New Fitness Suite for Churston, Thanks to the PTA

Thanks to a generous donation from the PTA, we were delighted to officially open the newly furbished fitness suite in the Autumn term, 2021.

Sam Knapman was joined by Headteacher Kieran Earley, Head of PE Martin Swannell and some of our Year 11 Sports Leaders to open the doors to our fantastic new facility in October.

The impressive new facility replaces the existing equipment and will be used by students within lessons and as part of the wider extra curricular programme, in order to provide our students and staff a purpose-designed space in which to exercise.

Our new facilities are proving extremely popular among all students, who are able to use the room from Year 9 to 13. The impressive new facility in designed to ensure that Churston continues to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all of our students.  

Head of PE, Martin Swannell, said “we are incredibly grateful to the PTA for their donation. This facility will help support our curriculum and further encourage our students to follow a healthy, active lifestyle within a familiar, safe and non competitive environment.”

The range of equipment includes:

  • Refurbished fitness suite with professional gym flooring and mirrored walls.
  • Enhanced audiovisual system, including sound system and live-linked monitor.
  • A collection of cardio equipment, including treadmills, cross trainers, upright bike, recumbent bike and rower.
  • Multi gym station for up to 8 users at a time.
  • Resistance machines, including leg press and chest press
  • Free weight and benches, included a stack of barbells, dumbbells and sand bags

Year 11 Sports Leaders, Austin, was equally delighted with the new facility and said: “I’m really impressed how we have managed to use the space in such a productive way. I use the gym with my friends at lunch times and it has also helped me to have a better understanding of some of the theory we learn in GCSE PE, by putting it into practice.”

A special thank you should go to all those volunteers who have worked tirelessly to  contribute towards the PTA and their much appreciated fund-raising efforts that have been used to such good effect.

Churston GCSE Students achieve great success in their GCSEs!

The Y11 students at Churston Ferrers Grammar School have enjoyed great success in their GCSEs despite an exceptionally challenging year.

Across the cohort, our students received top results – 65% of grades achieved were grade 7 or above. 

Amongst those celebrating the results of their hard work, Hannah Newton and Heather Wells achieved straight grade 9s for all of their subjects. Whilst Katie Bond, Lottie Burrows, Joel Clifton, Ruby Garrett, Jodie Heather, Lily Reshad and Jodie Tang achieved 8 grade 9s in their GCSEs. 

Head of Y11, Gemma Longhurst, said “Our young people should be incredibly proud of their results, which are a just reward for the commitment and determination they have shown over the last few years.  Our students have responded with fortitude during turbulent times; their ability to dig deep, give it their best and adapt to an ever-changing national picture during their GCSE years has impressed me on a daily basis.  The students all deserve considerable recognition for their endeavours and fantastic results. We would also like to thank all of our staff who have worked relentlessly to give our pupils the greatest chance of success.”

Luci’s scholarship success!

A Sixth Form student at Churston Ferrers Grammar School has been rewarded with a scholarship for her outstanding effort and achievement during her A Levels.

Luci Reynolds received the award, granted by The Reading List Foundation, which provides a grant to cover the costs of books for her university studies. 

She was chosen for the award based not only on her outstanding results, but on the challenges that she overcame to achieve those results 

Luci achieved A* in Business Studies and History, and an A in English Literature, and has a place to read History at Durham University.

Head of Sixth Form, Adam Killeya, said “We are very proud of what all of our students have achieved this year, but Luci particularly stood out for this award for her outstanding attitude and achievement in the face of challenge. She is an extremely worthy winner, and we are very appreciative to the Reading List Foundation for offering this award”

Churston Students achieve great success

Sixth Form students at Churston Ferrers Grammar School have enjoyed great success in their A Levels despite an exceptionally challenging year.

Amongst those celebrating the results of their hard work, three Churston students secured their places at Oxford University – Adrienne Knight, to read Music, Chloe Howgate to read Law, and Ash de Silva to read Biology. The three students achieved ten A* grades between them! 

Several others students – Emily Brown, Seb Carlstrom, Megan Caunter, Ola Ebbutt and Cleo Widdecombe – achieved A*s across the board.

In total nearly half of the grades achieved by Churston students were As or A*s.

Head of Sixth Form, Adam Killeya, said “We are immensely proud of our young people and what they have achieved. A Levels are challenging at any time, and to come through two such difficult academic years as they have, and to have achieved such success, is testament to both the hard work put in by students and the support given by staff”.

Rounders – Sixth Form vs Staff

It has been a week of great sporting events; the start of The Hundred was on Wednesday, the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics is on Friday; but wedged between them was perhaps the greatest sporting contest of all. A true clash of titans, a battle of wills, a contest for victory, glory and bragging rights: the Sixth Form – Staff Rounders match.

The weather was glorious, the atmosphere one of friendly competition, but the desire to win was undoubted and for 40 minutes in the sunshine, in front of an enthusiastic and supportive crowd, the two teams battled it out for supremacy.

Great catches were taken, bases stolen, and reputations forged in the heat of sporting battle. And, when the dust settled, it was the staff who emerged victorious 9 ½ to 7 ½. Nevertheless, as the teams left the field, there was great mutual respect and a keen anticipation of a future rematch.

Sixth Form President Charlie Singh said “What occurred this day on the field can only be described as a battle. Two strong teams fought tooth and nail to win arguably the largest sporting event the UK has ever seen, with fortune (or as we know him, Mr Skelly) ultimately favouring the staff team. Despite this robbery, spirits were high all around – a great end to an unusual year.”

