Covid-19

Covid-19 Closure Information

Please find below the latest information regarding the College’s closure due to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

Important Information17/10/2020

The College has just received notification a student in Year 11 has tested positive for COVID-19. They had been self-isolating since the afternoon of Monday 12th October. We have contacted the DfE helpline to obtain support from health officials.

A dynamic risk assessment has been completed by the health official and the College is acting upon their advice.

A small number of students will be required to self-isolate and a letter will be sent to their parents shortly. A remote learning provision will be put in place for those students to ensure they can continue with their learning. A letter will also be sent to all other parents with further details, advice and guidance.

Please rest assured the health, safety and wellbeing of all our College community is an absolute priority.

College Risk Assessment – COVID 19 – 30th September 2020

Letter to parents produced by Public Health England regarding COVID-19 Testing

College Update Letter to Parent and Carers – 16/07/2020

COVID SUMMER FOOD FUND – 10/07/2020

Due to the unprecedented nature of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the government has recognised families will face increased pressure on household budgets over the coming months. That is why they have launched the Covid Summer Food Fund which will enable children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals to be supported over the summer holiday period.

Each eligible student will receive £90 (2 x £45 e-Codes) to cover the summer holiday period. These codes will be issued to the parent/carer on 17/07/20 and 17/08/20. If you do not receive your first £45 code on 17/07/20 then please let the College know by emailing enquiries@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk 

Please note vouchers do not have to be redeemed in a single shopping trip – they can be used repeatedly until the voucher’s balance reaches £0. To check how much money is left on the eGift card, families can ask the supermarket’s customer services team when in store.

Please see the updated Parents Guide for any questions.

Parents Guide

College Update 08/07/2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

You will have heard, no doubt, of the Government’s ambition to get all students back into school, full-time from September. This is something I fully support, however, the guidance from the Department for Education only came out last Thursday and there is much for us to consider to ensure we can do this safely.

Detailed planning for the College’s full reopening is essential and I can assure you that we are working very hard on this. We are having to make judgements about how to balance and minimise any risks from coronavirus (COVID-19) with reinstating a full educational experience for all our year groups. There is a requirement to minimise the number of contacts that students have during the school day when they return in the Autumn to reduce the risk of transmission. This is likely to be achieved by creating year group “bubbles”. This concept presents significant difficulties as it restricts the normal operation of the College and creates both educational and logistical challenges.

As shared with you previously the health, safety and wellbeing of our College community is of paramount importance. This, balanced with delivering a full range of curriculum subjects and maximising students time in the classroom, provide the basis upon which our plans for September and beyond are being developed. Please also note the government’s recent announcement that attendance from September will be mandatory. I understand the concerns many parents and students may have about the return to school and we will work with you as best we can to try and make the transition as smooth as possible.

The majority of Year 10s and Year 12s have been attending school part-time over the last few weeks. We are only allowed to have a quarter of the year group in at any one time and it has been a real pleasure to see so many of the students during this face to face provision. The skeleton school continues to provide provision for a very small number of students in our sixth form block.

The week of the 13th July has been devoted to staff training to ensure we are prepared as best we can for the full opening of the College in September. During this week there will be no face to face provision for Year 10 or 12 students and there will be a reduced level of remote learning for all year groups involving an array of end of year remote challenges. The skeleton school will continue until Tuesday 21st July.

The next academic year doesn’t officially start until Thursday 3rd September and on this day only College staff will be present on site. On Friday 4th September only Year 7 and 12 will be in College. The week beginning 7th September different years groups will be invited into College for a phased reopening and an introduction to the “new normal”. It is essential that we ensure that this is conducted in such a precise and phased manner to ensure the safety of students, staff and their parents. We hope that the full College timetable will then commence for all Year groups on Monday 14th September.

