THE community, Involve Mid Devon, the “Crediton Courier”, Crediton Town Council, Mid Devon health services, Queen Elizabeth’s School and many others have joined to celebrate the vibrant youth of our town. Let's explore the thriving groups and initiatives that make our youth shine.

The Head of QE, Paula Smith shares her thoughts: “At Queen Elizabeth’s we are immensely proud of our students, our school, and its heritage. Having been based in Crediton for over 450 years, QE has a long tradition of serving our young people and community.  

QE Western Road Library.
QE Western Road Library. (QE School)

“School buildings and teachers have come and gone over the generations, but our work has stayed essentially the same.

“We value the school’s place deep in the fabric of the town and the welcome we give every day to 1,300 children from across the Mid Devon community.

“The job of Queen Elizabeth’s remains the same: to bring knowledge, a sense of belonging and opportunities to young people in our little corner of Devon.

One of the QE School buildings at Western Road.
One of the QE School buildings at Western Road. (QE School)

“Exams are ultimately used to measure success in schools, but this is just one element of the success of the younger generation in our community.

“Our aim is that every student should thrive and enjoy their time here at QE and our mission is to deliver an excellent education so that they can go on to lead great lives beyond school.

“We believe that an excellent education should develop knowledge, character, contribution, and wisdom.

One of the QE School buildings at Western Road.
One of the QE School buildings at Western Road. (QE School)

“We love working with our young people and providing them with diverse opportunities to develop the confidence to take their place in the local community and wider world.

“One of the challenges for our young people growing up in rural locations is easy access to networks and opportunities that enable them to imagine the possibilities that await in the world of work.

“We are always looking to develop our links to work alongside local organisations and businesses so that we can provide more experiences for our students.

“If you would like to explore the possibility of linking to the work we do with young people please do get in touch via email at:  [email protected] .”

Queen Elizabeth’s School is proud to be celebrating youth at the heart of our community!

Tamlyn, Community Builder, Involve Mid Devon added: “It is incredible to see such a fantastic selection of some of the groups and initiatives that our youth can be involved in.

“The backbone of many of these community initiatives lies in the hands of volunteers, from sports enthusiasts to theatre aficionados.

“The celebration serves as a reminder of the communal spirit thriving within our town and surrounding villages and encourages residents to actively contribute to the collective growth and well-being of our young people and the community.

“This celebration is just the start, I am excited to see it develop.”

Tamlyn can be contacted on: [email protected] .


In a bid to further enhance community life and ensure comprehensive development, a survey has been launched which aims to garner input from everyone, fostering inclusivity and actively involving the entire community in shaping its future.

Catherine Kelly, Crediton Lead Youth Worker, who was integral in creating the survey, said: "We're not just about celebration; we're about progress.

“This survey is a tool for us to understand what matters most.

“Your insights will guide our efforts as we work together to build an even more vibrant and responsive community.

“Our celebration coincides with National Youth Week, the theme this year is Youth Work in every place and space a theme that we will weave through the community.”

Paper copies of the survey are available.