Careers and Aspirations: Autumn Update

Careers and Aspirations: Autumn Update

A number of events to promote careers and aspirations have taken place in school over the last half term:

  • Our Sixth Form Art, Textiles and Photography students attended a presentation delivered by Bruce Timson, Course Leader for the Art and Design Foundation Course at King Edward VI Community College, Totnes; the course delivers a thorough grounding in the basic principles of art and design and secures its students a place on a BA (Hons) degree that requires the Foundation Course as a prerequisite to entry.
  • Ex-Churston student Luke returned to school to talk about his experience as a KPMG Apprentice. Luke provided information regarding the apprenticeship route as an alternative to going to university.
  • In support of our u2018Speakers in Schools Programmeu2019, Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, delivered an informative Question and Answer session to our A-Level students, and students from throughout the school with an interest in politics or economics.
  • In October, students had the opportunity to meet with the Work Experience and Careers Co-ordinator for the NHS Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust. The drop-in sessions proved hugely popular and many students expressed an interest in enrolling for Lab Experience Days or for general work experience.u00a0
  • Churston is supported by an Independent Careers Advisor, who visits the school periodically, offering a selection of Year 11 students one-to-one support.
  • Year 9 students recently participated in an employability skills workshop, hosted by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD) and Feeding Britainu2019s Future, a nationwide education programme. The session focussed on the transferable skills students can develop from both the compulsory subjects they will be studying for GCSE, and their option choices. Volunteers in diverse roles explained how their own skills and experiences are connected to what they have done at school.

Please keep checking our website for future events. For example:

  • u2018Tomorrowu2019s Engineers Weeku2019, 5th-9th November
  • Year 11 u2018Future Choicesu2019
  • Marine Biologist talk, delivered by one of Churstonu2019s ex-students

Erasmus Trip to Buchen, Germany

Erasmus Trip to Buchen, Germany


Please take the time to read the reports from staff and students from the recent Erasmus trip to Buchen in Germany. Students Lucy Simpson, Chloe Howgate (Y11), Josie Ratcliff, Issy Smith (Y10), Matthew Jamson (Y10) and Loic Bajomee (Y9) were accompanied by Mr Lewis, Mrs Godwin, Miss Arnaez. They each stayed with host families and experienced German life first-hand!

After travelling on the Saturday, the trip really began on the Sunday with a warm welcome from the host school and some group activities with the other students from all around Europe also taking part in the renewable energy project.

Each day included activities and trips which opened the students’ minds to the possibilities and current state of renewable energy in this area, but also allowed a historical, geographical and cultural insight into the beautiful area of Buchen.

To see the full report written by staff and students, and accompanying pictures – please click here……

Junior Robotics Club – All Welcome

Junior Robotics Club – All Welcome

This new club has begun this autumn term with the purchase of four Rover Robots.  As these arrive as kits, we have been busy building them – three are completed and the fourth just requires its cable connections completing.  Each Rover needs a Raspberry Pi computer which we will be able to program using Python.  We had several Raspberry Pi computers, but unfortunately these were quite old models, so we have purchased new ones for the Rovers.

The next activity club members will become involved with is installing the software onto the MicroSD cards that each Raspberry Pi uses.  We can then download some programs that control the Rovers and start to create our own programs.  Ultimately we could create programs that will control the Rovers through mazes, let the Rovers take part in races or whatever else the students decide to do.

We selected the Rovers as they are programmable using Python, which is the programming language we use for our GCSE and A Level courses.  A Level students also have the option of using these Rovers for their coursework, to demonstrate their programming skills.

The club runs each Tuesday lunchtime in Room 19.  This term we have only had up to six Year 7 students attending, so new students are welcome. As we are now ready to program the Rovers, Senior Robotics Club, for Year 9 and 10 students, will start after half term.

Finally, the four Rovers have the highly unoriginal names of Rover1 to Rover4.  So, there will be a Name-the-Rover competition after half term!

Year 7 Netball Tournament Starts With Success

Year 7 Netball Tournament Starts With Success

It was the Year 7 girlsu2019 netball teamu2019s first chance to play together competitively for the school at the Central Venue Tournament. The team was selected by Mrs Haigh from those that regularly attend netball practice.

The team played really well together and have progressed through to the second round of the tournament which will be held on the 12th of November. Mrs Haigh commented;

u201cIt was the girls first opportunity to play school netball, and they were brilliant, 6 games played undefeated – a fantastic achievement!u201d

The team are aiming high and would love to win the end of season tournament in March!

Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2018

Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2018

Did you hear about the new restaurant on the moon?u00a0 The food is excellent, but thereu2019s no atmosphere!u00a0 One solution to the dinersu2019 predicament would be to extract oxygen from moon rock (FeTiO3) and this was one of the chemical problems that our Year 12 Chemists tackled on their way to success in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.u00a0

The competition is open to the top students in the UK and the bar is set so high that certificates are only awarded to the top 60% of entrants.u00a0 However, all 10 of our students were successful.u00a0 Copper awards were achieved by Bethan Thomas, Kolya Schwinge, Luka Karathanos, Felicity Dunn, Ellen Harman, Finbar Kneen and Ruth Garner.u00a0 Special congratulations go to Max Toy, Kris Shears and Ben Lavers who were rewarded with gold certificates for being in the top 8% of candidates. u00a0

Dr Hall