Finally, there will be a ‘new normal’ in September in the way the College will have to operate. We are absolutely clear that we must remain flexible and adaptable to an uncertain and dynamic environment and be prepared for the potential self-isolation of multiple students or staff or local outbreaks. We are very clear about the measures that need to be put in place to help manage the risk of coronavirus (COVIDS-19) transmission and to create as safe an environment as possible for our College community. Thank you for your continued support and I will be writing to you again shortly to share our plans for a full reopening of the College in September, and to give you as much information as I can so your child is prepared for their return to the classroom which we are very much looking forward to.

Dr Jeremy Plumb

Headteacher

Covid 19 Social Distancing Policy May 2020

Torpoint Ferry Notice 11.06.2020

Please note that with effect from Monday 15th June foot passengers on the Torpoint Ferry will be required to wear face coverings

College Update 08.06.2020

Please click on the links below to see information regarding College Updates:

Letter to parents and Carers 08.06.2020

Expectations For The Safety Of Our Community On Partial Reopening

Reopening Map

College Update 01/06/2020

Dear Parent / Carer

Further to my letter that I sent to you just before the half term break, I am writing to give you a further update on what is happening with regards to the College partially reopening for our Year 10 and 12 students which is currently planned to take place in the week commencing 15th June.

Today we have seen children in early years, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 began returning to primary schools and early years settings across England in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 28th May. This has caused concern amongst many and we will watch closely how the situation develops over the coming days and weeks. It was also announced that there would be a gradual reopening of secondary schools starting on 15th June, to provide ‘face-to-face contact time’ for Year 10 and 12 students, for which further guidance can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-secondary-schools

I am pleased to report that planning is well underway for a phased reopening of the College in two weeks time for our Year 10 and 12 students. This will comprise a maximum of a quarter of the respective year groups (Year’s 10 and 12) in each day from the outset, with remote learning continuing to be the predominant form of education as directed by the Department for Education. As you will be aware it is all about proceeding cautiously and building the confidence of those working within the College, with parents and with students that it is safe to return and that all the appropriate safety measures are in place in line with the government’s guidelines and the College’s risk assessment.

The focus of this week is to finalise plans for the proposed “face to face” provision for our Year 10 and 12 students after which further information will be cascaded out to all staff and parents for a 15th June start. A survey was circulated to parents before half term to gather information with regard to Year 10 and 12 student attendance from the 15th June. Thank you to those parents that have completed the survey. There are still a number outstanding so if you haven’t completed the survey I would be grateful if you could do so by clicking on the link here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1s2zBgDeyhYC-bp1x-VWt-DhXbTG-WIWG9XsGBEqe-t0/edit

Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to providing you with a further update on the partial reopening of the College later this week.

With my kind regards

Jeremy Plumb

Headteacher

Beam House Residential Trip July 2020 – Cancelled 20/05/2020

Due to the ongoing lockdown restrictions, and the risks associated with a residential trip in the foreseeable future, unfortunately we have had to cancel the trip to Beam House for Year 7 to 9 students planned for July 2020. Work is under way with the College’s insurers and details on refunds will be published once this process is completed. Please rest assured refunds will be processed as soon as possible.

If you have any urgent queries regarding this matter please contact the Finance Team at finance@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk

Barcelona Trip Refunds 11/05/20

Please note the Finance Office is working hard to process refunds in respect of the Barcelona trip. Working under the constraints of ParentPay we are unable to make refunds in one lump sum; therefore, separate refunds will be received based on the individual amounts paid for the trip through ParentPay. This is a laborious task but please rest assured every effort will be made for the full amount to be refunded over the coming week.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

SPACE – Support for families who are anxious during COVID 19 27/04/2020

SPACE (Supporting Parents and Children Emotionally) is a new initiative in Cornwall set up by  Rockpool and Headstart Kernow  to help families and parents access an  easily accessible digital online offer. Attached are the first two factsheets which can be found on the Headstart Kernow, Rockpool and Cornwall Council Parents Support pages. Each factsheet has links to blogs and video’s embedded within the document to help harmonise the messages, and provides additional mediums for digesting the information.

