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Able, Gifted and Talented

Our school aim states that we provide: “Academic Excellence in a Comprehensive Setting”

To that end we want to ensure that all groups of children meet, and in many cases, exceed their potential; this is particularly true of able and gifted and talented students. We also want to develop our systems so that emphasis upon Gifted and Talented will impact positively upon "every child"

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Able, Gifted and Talented


For Coombeshead Academy, the Academy Trust is the admission authority. For full details please see the Admission Arrangements document below.

Academy Admission Arrangments

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Entry at 16+

Please note that the criteria for consideration of applications for entry at 16+ are that the Academy offers an appropriate course suited to the applicant's ability and career intentions.

More information on entry at 16+ can be found on the 6th form website.


Use of Coombeshead Academy computer systems and network services are all covered by an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). All students and staff have to sign one of these when they join the school. Visitors are required to sign if they require computer access whilst onsite. 
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PDF Full Detailed AUP

BYOD Wireless

There is also an additional AUP for the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Wireless network that is provided for staff and students. Connection to the Academy BYOD Wireless network is taken as acceptance of this additional AUP.
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SIMS Learning Gateway

Parental useage of the SIMS Learning Gateway is covered by the following AUP. Use of this system is automatically taken as acceptance of this AUP.
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Bad Weather

Guidance for Parents / Carers in the Case of Bad Weather

It is our policy to keep the school open wherever possible. Please assume the school is open unless you hear otherwise. The Department for Education recognises the delivery of education to pupils as an essential service, as do we.

If we do have to close, parents/carers will be informed in the following ways:

This situation is highly unlikely and will be avoided wherever possible. There is no need to contact the school to check whether or not the school is open. Unless announced as above, we are open.

Behaviour Management

Our aims and values make clear the importance the school places on good behaviour which allows every individual the right to learn in a safe and secure environment. We achieve this by:

  • Promoting good behaviour and discipline
  • Promoting self-esteem, self-discipline, proper regard for authority and positive relationships based on mutual respect
  • Ensuring fairness of treatment for all
  • Promoting early intervention
  • Providing a safe environment free from disruption, violence, bullying and any form of harassment

Good behaviour is most likely to result when the school and parents present a consistent and united response to young people. We always seek to involve parents in promoting good discipline and behaviour.

The school cannot take responsibility for the behaviour of students on the way to and from the site. However, it has been established in law that students must follow the School’s Code of Conduct and live up to its expectations for a reasonable time at the beginning and end of the day. We therefore expect good behaviour and punish poor behaviour at such times, including the journey between home and school and during lunchtimes.

The expectations of this Policy will be implemented on all school trips and visits.

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Charging and Remissions


The purpose of the policy is to ensure that there is clarity over those items, which the school will provide free of charge and for those items where there may be a charge. The policy has been informed by the LA policy and the DfE guidance.


The school day is defined as: 08:55 to 15:25 excluding the midday break, which does not form part of the school day.


The Headteacher will ensure that staff are familiar with and correctly apply the policy. The Governors will review the policy annually.

Policy Statement

During the school day all activities that are a necessary part of the National Curriculum plus religious education will be provided free of charge. This includes any materials, equipment and transport to take pupils between the school and the activity. It excludes charges made for teaching an individual pupil or groups of up to four pupils to play a musical instrument. Unless the teaching is an essential part of either the National Curriculum or a public examination syllabus being followed by the pupil(s), we will make a charge.

There will be no charge for any activity that is an essential part of the syllabus for an approved examination unless:

the examination is on the set list, but the pupil was not prepared for it at this school;

the examination is not on the set list but we arrange for the pupil to take it;

a pupil fails without good reason to complete the requirements of any public examination where the governing body or the LA originally paid or agreed to pay the entry fee.

Voluntary contributions may be sought for activities during the school day, which entail additional costs, for example field trips. In these circumstances no pupil will be prevented from participating because his/her parents/carers cannot or will not make a contribution; however If insufficient funds are available it maybe necessary to curtail or cancel activities.

From time to time we may invite a non-school based organisation such as a visiting drama group to arrange an activity during the school day. Such organisations may wish to charge parents/carers, who may, if they wish, ask the Headteacher to agree to their child being absent for that period.

