Temporary Pastoral Leader for Year 6 and 7






We would like to welcome Julie Ridley to our pastoral team who will temporarily fill the Year 6 and 7 pastoral role until a new permanent member of staff joins us at the end of the month.

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End of Term Message and Newsletter 2018



Dear Parents & Guardians

At the end of another very busy and productive term it is always good to look back and reflect on what has been achieved. Before that I would like to thank you for your support in getting your children into school on time, attendance figures for the school are on the up. Also for your commitment to upholding the high standards we have around, uniform, behaviour and homework. Students are taking a real pride in their school and it makes such a big difference.

We start back for term 3 on Monday 7th January 2019. For Y13 there are mock examinations and for some Y11, 12 and 13 students there are external public examinations that all need to be prepared for. So lots of focused revision for them. Y11 have also been asked to keep up-to-date with their Science Tassomai work on-line (about 15 minutes a day) but otherwise there is absolutely no homework set for other year groups because it is Christmas.

I wish all of you an enjoyable and restful Christmas holiday and look forward to seeing you in the New Year all ready to go again.

Seasonal Best Wishes

Mr P Bevan

For the end of term newsletter click here

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2019 Calendar for Wiltshire Air Ambulance



Why not buy one of our Radio Club Tribute Calendars for just £3!

In Aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Well done to all students who have taken part in this charity fundraising project and to Mr Bevan who stars on the December page!

Calendars available to purchase from school. If you would like one please contact Mrs Sims in Finance on 01380 724886.

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Sixth Form Presentation Evening 2018



We were delighted to welcome back our Year 13 students from last year so that we could present them with their examination certificates and awards. A huge well done to Mina, Harvey, Holly and Caitlin who between them won 15 cups! Lots of subject awards on offer plus the all-important Waylen Cup for all round contribution to school activities (Harvey) and the Kelly Rose Cup for outstanding contribution to all aspects of school life voted for by the students themselves. (Mina). We must also mention the Winterburn Cup (vocational studies) and the Lucas Cup (musical performance), both sponsored by now retired Devizes School teaching staff.

Our thanks to ex South African rugby union player Thinus Delport who gave us an inspirational speech.

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Boulogne Trip Information for Parents



I have met with Mr Bevan and Miss Marshall this morning to ensure that we as a school are still reassured in our decision to travel to France; we are constantly checking the Government and French websites for any additional information regarding travel to France, and there is no further information to suggest that we should cancel the trip. In Boulogne there is no specific Christmas market – it is a tourist town in the summer, but tends to be much quieter in the winter.

As I’m sure you can imagine, the safety of both our students and staff is our highest priority, and we would not continue with the trip if we felt that there was an increased risk of any incidents. Naturally though an event like this makes us reassess, and I wanted to be clear that we have revisited our risk assessments and we are confident that the trip should go ahead. I am meeting with the students today to reinforce our expectations in terms of behaviour and to emphasise the key safety messages already given out.

Of course, we will continue to monitor the situation and if there is any further advice then we will act on this accordingly. In addition, when we are in France I will ensure I am completely aware of any developments, and will make any decisions based on the information at hand.

I am completely confident that this trip will be a great experience for your child; however, if you feel that, in the light of recent incidents you would rather your child did not participate, please let me know of this decision as soon as possible via email, and before 5a.m tomorrow.

My email address is

Thank you for your understanding,


Mr P Ross
Head of Faculty Modern Languages

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PE & Sport Terms 1 & 2



The year started off quickly with the annual Sports Awards Evening on the 20th September where over a hundred students were awarded for their sporting prowess during the previous year.

It is lovely to see so many students attending lunchtime and after school clubs, with some exceptional numbers at some clubs (Mr Beynon may be requesting an extension to the sports hall soon!)  The fitness suite is also always hectic at lunchtimes and after school and Mr Richardson and Mike Rose are kept busy, very early every Friday morning at the well-attended Sports Academy fitness sessions.

To date there have been matches in rugby, football, netball and squash along with competitions in School Games boccia, rugby, table tennis and badminton.  We have already had teams qualify for the Level 3 School Games Finals in boccia, rugby and badminton and 5 students will be representing Kennet at the Wiltshire Cross Country Trials in January.  We hosted our annual Year 7 netball and rugby tournament on a damp Saturday morning at the end of November and welcomed hundreds of competitors and spectators to the event.

Leadership and volunteering goes from strength to strength with some of our Year 9 girls recently attending a Step Into Sport Leadership Course to enable them to officiate at the forthcoming School Games events.  This is coupled with leaders who have been assisting at our DSSN festivals and the large numbers of volunteers who have helped out at our Year 7 tournament.

There is plenty more to look forward to in the New Year with the football leagues starting, gymnastics and trampolining and new age kurling competitions plus new sporting activities to attend, including girls’ rugby coaching with Bath Rugby.

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Collection of Year 11 GCSE Exam Certificates


We still have GCSE Exam certificates to be collected by last year's Year 11. Before calling in to Reception please email our Exams Office on: so we can have them ready for you.

Note, these are important documents and you CANNOT get copies!

Mrs A Wright
Exams Officer

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Passports for the Boulogne Trip



A reminder from Mr Ross that students on the Boulogne trip need to bring in their passports on Friday 7th December. Any that have already failed to bring them in to school MUST bring them on this day.

Please note that the trip is leaving at 5am not 5.30am as previously mentioned.

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Year 7 Netball and Rugby Tournament 2018


On a wet Saturday in November the Year 7 netball tournament got underway, 7 teams in the A team tournament and 4 in the B team competition.  The competition emphasised fair play and skills of footwork, replayed ball and marking distances.

Our year 7 netball players have a fantastic attitude, they attend all the training sessions and are really developing into strong netballers.  We have looked forward to this tournament and the girls did us really proud again this year.  

