Autumn Update for Parents

Homework Update

A big part of the College’s focus is to ensure we enable students to become successful independent learners; completing homework to a good standard plays a key part in this.

We have recently reviewed how homework is set for Key Stage 3 students and how we support those Year 7, 8 and 9 students towards completing their homework. To this end, in those year groups, English, Science and Maths are the only subjects we will be requiring students to do homework for at home weekly and/or fortnightly. In addition to this English will always be set on a Tuesday,Science on a Wednesday and Maths on a Thursday.

We sincerely hope this will help each and every child get organised into some routine with their homework tasks in the knowledge that each subject will be set the same day each week, and due in either a week later or two weeks later. Many teachers offer homework support and we have a Homework Club open every day at lunchtime. Therefore we do not expect any student to be left unable to complete their homework.

We would like to thank you in advance for supporting your child in completing those weekly or fortnightly tasks for English, Science and Maths.

Ms Blandin-Neaves

Acting Deputy Headteacher

Reminder about mobile phone usage at Torpoint Community College

Whilst many schools locally, nationally and in other countries have decided to put a total ban on mobile phones in their schools, at Torpoint Community College, following some time spent looking at research and talking to staff and students, we feel that educating young people to use their phones responsibly and appropriately is the best approach. We have there fore recently given student assemblies to talk through the importance of using mobile phones appropriately, the potential negative impact on mental health and wellbeing as well as the potential decrease in test scores and GCSE results.

We have a long standing and clear policy on mobile phone usage so students have been reminded that they can use their phones at breaktime and lunchtimes in the canteen, canteen queue, outside or in the hall(lunchtime only). They are not to use them in corridors whilst walking to or waiting for their lessons. There will be some occasions when a teacher may give permission to use mobile phones for an activity in their lesson; however, this is likely to be by exception and the rule is that no phone should be seen or heard in classrooms.

We will use our current policy when a mobile phone is used inappropriately which is to confiscate it until the end of the day.

If a student uses their mobile phone inappropriately on a number of occasions we will look at inviting parents in to talk through the issue. We strongly believe in ensuring each and every student is in an optimal learning atmosphere at all times with no possible distractions.

At Torpoint Community College we are keen to continue educating our young people on how to use their mobile phone responsibly and appropriately. This is so they can be used as a tool to communicate in a positive manner as well as make additional progress by using it as a learning tool. With all students, staff and parents continuing to work together as a strong partnership we can achieve success for all.

We would like to thank you for your support with this reminder about mobile phone usage.

Click here for the presentation relating to the above.