Exeter School is an independent day school for boys and girls aged 7-18. In the Junior School there are 200 pupils aged between 7 and 11 and in the Senior School there are 700 pupils aged between 11 and 18. The School aims to promote high ethical standards and to broaden cultural horizons.
About the school
Exeter School is committed to the creation of a happy and caring fully co-educational environment in which its pupils are able to realise their complete potential. Exeter School aims •to realise the academic, personal and physical potential of each pupil in the school •to maintain the high standard of academic teaching and pastoral care within the school •to sustain the richness and variety of the school's extra-curricular provision •to promote high standards for the conduct of pupils within a friendly, tolerant and safe working environment •to encourage pupils to contribute to the wider community
Exeter Junior School celebrates characters they will remember forever
Pupils enjoyed the parade, meeting author Tamsin Cooke, exploring Minecraft Book Realms, guessing their teachers’ favourite books, looking at classroom doors decorated as book covers, choosing books at the book fair, and more!
9th March 2020 — World Book Day 2020 was set in motion with the prancing of fury paws, a school of rainbow fish and all-round creative costume excellence! Our playground was vibrant with colourful characters from our most treasured books, delving into our memory banks and recalling the many wonderful books we have read. Pupils were delighted to parade their book character costumes on stage, accompanied by much singing, dancing, clapping and hilarity.
The celebrations were introduced eloquently and with enthusiasm, in an assembly which revealed each World Book Day activity a chapter at a time. The librarians played a large role in selecting and organising the activities such as the Minecraft ‘Book Realms’ they designed during Library Club for other pupils to explore in Computer Science lessons throughout the week.
An exciting challenge was assigned to each class, to decorate their door as a book cover, illustrating the wide range of tastes we have in school. Each class decided on a book which would represent their class and the doors were transformed into innovative book covers, donning underpants, crayons and characters galore, attracting the attention of all book lovers.
The whole school were treated to workshops with author Tamsin Cooke. The workshops were interactive and highly entertaining. She shared tips on writing exciting adventure stories, using her ‘Cat Burglar’ and ‘Stunt Double’ series. She talked about her inspiration, research, character and plotting. We delved into the world of spirit animals, cat burglars and thrilling stunts, and even watched footage of a real stunt woman! Librarian Evie Handley L2P said: “I loved my workshop. We literally let our imaginations run wild.”
Our School Library Service Advisor, Nicola Cowling, came to talk to the librarians about the new stock they had selected for the library. Throughout the year, librarians add to a wish list of books and each term we stock up our library with the children’s own book choices. The librarians loved hearing about various poignant and humorous stories and will enjoy passing on their recommendations to pupils visiting the library. Issy Wills (U1R) said: “I love hearing Ms Cowlings extracts from the books. It makes me want to read all of them!” The new books are all available now.
Excitement filled the air at 3.40pm each day when the Book Fair opened. It was very clear that our pupils relished the chance to browse through and purchase new books. L2B particularly enjoyed their pre-view of the book selection and enjoyed choosing a book to advertise, using their persuasive skills and expert opinions of what children love to read.
Being a book loving school, our staff were very happy to share memories about their childhood favourite book. Mr Evans is choosing to share “Woof” by Allan Ahlberg with his class, a thrilling and hilarious story about a boy who accidently turns into a dog. Mr Evans has happy memories from childhood listening to his Grandpa read him the story and laughing at all the different voices that he would do for the different characters.
We ended our World Book Day celebrations with a ‘suspense’ filled writing session in Comets Club. Using various writing techniques, we created suspense and made our audience feel desperate to know what happened next. Such techniques included short sentences to build up tension, powerful verbs, dark shadows with hidden characters and menacing beasts.
In honour of World Book Day, Art Club recycled old books creating beautiful pieces of Art that represented a book that was meaningful and memorable to them.
Mrs Hardy, Reading Development Coordinator, said: “Books give us so much joy whether old, new, long, short, funny or factual. Exeter Junior School thoroughly enjoyed World Book Day 2020 and may we continue to be a book loving community.”
To enrich Exeter Junior School's current ‘Romans’ History topic, Form One pupils came fully dressed in Roman attire; ready to undertake a full day of activities: Beginning with a musically accompanied fashion parade, with gladiators, Goddesses, slaves and emperors alike, sashaying enthusiastically through the hall.
19th June 2019 — To enrich Exeter Junior School's current ‘Romans’ History topic, Form One pupils came fully dressed in Roman attire; ready to undertake a full day of activities: Beginning with a musically accompanied fashion parade, with gladiators, Goddesses, slaves and emperors alike, sashaying enthusiastically through the hall.