You can also find the information here https://www.headstartkernow.org.uk/sec-sch-support/covid-19/space/nand here https://rockpool.life/

Additionally they are providing parents with the opportunity to sign up to weekly Q&A Webinars – more information on this to follow. 

You may also find this link  helpful 

https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/education-and-learning/coronavirus-advice-for-children-and-families/emotional-resilience-and-mental-health/emotional-resilience-for-parents-and-carers/

As always if you need any SEN support please contact the College directly and ask for Becky Lear

Fact Sheet 1 – Being Safe

Fact Sheet 2 – Keeping Connected

SPACE Postcards – Girl

SPACE Postcards – Boy

Teenage Brain

Barcelona Trip Update 23/04/2020

A letter from the Headteacher has been sent today via ParentPay to all parents involved in the Barcelona trip. This contains an important update regarding the trip planned in July 2020.

YEAR 10 WORK EXPERIENCE 2020 21/04/2020

Dear Year 10 students and your parents/carers,

I hope this message finds you all safe and well.

It is with deep regret that I am writing to inform you that due to the current school closures and the national lock down due to the impact of Coronavirus/COVID-19, a decision has been made to cancel the planned Work Experience for Year 10 this July.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of the Year 10 students, as well as your parents/carers, and the employers who accepted you all on placements. You have all worked extremely hard in securing your Work Experience. Your letter writing, interviews and perseverance are skills that you will carry with you.

Should you have any questions or require any further information, please feel free to contact me, as always, on Sissons.L@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk

I hope you are all managing well with your home learning, and I look forward to seeing you all back at college soon.

Kind regards,

Mrs. Lucy Sissons

Work Experience Co-ordinator.

Weekly Message for Year 12 and Year 13 20/04/2020

Weekly Message 20/04/2020

Barcelona Trip update 20/04/2020

BARCELONA TRIP
A message has been posted on ParentPay by the Headteacher in respect of the Barcelona Trip in July. We would be grateful if the parents of those children going on the trip could respond to the message, as requested, by 4pm tomorrow (Tuesday 21 April).

Online Safety 20/04/2020

At TCC, we are very proud of our students and the effort they have shown in completing their independent learning. We are equally proud of our students’ resilience in the face of the challenging circumstances lockdown presents us all with.

During this time of school closure, I wanted to ensure you are supported and signposted towards useful information regarding online safety, as well as some useful resources you can work through with your children. 

The link below is a useful guide about how to keep your child safe online while they are off school. While school is closed, here’s what you can do to help keep your child safe while they are learning, staying in touch with family and friends, and having fun online.


https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/globalassets/thinkuknow/documents/thinkuknow/parents/pdf/thinkuknow-parents-helpsheet-secondary.pdf

Also, the two links below have been created to support parents during Covid-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, the Thinkuknow website will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at home. The page includes all packs for students in years 7-9 (the first link, ages 11-13) and students in years 10+ (the second link, ages 14+). The content is quite stark but is informative, reliable and from a highly credible source.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/11-13s/

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/14-plus/

Also, below are links to the TCC website’s online safety section, which contains a range of links to help signpost you towards useful information regarding online safety; as well as a link to net-aware – an excellent guide to popular apps/games/websites and how to ensure our young people are safe.


http://www.torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk/e-safety/

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

If you do have any concerns about your child’s online safety, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Pease at pease@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk or Mrs Lear, our designated safeguarding lead, at lear@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk. If your call is regarding the Skeleton School Provision then please call Carbeile Junior School on 01752 812474 before noon. After this time, and for all other general enquiries, please leave a message or alternatively e-mail enquiries@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk
We all at TCC sincerely hope you are keeping safe and well during this period and do let us know if there is anything we can do to help.


Mr Pease

GCSE and A Level Results Days 17/04/2020

The Department for Education has now confirmed A Level results will be issued to students on Thursday 13th August. These will be available to our students in the Sixth Form Common Room from 10.00am until 1.30pm. It has also confirmed GCSE results will be issued to students on Thursday 20th August. Again, these will be available to students in the Sixth Form Common Room from 10.00am until 1.30pm. In both cases we are only allowed to give results to students in person.  If you would like someone else to collect your results for you, they will need to bring written permission from you with them.  Unfortunately we are not able to give results out by phone or email.On both results days Mr Golding will be available all day to give advice on next steps following results.We look forward to seeing you in August and celebrating your success.