Optional Activities Outside of the School Day

We may charge for optional, extra activities provided outside of the school day, for example a sports club or theatre visit. Such activities are not part of the National Curriculum or religious education nor are they part of an examination syllabus. Where we wish to charge we will tell parents/carers in advance. Where specific funding has been received to support particular activities we will subsidise the charge to the extent permitted by the funding.

Education Partly During the School Day

If a non-residential activity happens partly inside the school day and partly outside of it, there will be no charge if most of the time to be spent on the activity falls within the school day. Conversely, if the bigger proportion of time spent falls outside of the normal school day, charges will be made. When such activities are arranged parents/carers will be told how the charges were calculated.


Charges will be made for board and lodging, except for pupils whose parents/carers are in receipt of eligible benefits.

Other charges will be made to cover costs when the number of school sessions missed by the pupils totals half or more of the number of half-days taken up by the activity. In such cases parents/cares will be told how the charges were calculated.


Travel in the school mini-bus is free.

Calculating Charges

When charges are made for any activity, whether during or outside of the school day, they will be based on the actual costs incurred, divided by the total number of pupils participating. There will be no levy on those who can pay to support those who can't or won’t. Parents/carers who would qualify for support are those who are in receipt of eligible benefits.

The principles of best value will be applied when planning activities that incur costs to the school and/or charges to parents/carers.

Music Tuition

In cases of hardship the Governors will consider in their absolute discretion the remission of fees (either in full or in part) for those pupils who they consider will benefit from such tuition.

Examination Charges

If a student fails without good reason to complete the examination board requirements for any public examination for which the entry fee has been or has to be paid, the fee will be recovered from the parent/carer. In such cases, failure to complete the coursework requirements will be treated in the same way as failure to sit the final examination.

The Headteacher will decide what constitutes a good reason, in consultation with the Governors, taking into account any unavoidable circumstances that may have existed.

Students will be entered for public examinations where the College has evidence that performance is likely to be rewarded with a certificate. Where a parent/carer insists, against the advice of the Headteacher, that a student be entered for an examination, this will be deemed to be a private entry and a charge will be made to cover the entry fee.

Cost of Materials

Charges will be made for the cost of materials used in practical lessons where parents/carers have indicated in advance that they wish to own the finished product. Income received from such sources will be used solely for the purchase of similar articles or raw materials.

Parents/carers may be invited to provide materials in lieu of payment where they have indicated that they wish to own the finished product, or, conversely, to make a payment rather than supply requested materials.


Parents/carers will be expected to contribute towards the cost of damage which results from the behaviour of their son or daughter.

Eligible Benefits

Income Support;

Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance;

Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; or

Child Tax Credit (providing that they do not also receive Working Tax Credit and have an annual income, assessed by The Inland Revenue that does not exceed £13,230).

December 2010

Complaints Procedure

From 1 September 2003 Governing Bodies of all maintained schools in England are required, under Section 29 of the Education Act 2002, to have in place a procedure to deal with complaints relating to the school and to any community facilities or services that the school provides. The law also requires the procedure to be publicised.

Here you can download a copy of the Academy complaints procedure as a PDF file.

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Complaints Procedure

Data Processing

Coombeshead Academy processes personal data about its pupils and is a “data controller” in respect of this for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998

PDF Fair Processing Layer one - Summary
PDF Fair Processing Layer Two - Condensed
PDF Fair Processing Layer Three - Full Text

Click any of the above to download the Academy fair processing notice in Acrobat PDF format.

Data Processing

Drugs Related Incidents

The misuse of drugs and other substances is a matter of public concern. Therefore, it would be totally irresponsible of Coombeshead Academy to ignore the issue. Our aim is to prepare students in making healthy life decisions and it is important to have a common policy for dealing with those who misuse drugs in school.

Coombeshead Academy is committed to a comprehensive programme of drug education, this is through Science and Tutor time.

PDF Drugs Related Incidents Policy
Drugs Related Incidents

First Aid & Administration of Medicine in School

While no staff member can be compelled to give medical treatment to a pupil, it is hoped that the support given through parental consent, the support of the County Council through these guidelines, and the help of the School Medical Service will encourage them to see this as part of the pastoral role. Where such arrangements fail it is the parents’ responsibility to make appropriate alternative arrangements.

