Students celebrate impressive A Level and Diploma results at South Devon UTC

South Devon University Technical College, Newton Abbot’s pioneering college for students with a flair for science and engineering, has celebrated exam success today as students receive very impressive A level and Diploma results.

There is much to celebrate with 70% of Engineering students achieving at least one distinction star with over half of those achieving either two or three distinction stars, the highest grade in these qualifications. A fantastic 100% of Applied Science students gained distinction stars in all of their qualifications. With A level results included, South...

Learning for Living - the importance of GCSEs

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 07/28/2018 - 10:43pm

Devon residents who want to improve their lives and career prospects are encouraged to return to the classroom this autumn.

Learn Devon, Devon County Council’s Adult Education Service, is once again inviting prospective learners to sign onto one of their English or maths courses, many of which are free.* The courses can help those who want to improve their literacy and numeracy skills but may have previously not had the chance. Learners who sign on will also have the chance to earn a GCSE. Between 2015 and 2018 over 600 adults have enrolled onto English or maths GCSE courses...

Gunning for glory! Newton Abbot students fired up for Royal Navy Field Gun Challenge

A driven team of students from South Devon University Technical College have been pushing all the boundaries to take part in the prestigious Royal Navy Junior Leaders’ Field Gun Challenge. The annual contest is led by the Royal Navy and sees teams of 16-24 year olds race against each other to assemble and manoeuvre a Field Gun, used in historical warfare.

The UTC Barbarians, a team formed of South Devon UTC and Scarborough UTC students, undertook a week-long Royal Navy boot camp to prepare for the Field Gun Challenge, which took place on 6th July at HMS Collingwood in Fareham,...

Expression of interest event at RAF ST Mawgan

Event Date: 
13/06/2018 - 3:30pm
RAF ST Mawgan

An Expression of Interest Event is due to be held at RAF St Mawgan on 13th June 2018. The event, held in partnership by RAF St Mawgan, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (CIOS LEP) and ASP will provide an opportunity for those in attendance to view outline plans for an Aviation Academy to be created at RAF St Mawgan. The Academy will be one of a number of academies planned to be created at RAF sites nationally, being launched as part of the RAF 100 year. Attendees of the event will include local council representatives, industry contacts and educational professionals...

Last few spaces available at pioneering college's open day for 2018 September intake

South Devon University Technical College (UTC), Newton Abbot’s specialist secondary school for young people with an interest in science, engineering, technology and the environment, only has a few spaces left at its open day for the September 2018 intake of students on Friday 1st June, 10am – 3pm.

The college is welcoming young people and parents to its open day for students interested in starting at the college in September 2018. Throughout the day, tours of the college will be given every hour by Principal Ian Crews. Tours will start at 10am with the last tour being given at 3pm...

Spotting the betcherygarr

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:03am

Most people visit Paignton Zoo to see rare and unusual animals - species they may never have seen before from exotic habitats around the world. So it comes as a surprise to discover that the star of Paignton Zoo’s new guest encounter is also the world’s most popular pet bird – the budgie.

The Australian budgerigar may seem like an odd choice for a Zoo talk. Group Education Manager Steve Nash explains why sometimes it’s the familiar species that can reveal the biggest surprises:

“The new encounter has been put together to try and encourage guests to see that every species...

Plastic art with a conservation heart at Living Coasts

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 03/22/2018 - 6:07am

Conservationists in Torquay have turned marine waste into thought-provoking art.

A new installation at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium, combines education, plastic waste and inspirational creativity. And for zoo artist Jackie Kidd, the task has turned into an obsession - and a new hobby. Jackie collected rubbish on beaches for 6 weeks to make the work. And she found beauty in the piles of coloured plastic waste: “It has been an interesting and wonderfully colourful project, one which I hope will inspire others to collect, create and recycle for the future of our...

On course to being the biggest and best Exeter Art Show yet

Preparations for one of the South West’s largest exhibitions, the Rathbones Exeter Art Show hosted at the Maynard School, are gaining pace with well over 100 nationally and locally acclaimed artists signed up already.

Commercial interest in the Show, which will take place over the weekend of 21-22 April 2018, has been enormous this year with several companies coming on board to offer support. So far, these include Rathbones Investment Management, Knight Frank, Darts Farm, Foot Anstey and The Exeter.

Sarah Tobey, the regional director of the Rathbones’ Exeter office said, “...

ITV journalist Alex Beresford launches ‘Breaking Into News’ competition

Authored by AdminJh
Posted: Mon, 02/26/2018 - 5:42pm

ITV News and Media Trust have launched ‘Breaking Into News’, a unique initiative that has been successfully running for six years and fronted by ITV’s award-winning news broadcaster Charlene White and Alex Beresford for ITV West Country with the aim to unearth the next generation of diverse broadcast journalist talent from across the UK.

Alex Beresford is spearheading the campaign for ITV West Country and is encouraging applications from local budding broadcast journalists, who may have little to no relevant experience to apply. This is an opportunity for those who have recently...

Queen Elizabeth’s School Sixth Form tops the tables again!

We are delighted that the School Performance League tables recognise once again the outstanding results that students achieve in Queen Elizabeth’s School Sixth Form. The results are available from the Government’s school performance website but the headlines are:

  • QE students achieved the highest average point score of any comprehensive school in Devon.*
  • QE students achieved a B grade on average in their best 3 A levels, the best result for any comprehensive school in Devon.
  • QE students made better progress in our Sixth Form than students in every
  • ...