Barcelona Trip Update 14/04/2020

Dear parents,

Thank you for the final payments received to date in respect of the Barcelona trip in July. There are still a small number of payments outstanding which we would be grateful if you could settle by Friday 24th April (the travel operator granted an extension to the payment date this morning). We fully appreciate the difficult predicament you are in with regards to this trip, and of course we don’t know what the position of both the UK and Spanish government’s will be in respect of travel in July, but our priority is to ensure there is no breach of contract with the travel provider which could result in the forfeiture of your funds paid to date. Thank you for your support and please do not hesitate to contact the College should you have any queries.

*FREE SCHOOL MEALS NATIONAL VOUCHER SCHEME* 14/04/2020

Dear Parents/carers

Please be advised that due to the sheer volume of submissions, Edenred are struggling to cope with the demands of this scheme and as a result there are delays in sending out the codes required to claim your vouchers. We have been assured that every effort is being made to get them processed as soon as possible. Please accept our sincerest apologies and know that we are doing all we can at school level.

If you have any additional concerns please email worries@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk or enquiries@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk

Thank you

Refunds 09/04/2020

Refunds have now been processed for the Year 13 Ball and the Psychology “Brain Day” event.Refunds have also been processed for the Year 11 and Year 13 balances remaining in  your child’s Cashless Catering Account. If you do not receive a refund, it could be because your child paid cash directly into the Finance Office or you credited your account via PayPoint. If this is the case, where available, the balance will be transferred to siblings or, if they do not have a sibling at the College, a cash refund will be given on our return and you will be notified once this has been processed.

To access your refund, please follow the instructions below:

Login into your ParentPay account. In the “My Account” section, at the bottom of the screen, there is a “Withdraw” button. By pressing this, the money will go back into the account you originally made the payment from.

Free School Meals National Voucher Scheme 07/04/2020

The DfE have today announced they are extending the free school meal offer to cover the Easter holidays, therefore please note there will be an additional code issued, to the value of £30 per child, to cover the two week holiday period. This additional code should be received BEFORE the 14th April 2020; however, Edenred have reported that there has been an unprecedented demand in order volumes and some orders are still in a queue waiting to be processed so please bear with them during this time.

Please email any further queries to enquiries@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk

Year 11 and Year 13 Letters 07/04/20

Please see below for letters to Year 11 and Year 13 regarding grades.

Ofqual letter for students

Letter to Year 11

Letter to Year 13

Free School Meals Update 07/04/20

*IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY RECEIVING FREE SCHOOL MEALS*


Dear Parents/carers

 Please be advised that Edenred should be emailing out your 16 digit code on 14th April 2020 and thereafter Monday weekly (term time) for all students currently receiving free school meals. The 16 digit eCode will have a value of £15 a week per child. This code will enable you to go online and redeem it against a choice of eGift cards (delivered electronically) which currently include the following food retailers:

  • Morrisons
  • Tesco
  • Sainsbury’s 
  • Asda
  • Waitrose
  • M & S Food

The eGift card email will contain a link to a barcode which can be presented at the till in-store either on a smartphone screen or printed on a piece of paper, just like a gift card.

Please see the list of FAQ. Should you require any further assistance please contact the College using the following email address: enquiries@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk

FAQ’s

Skeleton School Closed Easter Bank Holiday Weekend 07/04/2020

Further to the contact we have made with parents today, the Skeleton School at Carbeile Junior School will be closed this Bank Holiday weekend from Friday to Monday (10th to 13th April). The provision will continue as normal from Tuesday 14th April. Many thanks for your support.

