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1 December 2023

Curriculum Challenge Week

What a fabulous week with 40 students on the London cultural tour, 42 students in New York City, 21 students involved in the Ten Tors expedition and 135 Year 10 students taking part in work experience.

In school almost 500 Year 7 - 10 students participated in 40 different activities including employer challenges with Babcock, Plymouth Argyle, Bailey Partnerships and Real Ideas.

There were also DJ masterclasses, aquarium workshops, Empire Exeter trips and careers activities from CSW and the RAF.

Included in the Head’s Blog are just a few photos from the week. Check our special X hashtag #DHSBCCW to see a full selection of images.

A big thank you to all staff, especially Mr Coombes, Mr Scott and Miss Jensen, for their planning and organisation of our trips, activities and work experience placements.

We're looking forward to hearing about everyone's adventures when we're all back in school next week.

Student News

In other news this week, our warmest commendations to Henry Richards-Cotgreave 8S who has received an RNLI award in recognition of his courage and quick thinking.

In September Henry made a mayday call over the VHF radio which helped to save his grandad’s life and last week they met the RNLI crew who were involved in the rescue.

Henry was also awarded a ‘Safety at sea’ trophy from his sailing club, Fowey Gallants Sailing Club, along with a number of trophies for his sailing performance over the past year

You can read the full story about Henry's bravery at this link.

Well done also to Bodhi Wills 7N who represented the south west region at the Youth Climbing Series Grand Finals in Southampton last weekend, competing in a combined climbing format of bouldering and roped climbing.

This was his final competition of the year, having already secured second place in the Home Nations Lead Climbing Series, including victory at the Irish Lead Cup in Dublin, and second in the English, Scottish and Welsh Lead Cups.

Bodhi is a member of the England Regional Talent Squad, and bases his training at Exeter Quay Climbing Centre, training three or four times a week.

Well done!

Sports Update


Mr Manley says it was another great win for the 1st XI this week, with the final score pictured here.


Also, a big performance and another win for the U13 basketball team.

Just the one game in the competition this week but a good win.

Mr Carpenter said, “Well done to all”.

Mr Manley reports it was another great win for our Year 9 Basketball team on Thursday.


Throughout November, DHSB staff have been raising awareness by taking part in the Movember campaign for men's health, collectively raising over £250 for the charity.

Movember is the leading charity in changing the face of men's health in prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

This image shows Mr Riggs, Mr Guy-Fierens, Mr Manley, Mr Anderson, Mr Carne and Mr Weymouth (not featured: Mr Brewer and Mr Webb).

Several Sixth Form students have also been taking part.

The team can be supported at this link.

Curriculum Challenge Week

Below are just some of our Curriculum Challenge Week photos - search for #DHSBCCW on X to see the full selection!

And of course, our staff had fun too!


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