first Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust Student Council Meeting in June. This was followed up with a session with our local member of the Youth Parliament taking our student voice directly to Parliament, allowing our students to hear their voice outside of their immediate vicinity. Dates for next term’s council meeting will be shared with students soon and we hope to welcome new members in September.

Celebrating Success

Tuesday 25 June saw another very well attended Sport Awards Presentation Evening. It was fantastic to see so many of our students excelling at sports at the College and in the wider community.  Sports Days for Key Stage 3 were also very successful with maximum participation taking place with students’ chosen sports.  On Tuesday 16 July, over 100 Year 7 and Year 8s were acknowledged and praised for having zero Behaviour Points.  Our Activities Days have involved Year 7 and 8 visiting Crealy, Year 9 experiencing Bowling and a trip to the cinema and Year 10 experienced outdoor activities at Ultimate Adventure.


During the last week of June, a group of around 40 Year 10 students went to Poland. This remains a very popular trip and we already have a group signed up to go in June 2020. Over recent weeks, the College has also welcomed all of the new students starting Year 7 in September 2019. For the first time we also welcomed 200 Year 4 students and Year 5 students from our surrounding primary schools to engage in P.E and Science sessions. As a community college, we are keen to develop our partnership with the younger age ranges to support their transition to HCC over time. Year 10 students have also recently completed a week of work experience. I was impressed to hear how so many of our students fully embraced this opportunity and were excellent representatives of the College in the local world of work.

Staff training

Finally, on St Peter’s Fair Day, while all students enjoyed a day off to celebrate the festivities, all staff were in school and undertook a rigorous day of training. The focus of this training was to develop our understanding of individual student’s needs and how we can best teach all learners and support them so they make excellent progress in every lesson from Year 7 to Year 11. As a College, this training puts us in a very strong position to support and challenge every student during the next school year and beyond and support our goal to be the best school in Devon!

The Future

As I am sure you will understand, a huge amount of work has happened ‘behind the scenes’ at the College this year in trying to make HCC the best school in the county. Although there is still much to do, I would like to thank everyone who has played a part.  HCC has been working closely with the other DMAT schools and sharing good practice. We have also been involved in two different projects with a group of schools in Plymouth and another with a group of schools across Devon. Both projects have involved teachers visiting other schools and HCC being visited by colleagues from other schools. This has allowed for sharing good practice and for us as a school to reflect on our skills and provisions to make sure we are doing the absolute best for the children at our school as we move into a new academic year.


It is also a sad time of year when we have to say ‘farewell’ to a number of staff leaving the HCC team. Mr Lovett is leaving the English department, Miss Iles is leaving the Music department, Mr Snaddon and Mr Brown are leaving the Maths and Science departments.  We are also saying goodbye to Mr Patel in Humanities and Mr Stone in English. Mrs Blacher leaves us for a year, in order to experience a secondment at Okehampton College.  I would like to thank all of these colleagues for their support during their time with us and wish them well in the future. With a number of staff leaving, we will of course be welcoming some new staff to the College in September. I look forward to doing this as soon as we return in September.

At this time of year can I please suggest that all of our friends and families remind themselves of some of the key school policies with regard to uniform and attendance, to name but a few, so that we can all hit the ground running in September; these are all onAndrew Sweeney small jpg our website. If you have any questions regarding any of the policies please get in touch. I hope everyone can enjoy a restful summer break and we look forward to welcoming all students back to College on Wednesday 4 September.

Mr Sweeney

Key Dates/Events – September 2019- January 2020

Summer 2019

GSCE Exam Results – 10am to 12pm – Thursday 22 August

Come and say hello at the Holsworthy Show – Thursday 22 August

Autumn Term 2019

Wednesday 4 September 2019 – all students return to HCC

Thursday 19 September and Friday 20 September – Year 7 Residential

Tuesday 1October – Year 4, 5 and 6 Open Evening – 5pm to 7pm

Wednesday 9 October – Year 4, 5 and 6 Open Day

Thursday 10 October – Year 9 trip to the First World War Battlefields

Tuesday 15 October – Year 7 Parents’ Evening – 3.45 to 6.45pm

October Half Term – Monday 21 October to Friday 25 October

Tuesday 29 October – Year 11 Mocks begin

Thursday 21 November – Presentation Evening

Tuesday 26 November – Year 8 Parents’ Evening

Thursday 28 November – Careers Fair

Tuesday 10 December – Year 11 Parents’ Evening

Christmas Break – Thursday 19 December to Monday 6 January 2020

Tuesday 7 January 2020 – All students return for Spring Term

summer holiday

‘Come Look and See’

During St Peter’s Fair Week, Holsworthy Community College held an exhibition of students’ art, craft and design work. The ‘Come Look and See Exhibition’ displayed work from a wide range of different projects, which our students study.

Also in parallel with the artwork, there were exhibits celebrating the 90 year history of Holsworthy Community College. This included photographs of former students and staff and newspaper articles, recalling past years at the College.

Miss Urquhart

Friends of Bradford School raise an amazing £570.09 at their recent Coffee Morning

The Committee of Friends of Bradford School have had yet another successful year at their recent Coffee Morning, held in Holsworthy Memorial Hall.  A profit of £570.09 was the highest seen yet, and this is mainly down to the number of cakes, savouries, fruit and vegetables that were donated by the committee and parents from the school.  There were 134 people that were served refreshments on what was a lovely hot day, bringing in £134, raffle £150, cake/produce stall £210.71, tombola £107 and books/plants/bric-a-brac £67.50.  A total of £669.21 was raised, so after costs of refreshments and the hall hire it left us with a fantastic profit of £570.09.   This year some of the money raised was allocated towards our new outside exercise equipment, which will benefit the children for years to come, and was installed last week for the children to use, who are delighted with it. 

Caroline Hawking

Treasurer (FOBS)

Art Pics of the Week

Students in Year 7 at Holsworthy Community College have explored African art this term.

They researched different masks and their meanings before designing their own masks using shapes, colour, patterns and textures. After finishing their designs, students layered cardboard to create a variety of levels to add dimension, before decorating their masks with the colours, patterns and textures of their designs.

Mrs Tyrell