Success for Exeter City Deaf U16 footballers – p.s. please send them Jaffa Cakes!

Exeter City deaf under 16 football team are advancing to the finals of the People’s FA Cup in St George’s Park on the 27th April.

We attended the quarter-finals in Plymouth and had a fun time on a sunny day. A successful penalty shoot-out secured our place in the semi-finals on the 24th March.

As we arrived on a warm morning we put together a confident attitude, but nerves were flying around. Before the last match we all had a Jaffa Cake (now a tradition) and went onto the pitch.

The whole game was filled with tension, but felt like it went by in a second. Another Jaffa Cake led to penalties. I sat down on the floor having missed, but I was back on my feet a few minutes later celebrating with my team, doing a victory dance.

Everyone was elated. Pride set in amongst the parents as they learned we are setting foot where the England team train.

Undoubtedly the team will be excited, until the nerves creep in.

p.s. Please send Jaffa Cakes, we need them!

Cashless Catering Live from Monday 29th April

Welcome back to the first day of the summer term! We hope you all had a great Easter.

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From Monday 29th April, our cashless catering system is going live, and as such, no cash will be taken at the tills. If you have any questions regarding payment, please email

Please note that any existing balances from school meal pre-payment will be transferred to the new system.

School Gateway

Electronic payments can be made via School Gateway website or the App and selecting the lunch money option. A minimum top up of £5 applies. If you need help with your account, please email

PayPoint Voucher

If you would prefer, or are unable to pay online, a PayPoint voucher can be requested from the school reception. A voucher will be printed off for you which can then be paid for at any PayPoint location. Funds will be added to the account by 11AM the following day. Please find a list of local PayPoint locations below:




Stratton Stores





McColls Newsagents

Milton Dameral Garage




Greenaway’s Garage



Village Stores

Forthcoming Events, College Open Days and Community Information

Forthcoming Events

Tuesday 23rd April

First day of Summer Term

Year 10 mocks start

Monday 29th April

Cashless catering goes live

Tuesday 30th April

UK Junior Maths Challenge 80 Year 7 & 8 students

Thursday 2nd May

Mrs Bloxham’s Art group GCSE Art Exam first session

Friday 3rd May

Year 9 & 10 assembly – with the Police

Miss Urquhart’s Art group GCSE Art Exam first session

Year 8, 9 & 10 photographs with Tempest

Quiz results

No quiz officially last week due to assemblies.

HCC v Launceston

The Year 9s had a football match on Monday 1st of April at home against Launceston. We were going up the hill the first half and weren’t at our best, conceding two goals to end the half 2-0.

In the second half, we came out stronger and got two quick goals, with Bradley scoring first and Mitchell scoring our second. Unfortunately, they got another goal to make it 3-2 ending the game.

We were unlucky not to get a draw or even the win, as we thought we were the better side through the second half, but well done to Launceston for winning.


ACF Enrichment ‘Over and Out’!

The ACF Enrichment programme ended with the students undertaking a casualty simulation exercise.

Following a briefing, the group received a call for assistance on the radio.

Using navigation skills, they located their destination and patrolled out to locate a Special Forces team who had rescued an injured pilot.

After setting security, the casualty was assessed and given first aid before being moved, by makeshift stretcher, to a predetermined grid reference where a team from South West Ambulance advised and supported further treatment before loading the casualty on to their vehicle.

Following a final briefing, the students received certificates of participation.

Lt Jim Harvey 
Holsworthy ACF 
(Course Director)


DDE Work with Year 8

This morning we welcomed back Devon Development Education who came into the College to work with all our Year 8 students.
Students started by defining assumptions and stereotypes and discussed the harmful impacts of these ‘labels’.
Students were then asked to write three labels for themselves to highlight what names they have been called. All the labels were then grouped together and students were encouraged to look at what others had written and think about how these labels were hurtful.


Forthcoming Events and Quiz Results

Forthcoming Events

Monday 1st April

Cultural Champions to complete workshops with Year 8 students 8.50am – 3.10pm

HLC Handball Festival 12:45pm – 2:45pm

Year 9 Football v Launceston – at home – 3.45pm – 5.15pm 15:45 – 17:15

Wednesday 3rd April

U13 North Devon netball tournament at Park School 12pm – 5.30pm

Thursday 4th April

GCSE PE moderation 9am – 3.10pm

Friday 5th April

GCSE Music recording day (performing) 8.50am – 3.10pm

Last day of Spring Term

Tuesday 23rd April

First day of Summer Term

Quiz results

Poseidon 98

Highest group MG 18

Zeus 91

Highest group DB 18

Apollo 77

Highest group AV 18

Thor 62

Highest group KS 19

Question 14 of 20:

In which year was colour television first broadcast in the UK?
a. 1927 
b. 1947
c. 1967


c. 1967 – The United Kingdom was one of the earliest countries to broadcast colour television. The United States were the first in 1950. Major European countries adopted the technology from 1967, while many developing countries did not have colour broadcasts until the early 1980s.

