End of Term Four Newsletter 2019





Click here to read our end of Term 4 summary

Click here to read the PE Faculty Newsletter for Term 4


Both newsletters were emailed to parents on 4th April 2019.

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'Good' Ofsted Report


Devizes School has won praise from Ofsted in a recently published report. Following an inspection in March, Ofsted determined that the secondary school and sixth form college was a ‘good’ school, having improved since their last visit in June 2015.

Devizes School achieved its ‘good’ classification almost four years ago. However, in recent years, changes to what constitutes a ‘good’ school have made achieving the rating more challenging, which demonstrates the improvement the school has made since its last inspection to maintain this status.

Phil Bevan, Principal, said: “We are incredibly proud of our school and delighted that this excellent Ofsted report accurately represents what we see every day in school. We remain fiercely ambitious to go from strength to strength, and we will continue to focus on improving teaching and learning, behaviour, student outcomes, and the gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils.”

In February 2017, Devizes School joined The White Horse Federation multi-academy trust. The decision was widely supported by stakeholders, and the report evidences that it has proved to be a beneficial move. The report reads: “Middle leaders, governors and representatives of the multi-academy trust (MAT), to which the school belongs, are united by a common purpose. They ‘pull together’ to implement whole-school strategies for improvement.”

Ofsted also says: “The school has benefited from the support provided by the MAT. Staff now work closely with colleagues from other trust schools to improve the transition from primary to secondary school.”

The Ofsted inspectors were quick to highlight the school’s positive atmosphere and the high morale of its students, writing in the report: “The school is a welcoming, inclusive place where pupils learn to become tolerant, accepting young people. They are polite, articulate and personable. Pupils who spoke with inspectors reported that they valued their school experience, in large part because of the positive relationships that they share with staff.”

The report also praised the school’s principal and senior leaders, saying: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Since you [the principal] took up post in April 2016, you have raised the expectations of staff and pupils. You are ably supported by other senior leaders, who share your ambition to improve outcomes for all pupils.”

The praise from Ofsted comes as Devizes School is finalising its 50th anniversary celebrations, which include a free reunion event taking place on 12th October.

Click here to read the Ofsted report.

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2019 Easter Revision Schedule for Year 11



Please find the link below for the Easter Revision Schedule for Year 11.

Not all will be relevant to every student, please check the 'students' section at the bottom of the sheet.


Easter Revision Timetable


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Support Available - Do you think your child has an eating disorder?



Sarah Hobson, the School Counsellor recently attended a conference run by TEDS, The Eating Disorder Service at CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.)

 TEDS encourages early intervention and provides prompt support and treatment for young people and families experiencing eating disorders. The service aims to restore physical health and psychological wellbeing in a safe and collaborative manner.

If you have a concern about your child’s eating, you can ring the service to talk through whether you need to refer them.  A young person can self-refer, or you can refer them…you don’t need to go via your GP.  Although there can be a long wait for help from mainstream CAMHS, The Eating Disorder Service has the resources to respond quickly to concerns and referrals.

Our local service is based in Melksham and the contact number is 01865 903777. has useful information on eating disorders, and runs a helpline on 0808 8010677.


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Odd Socks for Down's Syndrome Day 2019



On Thursday 21st March we had a brilliant day supporting Wiltshire Police with 'World Down's Syndrome Day'. The police team presented an assembly during  the morning to students in Years 7, 8 and 9.

Over the last few weeks a group of students have sold 'odd socks' to students and staff in aid of the charity during their break, tutor and lunchtimes. A huge well done to Daisy, Beth and Tasha in Year 8 who worked really hard in every spare bit of time they had to achieve this. All three were given a Wiltshire Police goody bag during assembly as a reward for their hard work.

In total we have raised £368 for the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group which beats last year’s amount of £300.


A great cause and an inspiring assembly.

Lots more photos on our twitter page @DevizesSchool

For more information on the charity click here.


