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Ten Tors Challenge 2022

Training for the Ten Tors Challenge 2022 has started at the College with the first introductory walk taking place on Dartmoor on Sunday 10th October, in near perfect weather! Students successfully completed the circular walk from and to Leeden Car Park near Princetown.  As the event hasn’t taken place for two years, there are a high number of students from Years 9 to 11 keen to take part in the 60th Anniversary event. Dates and information were given out to parents, carers and students at our meeting last Wednesday and will be published on Satchel One shortly.

COVID Vaccination Letter for Parents

To all parents/carers of children in Years 7 to 11. A very important message has just been sent to you on SIMS Parent App regarding COVID-19 vaccinations that will take place at the College on Monday 11 October.

Please note you must submit your consent by midday Thursday 7 October if you would like your child to be vaccinated. Further details on the vaccination programme, and how to provide consent, are contained in the letter that has been sent to you.

Year 7 – TCC Passport

On Tuesday 28th September 2021, the TCC Passport for Learning will be launched for all Year 7 students. The Passport for Learning is a tool which we will use with our Year 7 students to support them in meeting our high expectations and become successful, independent learners. The passport will contain:

  • A page for students to record login details
  • Uniform information
  • A college map
  • A page for students to write out their College timetable
  • A page for tutors to record Uniform & Equipment Checks
  • A ‘notes’ section to be used by staff & parents.

Students are expected to always have their passport with them (the passport will be A6 size so it will fit into their blazer pocket). As parents and carers, it is our hope that you will be able to check the passport daily and help us to address uniform/equipment concerns, check for any notes and celebrate the positives with your child (parents and carers are also able to write notes in the ‘Notes’ section on the weekly pages).

Thank you for your support.

Torpoint Community College

Year 9 Parents Evening

On Tuesday 14th October between 3:30pm and 6:30pm we will be holding our first virtual Parents Evening for year 9.

The virtual parents evening provides us with an opportunity to discuss with you the progress that your child has made so far this year and to discuss what steps they can take to improve further. We are using a virtual ‘video call’ system as this has received excellent feedback from parents who have used it already

To run the Parents Evening we will be using a web-based system called SchoolCloud.  The system doesn’t require any additional software on your home device (eg. laptop, tablet, phone) as it works through a web browser. Please find below a helpful Parents Guide with info on logging in and booking appointments. Alternatively, go to the following website to get started…

https://torpoint.schoolcloud.co.uk/

When booking appointments, you will need to provide your details and that of your child including their name and date of birth as a security measure. The booking website will only be live for you to make your appointments between from 9.00am on Monday 27th September to 3.30pm on Wednesday the 13th October.  This system will allow you to book all of your appointments online and in one go; with all of your child’s teachers being automatically selected for you.  Each video appointment booked will last for a maximum of 5 minutes.

You will have the opportunity to make appointments to speak to your child’s tutor on another evening if you wish to. The tutor support evening will be in the 3rd November.  Should you have any questions about the new system or any problems using it, please do not hesitate to contact the College. 

User Guide

Head Teachers Message to Parents

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope you and your family have had a good summer and enjoyed some of the additional freedoms following the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions. It was also a pleasure to meet many of our new Year 7s who attended our Summer School between 9th to 13th August. Following the letter I sent out on 20th July, I would like to remind you of some important information in respect of the start of the new term.

As part of the government’s plans, the College has set up an Asymptomatic Test Site (ATS) for all children to complete two supervised lateral flow tests, 3 to 5 days apart, when they return to school. This can only be completed if we have parental consent for testing. If you haven’t given consent, please click here for the TCC Consent & Registration Form for Covid-19 Testing. This testing is seen as an essential part of the government’s strategy to prevent significant transmission of the coronavirus in education settings at the start of the new term.

There will be a phased return to school in September to accommodate student testing, the dates of which are as follows:

  • Tuesday 7th September – First day for Year 12 and 13:
    • Year 12 at 0900hrs – Students to go to room 68 in the Sixth Form
    • Year 13 at 1100hrs – Students to go to room 68 in the Sixth Form
  • Wednesday 8th September – First day for Year 7 – Students to go to the College’s Main Hall
  • Thursday 9th September – First day for Year 11 – Students to go to the YMCA Sports Hall
  • Friday 10th September – First day for Year 10 – Students to go to the YMCA Sports Hall
  • Thursday 16th September – First day for Year 9 – Students to go to the YMCA Sports Hall
  • Friday 17th September – First day for Year 8 – Students to go to the YMCA Sports Hall.