PTFA Bingo

Science & Nature Easter 2019 flyer

Sports Round-Up

Year 7 Football

The Year 7 football team played an outstanding match against Budehaven on the 25th of March. The game was extremely close and was a close battle between our local rivals. Bruno scored an outstanding goal in the first half to make it 1-0. Bude equalised, but we scored another great goal to make it 2-1. Unfortunately, Bude scored a late equaliser, but we were pleased with our performance. The final score was 2-2.

We all worked as hard as we could. Go Holsworthy Community College!


Year 7 Netball

On Tuesday 26th March, the Year 7 netball team travelled to Park School in Barnstaple.

The girls knew there would be some tough competition, but they would try their hardest to persevere through all their matches.

The A team started off facing West Buckland in a very tough match. Unfortunately, they didn’t come out on top, but they weren’t going to let that bring them down.

They then went on to win two of their matches against Pilton and Bideford.

Their other matches were very close, but sadly they didn’t get the win.

Ruby and Mathilda were awarded Players of the Match.

Well done, girls!

Libby & Ruby

Year 8 Netball South West Regional Tournament

On the 28th March, the Holsworthy A netball team travelled to Bude to play games against other South West teams.

Holsworthy’s first team to play were Penair. We started with a very close score, then in the second half, Penair picked up their game and were getting passed our defence and scoring lots of goals. Final score was 11-6 to Penair.

Our second game of the tournament was a successful game against Richard Lander. This game was challenging, but there isn’t a game Holsworthy can’t take on! The score again Richard Lander was 8-5.

We played a few more games, which had successful scores.

To qualify for the semi-finals we had to play and beat Bude B team. After playing a very fair game, we managed to get a place in the semi-finals.

In the semis, we played a very strong team from Mounts Bay. We were even up until half time, but in the second half, they played a tough game and ended up winning. We had played some very challenging netball and lots of us were very tired.

It was now time for us to compete against Camborne for third place.

The first half saw us and Camborne getting even scores, but in the second half, we picked up our game. It was hard, but we managed a 9-7 win.

Holsworthy got third place overall, which means we are the third best team in the South West!

It was a good day for the girls and thank you to Miss Goldsworthy for organising this tournament.

Well played, Holsworthy!


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Year 10 South West Regional Tournament

On the 21st of March 2019, our Year 10 netball team travelled to Bude for a South West Regional netball tournament. We were spilt into two groups to play our matches and our first game was against Sidmouth, who we won against with a strong team and we were really pleased.

The next game we played was against Devonport, who went on to win the tournament, and we lost 10-3, however our defence were strong. Our next game was Penair, who were a school from Cornwall, and Georgia, Sophie, Evie and Hattie had a strong shooting and attacking game, but Penair played strong and took the win.

We then played a really tough game against our local rivals, Bude, and we worked really hard and Beth, Lauren and Eve all played really well to calm the game down in the middle court. It was a close game and we were both leading at different points, however, Bude played strong in the last minute to secure a win for them.

Our final game was against Richard Lander who were really good. We all fought really well in our last game, however they played well and took the win.

We received our results and we came 5th in the tournament, which we were happy with as we feel we played well, especially up against the high level of talent from all around the South West. We also did well to qualify ourselves for regionals in the first place. Everyone in our team played so well and we all fought to the end and were all proud of ourselves, and Georgia received player of the tournament.

Well done, Year 10!


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Year 8 Art Deco

Our Year 8 students have been concentrating on decorative art this term and created a range of stunning pieces of work.IMG_6708

We started the topic by looking at Art Deco and created a research page. Afterwards, we focused on the ceramicist Clarice Cliff, decorating a paper plate with a design in her colourful style.

Now we are working on our final piece, a fruit bowl made of clay and painted like a fruit.



Mrs Tyrrell

Spring Newsletter 2019

What a busy term we have had!  I hope that your child has been making you aware of all of the positive efforts that our brilliant study body have been making this term with both their learning and commitment to others.  Our Cooperative Values of self-responsibility, respect, equality and self-help shone through during the Comic Relief events.  Equally, our students showed selfless entrepreneurial-ship skills by organising football penalty shootouts, netball goals, guessing games and bake sales.  A tremendous total of £601.02 was raised by everyone. 


On the subject of bake sales, our tremendous thanks goes to our PTFA for supporting HCC through the annual Coffee Morning that took on Wednesday 20th March.  If you were unable to attend, you have a second opportunity to support HCC with our Bingo Night here at HCC on Friday 29th March at 6.45pm, doors are open with eyes down at 7.30pm.  It will be a super evening, bring your family along and all profits are used to support our students.  This term our PTFA were able to donate £200 to purchasing visualisers, £400 for Kindle Fires for the MFL department.  If you would like to get more involved with our PTFA, please contact our reception.

Annual Schools’ Exhibition at the Burton Art Gallery, Bideford until 22nd April

Our students are now currently exhibiting work at the Burton Art Gallery.  Holsworthy Community College had submitted over 150 pieces of art for the exhibition, which is an incredible achievement. The work came from all year groups at the school with 1 in 5 pupils having artwork exhibited. It shows just some of the opportunities we offer our budding artists at the College. 