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Science Week 2019



This year Science Week was again celebrated at Devizes School.
Wednesday was marked by a Primary Science Festival, where over 200 students from some of the local primary schools (Bishops Cannings, Southbroom St James, Chirton, Trinity, Wansdyke, Rowde, Nursteed and Downland School) came and spent either a morning or afternoon session with the Science Faculty. Each school took part in four practical sessions all on the theme of plastics. The aim of the day was to increase student awareness of the impact of plastics in the water (fresh and marine) in and around the UK and globally. Students enjoyed the opportunity to use Bunsen burners to separate sand, water and salt from sea water. They learnt about feeding issues and how plastics can be eaten mistakenly by feeding animals and the impact on food chains.

In addition our brilliant 6th form Science students were on hand to help out where needed. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and each school left with a much better understanding of the effect of plastics on our environment.

Science teacher Ben Riley who organised the event says: ‘a fantastic science day on the not so fantastic plastic! We had over 200 primary school students from eight feeder schools all involved with these activities with amazing help and enthusiasm from the science staff and Year 12 students from our 6th Form. A brilliant day of investigations and practicals into the damaging and worrying consequences we have surrounding the issues of plastics in our oceans. This is not just an issue for some countries and some people, it’s a global issue and we can all do something about it. Students from the primary schools had done work in their respective schools and had lots to go away and continue back in class’

We are already looking forward to Science Week next year!

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World Book Day: A Story of Success


Last Thursday, our teachers and students had a great time celebrating World Book Day. A lot of fun and exciting activities took place, with students being encouraged to explore the thrill and emotion that reading inspires.

The use of books has long been a crucial part of education. However, with the internet becoming an increasingly common learning resource, books are being marginalised. At Devizes School, we still recognise the importance of books in helping children to learn, develop, and express their creativity, and World Book Day was a great opportunity for us to help our students understand what reading has to offer.

To celebrate World Book Day 2019 and help students have fun with reading, we held activities throughout the week, showcasing the amazing books available for young people. Students engaged in a variety of activities, including making bookmarks, new book covers, and book trailers; taking part in a reading quiz; and completing crafting tasks.

The much-anticipated announcement of the Devizes School Book of the Year also took place last week, and was marked with a five-minute big read in the LRC followed by a slice of celebratory cake. The staff looked decadent for these events as they dressed up in some incredible costumes to celebrate book characters.

Phil Bevan, Principal, said: “I’m really delighted that so many staff engaged with World Book Day and the activities that took place throughout the week. We all had great fun but, most significantly, raised the profile of reading, which is so important for all students. At Devizes, students are already really engaging with reading more, and this just adds real value to what we do.”

Of course, our celebrations wouldn’t be complete without new books being available for students. We are grateful for the support of Devizes Books, who arranged the exclusive availability of the book Beauty Sleep by Kathryn Evans, which will not be published until April. Kathryn also captivated students in three writing workshops last Wednesday and truly inspired them to work on their own stories. Additionally, Devizes Books ordered the World Book Day books for students to purchase with their free £1 World Book Day tokens.

Although our students and teachers had a lot of fun last Thursday, all of our activities had an underlying message — reading is important. Helping students become lifelong learners is a key value of The White Horse Federation and its schools, and we want our World Book Day celebrations to have ignited a lifelong passion for reading within our students.

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Year 8 University of Reading Trip - Tues 12th March




Due to unforeseen circumstances causing problems with staffing, the Y8 trip to the University of Reading is postponed tomorrow (Tues 12th March) but will be rescheduled later in the year. Apologies for any inconvenience. We hope that we will still be able to run the Y9 visit on Weds 13th March. Mrs Puntis


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Important Ofsted Information for Parents



Important Ofsted information will be emailed to parents this afternoon on our inspection taking place tomorrow (12th March).

Please check emails today and read the information provided.

Thank you.

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Reading Week 2019




From Monday 4th to Friday 8th March we have celebrated Reading Week. An event that was enjoyed by many students across the school.

Every year, Devizes School LRC (Learning Resource Centre) hosts an event called Reading Week to celebrate World Book Day. It is a great opportunity for students to engage in activities that will encourage and inspire them to get reading.

Reading is a fundamental part of education and can seriously affect choices in later life. People who read are more likely to achieve better results in exams, meaning they have a wider variety of jobs and opportunities to choose from.