College Update 03/04/2020

As we approach the end of the second week of school closures, and the first week of the Easter holidays, we continue to live in a period of great uncertainty. When I watch the government’s daily briefings and updates on the coronavirus, and measures being taken to support frontline workers, businesses and employees, it is difficult to comprehend the sheer scale of the situation and the way it has impacted on each and every one of our lives.

I am very grateful to all my staff for their continued support, whether it be staffing the skeleton school, providing online support to our students or maintaining the essential back office functions. I have also been very impressed in the way our students have adapted to remote learning and engaged in the provisions that have been put in place by their teachers.
We fully understand the anxiety and concerns our Year 11 and 13 students will be experiencing at this time in respect of their exam grades. The long awaited announcement from Ofqual with regard to the cancellation of the summer’s examinations should be published today. We hope to be able to share this information, and circulate further guidance to our students, in the near future. 

Today is the last day the ‘skeleton school’, set up for our students of key workers and those identified as vulnerable, will be based in the Sixth Form. As of Monday 6th April this provision will be relocated to Carbeile Junior School where our students will continue to be supported by College staff.
Please note that information has been sent out this week on a remote pastoral programme that has been developed by Mrs Howard and Mrs Lockett to further support our students. This is a programme to reduce the volume of remote academic work set for children and to balance this with pastoral activities themed around health and wellbeing. The first activity has a focus on moments of happiness.   

Finally, thank you for your continued support as parents. We appreciate the additional pressures that have been placed on you in having your children at home and their need to adapt to new routines and ways of learning. Please stay safe and keep well.

Dr Jeremy Plumb

Free School Meals 01/04/2020

*IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY RECEIVING FREE SCHOOL MEALS*

Dear Parent/carers

As you may be aware, the Department for Education (DfE) has developed a centrally-funded national voucher scheme to enable schools to continue to provide free school meals for your child/children even if they are not attending school at this time. You will shortly be receiving a telephone call from the College (please note the call may show as number withheld) asking you if you have access to a valid email address. If so, you will be sent an e-mail, before 14th April, containing a 16 digit eCode with a value attached (equivalent to £3 a day). This will enable you to go online to redeem the code against a choice of eGift cards (delivered electronically) which currently include the following food retailers:

  • Morrisons
  • Tesco
  • Sainsbury’s 
  • Asda
  • Waitrose
  • M & S Food

The eGift card email will contain a link to a barcode which can be presented at the till in-store either on a smartphone screen or printed on a piece of paper, just like a gift card.

Should you not have access to a valid email address the College will be able to redeem the code on your behalf and print the supermarket voucher of your choice. The voucher will then be posted out to you.

Please see the list of FAQ. Should you require any further assistance please contact the College using the following email address: enquiries@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk 

FAQs

Young Minds 30/03/2020

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

If your child is struggling during this difficult time, they can call our friends at The Mix for free support, every day of the week. Their helpline number is 0808 808 4994 and they are open between 4 and 11pm.


For urgent support, our Crisis Messenger text service is available all hours of the day. Your child just needs to text YM to 85258 to get through to a trained volunteer. We’ve also linked our find-help page below.
No one should struggle with their mental health alone. Please share if you feel these services may be helpful to someone you know.

https://youngminds.org.uk/

TCC Skeleton School Provision 30/03/2020

With effect from Monday 6th April, the College’s Skeleton School to support vulnerable children and children of key workers will be moving to a centralised hub at Carbeile Junior School where they will continue to be supported by members of staff from the College. The timings of this provision remain unchanged: 0845-1520hrs. At this moment in time the centralised hub will not be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Please also note your child will no longer be required to wear school uniform. Finally, a reminder that your child must bring a packed lunch with them. The contact number at Carbeile Junior School is 01752 812474.

Sixth Form Update Letter 30/03/2020

Sixth Form Update Letter

Barcelona Trip Update 30/03/2020

We fully understand, and share, the anxiety and concerns parents and students will have regarding the Barcelona trip planned to take place in July. The College is continuing to closely monitor the situation with advice being sought from both Cornwall Council and at a national level. The advice at this stage is to remain patient and NOT to make any further payments until we know more with what’s  happening. Every effort is being made to seek resolution to the matter, including regular dialogue with the travel operator, and further updates will follow. Please do not hesitate to contact the activity lead should you have any further questions.