COVID cases remain high and the College will retain a number of control measures to help mitigate the risk of transmission. These include ensuring there is good hygiene practiced by everyone, an enhanced daytime cleaning regime, keeping occupied spaces well ventilated and following public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19. The College is no longer required to complete contact tracing, but it will support NHS Test and Trace as necessary. Your child will, at this time, be permitted to wear a face covering for their own wellbeing or if they are vulnerable.

A detailed information booklet to help both you and your child prepare for the start of the autumn term can be found here.

Enjoy the remainder of the summer break and I very much look forward to welcoming your child back to school in the coming days.

Best wishes

Dr Jeremy Plumb

Headteacher

For the attention of Year 7 Parents & Carers

We are really looking forward to meeting all of our new students very soon! If your child is starting in Year 7 this September, please take a moment to familarise yourself with the first day information below.

First day of school – Wednesday 8th September 2021
Times of day – 8.45am-3.20pm

Arrival –

• Please arrive for 8.40am (no earlier).
• Students should make their way to the door of main reception only (no other access points) where they will be greeted by the Pastoral Team.
• If your child is due to arrive by bus, staff will be present in the bus bay and will accompany students to the door at reception.
• If you plan to walk your child to College on that day, please only walk them to the traffic island at the bottom of the drive or to the bicycle sheds and do not enter the reception area or the area immediately outside reception (this will help to avoid congestion).
• Please do not drive your car down the College drive; note the main gates are closed between 8.30-8.50am.

Items to bring –

1. A packed lunch and snack for breaktime (unless your child is entitled to a Free School Meal in which case a lunch will be provided for them). Please ensure your ParentPay account has credit placed on it for the following day (Thursday 9th September) if you wish your child to purchase food or drink from the canteen; note the College operates a cashless catering system so no cash is accepted.
2. Water bottle (filled with water please). This can be topped up at the College during the day.
3. Pencil case with the following essential items: pen, pencil, eraser, ruler, calculator – Casio fx-83gtx Classwiz. (Desirable items- colouring pencils, highlighters, protractor and compass.)

Uniform –

Please ensure your child arrives for their first day in full College uniform as set out by our uniform policy. Your child will not need their PE kit on the first day (Wednesday 8th). Your child will be provided with their College timetable on this day so they may need to bring their PE kit in for a lesson later in the week.

Examination Results at Torpoint Community College

Torpoint Community College is pleased to report some outstanding achievements by its students in their GCSEs, A level and other qualifications this summer. On 10th August, Year 13 students celebrated their success on A level results day and Year 11 students celebrated GCSE results day on 12th August. Staff and Governors are extremely proud of each and every one of the Year 11 and 13 students.  

This year, following the cancellation of examinations for a second year, grades were awarded through a process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard and approved and awarded by the examination boards. The government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the varying impact of the pandemic.

The increased challenge that recent months have brought has not diminished the work of our Year 11 and 13 students. It is important to remember that students have been with us for five or seven years and each results day sees the culmination of all the hard work and steely determination that has been achieved.  

Students have received grades which are a testament to their hard work and commitment throughout their studies and which really promote our motto “Inspiring Optimistic Learners”. We are confident that our students have completed Year 11 or 13 with the grades they fully deserve and which put them in a strong position to embark upon the next part of their learning journey. 

Dr Jeremy Plumb, Headteacher, said ‘I am delighted for the students. Their hard work over many years, great teaching and the overwhelming support from parents have resulted in the College continuing to go from strength to strength. The challenges that everyone has faced over recent months, and throughout the pandemic, does not take away from the excellent achievements and is a testament to the strength and resilience of everyone’. There is much to celebrate in 2021 and for the future ahead. 