In order to experience what life was like for a Roman soldier, all pupils prepared for battle by designing and making their own individual shields; each with their own boss. Teachers were particularly impressed with the Roman designs using arrows, horns and wings to create symmetrical patterns thus demonstrating how their cutting and design skills have developed over the year.
Great fun was had by all, using dolly pegs to create little Roman soldiers. Thought was given to armour and protective equipment such as spears and shields as well as decorative plumes and helmets. Pupils also created their own Roman themed Top Trumps cards, giving careful consideration to who would have been the most powerful, skilled or courageous. Our complete class set consists of many different characters from roman times conveying the character traits and attributes offered from people of this time.
After watching re-enactment of a Roman battle, History Coordinator Mr Bland took pupils outside to re-enact a battle. Anna Kotecha said: “We learnt how to use our shields for protection by forming a tortoise formation. Our shields were really useful and I’m glad I had mine!”
A popular part of the day was the Roman Feast. We tried food such as honey and apple, dried fruits, apple and cinnamon baked goods and foods that would have been grown in Roman gardens. India Ferguson particularly enjoyed the honey and apple.
The day was completed with some Roman Mythology. We settled down to listen to ‘Romulus and Remus’ and ‘Dreams of Destiny’, allowing us to experience more about Roman Art and culture.
“Over all it was a very memorable and enjoyable day,” said Form One teacher Mrs Hardy.
Illustrating workshop in honour of Kate Greenaway Medal
Exeter Junior School pupils have been shadowing the celebrated the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, which recognises outstanding writing and illustration in children’s literature.
19th June 2019 — Exeter Junior School pupils have been shadowing the celebrated the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, which recognises outstanding writing and illustration in children’s literature.
To celebrate the end of the project, pupils undertook an illustrating workshop to express their own interpretations inspired by the books and discussions.
‘You’re Safe with Me’ illustrated by Poonom Mistry, inspired Anna Brookes-Ferrari and Berenice Rydin-Orwin to combine gold spray paint and Indian fabric swatches to replicate the safe haven of the jungle, in their joint piece of Art work.
Talented young artist, Nathan Masters, produced an amalgamation of several of the nominated books, using his treasured easel and specialist acrylic paints, while Zoe Carson was inspired by ‘Ocean Meets Sky’ illustrated Terry Fan, to compose a ‘dreamscape’ that included her own beloved Grandpa.
After producing remarkable artwork the group watched the live stream broadcast of the awards ceremony hosted by Konnie Huq and were delighted to witness their friend and fellow pupil Kate Daybell present her certificate to the winner of the Carnegie Shadowers’ Choice on stage.
Upper One pupil Kate Daybell’s certificate design was selected as a winner of the Carnegie and Greenaway Shadowers’ Choice Certificate Design competition. Form One pupil Lottie Cumbley was also runner up for the ALCS Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards Shadowing Scheme diary writing competition and received her own copy of each nominated book as her prize.
Exeter Junior School Reading Development Coordinator Leah Hardy said it was a joy to watch the creativity of the school’s youngest pupils clearly recognised and applauded.
Exeter Junior School is celebrating recognition in the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards
11th June 2019 — Exeter Junior School is celebrating recognition in the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards
Two pupils have either won or achieved runner up in CILIP Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards competitions.
Year 4 pupil Kate Daybell’s certificate design has been selected as a winner of the Carnegie and Greenaway Shadowers’ Choice Certificate Design competition.
And Year 3 pupil Lottie Cumbley is a runner up for the ALCS Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards Shadowing Scheme diary writing competition.
The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book awards, recognising outstanding writing and illustration in books for children and young people.
Pupils across the co-educational independent school for 7-18-year-olds have been 'shadowing' the judging process. For the first time ever, the Junior School has been looking at the Kate Greenaway medal shortlist. Exeter Junior School librarians have read, discussed and reviewed the books on the shortlist selected by CILIP's panel of librarian judges and engaged in reading-related activities online such as writing reviews, contributing to a blog and posting interesting facts about the books and authors.
The pupil librarians are looking forward to watching the live stream broadcast of the awards ceremony hosted by Konnie Huq on Tuesday 18 June and witnessing their friend Kate present her certificate to the winner of the Carnegie Shadowers’ Choice on stage. To mark the occasion the shadowing group will be undertaking an illustrating workshop throughout the morning, to express their own interpretations inspired by the books and discussions.