Year 11 Sixth Form Offer Letter 27/03/2020

With all of the uncertainty about exams and calculated grades we would like to offer all of our students reassurance that they will always have a place at Torpoint Community College.  In this letter Mr Golding provides all Year 11 students with information about Torpoint Sixth Form

Year 11 Sixth Form Offer Letter

Skeleton School – Easter Break 27/03/2020

Please note the College’s skeleton school, set up to support vulnerable children and children of key workers, will continue to be open throughout the Easter break and is based in our Sixth Form. Students may wear mufti throughout this period. Many thanks for all your support to date.

College News and Update 27/03/2020

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

Headteacher

KS4 Students 27/03/2020

The RSC will be streaming a fantastic version of Macbeth on the BBC Iplayer soon. They haven’t published the schedule yet, but I will let you know when they do. Make sure you watch it… Miss Lockett 

https://www.rsc.org.uk/news/bbc-culture-in-quarantine

FSM Students 27/03/2020

FSM Students – If you were in receipt of a Sainsburys card at the beginning of the week to cover your child’s meals, can we please ask that you retain your cards even when all the credit on there has been used.We are not sure what the Government plans are at this time regarding FSM and so it might be that we will have to top up the card you already hold.

Remote Learning Update 27/03/2020

We are hugely impressed by how well our students have adapted to remote learning and we know that lots of them are working hard at home.  We value all work completed and want to offer advice and feedback.
Guidance  for students  re: how we will monitor the work you complete at home and offer feedback:

  • During week 1 of remote learning, we will not be asking students to send us their work.  This is because we want to keep our time free to answer students’ questions and give advice to anyone who is struggling with remote learning.  If students have typed up some work and do want to send it to their teacher for advice, they can do this via the College email.
  • From April 14th, teachers will endeavour to monitor students’ work and offer feedback electronically.  We cannot accept any paper based work – but do keep it all safe for when we return to school. 

Teachers might:

  1. Ask students to type up a specific piece of work and email it to them
  2. Ask students to take photographs of what they have done and save the photos in a centralised area such as Google docs
  3. Provide a quiz for students to complete on Show My Homework – although the teacher won’t see the actual work that has been completed, they will be able to make inferences about student understanding.  Responses to quiz questions will allow us to quickly see what has been understood and what has presented difficulties.  This will then inform what we set in the future.

Young Minds 25/03/2020

Young Minds

Foodbanks 25/03/2020

Following this week’s closure, the College donated its perishable goods to the Liskeard and Looe Food Banks which also support our local community in Torpoint. These are challenging times for everyone and we hope this small gesture goes some way to help those in need.

Year 11 and 13 Grades Letters 24/03/2020

Year 11 Estimated Grades Letter

Year 13 Estimated Grades Letter

Update 24/03/2020

Good Morning to all our students and their families.

I know you will be listening to the media and will be listening to the daily announcement from our prime minister who last night stated that

the country faced a “moment of national emergency” and staying at home was necessary to protect the NHS, save lives and tackle “the biggest threat this country has faced for decades”.

The College is currently providing a skeleton provision for a very small number of students of key workers and vulnerable children. May I thank you all for acting upon the advice to keep children at home.

Our teaching staff are providing an array of resources, tasks and provisions to keep the learning going and this material is being communicated via Show My Homework.

Mr Golding will be publishing guidance and information with regard to the GCSE and A Level grading for our Year 11 and 13 students.

Thank you for your support and please take care.

Message for Years 7-10 24/03/2020

Dear students

I hope that you have found the first day of remote learning to be manageable and helpful. We are hugely impressed by how many of you have logged onto Show My Homework and accessed your work.  We know it isn’t easy so well done for all of your efforts today. 

I know that some of you have emailed teachers for advice and help and we are keen to support you as much as possible.