The Devizes A team won 3, lost 3 and drew one finishing 3rd overall.  All the players developed their playing styles during the tournament, picking up their markers to make passing challenging.  There was some fantastic shooting and strong defending. The Devizes B team finished 4th, playing everyone twice; all the players worked well and played a number of positions.  

We had many volunteers, the netball, Condover trip girls selling refreshments to all the parents and students and Year 10 girls running the table of results and refereeing the matches.  We wouldn't be able to run this tournament without the amazing support of all these volunteers. 

Mrs N Strickland
Deputy Head of PS & Health


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GSUS Live Visit



This week we have the GSUS Live van visiting school. Students will visit and have lessons throughout the week. The van, a mobile, multi- media interactive classroom explores the lives of 3 fictional characters, looking at issue of fear, rejection and forgiveness and resolutions to these problems.

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We also have a free film night on Wednesday evening from 7.30pm; ‘I can Only Imagine’, an inspiring and unknown true story featured.

For more details on this contact Rob Jackson at St James Church on 0758 1049 846.

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Sixth Form Open Evening 2018



It was great to see so many visitors last night at our Annual 6th Form Open Evening. Around 300 guests including students and parents packed the Main Hall for an introduction by Head of 6th Form Clare Dale and Vice Principal, Sue Marshall.  We were also delighted to welcome Headteacher of Lavington School Sarah Lowkis and Head of Lavington 6th Form Zoe Telford who also presented. 

Devizes School are excited to be working in partnership with Lavington School under the 'Devizes 6th Form' name. Many Lavington students are already studying at Devizes School and will continue to do so in 2019.

During the evening visitors had the opportunity to speak with subject teachers and listen to presentations on their preferred subjects. Tours of the 6th Form were also available. A hugely successful evening.

Head of 6th Form Miss Dale says: "What a pleasure it was to be involved in Open Evening this year. So many visitors, so many of our own fantastic students taking part, incredible site and support staff rallying together,  and yet again, so rewarding to see what our brilliant KS5 subject teams do best! And the cherry on the cake? The amazing collaboration between Devizes and Lavington which shone through all evening.  Nights like that make my job a genuine privilege."

Anyone wishing to apply to Devizes 6th Form should do so by Friday January 18th 2019.  More information on how to join and for a copy of our new prospectus go to our website,  6th Form 'join us' area.

More open evening photos are available on our twitter page @DevizesSchool.

Pictured above left to right: Head of 6th Form Clare Dale, Head of Lavington 6th Form Zoe Telford, Principal Phil Bevan and Headteacher of Lavington School Sarah Lowkis.


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Year 7 Rugby Festival 24th November 2018


The annual year 7 Rugby and Netball festivals continue to attract large numbers of schools and are enjoyed by students, parents and teachers alike. Despite a movement away from schools running Saturday morning sport in recent years, the Devizes event continues to remain an important part of the Mid Wilts sporting calendar and it was gratifying to see an increased number of West Wilts schools participating.

The Rugby festival saw 13 sides from 9 different schools playing some excellent Rugby despite the damp conditions. In the B team event, the format saw a series of coached games between 4 teams (including a ‘Barbarian’ mixed schools team). Sheldon were the eventual winners. Coaches were pleased with the levels of skill, competitiveness and fitness that players displayed. The Devizes team came 3rd overall which was a pleasing outcome considering most players were new to contact Rugby this year.


The A team event saw 9 sides split into 3 groups to play 2 group matches. Teams were then split into 3 further groups depending on their first round results.

Group winners went into the Shield competition

Group 2nd place teams went into the Cup competition

Group 3rd place teams went into the Plate competition

The Devizes A team had enjoyed a good season in the inter school fixtures and were eagerly anticipating the festival. They came through a tough group defeating Lavington 2-1 and St Laurence 3-1. This placed them in the Shield competition and a chance of coming out on top.

A titanic first game against Sheldon saw some exciting and hard fought Rugby which could have gone either way but Sheldon eventually scored a late try and held on to win by a solitary try. The 2nd game against Kingdown saw Devizes play their best Rugby of the morning and were convincing 4-1 winners.

This meant that Devizes were 2nd in the Shield competition and along with Sheldon will represent Mid Wilts in the county Rugby event at Dauntseys in March.

Thanks to Devizes coaches, Mr Traylor and Mr Burgan.


Mr P Wickens
School Games Organiser

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Winner of the Christmas Card Competition 2018







Well done to Pugalaruvi in 7GXG who won this year's Christmas Card competition. Today she was awarded her prize (a huge advent calendar full of goodies!) and a copy of the card showing her amazing artwork.

Absolutely brilliant work and very well deserved.

In second place was Lisa in 7PXJ and 3rd Lilli in 7MTT. Both won bars of chocolate.

Pugalaruvi pictured left with her tutor Mr Gaynor.

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Spelling Bee 2018



After an amazing week of spelling quizzes in the LRC, the 'Spelling Bee' event came to an end today. Over the course of the week tutor groups entered teams to challenge for the title. Monday saw winners 7MTT take the crown. Tuesday was the turn of 8DXR and Wednesday 9MXC were victorious.

Today (Friday) the finals took place and the atmosphere was tense. Alongside the winners from earlier in the week were two staff teams to challenge for the title. After a battle which took place over the lunch break it was announced that 8DXR were champions, beating both staff teams!


A great event which has now become an annual competition. Looking forward to Spelling Bee 2019 already!

Pictured 8DXR who are overall champions.


For more photos of these events please go to our twitter page @DevizesSchool.

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BBC Children In Need 2018





Following a long tradition, students and staff from Devizes 6th Form wore onesies and pyjamas on Friday in aid of Children In Need. All donated £1 to the charity.

A grand total of £117 was raised!

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