Devon

Anger as Chulmleigh Community College sport fixtures end

Image caption Leoni Bishop said the school's high-flying netball team was losing fixtures

Parents and pupils say they are angry that a school is stopping some sports trips to protect exam results.

Chulmleigh Community College in Devon has put away fixtures on hold for years 10 and 11 pupils while it looks at "other ways" of organising them.

One pupil said she was "devastated" because the school's netball team could not continue in its league.

The school said it wanted to "strike the right balance" between academic commitments and sport.

In a newsletter from the secondary school, pupils were told that away fixtures were being stopped.

Image caption Head teacher Michael Johnson said the school valued sport "very highly"

Year 10 pupil Leoni Bishop said: "Sport is my main thing. It's what gets me up in the morning. I would love to continue with sport and become a PE teacher.

"When I read the newsletter I was genuinely devastated because the netball team were at the top of the league and now there are no fixtures."

Leah Taplin, who has a daughter in year 11, said: "The children are working really hard on their exams but it's also really important for them to get out and play sport.

"It is horrendous for the morale of the children. I think the school is just trying to make the school look better and not thinking about the students."

Head teacher Michael Johnson said in a statement that sports fixtures meant "GCSE lessons stop for our sports teams".

It said: "We are working with our PE Department in order to see how we can make the arrangements that we believe will work best for our students.

"We are looking at our timetable and I will be speaking to other head teachers about how we arrange the fixtures and the timetables in the future."

Mr Johnson added: "At Chulmleigh we value sport highly. We are completely committed to getting the best results on and off the sports field."

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