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Year 8 Artwork For Zoo Exhibition

Over the last few months year 8 students Maliha Khan, Nina Keen and India Wyman along with the Art department have been working during lunchtimes on this piece of art to be exhibited in the Paignton Zoo exhibition ‘Making The Right Choices’. This exhibition is about promoting the use of sustainable palm oil. Well done to India, Nina and Maliha for their outstanding commitment and brilliant painting skills and for coming 3rd in the Competition. The canvas will be on display in the indoor picnic area by the education center 22nd-30th August if you would like to see it.

Gardening Club

Well done to our year 7 gardening club for producing some fantastic crops. At the beginning of the summer term each form in year 7 was given an empty bed in the school garden. All students filled their area with a variety of wonderful fruit and vegetables, which they then used to cook up some fabulous dishes.

Food From Around The World Competition

Cooking In The School Canteen

Congratulations to the following students from Year 9D and 9C Food and Nutrition classes for winning ‘ The Food from Around the World Competition’ Rhianna Waller, Millie Feasey, Harry Morey, Isobel Brownen, Scarlett Shaw and Jess Mayoh. These students with the help of our chef Stephen Boxall and his team, had the chance to make their menu on a large scale in the school canteen and serve it to everyone.

Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2019

2019 is the international year of the periodic table, celebrating 150 years since the publication of Dmitri Mendeleev’s ground breaking work. To mark the occasion, Cambridge University set a challenge to Year 12 students to decipher the Chemistry of some unusual elements, including indium which is used to manufacture touch screens for computers and smartphones.
Over 9000 of the best Chemistry students from across the UK entered the competition, which proved so difficult that certificates were only awarded to the top 63% of entrants. However, all 6 of our students were successful. Copper awards were achieved by Lenard Hernandez and Costanza Pennaforti. The top quarter of candidates received a silver certificate, including Charley Warren and Tara Fielden. Special congratulations go to Tom Nuttall and Jacob Lynn who were rewarded with gold certificates for being in the top 9% of students. Many congratulations to all the students for their fantastic performance.
Dr Hall

Meet Devon’s first Climate Change Teacher, accredited by the United Nations

Dr Ben King, a Geography teacher here at Churston for 19 years, is the first teacher in Devon to become a United Nations accredited Climate Change Teacher and one of 80 initially trained in the UK.  Dr King can now deliver up to date climate change lessons to his students at Churston Ferrers Grammar School. He used our recent Inset day to film a Masterclass on how to complete the United Nations Climate Change Lead Teachers’ (eduCCate) Course and this will be released soon.

Dr King, Teacher of Geography, Science and Business Studies at Churston Ferrers Grammar School, says, “I was very excited to see that this United Nations Certified course was being offered.  For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in environmental issues and my Environmental Science degree from the University of Stirling in the early 1990s really enhanced my understanding of Climate Change Science and related issues; I studied Physics alongside Environmental Science and then moved to Exeter University to pursue my Ph.D. research into soil erosion in agricultural catchments, focusing on the Exe Estuary near Starcross in South Devon. Following subsequent PGCE training at St. Luke’s in Exeter, I have since taught a variety of subject areas in both Plymouth and Torbay.  Throughout my 20 years of teaching, I have taught children about Climate Change from a variety of perspectives, from the ages of 11-18, and I have witnessed great advances in understanding of Climate Change Science and wider issues relating to different impacts around the World. I have really enjoyed learning the new content provided by this UN Climate Change course and I am very excited to begin disseminating this information to my students, via other staff in the school.

Dr King will be contributing to the upcoming eduCCateGlobal Climate Curriculum launch event during Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s Climate Action Week – on 2 July 2019 –

The UN Climate Change Teacher Academy is being delivered by Harwood Education, in partnership with the One United Nations Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) and sponsored by YPO. Not only will teachers be able to teach their pupils vital lessons about climate change but they will also earn CPD and certification from the United Nations.

The innovative programme was launched on April 22 is free for primary and secondary school teachers. All they need to do is log onto the Climate Change Teacher Academy to access the free lessons. Once teachers have completed the five units of the Climate Change Teacher Course, they will be accredited by UN CC:Learn to deliver climate change facts and mitigation best practices. They will be able to encourage and generate social innovation, and prepare today’s youth to protect the planet.

The online training for teachers in primary and secondary schools has been designed to equip educators with the knowledge and confidence to deliver lessons on the topic of climate change to their class and across the school curriculum.

A target of 80 schools are being urged to sign up to take part in an initial trial of the course, lasting around two months, which covers topics including climate change science, gender and environment, children and climate change, cities and climate change, and human health. The programme will then be made available to all schools across the UK with first lessons expected to be delivered in the classroom from the end of June.

Whole School Careers Fair

An extremely successful Whole School Careers Fair took place in the Sixth Form Centre this term. It attracted almost thirty exhibitors ranging from further and higher education providers, employers and other organisations. The event was well supported by former students who attended the event to showcase their career pathways since leaving Churston. Our students particularly enjoyed visiting the NHS representatives, where they had the opportunity to participate in numerous practical activities using mannequins and observing the use of surgical implements and procedures. The Armed Forces also proved popular, with our students experiencing reaction challenges, and an exhilarating parachute jump via virtual reality headsets. All of our exhibitors have agreed to continue to support the school and our careers education programme.

Fergus Nets An England U15 Spot

Churston’s very own Fergus Caskey-Sutton has been selected for the England U15 boys team to play in a prestigious international tournament in Copenhagen this month. Fergus has been playing basketball for six years, both at school and for the Torbay Tigers. Coaches Norman Waldron and Rick Wooldridge have been coaching talented players for the school and club for over 40 years. Rick has coached Fergus this season in both the school and the club U18 squads, reaching the National Schools semi finals. Rick said: “Fergus has played against teams three or four years older this season and has more than held his own.” “He has been in the starting five for a large number of games and is able to contribute in many areas of the game besides scoring.” Good Luck fergus!


The French exchange was a great success again this year.  A happy cohort of twenty year 9 pupils went to Brittany accompanied by Mrs Reeve, Miss Lisse and Mrs Bright. We travelled in March and spent one week in Quimper, the French penpals joined us in May here in Torbay. The French exchange is an incredibly enriching trip: on top of the cultural and language input, pupils also make new connections, new friends and really experience the French way of life.

This exchange offers the children the opportunity to run activities with primary school children in France, they also visit museums and places of interest, marine centres, creperies, hypermarkets, they go bowling with 
their penpals and much more.

The opportunity to speak French is there at all times as children spend their afternoons and their evening meals at their penpals’ house. They then share what they have experienced when back at hotel for the evening.

We are very fortunate to have an excellent relationship with *le college de la Sabliere* and we have had this strong connection for the past ten years.

It is wonderful to see the children enjoy their time together with their friends from Churston but also with their penpals. The cultural, emotional and linguistic gains make this trip a very special one.

Madame Bright


Churston works closely with 17 primary schools to support the KS2 Framework for languages. Primary workshops in French or Spanish are run by Mrs Bright on a fortnightly basis, the school welcomes years four,  five and their teachers. The aim is to consolidate the language learnt at primary school through games, quizzes, running dictations. An array of interactive strategies help the children have fun and learn new expressions, customs which they then pass on to their peers when they go back to school.

Play and learn!

Isabelle Bright 

Head of Modern Foreign Languages