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The head and his team work hard to keep the school open to new challenges, fully adaptable for change and in tune with the rest of the world, not just the rolling hills of Devon.

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Entrance examination consists of: 11+ maths, English & VR. No past papers given.

Converted to an academy January 2011

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Information & Communications Technology at an English Grammar School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Information & Communications Technology at an English Grammar School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Information & Communications Technology at an English Grammar School (GCE AS level)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking History at an English Grammar School (GCSE)


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Special Education Needs

Learning and Pastoral Support Provision at CFGS We currently have two students with a Statement of Special Education Need. One of whom is medically categorised and the other has cognitive and behaviour difficulties. These students have access to a designated LSA whenever there is a need but we try to avoid situations that set them apart from their peers as far as possible. We have several students with Dyslexic and Dyspraxic profiles (SpLD), although none require withdrawal from lessons. These are supported by our other LSA on either an individual basis or in small groups. This occurs either in dropped lessons or in tutor time for the same reason as stated earlier. We now screen any student for Dyslexia who is identified with literacy issues by the English department or other teaching staff. Any student who is highlighted by the 'Screener' is screened further using more specific diagnostic tests by an outside agency, paid for by the department. It is very unlikely that our students will meet the criteria for a local authority diagnosis. The 11 plus does not test for medical, physical or emotional and behavioural difficulties and these are the areas where most of our special needs lie. These students have access to the Learning and Pastoral Support team as well as the School Counsellor, Mentors and Listeners. They also have additional support from outside agencies such as CAMHS, if required. We have had particular success with reintegrating students with 'school phobia'. Several of our students who have joined the school with severe physical disabilities, including brain injury, have gone on to complete degrees and gain related employment. Promoting excellent self esteem is at the centre of our work.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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