  • A designated member of staff to be trained to be the primary First Aider for the school.
  • To undertake regular first aid training (currently a 4 day course every 3 years).
  • The First Aider to administer all medicines prescribed by a doctor.
  • The consent form should be completed by the parent or guardian of the pupil and be delivered personally, together with the medicine, to the First Aider.
  • The medicine should be in date and clearly labelled with:

    1. Its contents
    2. The owner’s name
    3. Dosage
    4. The prescribing doctor’s name
First Aid
  • The information given on the consent form is requested in confidence, to ensure that the First Aider is fully aware of the medical needs of the child.
  • All medicines to be kept in an appropriate securely locked medicine cabinet.
  • A termly audit to be undertaken of the medicines kept in school, and those out of date returned to the parent personally or disposed of via the School Nurse.
  • Specialist training to be given to appropriate staff as and when necessary regarding more complex medicines such as epi pens.
  • Accidents to be recorded on Accident Report for P03.

November 2011

Privacy & Cookies

The following statements explain our policy regarding information provided by visitors to this website. The use of data provided is governed by the 1998 Data Protection Act.

Use of Information

Some webpages on this site may ask your to provide you name, email address or other personal information. This information is never sold or shared with any third party. However, we may use this information to provide statistics for internal use only.

To prevent and detect abuse we continually monitor and record connections to and from college servers. This is also done for statistical and performance-measurement purposes. The monitoring data we collect includes browser type, domain names, traffic volumes, temporal data, IP information, and data posted from web-forms on our site.


To conform to changes in EU law we have created a new Cookie Policy that details how Coombeshead Academy use cookies and gives you advice on disabling them if required.

Privacy Policy

We use cookies across most of our websites to improve their performance and enhance your user experience. This policy explains how we do that.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.

There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyse how well our website is performing, or even allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.

Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click to “remember me” when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our websites, or a user’s general location.

What sort of cookies does Coombeshead Academy use?

Generally, our cookies perform up to three different functions:

  1. Essential Cookies
    Some cookies are essential for the operation of our website. For example, some cookies allow us to identify staff, students and parents and ensure they can access pages that are relevant to them. If a user opts to disable these cookies, the user will not be able to access all of the content that might normally be available to them.

  2. Performance Cookies
    We utilise other cookies to analyse how our visitors use our websites and to monitor website performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by customising our offering and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. We might also use these cookies to highlight articles or site services that we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of the website.

  3. Functionality Cookies
    We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. For example, cookies save you the trouble of typing in your username every time you access the site, and recall your customisation preferences, such as which coluring of the website.

    We also use functionality cookies to provide you with enhanced services such as allowing you to watch linked videos or participate in linked social networking, such as Facebook.

Our current cookies

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Does anyone else use cookies on Coombeshead Academy websites?

We use or allow third parties to serve cookies that fall into the three categories above. For example, like many companies, we use Google Analytics to help us monitor our website traffic.

Can a website user block cookies?

As we’ve explained above, cookies help you to get the most out of our websites.

The first time you accessed our website after May 2012, you should have seen an overlay which asked for your permission to use cookies on our websites.

However, if you do wish to disable our cookies then please follow the instructions on our 'Cookie Management' page.

Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our websites do not work properly.

Pupil Discipline & Anti-Bullying

Ethos and Moral Code

We expect students to take responsibility for their own behaviour. We encourage them to adopt standards based on respect for themselves and one another, and for their shared and personal property. We believe in achievement through co-operation, the development of mutual understandings, and the acceptance of social responsibility. We reinforce the idea that ‘Actions have Consequences’ and this is at the heart of our College Charter for Respect. These are the values upon which our college stands. Students gather information, knowledge and learning strategies from their studies. Students learn how to behave, and develop social skills by working within an environment where they are given responsibility and shown respect – which they must in turn demonstrate towards others.

Rules of Conduct

Each person who enjoys the benefits of membership of Coombeshead College must acknowledge and accept the associated responsibilities set out in the Home College agreement. The core responsibility which applies both within College and whilst travelling to and from College, is to behave courteously and with consideration for others at all times. This means behaving in a way which allows others to teach and learn, respects property and is mindful of other people's physical and mental well being.


