Welcome to South Dartmoor Community College, Ashburton, Devon.
We are looking forward to welcoming back South Dartmoor students in Years 7 & 12 and Atrium students on Monday 7th September 2020 and all students on Tuesday 8th September at 8.45am. You should have received our comprehensive guidelines on students’ return to school, which are now also on the website, along with our risk assessment and guide to wearing face masks, please see our Letters page.
These additional safety measures do not change the South Dartmoor and Atrium approach to how we will manage the school day, insofar as students will continue to be collected by staff and access their subject specialist teachers in their rooms, rather than remaining all day in the same classroom. This will be reviewed in the first few weeks of term.
We want your child to have the very best educational experience possible, in an environment that will be
as close to normal and as familiar as possible, but one in which safety of us all is of the utmost importance.
Although these are strange circumstances in which to be starting a new school year, there are so many wonderful opportunities for children to learn and succeed and I know that staff are keen to focus on this as we establish these new routines to keep us all safe. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Mrs J Veal, Executive Head Teacher.
Please contact our reception team for more details.
Athlete, Public Speaker & TV Presenter
International Hockey Player
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Josh loved his time at South Dartmoor citing sport, music and Enrichment Week as his highlights whilst at school. After SDCC he studied linguistics at Manchester University, and then became a sports journalist. He started stand up in 2008, and performed at the Edinburgh Fringe before getting his big break with Channel 4's alternative review of the day's events at the London 2012 Paralympics, aptly named The Last Leg.
He has since appeared on numerous TV programmes, toured nationwide with his stand up shows, hosted Radio 5 Live's 'Fighting Talk' and written his own comedy series, "Josh" for BBC 3.
In September 2017 Josh returned to South Dartmoor to host a sell-out college fund raising comedy evening.
Bryony was a talented sports performer at South Dartmoor, but followed the family line in horse racing to become a successful amateur jockey, before turning professional. Whilst still an amateur Bryony, or B as she is better known won the Foxhunter Chase at the prestigious Cheltenham Festival in 2017. Having made the leap to a professional career, she is already blossoming, with 27 winners to date.
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Ollie loved his time at South Dartmoor with sport being the highlight of his time at SDCC. In 2009 he was a key member, along with fellow professional player Matt Jay, of the all conquering South Dartmoor U13 team who reached the last 8 in the country on the ESFA's Minute Maid Cup. He also represented South Dartmoor in the 2010 Gothia Cup in Sweden, where the U15 team reached the last 1/8 of the World Youth Football Cup.
Upon leaving South Dartmoor Ollie signed for Exeter City FC on a scholarship contract and was then rewarded in 2014 with a two year professional deal. Between 2015-17 he featured regularly in the Exeter City 1st team and after 26 goals in 78 games, largely as an attacking midfielder he was named the EFL Young Player of the Year, an award previously won by Gareth Bale.
In June 2017 Ollie, alongside Matt, returned to South Dartmoor with a team in the Annual Sport Quiz Night raising funds for the Sweden football tour. Shortly afterwards he was signed by Championship side Brentford for a reported £1.8m and has since been ,asking waves scoring regularly in his first Championship season.
Alice starred in many sports at South Dartmoor, but particularly excelled as an endurance athlete in athletics and cross-country. Following her education Alice pursued her dream, firstly as an amateur jockey, and then as a successful professional.
Alice was the 2014 Fegentri World Championship runner-up, and in 2016, following a very successful year on the racecourse, Alice was honoured to be short listed for the Women of the Future Sports Awards. The awards recognise sporting stars who have shown exceptional talent and stand out achievements.
After studying for his GCSE's at South Dartmoor, where he excelled in cricket, Ben was a popular member of the Sixth Form, excelling in Media Studies. Ben attended South Dartmoor's first ever international tour to Barcelona in 2001, and then accompanied the 2004 Gothia Cup in Sweden as a sixth form leader.
After South Dartmoor Ben studied Journalism & Media at Cardiff University. After a number of jobs Ben was employed by the International Cricket Council and was based at Lords, the 'home of cricket'. When the South Dartmoor U15 team reached the National Indoor Finals in 2013, Ben came to meet the staff and support the girls.
