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St John's school's new director of music Clive Salmon is pictured with year four students this week. Ref shs 15-16SH 0405. Picture: Simon Horn

A keyboardist who performed on a charity recording of a David Bowie classic has taken the top music job at St John’s School.

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Musician and actor Duncan James paid a visit to his old school this week- Sidmouth College. Ref shs 16-16SH 0815. Picture: Simon Horn

Duncan James returned to Sidmouth College to inspire its latest generation of performers and talk about his ‘colourful’ career in the entertainment business.

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Pupils’ F1 insight

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Rob Dunster-Ashworth a senior electronics engineer with the Force India  Formula One team visited St John's school this week. Some of the students who were from the Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai and currently studying at St John's School are pictured with Rob and a Force India carbon fibre end plate which helps to secure the rear wing of the racing car. Ref shs 16-16SH 0843. Picture: Simon Horn

A Formula 1 engineer paid a special visit to youngsters at Sidmouth’s St John’s School.

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The number of Devon children who have been offered their first choice county primary school for this September has increased despite a rise in applications, new figures reveal.

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St John's School headteacher Mike Burgess with deputy Caroline Ward.  Ref shs 7908-49-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

The headmaster at St John’s School has expressed his disappointment that the campus has been targeted by vandals.

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Students in years five and six at St John's School in Sidmouth performed The Comedy of Errors as their end of term play this week.  Ref shs 12-16SH 8562. Picture: Simon Horn

Youngsters at St John’s School marked a delightful end to an exciting and packed term by staging William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors.

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Proposals for a new school building at Newton Poppleford Primary School

A consultation on plans to rebuild the 140-year-old Newton Poppleford Primary School has been postponed.

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Branscombe primary school teacher Glen Ford at his retirement party with his last class. Ref shb 11-16TI 7738. Picture: Terry Ife

Branscombe Primary School bade a fond farewell to a ‘teaching gem’ who has helped starters begin their journey into education.

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Little Popples Pre-School held their annual Easter egg hunt at the school. Madi Gilbert, Logan Tillotson and Abby Tillotson with the Easter Bunny. Ref shs 13-16AW 2207. Picture: Alex Walton

The fun continued across the weekend for egg-cited youngsters in the run-up to Easter Sunday.

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Children at the Vicarage Road site of Sidmouth primary school enjoyed their Easter Bonnet parade. Ref shs 13-16SH 8871. Picture: Simon Horn

Pupils at Sidmouth and Sidbury primary schools put their best hats on parade to celebrate Easter.

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Sidmouth College students prepare for their visit to Borneo. Ref shs 12-16AW 1321. Picture: Alex Walton

Pupils from Sidmouth College will be holding an Easter Fair tomorrow (Saturday) to raise money for a trip abroad to help communities in Borneo.

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The current pool at St John's School has needed 'considerable maintenance' over recent years

The owners of St John’s School are making their biggest single investment in the campus to improve its sports facilities – paving the way for improved access for the wider Sidmouth community.

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Sea King Farewell Flypast

Monday, March 21, 2016
Farewell to the Junglies- The spectacular sight of five Mk4 Sea Kings followed by a Merlin pass by Sidmouth on Monday morning as part of their farewell flight around the region. Three of the five Sea Kings in close formation flying. Ref shs 12-16SH 8531. Picture: Simon Horn

Helicopters over Sidmouth

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Sidmouth College. Ref shs 8776-10-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn.

Sidmouth College announced this week it is in consultation with staff over ‘possible redundancies’ - as the school faces ‘financially challenging’ times.

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Sidmouth College students in rehearsal for their fundraising concert this week. Ref shs 11-16SH 7556. Picture: Simon Horn

Sidmouth College is hoping to turn cash donations into notes of a different kind - and buy students a portable music studio.

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Mums take a break with afternoon tea

Sunday, March 13, 2016
Children at Newton Poppleford primary school treated their mums to a special Mother's Day tea at school on Friday. Ref shs 10-16SH 6782. Picture: Simon Horn

Reception children at Newton Poppleford Primary School threw a tea party in honour of some important guests - their mums.

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World Book Day

Monday, March 7, 2016
Rosie Miller and Tommy Bennett enjoyed World Book Day at Sidbury Primary School. Ref shs 09-16SH 6542. Picture: Simon Horn

Local school children celebrate in style

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Sidmouth Primary School will be free to continue achieving the best for its pupils if it becomes an academy, according to its headteacher.

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County Hall chiefs have shelved plans to ask schools to fund their own crossing patrols after families showed the strength of feeling on the issue - and the matter will not be revisited while the current leader is in office.

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