Important Announcements






If you will not be able to collect your results on these days, you have two options – either send in a stamped, addressed envelope to the Exams Office before Friday 25th July, or email if you would like your results emailed to you on the day - be sure to include your full name with the email address.


Dear Parents and Carers,

Exciting times continue at South Dartmoor, on the back of last year’s fantastic exam results we have just come to the end of the exam season and look forward to even better results this August. 2013 saw our value added score at 1009, demonstrating that South Dartmoor students make much greater progress than children nationally where the expected figure is 1000.

Our success on the sports field is quite outstanding as we have had great years on the hockey and football fields as well as on the cricket pitch. There is too much great sporting news to detail here as a whole range of individuals have also excelled in their chosen sports, but I will pick out just one, Olivia Dobson has achieved the national qualifying standard in two athletics disciplines and will represent Devon in the high jump at the Nationals.

The sporting excellence of the College has also been recognised by the Youth Sports Trust who this week awarded South Dartmoor their Gold Partner award, the moderator commented, ‘ I learnt a lot about your school and the fantastic work that is taking place. Congratulations you are most definitely a Gold Partner school. I was really impressed with the breadth and variety of the curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities that is offered to the students in the school and how you are continuing to link PE and school sport to whole school standards. This is testament to yours and the teams continued passion, enthusiasm and hard work’.

We also received some lovely feedback from an Australian Head Teacher who is on an international research trip looking at high quality classroom practice. He has observed lessons in America, Ireland, England and Australia so far! The teaching he saw at South Dartmoor he described as being on a completely different to anything he had seen internationally.

A number of staff are leaving this summer to new roles, including Mark Gale to become an Assistant principal at Torquay Academy, Phil Randall to a Deputy Headship at St. Peter’s and Simon Ovens to a Head of Department post at St. Luke’s, we are sad to see them go but are excited about the new appointments we have made including Jim Lodge who will be joining us as Head of Science, from Maynard School, and Danny Murray who will be our new Head of Religious Studies.

There still remains a great deal to do this term. Our Year 11s, who have been a real credit to the College in their approach to their exams, are about to celebrate with their Prom at Seale Hayne. We are looking forward to the Summer Concert (July 10th at 7.00pm) which will see farewell performances from a number of students who have completed their time at South Dartmoor. Music, Drama and Dance are always of an incredibly high standard at South Dartmoor but this year we say goodbye to some students who have really lit up the stage, including our Ukulele Orchestra and our fantastic harpist Esther Beyer. Esther was selected to be part of the National Youth Orchestra, an incredible accolade, and has also gained a music scholarship.

Sports Day has been moved to July 10th and we look forward to an exciting day’s competition as Fox Tor attempt to retain their crown.

The last week of term is Enrichment Week and our students are spread far and wide! Final arrangements are being put in place and I would like to thank Jo Distin for the endless hours she has put into co-ordinating the week. I would also like to thank all of the staff in advance for the efforts they will put in to making the week a memorable experience for the children.

During the summer holiday two new Science Laboratories will arrive on site and will be online for September. During the Summer there will be improvements made to the dining facilities at the College. We are also hoping to develop the Design Technology facilities during the course of next year which looks like being another busy one.

Yours faithfully, Hugh Bellamy

Learning Habits

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We want students to become the architects of their own success.

A core aim is to develop students who are equipped for the challenges of confidently contributing to society now and in the future. We want students to be creative, considerate, curious, courageous, interdependent, independent learners. Some estimates suggest that many of our students will be employed in jobs which haven’t even been invented yet. We therefore place great importance on developing learning habits for life through approaches we develop with one of our Trust partners - The Learning Organisation (TLO).

These approaches are called Building Learning Power.

They are organised into four areas:

Staff and students look to progress their learning by using these Learning Habits.

The focus of Building Learning Power:

  • Creating better life chances for young people
  • Believing that the habit of learning can be learned
  • Seeking challenges so that we learn how to improve
  • Developing the whole person; their thinking, their emotional intelligence, their social and strategic Learning Habits

What about exam results?

Research has shown that when students are helped to become more confident and independent as learners, and more articulate about the process of learning itself, examination results improve. Under test conditions they are less likely to 'go to pieces'; they are more likely to persevere and not give up in the face of difficulty, when confronted with an examination question presented in a different format to that which they have previously practiced, for example.

The How and What of Learning

When students learn using Learning Habits they experience how they learn which empowers them to see how they can improve their learning in and out of college. In this way students learning matures, they practice their learning and experience how learning in one area can connect to other subjects and areas of life.

All lessons are planned with dual lesson objectives. There is a focus on the Learning Habits (the how of learning) as well as the subject content (the what of learning).

Learning activities are deliberately designed to stretch and exercise the Learning Habits.

There is an on-going programme of lesson observations by staff, students and parents / carers who then discuss the learning. Because we believe that Learning Habits Build Learning Power the formal Staff Performance and Progression system of appraisal is built around staff using Learning Habits to improve their performance. If Learning Habits are good enough for students, they are good enough for staff!

The Learning Wheel

We use the Learning Wheel to help us identify progress and challenges.

Which Learning Habits have you improved at today?

The success of Learning Habits are measured in all kinds of ways. One of the learning measures is how to use Learning Habits to Get Unstuck.

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