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Welcome to our weekly bulletin. Here you will find snippets of information about what is going on at Southbrook.

Weekly Update 22nd March 2024

Pop-up shop for Pink Ribbon Charity: What a huge success this has been. Products made by Year 11 pupils have been selling fast, and there was also "Beat Mr Coppard" in a penalty shootout, with the chance to win a signed Exeter City football kindly donated by Exeter City. The pop-up shop is set to continue and there is a list of pupils looking to compete with Mr Coppard next week but thanks to Deb, Dean and all of your support, the total raised so far is over £400! Congratulations everyone.


Exeter Emeralds: Another big success last week was the visit by the Exeter Emeralds. They showed our cheerleaders a wonderful routine before teaching them a new one and performing it together. They made sure that every member of the team got a chance to be part of a pyramid, with many of the pupils doing things they didn’t think they could do. The smiles on the faces of our cheerleaders throughout the visit were extraordinary and the Exeter Emeralds have invited our crew to perform with them in the near future. Thank you Zoe for organising this.


Year 11 Exeter transition and year 10 Petroc trip:  There have been a number of visits to colleges recently and this forms part of the transition programme organised by Ms Ewart. It is wonderful to hear year 10 and 11 pupils talking positively about their visits, and being able to make informed choices about their next stage of education based on these first-hand experiences.


Year 10 Jubilee Challenge practice walk: The second of the practice walks, this time with year 10, took place on Friday. It was a very successful day. The pupils pushed themselves and are now looking forward to the event more than ever, and they were brilliantly supported and encouraged by our dedicated staff.


Year 8 Bus trips: Year 8 went out on the public bus last week as part of their PSHE and Life Skills sessions, and they really outshone themselves. They were a credit to the school with some members of the public making some lovely comments about how well behaved they were. It is wonderful to hear such positive things about year 8 and to know that they are developing the skills needed to be safe and independent in the community.


FGB: The Governing Board met last week, and had the chance to review all of the wonderful work staff have done to develop the school further. The progress made to improve the educational experiences of our pupils has been both speedy and considerable. The meeting was also the last one for Laurie Fentimen, whose term is ending this month.

Laurie Fentimen has been with the Governing Board of Southbrook school for 8 years. He has seen 3 Headteachers and the coming and going of many students and staff; before, during and after covid. He was part of the school for one Ofsted inspection and has been a valuable contributor to the School Council. He will be missed on the Governing Board but we want to thank him for his extensive contributions over the years and wish him the very best for his ongoing retirement.


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Southbrook is a special school for pupils aged 11 to 16, with varied complex needs and abilities including moderate or severe learning difficulties and autism. Our pupils may also have speech, language and communication difficulties, sensory impairments and/or physical disabilities. All of our pupils have Education Health Care Plans. We are a Local Authority Maintained School with Foundation Trust status, and, along with 9 other special schools in Devon, are a member of SENtient Trust.

We are rapidly developing and aim for continued improvement to ensure that everyone makes the best possible progress. Our mission is to deliver a personalised curriculum that promotes independence, resilience and gives every pupil the skills they need for future success and development. As such we have developed the following purpose statements to guide the work we do:

The purpose of Southbrook School:

To provide a broad and specialised curriculum designed to build independence and resilience, and prepare every pupil for the next stage of their education and their lives.

To provide a safe and nurturing environment in which pupils can experience success, gain key knowledge and develop an understanding of their communities.

We pride ourselves on having a child-centred ethos and we are dedicated to ensuring that, through our exciting curriculum and excellent use of resources, every child has the opportunity to be the very best they can be!

At all times, we seek to:

  • Respect all
  • Always try hard
  • Make safe and healthy choices
  • Enjoy life

Simon Winward - Head Teacher