In 2015 Ben landed his dream job presenting C-Beebies after a chance interview and screen test. It all happened very quickly and before he knew it he was in front of viewers, but impressing with his friendly and relaxed style.
Jo was always involved in music at South Dartmoor but despite her talent was a sometimes reluctant performer. Fortunately, as her confidence developed, so she has progressed into a world class singer, gracing stages across the the UK and Europe. After South Dartmoor, Jo studied for a BA in Performing Arts in London, and later attended the Brighton Institute of Modern Music.
Following some success with a self release, Jo was invited to open for the Cranberries, and since then her career has gone from strength to strength. She has performed at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the London Blues Festival and the Isle of Wight Festival, as well as across Europe. Jo has also been nominated no less than 8 times for a British Blues Award. Despite all this fame, Jo has never forgotten her roots, coming back to perform locally on many occasions, and indeed doing a Masterclass alongside South Dartmoor musicians in 2014.
Chester was a talented individual student at South Dartmoor, who after a successful sixth form went on to study Philosophy at University College London. After graduating Chester became a consultant entrepreneur at UCL Business plc, and in 2011 went on to represent the UK at the 2011 Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards in the USA. The same year Chester founded the Stardust Ashes, which provides an environmentally-friendly way of scattering cremation ashes at over 100,000 ft above the earth.
Chester also launched the successful social enterprise Charity Checkout website whilst still a student, thus enabling small charities to benefit from online giving. He has since gone on to be such an expert in the field of digital technology and fundraising, that he was called to give evidence to the House of Lords select committee on charities in 2016.
Athlete, Public Speaker & TV Presenter
Sarah was a highly determined student who competed in many sports at South Dartmoor. This excellence in a wide range of activities has continued into her adult life, completing many running challenges up to ultra marathons, winning a gold medal in the European Martial Arts Championships, and competing in the Women's UK Pro Surfing Tour.
Meanwhile Sarah graduated in FdSc Surf Science and Technology at Cornwall College in 2014, and then joined the Bear Grylls Survival Academy as an instructor in the same year. She then returned to South Dartmoor to talk about her achievements and present at the Sixth Form Awards Evening. More recently Sarah was runner-up in BBC 2's 'Ultimate Hell Week', and following the show is now under going training in the RAF.
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Jamie attended South Dartmoor and was an outstanding sportsman who has gone on to become a professional footballer. Whilst at South Dartmoor he represented the college at the Gothia Cup in Sweden in 2006-2009, gaining valuable international experience. After SDCC Jamie signed with Exeter City FC, starring in the Club's FA Cup run in 2016, before moving first on loan, then permanantly, to Torquay United.
Jamie was also honoured to be selected for Northern Ireland U21s in 2013.
Steve was a keen sportsman, who discovered his ability to throw a Javelin during Mr Dinnie's PE lesson back in 2005. He was quickly directed into club athletics where he excelled, becoming Devon and South West Champion in his chosen athletics discipline.
In 2011 his hard work culminated in Steve winning the English Schools Senior Javelin title with a then PB of 65.48m! Steve then studied for his sport degree at Cardiff Met, becoming British Universities Champion in 2016. He is now throwing more than 70m+, and trains at the national throwing centre at Loughborough University, whilst studying for a Masters degree.
International Hockey Player
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Alf attended South Dartmoor where he became student Head of House and represented the college in many sports, travelling to the Gothia Cup in Sweden a number of times. Whilst at the College he gained selection for the UK Lions U14 Hockey representative team, and followed this up with selection for Wales U16s, and then U18s.
During sixth form Alf was a Games Maker at the London 2012 Paralympics, serving in the velodrome during the track cycling Olympic events. He then gained a degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University, and whilst at Cardiff was selected for Wales U21 in both Indoor and Outdoor hockey. Alf was successful in gaining a place as a volunteer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, but just three years later returned to Scotland as a player in the Wales successful Euro Hockey silver medal winning senior team.
He is currently studying for a Masters degree in Performance Analysis, whilst coaching the university Ladies 1st team. He represented his club at the Euro Hockey League recently, and is hoping to gain selection for the Wales team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.