In 1997, Ivybridge Community College became one of the first of eleven Sports Colleges in the country. In the ensuing 15 years, 22 of its former students have gone on to represent England either at age group level, Saxons or indeed the Senior England 1st XV.
Not only have we developed a large number of rugby players to move on to play at the highest level in our sport, but we are justifiably proud of our record in developing many players who are currently playing at many junior clubs at all levels throughout the Devon County.
Our partnership with the Exeter Chiefs and their Academy is an outstanding example of how a Premiership club and its feeder system can work and is a fantastic example of a player development pathway. A prime example of this success is reflected in the following players Will Carrick-Smith, Sam Hill, Dave Ewers and Ben Moon (pictured) currently part of the senior Chiefs playing structure.
In addition to these former students, three members of our current 1st XV Joel Conlon, Kieran Davies and Jack Arnott have joined this group to form an impressive display of Ivybridge alumni at the Chiefs for next season.
As a state College we are rightly very proud of our ‘Grassroots to Premiership’ history and its success.
We are currently the outstanding U18 rugby playing College in Devon. Since the inception of the AASE league we have consistently ranked in the top four of the country and maintained that impressive run coming fourth in the AASE League last season. To further illustrate our position nationwide we are Devon’s only representative for the forthcoming 2012/13 season.
The strength of the College fixture list ensures that we are playing opposition of the highest level not just in England through the AASE League but also in Wales and Ireland. This is recognised in having fixtures against Blackrock College from Ireland and Coleg Morgannwg from Wales. Blackrock College is one of Ireland’s premier rugby playing nurseries
(Brian O’Driscoll and Leo Cullen are just two of its many famous alumni) and the Coleg Morgannwg is the very successful Cardiff Blues feeder College.
We have a huge wealth of experience and talent in our coaching staff. With experience of both Premiership and National level playing and coaching from England and New Zealand, the professional approach to the Elite Rugby Programme in College is first class. All three of our Elite coaches provide a first class support system for the development of our talented and gifted Elite rugby players.
The College Sixth form, or Tertiary Department, has an outstanding record in delivering high quality Level 3 courses to students. The curriculum accommodates a wide range of students and includes A levels and also more vocational BTEC courses. Outcomes are outstanding in both value and value added.
Recruitment to the Sixth form is very high and numbers have been steadily increasing over the last four years.
College pass rates and average point scores at A level are above the national average and students from all courses progress on to variety of destinations.
UCAS applications for Year 13 are high, with almost all students continuing on to higher education or employment, including apprenticeships and contracts for Elite athletes.
University destinations are diverse, including a complete spectrum of institutions. Each year about 10% of students aspire to courses such as Oxbridge and Veterinary/Medicine.
There is a huge team effort between the Elite sport and academic staff. The students’ ‘support teams’ at College work closely in partnership to ensure that every individual’s academic progress is monitored and progress is maintained throughout their time in College.
The College has also been graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in all four whole College inspections and in the English subject inspection that it has received to date.