Inspiring Excellence

‘a GOOD school with Outstanding features’


Able, Gifted and Talented

Our school aim states that we provide: “Academic Excellence in a Comprehensive Setting”

To that end we want to ensure that all groups of children meet, and in many cases, exceed their potential; this is particularly true of able and gifted and talented students. We also want to develop our systems so that emphasis upon Gifted and Talented will impact positively upon "every child"

Full Able, Gifted and Talented Policy

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Able, Gifted and Talented


Coombeshead Academy is a member of the Templer Academy Schools Trust.

The members of the Trust are:

  • Christow Primary School
  • Coombeshead Academy
  • Rydon Primary School
  • Teign School

As an academy, the Trust is the admission authority and has responsibility for setting these admission arrangements and for making decisions regarding admissions applications.

This policy details the admission arrangements for our school and should be read in conjunction with the Primary and In-Year Co-ordinated Admissions Schemes and other agreed policies of Devon County Council, the Local Authority (LA). All policies and procedures seek to comply with the requirements of the School Admissions Code 2012, the School Admissions Appeals Code 2012 and other relevant legislation.

Some admissions functions will be delivered by the School Admissions Team of Devon County Council or other agent under a traded service agreement.



Objectives of this Policy

Coombeshead Academy Anti-Bullying policy outlines what Coombeshead Academy will do to prevent and tackle bullying. The policy has been drawn up through the involvement of the whole school community.

Our school community:

  1. 1. Will discuss, monitor and review our Anti-Bullying Policy on a regular basis. Supports staff to promote positive relationships and identify and tackle bullying appropriately. Ensures that students are aware that all bullying concerns will be dealt with sensitively and effectively; that students feel safe to learn; and that students abide by the anti-bullying policy.
  2. 2. Will report back to parents/carers regarding their concerns on bullying and will deal promptly with complaints. Parents/carers in turn work with the school to uphold the anti-bullying policy. (We would like to introduce a ‘Parent Pledge’ in September 2013)
  3. 3. Seeks to learn from good anti-bullying practise elsewhere and utilises support from other schools and other relevant organisations when appropriate.

Anti-Bullying Policy

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Anti-Bullying Alliance


June 2010


Coombeshead Academy is committed to providing a full and effective educational experience for all students. We believe that if students are to fully benefit from education, good attendance is crucial. Irregular attendance undermines the educational process and can lead to educational and social disadvantage. As a school we do all that we can to ensure maximum attendance for all students. Any problems that prevent full attendance will be identified and addressed as speedily as possible.

It is the policy of the school to celebrate achievement. Attendance is a critical factor to a productive and successful school career and establishes a good pattern for later life. The school will actively promote and encourage 100 per cent attendance for all our students. We recognise that parents have a vital role to play and that there is a need to establish strong home-academy links and communication systems that can be utilised whenever there is concern about attendance.

Attendance Policy

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Holiday Request Form

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Use of Coombeshead Academy computer systems and network services are all covered by an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). All students and staff have to sign one of these when they join the school. Visitors are required to sign if they require computer access whilst onsite. 


Click to download and view the Students AUP.


Click to download and view the Staff AUP.


Click to download and view the Visitors AUP.

Full Detailed AUP

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BYOD Wireless

There is also an additional AUP for the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Wireless network that is provided for staff and students. Connection to the Academy BYOD Wireless network is taken as acceptance of this additional AUP.

Wireless BYOD - AUP

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SIMS Learning Gateway

Parental useage of the SIMS Learning Gateway is covered by the following AUP. Use of this system is automatically taken as acceptance of this AUP.

SIMS Learning Gateway - AUP

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Bad Weather

Guidance for Parents / Carers in the Case of Bad Weather

It is our policy to keep the school open wherever possible. Please assume the school is open unless you hear otherwise. The Department for Education recognises the delivery of education to pupils as an essential service, as do we.

If we do have to close, parents/carers will be informed in the following ways:

This situation is highly unlikely and will be avoided wherever possible. There is no need to contact the school to check whether or not the school is open. Unless announced as above, we are open.

Behaviour for Learning

Our aims and values make clear the importance the school places on good behaviour which allows every individual the right to learn in a safe and secure environment. We achieve this by:

  • Promoting good behaviour and discipline
  • Promoting self-esteem, self-discipline, proper regard for authority and positive relationships based on mutual respect
  • Ensuring fairness of treatment for all
  • Encouraging consistency of response to both positive and negative behaviour
  • Promoting early intervention
  • Providing a safe environment free from disruption, violence, bullying and any form of harassment

Good behaviour is most likely to result when the school and parents present a consistent and united response to young people. We always seek to involve parents in promoting good discipline and behaviour.

The school cannot take responsibility for the behaviour of students on the way to and from the site. However, it has been established in law that students must follow the School’s Code of Conduct and live up to its expectations for a reasonable time at the beginning and end of the day. We therefore expect good behaviour and punish poor behaviour at such times, including the journey between home and school and during lunchtimes.

The expectations of this Policy will be implemented on all school trips and visits.

Behaviour for Learning Policy

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Charging and Remissions

Charging Policy

The Education Act (1996) and subsequent legislation require the governing body to draw up, and keep under review, its own policies in respect of charges and remission arrangements.