The judges were really impressed with the imaginative approach that Kate took with her design and loved the use of colour.
Year 4 pupil Kate Daybell said she had the idea of words floating off the pages of a book and children being inspired all over the world by the huge, magical creations the words form.
“I am thrilled about winning this competition and am very excited about going to London and meeting all of these amazing authors. I have loved being a part of Carnegie and Greenaway shadowing group and sharing ideas about the books we have read.”
Lottie Cumbley’s entry in the ALCS Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards Shadowing Scheme competition was based on Mary Poppins and judges said it was a wonderful read.
Lottie said: “We have been singing songs about Mary Poppins in school which reminded me how much I loved the book. It made me want to write my diary entry based on a character from this magical story. I enjoyed seeing the world through Jane’s eyes.”
Exeter Junior School Reading Development Coordinator Leah Hardy said it was marvellous to see the creativity of the school’s youngest pupils recognised and applauded.
“The shadowing has inspired wider reading repertoires across all the year groups introducing new genres and authors during our twice weekly discussion groups.
“Over the weeks, I have particularly noticed an increased confidence from our pupils when voicing views about texts and the skills of interpretation and analysis. The wonderful array of books nominated for the award encourage a wider cultural and historical awareness.”
Exeter School Librarian Belinda Jackson said it had been a delight to work with the Junior School librarians over the past few weeks.
“We have enjoyed looking at all the books on the shortlist together and I have been very impressed with their insightful comments on the books and their enthusiasm for the process.
“As Librarian in the Senior School I am looking forward to seeing all of them in our library in due course and I hope that it will be a beneficial part of their transition.”
Pupils at Exeter Junior School are delighted to announce that a piece of their collaborative artwork will on display in The National Gallery’s ‘Take One Picture’ Exhibition from 9 May.
9th May 2019 — Pupils at Exeter Junior School are delighted to announce that a piece of their collaborative artwork will on display in The National Gallery’s ‘Take One Picture’ Exhibition.
Upper Two pupils worked with glass artist Michelle Keay to create a beautiful double helix glass structure of DNA.
The pupils were participating in a project run by The National Gallery, based upon the artwork by Joseph Wright of Derby, ‘An Experiment on a Bird with an Air Pump’.
The idea behind the scheme is to use a picture as a stimulus and link art to other subjects, this one being Science. Schools can submit their work to The National Gallery with successful entries exhibited at the gallery within a specific ‘Take One Picture’ Exhibition.
Art Coordinator Claire Handley said: “We are very proud of the learning journey integral to the sculpture and we are excited that our achievements have been recognised at a national level.
“We have been so lucky to work alongside glass artist Michelle Keay and Martin Rose, Head of D.T in the Senior School. Their expertise and skills have helped to bring all of our ideas to life!
“The children learnt all about the properties of glass; how to create and colour glass; with hands-on experience creating their own colour puddles linked to the colour wheel; and finally all about the double helix structure of DNA!
“The children have created beautifully coloured glass diamonds, which have been arranged in a double helix design, carefully constructed by our Head of DT.”
The sculpture will be on display at The National Gallery from 9 May.
Exeter Junior School is delighted to introduce a Swimming Development Squad to enable pupils to develop their skills in preparation for the Swimming Squad.
13th February 2019 — Exeter Junior School is delighted to introduce a Swimming Development Squad to enable pupils to develop their skills in preparation for the Swimming Squad.
Junior School PE and Girls’ Games Coordinator Miss Wright said in light of the fantastic number of pupils trialling for the Swimming Squad (64 to be precise!), it was decided to establish a Development Squad, due to the Swimming Squad only being able to take 30 swimmers.
“Well done to the 18 pupils who were selected based on their times and stroke technique to join the newly founded Development Squad,” she said.
“The Squad trains on Tuesday afternoons, meeting at 3.15pm and finishing at 4pm at the pool.
“The group have been looking at how a Swimming Squad is set up and the formalities, stroke technique, advanced skills and of course a few games have been thrown in at the end of most sessions to ensure the fun element is at the heart of what we do.
“It really is testament to all pupils who put themselves forward for the trials that the Development Squad has been able to form. Thank you and well done!”
Exeter Junior School pupils in Form One and Upper One (Years 3 and 4) enjoy swimming lessons all year round in the newly built indoor swimming pool. Pupils in Lower Two and Upper Two enjoy a block of swimming for half a term on Tuesdays during their Games session every year.