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Local schoolchildren help celebrate opening of Loretto Road and Foxhill play areas in Axminster

Authored by Mary

On Tuesday 28 January 2020 children from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Axminster and councillors from East Devon District Council celebrated the opening of the newly refurbished Foxhill and Loretto Road play areas.

A total of £157,000 worth of modern and exciting play equipment – chosen by local youngsters and funded by East Devon - has been installed by the council at these...

Work starts on £5.8m Plymouth primary school

Authored by Sarah

Work on a bright and modern primary school serving a new community in Plymouth is beginning.

Persimmon Homes Cornwall is constructing a multi-million pound, state-of-the-art school as part of its Saltram Meadow development in Plymstock.

Contractors Halsall Construction are building the two-form entry school which will accommodate 420 pupils as Persimmon Homes continues...

Competitions call on Devon's schoolchildren to capture the countryside in pictures and words

Authored by sharon goble

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England has launched its 2019 art and writing competitions for primary schoolchildren - calling on them to use their creativity to capture Devon's coast and countryside.

CPRE Devon's two children's competitions are a fun way to encourage outdoor learning and help youngsters engage with and enjoy the great outdoors. There...

Plymouth schools win games gold

Authored by Mary

Young Plymouth rowers became regional champions as they won the South West Rotary Youth Games Indoor Rowing Finals at Marjons University on Wednesday 18 April, but there was also plenty of medal success for Cornish and South Hams participants.

The combined team of Plymouth High School for Girls and Devonport High School for Boys took the overall title after a day of high intensity,...

Plymouth pupils gift hundreds of schoolbags to children receiving Mary’s Meals

Authored by Mary

Pupils at a Plymouth school have gifted more than 600 filled schoolbags to impoverished children in Malawi, with the help of charity Mary’s Meals.

Lipson Vale Primary School has been a supporter of Mary’s Meals since 2009 and became involved with its Backpack Project after a volunteer from the charity gave a talk to pupils and staff.

The UK-based charity provides a daily meal...

LTA and council aim to put Plymouth back on the tennis map

Authored by Mary

A school in Plymouth is joining forces with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and Plymouth City Council to make sure future generations in the city get the chance to play tennis in the winter months thanks to a record level of grassroots investment into the game.

Hele’s School in Plympton runs an all-year round tennis programme for 250 of its students including sessions for young...

Plymouth College students celebrate outstanding GCSE results

Authored by News Desk

An emotional day at Plymouth College, with students receiving their impressive results. Students have much to celebrate with 43% of all GCSE results graded at A* or A. Plymouth College has an enviable reputation for academic excellence, and this year’s performance consolidates that position.

The school is proud of all the achievements of all of its pupils.

Top performers this...

Local Choir raises £12,000 for CLIC Sargent

Authored by Claire Colman

On Friday 9th December 2016, La La Choirs held their second annual ‘CLIC for Christmas’ concert at Exeter Cathedral. Performing to a sold-out audience, they started the festive season off with a bang with a selection of Christmas favourites such as the Perry Como classic, ‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’ and the Louis Armstrong hit ‘Wonderful World’.

The concert was their...

Child starting school in 2017? Act now!

Authored by George Dawson

September 2017 may seem ages away but if your child is due to start school you need to start the application process now.

From Monday 5 September the City Council is taking applications from families whose children:

are due to start at primary school for the first time junior school (having completed Year 2 in an infant school) in September 2017 are due to start secondary...

Drake Circus gears up for back to school rush

Authored by News Desk

Schools in Plymouth may have to stock up on extra spare PE kits this term as one in four parents in the city say it’s the back to school essential they’re most likely to forget.

With most schools due to reopen on 1st September, Drake Circus is expecting a last minute rush this weekend as parents get ready for the new term.

In a survey of local parents, Drake Circus found that...

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