  1. To make available to as many students as possible involvement in school activities.
  2. To maintain a fair system of charges within the constraints of the resources available to the school.

Charging and Remissions Policy

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Complaints Procedure

From 1 September 2003 Governing Bodies of all maintained schools in England are required, under Section 29 of the Education Act 2002, to have in place a procedure to deal with complaints relating to the school and to any community facilities or services that the school provides. The law also requires the procedure to be publicised.

Here you can download a copy of the Academy complaints procedure as a PDF file.

Complaints Procedure

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Complaints Procedure

Data Sharing

Coombeshead Academy is a data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act. We collect information from you and may receive information about you from your previous school, local authorities and the Learning Records Service. We hold this personal data and use it to:

  • Support your teaching and learning
  • Monitor and report on your progress
  • Provide appropriate pastoral care

Privacy Notice - Students

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Privacy Notice - Employees

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Data Processing

Drugs Related Incidents

The misuse of drugs and other substances is a matter of public concern. Therefore, it would be totally irresponsible of Coombeshead Academy to ignore the issue. Our aim is to prepare students in making healthy life decisions and it is important to have a common policy for dealing with those who misuse drugs in school.

Coombeshead Academy is committed to a comprehensive programme of drug education, this is through Science and Tutor time.

Drugs Related Incidents Policy

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Drugs Related Incidents

First Aid & Administration of Medicine in School

While no staff member can be compelled to give medical treatment to a pupil, it is hoped that the support given through parental consent, the support of the County Council through these guidelines, and the help of the School Medical Service will encourage them to see this as part of the pastoral role. Where such arrangements fail it is the parents’ responsibility to make appropriate alternative arrangements.

  • A designated member of staff to be trained to be the primary First Aider for the school.
  • To undertake regular first aid training (currently a 4 day course every 3 years).
  • The First Aider to administer all medicines prescribed by a doctor.
  • The consent form should be completed by the parent or guardian of the pupil and be delivered personally, together with the medicine, to the First Aider.
  • The medicine should be in date and clearly labelled with:

    1. Its contents
    2. The owner’s name
    3. Dosage
    4. The prescribing doctor’s name
First Aid
  • The information given on the consent form is requested in confidence, to ensure that the First Aider is fully aware of the medical needs of the child.
  • All medicines to be kept in an appropriate securely locked medicine cabinet.
  • A termly audit to be undertaken of the medicines kept in school, and those out of date returned to the parent personally or disposed of via the School Nurse.
  • Specialist training to be given to appropriate staff as and when necessary regarding more complex medicines such as epi pens.
  • Accidents to be recorded on Accident Report for P03.

November 2011

Privacy & Cookies

The following statements explain our policy regarding information provided by visitors to this website. The use of data provided is governed by the 1998 Data Protection Act.

Use of Information

Some webpages on this site may ask your to provide you name, email address or other personal information. This information is never sold or shared with any third party. However, we may use this information to provide statistics for internal use only.

To prevent and detect abuse we continually monitor and record connections to and from college servers. This is also done for statistical and performance-measurement purposes. The monitoring data we collect includes browser type, domain names, traffic volumes, temporal data, IP information, and data posted from web-forms on our site.


To conform to changes in EU law we have created a new Cookie Policy that details how Coombeshead Academy use cookies and gives you advice on disabling them if required.

Privacy Policy

We use cookies across most of our websites to improve their performance and enhance your user experience. This policy explains how we do that.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.

There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyse how well our website is performing, or even allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.

Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click to “remember me” when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our websites, or a user’s general location.

What sort of cookies does Coombeshead Academy use?

Generally, our cookies perform up to three different functions:

  1. Essential Cookies
    Some cookies are essential for the operation of our website. For example, some cookies allow us to identify staff, students and parents and ensure they can access pages that are relevant to them. If a user opts to disable these cookies, the user will not be able to access all of the content that might normally be available to them.

  2. Performance Cookies
    We utilise other cookies to analyse how our visitors use our websites and to monitor website performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by customising our offering and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. We might also use these cookies to highlight articles or site services that we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of the website.

  3. Functionality Cookies
    We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. For example, cookies save you the trouble of typing in your username every time you access the site, and recall your customisation preferences, such as which coluring of the website.

    We also use functionality cookies to provide you with enhanced services such as allowing you to watch linked videos or participate in linked social networking, such as Facebook.

Our current cookies

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Expires When I close my browser
Class Essential Cookie
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Class Essential Cookie
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Name CA_Theme_BackgroundColour
Expires 6 Months
Class Functionality Cookie
Description Used to store user selection preference on the background theme colour for the Coombeshead Academy website.

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Expires 6 Months
Class Functionality Cookie
Description Used to track acceptance of our cookie policy so the popup does not display on every page visit.

Does anyone else use cookies on Coombeshead Academy websites?

We use or allow third parties to serve cookies that fall into the three categories above. For example, like many companies, we use Google Analytics to help us monitor our website traffic.

Can a website user block cookies?

As we’ve explained above, cookies help you to get the most out of our websites.

The first time you accessed our website after May 2012, you should have seen an overlay which asked for your permission to use cookies on our websites.

However, if you do wish to disable our cookies then please follow the instructions on our 'Cookie Management' page.

Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our websites do not work properly.