As you know, we want you to try and establish a routine by following your normal school timetable and completing an hour of work per subject.  But even more importantly we want you to stay safe and follow all government advice.  The scientists have been very clear that getting together with friends is not safe at the moment, so we hope that you are not getting together in groups and keeping a distance of 2 metres from others if you go out for any reason.

Below is a quick reminder of how remote learning works:

  • Your lessons will be set on SMHW each day: your teachers might direct you to other websites from there or provide resources for you to download.
  • You will usually be set 5 lessons per day – although you may not get set work for practical subjects such as PE or drama.  This is a good chance to take a break.
  • If you are poorly, don’t worry about the work.  Your health comes first.
  • Remember, your tutor is your first point of contact so email them if you need some advice or help.  All teacher emails follow the same format: surname.firstinitial@torpoint.cronwall.sch.uk Please email your teacher or tutor using your school email account.
  • Don’t worry about sending work to your teacher every day.  A lot of you will be working in your exercise books or on paper so you can bring this in with you when you return to College. 
  • Your teacher will inform you if they need you to send them something.

Don’t panic if you don’t get everything done in a day – we understand that you may have to share a laptop with a sibling or have other reasons that make it challenging to get the work done.  Do your best each day and email your class teacher if you have any concerns or problems.

Tip of the day:

Have you ever considered learning sign language?  Well, now is a good time as the BSL have made the decision to make their 20hr online BSL course completely free for anyone under the age of 18: https://british-sign.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360044794654

Well done everyone 

Miss Lockett

DfE Information 21/03/2020

DfE Information

Parent Pay Update 21/03/2020

Please be aware that remaining balances for students in both Years 11 and 13 will be refunded at our earliest convenience.

This also applies to any trips and activities that you will have been informed have been cancelled.

Unless you have been told that an activity/trip has been cancelled, refunds will not be given at this time.

If you have a large amount on your Cashless Catering account that you would wish to have refunded to you, please email the Finance Office using the following email address: finance@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk

Again, these refunds will be processed as soon as we are able to.

Thank you for your understanding at this time and rest assured the Finance Team will do all it can to get this processed as soon as possible.

GCSE and A-Level Grades 20/03/2020

Dear Year 11 and 13 students, please find below a link to an announcement by the Department for Education with regard to your A level and GCSE grades. It is clear that further information will be published in due course.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/further-details-on-exams-and-grades-announced

Key Workers Letter 20/03/2020

Key Workers Letter

Plymouth Citybus Notice 20/03/2020

Dear Parents/Carers

If your child as been identified as requiring emergency educational provision during this time we have been notified by Plymouth Citybus that as from Saturday 21st March 2020 all their buses will be operating on a Saturday timetable. This means they will no longer be stopping in the College bus bay, students will need to use the bus stop outside the Spar Shop on Trevol Road. From the Easter holidays Plymouth buses will switch to a Sunday timetable for the foreseeable future. Buses operating in Cornwall have yet to confirm if they will change to Sunday service or remain on a Saturday timetable. Please refer to the Citybus website for further updates.  https://www.plymouthbus.co.uk/news-service-updates/

*URGENT* Children of key workers 20/03/2020

Dear Parents/Carers

If you are a ‘key worker’ please click on the following link and complete the form (if you haven’t already done so) https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1scQ-x_9eg_VCnniG5_GMzEgHX0d1G1D0a4NL6jJkoNI/edit

Based on the latest government and local authority advice received, the school support provision for children of key workers will only be provided where both parents / carers are key workers (or if you are a single parent key worker) . The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and that schools remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

Please regularly check our website and Facebook pages as these will be used for further updates.

Cancellation of 2020’s Ten Tors Event 20/03/2020

A statement from the Director Ten Tors, Colonel Neville Holmes MBE:

‘It is with regret that I announce that this year’s Ten Tors event will not go ahead due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision has been made in line with current Government and clinical advice. I know that this will be a great disappointment to many however, given that safety is always our number one priority with Ten Tors, I hope it will not be a surprise. Although this year is the 60th Anniversary of Ten Tors, next year will now see the 60th event and so we look forward to celebrating this milestone with you all then. In the meantime, I would like to congratulate all those who have achieved so much whilst training for this year’s event and thank the hardworking teachers, leaders, parents and others who have enabled them to do so.’