On Monday, students got creative and made bookmarks in the LRC during lunch break. On Tuesday students were able to take part in a quiz all about reading and books. The topics were set on Roald Dahl, animals, and general knowledge. 

Wednesday brought more crafts and bookmark making plus a visit from Author Kathryn Evans. Kathryn's book ' Beauty Sleep' proved very popular with Year 7 and 8 students who queued patiently to get their copies signed. Kathryn spent the rest of the day doing workshops with students in Years 7,8 and 9 which were enjoyed by all.

World Book day is celebrated across the globe and many people exchanged book tokens for a World Book Day short story. In an interview, David Walliams revealed that approximately 25% of children have never owned a book until they receive their free book. This shows how World Book Day can even change young people’s lives. 

On Thursday, World Book Day, staff  had the opportunity to dress up as their favourite book characters. Each Faculty had a topic to cover! At lunch time, lots of people engaged in the big read. After this, students were rewarded with a tasty slice of cake. The cake, baked by Mrs Lee was enjoyed by all who came along. A reward for great reading!


So you might be wondering why? Why bother with reading week at all?  Well, when asked about the importance of reading, our librarians said that reading week helps to encourage young people to read more. The activities, as well as being fun, stimulate the desire to read and learn. It has been proven that the more somebody reads, the better they will do for themselves in life.




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Business Studies Lecture - Dr Tracy Long CBE


On Friday 8th March the Technology, Enterprise & Design Faculty welcomed Dr Tracy Long, CBE to our school for a Business Studies Lecture.  Tracy talked with over fifty 6th Form students about aspirations and principles for success.

Dr Tracy Long, CBE, DBA,MBA, Hon ARAM has had extensive experience across PLC, mutual, privately owned and public sector organisations in the UK, the US, Europe and Asia, and has conducted over 200 board evaluations and workshops.

She is an Advisory Director and member of the Nominations Committee of Carnegie Hall, a Trustee of the Windsor Leadership Trust, and a Council Member and member of the Nominations Committee of Marlborough College. She was awarded the CBE in 2016 for services to governance in the public and private sectors.  She was also a founding director of Avalon Productions and Classic FM. Previous board roles have included Central European Media Enterprises, eleven media joint ventures (as a director of BSkyB Ventures, and including the National Geographic, History, Paramount, Nickelodeon and QVC television channels), Botts & Co. Private Equity, the Van Tulleken Company, Lowland Investment Company plc., the London Symphony Orchestra, The King’s Consort (chairman), the Noel Gay Organisation, the development board of the Royal Academy of Music, and the Royal Society of British Sculptors (treasurer).

Head of Faculty and Business Studies Rachel Edwards said, "I am very excited that Speakers for schools has chosen Devizes School to host such a great speaker. I am very much looking forward to seeing the impact on students’ awareness of their opportunities and how their aspirations can be raised by a motivational role model such as Dr Long"

We thank Tracy for taking the time to visit us today, her experience and advice is invaluable and is something that our students can take with them when embarking on their future careers.

A great role model for the ladies in our 6th Form group as it was also International Women’s Day!

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French Trip 2020 Now Open to Year 7 !!



















This is now on parent pay. OPEN TO STUDENTS IN YEAR 7 - 10.


A copy of the letter can be found on our letters to parents page - click here.

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50th Anniversary Reunion October 2019

28/02/2019   We need you!   Devizes School 1969 - 2019


Please get in touch if you are an ex member of staff or a student of yesteryear! We would love to see you at our event on October 12th. If you are interested and in particular if you are an ex member of staff, please get in touch with Karen Sims, for more details.

If you can spare half an hour or the whole day we need you to make the day special!...
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Important Safeguarding Information for Parents




Dear Parents/Carers (& Staff)


Please be aware of sinister image being shared on the internet. The image is being used to threaten children and challenge them to cause themselves harm. We advise that you sit with your children to check their devices and follow the National Online Safety Guidance below.


Mrs A Robinson
Family Support Worker & Deputy Safeguarding Lead



Click here for more information

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    End of Term Four 2019

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    Devizes School's 50th Anniversary Reunion

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