  1. Pre-16: most incidents of poor behaviour will be dealt with on the spot by teachers using the following stepped procedure:

    • a warning that the behaviour is disrespectful.
    • a S3 is placed on the students SERCO record if the problem persists.
    • a warning that further unacceptable behaviour will result in the student being (parked).
    • S4 is placed on the students SERCO record and the student is parked; parents are contacted by telephone and or letter the student meets with the teacher and CTL to discuss the issue and is given a detention.
    • S5 a warning that the behaviour is disrespectful from the CTL will mean that the students is parked for several lessons (if necessary or until there is significant improvement, work will be set) and the parents will be invited in to discuss the concerns.
    • S6 a member of SLT collects the student and takes him/her to the Whole College Time Out – a is recorded, a letter is sent home and the student also looses free time that session. NB. A student can bypass the first two stages if the behaviour is very poor.
    • S7 if there is a repeated serious misdemeanour Whole College Time Out until 4pm, the parents/ carer will be invited in for a meeting and a contract issued.
    • S8 further meetings will occur alternative provision is likely to be considered.

    Staff may also use the following actions, if deemed appropriate:

    • a written comment in the student's planner;
    • reprimand;
    • detention at break, lunchtime or after-College;
    • telephoning home and or sending letters from respective Curriculum Team
    • repetition of, or extra, work;
    • removal of privileges;

    Post-16: incidents of poor behaviour will be dealt with initially by the subject teacher. Serious incidents should be referred to the Head of Sixth Form.

  2. Teachers may refer incidents to their Curriculum Team Leader who might support the team member by writing to and/or interviewing parents;
  3. Senior staff will deal with both persistent misbehaviour and isolated incidents of more serious misbehaviour. All students involved in such behaviour will be placed on a Pupil Support Plan. Senior Staff may, in addition to the sanctions above, withdraw a student from lessons and place them on a report card to monitor attitude and behaviour.
  4. The most serious cases of misbehaviour will be dealt with by the Vice Principal (B&A) or the Principal who may determine a period of time in the Inclusion Unit is needed or impose a fixed term or permanent exclusion. We will always endeavour to avoid Permanent exclusion and will work with the S. Devon Exclusion Panel to this end.


A frequently persistent and planned activity; it can take many forms including: violence, threats and intimidation, teasing, and invasion of privacy.

We want all students to feel safe at Coombeshead College. We hope all students feel they can speak out about incidents of bullying and expect appropriate action to stop the bullying. To that end we offer a range of support:

  • Buddies
  • Student Services
  • Behaviour Support

The College will engage in activities to raise awareness of bullying using tutor time and assemblies. Each year there will be a focus week to coincide with the National Anti Bullying Campaign.

A student found to be a bully will be dealt with in a number of ways depending on the incident:

Break, lunchtime, or after-college detentions
Parents contacted
Restorative justice
Timetable changes to move the bully away from the victim
Placement at Chances Unit
Referral to the Police
Exclusion – fixed or permanent




Anti-Bullying Alliance


June 2010


The purpose of Coombeshead Academy safeguarding policy is to provide a secure framework for the workforce in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of those students who attend our school. The policy aims to ensure that:

  • All our students are safe and protected from harm.
  • Other elements of provision and policies are in place to enable students to feel safe and adopt safe practices.
  • Staff, students, governors, visitors, volunteers and parents are aware of the expected behaviours’ and the school’s legal responsibilities in relation to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all of our students.
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Special Education Needs

Coombeshead Academy believes that all students are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum, relevant and differentiated and demonstrating progression and coherence.

Whilst all teachers share a responsibility for the education of all students, the need for differing procedures to meet a variety of individual needs is clearly recognised.

Equality of opportunity is a key feature of the Academy's philosophy. This underpins the provision which is made for all students, but particularly applies to those who require help which is additional to, or different from, that provided generally.

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Special Education Needs Working Practice

Coombeshead Academy aims to respond to students’ diverse needs by overcoming potential barriers to learning, and by setting suitable learning challenges within a flexible and inclusive curriculum.

Coombeshead Academy believes that all students are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum, which is both relevant and differentiated to enable all students to progress. Equality of opportunity is a key feature of the Academy's philosophy. This underpins the provision, which is made for all students, but particularly applies to those who require help or extension, which is additional to, or different from, that provided generally. The governors recognise this responsibility to meet the needs of all students from within the Academy’s resources. The number of students with SEN very closely mirrors the national expectation, that 20% of students might be considered to have Special Educational Needs at some time in their school career and 2 % are likely to have a statement of SEN.

Each Curriculum Area has a policy statement with regard to Special Educational Needs and Inclusion.

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