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  • Term Dates 2020-2021

    Published 23/09/19
    The Board of Directors met on the 18th September to consider the term dates for 2020-2021 and, after discussion, it was decided that the term dates for 2020-2021 will be advertised on each school’s website once the new Trust(s) for our schools
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  • Harvest

    Published 18/10/19

    It was fantastic to be joined by so many parents for our Harvest Assembly.  Your kind donations of produce helped us raise £120 towards growing projects and our Community Soup Project.

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  • Headteacher Bulletin 04/10/19

    Published 07/10/19

    HEADTEACHER BULLETIN 04/10/19

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  • Headteacher Bulletin 27/09/19

    Published 27/09/19

    HEADTEACHER BULLETIN 27.09.19

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  • Theatre Visit

    Published 22/09/19

    We are looking forward to Theatre Alibi's visit this week when the whole school will enjoy their production of Michael Morpurgo's 'I Believe in Unicorns'.

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  • Update on the future of the trust

    Published 10/09/19

    On Monday 2nd September we welcomed our new interim CEO, Mrs Angela Barry, into the school.  She spoke to our staff team and thanked them for their hard work last year.
    Mrs Barry also gave us an update in relation to the situation regarding the transfer of our South Dartmoor Academy schools to their new trust or trusts.  As you are aware, there was an initial and very ambitious transfer date set for the 1st January 2020 but it is now more realistic to look at a 1st February transfer date.  We were also told that, if there is a general election, government departments (including the Department of Education) enter a 6 week period of “purdah” that they are bound by.  This could clearly impact upon the Regional School Commissioner’s decision-making timeline.
     Mrs Barry reassured us that she will be leading the Trust, alongside the Board, until the point of transfer, no matter if it falls later within the first half of the Spring term.
    I will, of course, keep you up-to-date with further developments.
    Mr Bentall

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  • Welcome Back

    Published 27/07/19

    Welcome back to all of you.  We do hope you had a happy holiday.

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  • School Funding

    Published 13/07/19

    Devon MPs urge the Chancellor to increase education funding and make it fairer 

    Devon MPs are joining a new national campaign for fairer funding for schools.  A number of MPs from across the county have joined the campaign for better funding for education with more money for special needs.  More than 80 MPs from all parties have written to the Chancellor Philip Hammond urging him to increase funding before permanent damage is done to the education of children across England.

    South West Devon MP Gary Streeter is one of the vice chairs of the f40 education fair funding campaign group. He has been joined by North Devon MP, Peter Heaton-Jones, Newton Abbot MP, Anne Marie-Morris, Exeter MP, Ben Bradshaw, and Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston, in asking the Chancellor to invest more cash into education and to make the National Funding Formula fairer.  The MPs are urging the Chancellor to make education a top priority in this year’s Comprehensive Spending Review of government expenditure. They say he should:

    • Remove historic inequalities and funding protections in the system
    • Significantly increase funding for all schools
    • Raise the basic entitlement to ensure the costs of running a school are met
    • Inject at least £1.4 billion immediately in High Needs

     

    The letter states: “The f40 group continues to have fundamental concerns about the new funding formula. We believe the Government has replaced one unfair system with another, as some of the historic unfairness has been locked into the new formula.”

    “We are concerned that the formula does not give enough basic entitlement to schools and allows too much for add-ons, enabling big differences in funding to occur between different local authorities and schools.”  They also say they have grave concerns about a lack of funding in schools and the growing crisis in the High Needs sector, with many schools and local authorities reporting huge deficits in funding for children with special educational needs.

     

    Devon County Council’s deputy leader and portfolio holder for schools, James McInnes, is the national chairman of f40.  He said Devon is one of the worst funded councils in the country with every child in one of the county’s schools worth £294 less than the national average.   “We welcome the new national funding formula and it has made a difference but it’s not right yet.  We are absolutely committed to getting a fair funding formula across the country.  We must ensure the amount per child is enough to run a school. Currently schools are relying on all sorts of add-ons to be able to keep the doors open and that has to change.”  Mr McInnes said the Government not only had to fund schools properly but it was absolutely vital they put more money into special needs education as well.

     

     

     

     

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  • Bellever

    Published 28/06/19

    Pepperdon head off to Bellever

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  • Sports Day

    Published 28/06/19

    Fantastic sports day today- the children did us proud!

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  • School Closed

    Published 01/02/19

    Our school is closed today (February 1st) due to the weather conditions.

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  • Academy Merger Consultation

    Published 10/01/19

    A reminder that the directors of South Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust are currently consulting on a proposal to join Education South West and are keen to hear your thoughts on this. There are still a number of meetings taking place (see dates below) and parents are welcome to attend any of them. If you are unable to attend and wish to comment you can email consultation@southdartmoor.devon.sch.uk.

     

    Thurs 10th Jan - Buckfastleigh Primary School – 5pm

    Fri 11th Jan – Moretonhampstead Primary School – 2.30pm

    Tues 15th Jan – Ilsington C of E Primary – 5pm

    Tues 15th Jan – Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary – 6pm

    Thurs 17th Jan – South Dartmoor Community College (main hall) – 6pm (NB this is an additional meeting as some parents were unable to attend the earlier one)

     

    With regards, Rachel Shaw

     

    Executive Principal/CEO

     

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