College News and Update

College News and Update

As we come to the end of the first week of school closures and remote learning I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to our students, their families and the staff at Torpoint Community College for the way in which everyone has risen to the challenge in these uncertain times. The magnitude of change in our daily lives has been difficult to comprehend and it feels very surreal what is happening both here in the UK and around the world. 

I have been delighted to hear from my staff that students are working hard with their home learning and there has been regular communication to help support them with this new routine. Mrs Cheryl Lockett is our lead for remote learning and she has been tasked to keep the learning going. Please encourage your children to contact a member of staff should they have any queries or problems with the learning that has been set. We have already conducted a survey and are acting upon the information from students and their families with ways in which we can further improve this provision. 

Although the College is closed, we have set up a ‘skeleton school’ that is based in the Sixth Form to support our vulnerable children and children of key workers in line with the government’s requirements. We have supported a small number of students on a daily basis throughout this week and they have worked hard and been a pleasure to host. This provision will continue to be offered throughout the forthcoming Easter break. For all others I wish you a restful two weeks, albeit it will have a very different feel this year.

At the end of last week we said farewell to Mr Ben Loughran who leaves the College after 12 years of service as a PE teacher as he takes up a new position in Plymouth. We also said goodbye to our receptionist, Mrs Nina Holder, who is relocating and leaves the College after 6 years. In addition we also said goodbye to Mr Stewart Riley who had been providing temporary teaching cover. I would like to thank each of these colleagues for their support during their time at the College.

At the start of the Summer Term we welcome Ms Alison Hamilton, our new teacher and curriculum lead for Music. This will clearly be a very different experience for her starting a position in a school and teaching remotely!

Finally, I am very grateful to you for following the regular updates and guidance from the government and Department for Education to ensure your safety and that of others. We are in uncharted territory but there will be light at the end of the tunnel. Please continue to check the College’s Facebook page and website for regular updates, advice and guidance.

Take care and with my very best wishes

Jeremy Plumb