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  • Churston Ferrers Grammar School
    Greenway Road
    Churston Ferrers
    Brixham
    Devon
    TQ5 0LN
  • Head: Mr Robert Owers
  • T 01803 842289
  • F 01803 846007
  • E secretary@churston.torbay.sch.uk
  • W www.churstongrammar.com
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Torbay
  • Pupils: 996 ; sixth formers: 288
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: June.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 11th February 2009
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 27th April 2006
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

 Set amongst the rolling hills of Devon in a picturesque seaside location, the school immediately gives an impression of calm and tranquility.  The school has had some outstanding success in certain areas: the basketball team, led by two ex-England coaches, is renowned Devon champion, and has been national champion twice in the last 15 years. Quite a few pupils play at county or national level in a wide variety of sports. The one thing every parent agreed on is the school’s ‘outstanding pastoral care’...

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What the school says...

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

Converted to an academy January 2011

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

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

School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since 2007, Mr Robert Owers BA PGCE CFES NPQH (in his 40s), originally from Upminster, educated at Warwick University. He taught at two large co-ed comprehensives in Essex before becoming deputy head at Chelmsford County High School for Girls.

A family man, he lives just round the corner and the school is home from home. His wife teaches drama at Churston and both his son and daughter are pupils there. Chatty and approachable, he’s a keen sportsman, particularly football and cricket, but jokes that any spare time these days is spent being the ‘dad taxi’.

Keen to emphasise that although the school is a grammar school, it’s not elitist and does not ‘aspire to the single-sex public school ethos’. No blazers, no Latin, no old school traditions. Sensitive...

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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]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
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
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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