Widey Court has been many other forms during its long history. Widey dates back to the Doomsday Book and derives its name from the withy beds that used to grow on the original site. Its main claim to fame is that Charles I stayed there during the Civil War, issuing a proclamation for Plymouth to surrender to him, with his nephew Prince Maurice commanding his troops. Part of the house (the ballroom) was used as a makeshift hospital ward for Royalist casualties during the Siege of Plymouth and the Battle of Freedom Fields.
The main building today was where the Manor House stood and the badge of the school represents the three original trees from the Civil War period and the Crown depicts King Charles I. The school’s name (Widey Court) was bestowed by Charles I to signify that the Royal Court had been located there, and a thank you to the Heales – who owned the Manor House.
The school today takes their house names from this historical story.
Every child is settled into one of the houses when they are first enrolled
Each house has a colour assigned to it and the children wear the designated coloured tee-shirt for games and P.E lessons.
Points can be earned by the children for a variety of disciplines, for example:
The points are totalled at the end of each week and relayed during assembly to the whole school . The winning house has a leaf placed on their named tree, the most leaves at the end of the term is the winning house.