Holsworthy won a number of awards, which include:

The Arts Society award for our contribution to the Schools Exhibition.

Metal Shoe Sculpture (Year 7 student)

Portrait (Year 11 student)

Colour Wheel (Year 7 student) 

Colour Wheel (Year 7 student) 

Portrait in Pencil (Year 10 student) 

An award for the series of Pop Art portraits produced by Year 9 students.

It is wonderful to see so many of our talented students see their work in a professional setting, which is why Mrs Bloxham and Mr Vanstone took a number of Year 9s to the gallery on Monday for them to see their work in situ.  If you are in the Bideford areas, I urge you to give the exhibition your time. The work is on display until 22nd April, so an ideal opportunity to see this over the Easter holidays.

Cashless Catering

Also on Friday 29th March we have the introduction in preparation for our Cashless Catering Biometrics implementation.  This will mean that as parents you are able to see what your child has purchased from the canteen and can help them make the right healthy eating choices, as well as the convenience of not having to bring money in to school.  Letters documenting this change over are available from the front office, if required.

Year 11 examinations

The formal written GCSE exams start next term. This half term we are in the midst of the start of the practical examinations, with the Modern Foreign Language Listening exams and the practical components being assessed for GCSE Food and Nutrition. Next week on 4th April the GCSE PE Moderation Day takes place.  Our Year 11 students and their parents have also had an evening supporting their revision process.  If you missed this evening, please see our website under Information for Parents, Examination Information.  Our Year 11s are nearing the home straight, in the marathon that is the preparation for their GCSE examinations.  We urge them to have a balanced approach, but to remember that they are in competition with students nationally and so putting in their own time and effort will benefit them.  To aid our Year 11, their last report documenting both the Professional Predictions and their targets will be sent home on Friday 29th March.  If there are any questions, please contact the Tutor who is named on the report.

Year 10 examinations Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 3rd May

Our Year 10 cohort also return from the Easter holidays to their two-week examination window.  The timetable for this has been emailed to parents and paper copies given to students.  For both Year 10 and 11, revision booklets supporting our students with how they can revise have been shared and all of this information can be located on our website under the Information for Parents, Examination Information tab.

Sporting round up

Year 8 boys’ rugby north Devon tournament at West Buckland – 3rd in group

Year 9 boys’ rugby north Devon tournament at West Buckland – 4th in group

Boys’ football friendlies U15 and U13 winners v St Joseph

Various year group football success v Bude, Shebbear, Launceston

Year 7, 8 and 9 Girls’ football against Bude won 1-0.

Year 7 netball tournament with two teams going to Barnstaple, won two matches

Year 10 netball qualified to go to South West Regional Netball and came fifth

KS2 Dance Festival and a KS1 Dance festival held at HCC. Next Monday we are running a KS2 Handball festival along with the Gifted and Talented testing next Wednesday afternoon.

Georgia, Lucy and Grace have been fantastic leaders for the dance festivals, leading dances to large groups and even going out to St Giles on the Heath Primary School to lead a dance workshop to two of their classes. 

The enrichment group on a Wednesday have had a class coming over every Wednesday this term from Holsworthy Primary School. The leaders have been leading 30-minute multi skills sessions with them and have been fantastic throughout. 

Next term is an equally busy term, so below are key events and dates for your diaries

Key dates and events

Friday 29th March – Cashless Catering Registration day and PTFA Bingo at HCC

Thursday 4th April – GCSE PE Moderation Day

Easter Holidays from Monday 8th April until Monday 22nd April, first day back on Tuesday 23rd April.

Tuesday 30th April – UK Junior Maths Challenge for Year 7 and 8 students

Tempest in for Year 8, 9 and 10 photographs

23rd April until 3rd May – Year 10 exam window – please see the website for details

Monday 6th May – Bank Holiday Monday – School Closed

Thursday 16th May – Immunisations for any missed during the year

Tuesday 21st May – Year 10 Parents’ Evening 3.45pm – 6.45pm

Monday 25th May – Friday 31st May – Half term

Monday 3rd June – return from half term

Monday 3rd June – Key Stage 3 Assessment period over the next 6 weeks

Wednesday 5th June – Exeter College Taster Day for Year 10 students

Monday 24th June- Friday 28th June – Trip to Krackow, Poland

Friday 28th June – Move Up Day for smaller Primary Feeder Schools

Friday 28th June – Year 11 Prom

Monday 1st July – Year 10 Work Experience Week

Tuesday 2nd July – Year 7 Sports Day

Thursday 4th and Friday 5th July – Year 6 Move on Up Day

Wednesday 10th July – St Peter’s Fair Day – Non-pupil day

Tuesday 16th July – Meet the Tutor Evening for new Year 7 students

Thursday 18th July – Activity DayAndrew Sweeney small jpg

Friday 19th July – Last Day of the Summer Term


Mr A Sweeney

Head Teacher