From Mrs Porter – Although this has been expected it is still disappointing.  I would like say well done to all the students for their hard work & achievement and also a massive thank you to all the volunteers for their continuing support. 

Sixth Form Update 19/03/2020

To Year 12 and 13 students, parents and carers.

Yesterday’s announcement of College closures and cancellation of A Level and AS Level exams was met with us all with a mixture of relief and confusion.  At the moment we are still unclear about how grades are to be awarded for our students but have been reassured by the exam boards and universities that students will not be disadvantaged by these events.

We are expecting announcements tomorrow that will clarify the situation.

At the moment my advice to Year 13 students is to keep copies of all coursework, notes and assignments.  If you have coursework or NEAs ready to hand in, please send them to us.  We will contact all students with information as soon as we receive it.

I am enormously proud of the achievements of all of our students this year and feel privileged to work with them.  We are gathering as a Sixth Form tomorrow at 9.30 in the Common Room to say goodbye to each other – hopefully only for a short period of time.  We will have hot cross buns and pastries and, if students are able to attend, it will be lovely to see you.

For Year 12 your courses will continue and work will be set regularly  for you on Show My Homework.  Please keep working and focussed on your studies.  I am always available to answer any of your questions by email on golding.j@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk and will be in touch again in the next few days.

Best wishes

John Golding

Head of Sixth Form

Remote Learning Guide 19/03/2020

As you know, the school will be closed from Friday and we are working hard to ensure that we not  only do our best to support the health and wellbeing of our staff and students, but also to put in place plans to maintain some teaching and learning.

Today we have issued all students who are in school with a remote learning guide.  The aim of this is to reassure them that although they might not be able to come to school, they will have learning activities to complete at home. 

All teachers have been asked to set work on Show My Homework and direct students to other websites/ resources from there.  During any closure, we ask that students log onto Show My Homework each day to check their homework calendar and complete the work set by their teachers.  We appreciate how challenging this will be for students to manage and will endeavour to ensure that work is easy to access and that instructions are clear.  We have asked all students to record their login details on their personal remote learning guide and bring this home to you. 

Students who do not have internet access, will be provided with paper based packs. Please use this link to our website for further information.

KS3 remote Learning Guide

KS4 Remote Learning Guide

KS5 Remote learning Guide

Learning At Home Presentation

Children Of Key Workers Form 19/03/2020

Children Of Key Workers Form

College Closure Update 19/03/2020

College Closure Update

COVID-19 TCC Update 18/03/2020

COVID-19 TCC Update

Learning Resources for Absent Students 17/03/2020

During this uncertain period the College is experiencing a high level of student absence as parents follow the government’s latest guidance on the coronavirus and self-isolation. As you are aware from yesterday’s announcement those with symptoms, or with family members with symptoms, have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days. 

Although we are committed to ensuring that all of our students have access to learning resources, it is very difficult to set work for absent students at this time.  Should a school closure be announced by the government, we will use Show My Homework to share a full range of teaching and learning activities for children to complete at home.  However, at this time with an unusually large number of students absent from College we do not have the capacity to set work for individuals.  We apologise for any inconvenience and recommend the following online platforms for home learning:

www.samlearning.com

www.seneca.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

www.mymaths.co.uk

http://mrbartonmaths.com/students/legacy-gcse/past-papers/edexcel.html

https://mathsbot.com/

https://quizlet.com

Further information will be sent out shortly on the learning provision that will be in place for our students in the event the College has to close.

Barcelona Trip – Coronavirus Letter 17/03/2020

Barcelona Trip – Coronavirus Letter

Coronavirus Letter to Parents 16/03/2020

Coronavirus Letter to Parents