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About Us

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our school.

Chulmleigh College is a fully comprehensive secondary school serving pupils between the ages of 11 and 16.  We have a clear aim: to give every pupil an excellent education, enabling the best GCSE results possible, as well as ensuring that all pupils leave us with the tools they need to successfully navigate their next steps in life.

Recently, our school has grown by more than 40%, as our reputation across Devon is such that we are the chosen school for many families who live a great distance outside our designated school area.  We are incredibly proud of this reputation and every member of staff works hard to sustain it. Being fully aware of the issues which can limit the choice of school for rural families, several years ago we introduced the Chulmleigh School Transport service, for those who aren’t eligible for free school transport.  The service has helped numerous families to access our school, despite the lack of public transport so prevalent in rural communities.

In recent years our results have been some of the best in the region. We are very proud of these academic results, but they are also underpinned by a long tradition in music, outdoor education, the arts and sport.  At Chulmleigh College we have high expectations of our pupils: excellent standards of behaviour, a strict uniform policy and courtesy at all times – we believe this provides the best possible learning environment. We are also proud of the excellent relationships we have with our pupils, families and friends within the community.

The last years have been difficult for everyone, but we have adapted and have not let the barriers created by the pandemic to interrupt our momentum - education is simply too important for the future of our young people.

Ofsted inspected us in March 2018 and their comments included ‘strong leadership, a strong emphasis on the performing arts, a collegiate approach, very high expectations and excellent standards of conduct’. To read the report please visit

Every day at Chulmleigh is an ‘Open Day’.  We welcome visits and I always endeavour to personally show any visitors around our remarkable school.

I look forward to meeting you.

Michael Johnson
Executive Headteacher