Torpoint Community College A Level Results 2021

Staff at Torpoint Community College would like to say a huge congratulations to all out students who picked up their final A Level and CAMTEC results today and have done so well.  For this cohort of students, this year’s experience was unique as they had to cope with two periods of remote learning, the cancellation of formal exams and assessment based on Teacher Assessed Grades.  We are very pleased to be celebrating some superb achievements with a higher than normal number of students applying for University. 75% of this year group applied for University this year with a significant number achieving their first choice places.  We are proud that all of our students are either going on in education or taking up employment through apprenticeships.  Well done to them all.

Some students have done particularly well this year.  Three students achieved A* grades in Art and Design: Amelia Herbert, Finlay Mackenzie and Hollie Rickard; Deryn Matthews achieved A* in English Literature and an A grade in History and Rosie Richardson achieved A grades in both Mathematics and History.

Many of our students reached or exceeded their targets and should be extremely proud of what they have achieved and we are so pleased to have so many get in to their University places and Apprenticeships. 

Overall the College is delighted.  Head of Sixth Form, John Golding said, “At the end of a very challenging year,  I am incredibly proud to be part of such an amazing Sixth Form with such wonderful students, parents and staff.  This cohort of young people have shown remarkable resilience and positivity to keep working hard in the most difficult of situations.  Many of them have coped with huge personal challenges and I am delighted to see them being rewarded today.  We are the smallest school Sixth Form in Cornwall and yet our students are now ready and willing to take their places on the world stage.  They are confident to stand heads and shoulders with the best and have the necessary skills and expertise to flourish in their chosen careers.  Best of luck to the next generation of doctors, lawyers, scientists, computer programmers, physiotherapists, teachers, nurses and so much more.  The College would like to thank each and every student for working so hard over the last two years and also thank the parents and carers of our students who have given them such unwavering support.  The College Leadership Team would also like to thank each member of staff for going the extra mile to support our students.”

Lost Property

For the attention of parents and carers.

On Wednesday and Thursday this week all students’ lost property will be placed outside the main entrance to the College for parents and students to take a look and retrieve any lost items. This will be weather permitting and during 9am – 3pm.

Any items remaining after Thursday will be donated to local charity shops.

Year 11, 12 and 13 Summer Events Cancelled

Due to the delayed easing of Covid 19 restrictions we can no longer go ahead with the Years 11, 12 and 13 celebration evenings that had been planned to take place in July. I know this will be disappointing for all students who had planned to attend these events. As shared with you during the planning stages of the events, full refunds will be given to those who have already paid.


Please contact Mrs Howard for Year 11 and Miss Bell for Year 12/13 if you have any further questions,

Apprenticeships Parent Guide

The June edition of the Parent’s Guide from Amazing Apprenticeships is out now and ready to download. This contains useful information for Careers and in particular Apprenticeships.

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/resource/parents-pack-june-21/?utm_source=mailchimp&utm_medium=pp&utm_campaign=aaa%20june

Post 16 Transport Message

The College has been asked to share the following message from Cornwall Council regarding post 16 Transport…

Important Information | Post-16 Transport 2021/22

Who is this message being sent to?

This message is being sent to all young people currently in receipt of Post-16 Transport and all young people in Year 11 currently in receipt of Home to School Transport.  It is also being sent to all secondary schools in Cornwall, who we hope will share this information with all Year 11 children.  It is also being sent to all Post-16 learning providers in Cornwall, who we hope will share this information with all existing and prospective students.  A copy is also be shared with Parent Carer Cornwall and SENDIAS.  We would encourage you to forward this email to anyone else who may be interested.

What is Post-16 Transport?

Cornwall Council does not have a duty to provide free transport for young people aged 16 and 19.   Instead, we offer a subsidised transport scheme.  Cornwall Council does however have a duty to provide free transport for young people aged 19 to 25 who have an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Why are we writing to you?

Cornwall’s Post-16 Transport scheme for 2021/22 is now live.  Please visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/post16transport where you will find the online application form and Cornwall’s Home to School Transport Policy 2021/22.

Are other schemes available?

Some schools/colleges provide their own transport.  This may better suit your needs.  Please check with your school/college before applying for Cornwall Council’s scheme.

What do you need to do?

All young people who require transport assistance in the 2021/22 academic year should apply as early as possible.  Applying early will help the Transport Coordination Service plan its transport network.  It will also enable travel passes and arrangements to be issued quicker.  Don’t wait, apply now!

Do you need to reapply?

Post-16 Transport is only awarded for one academic year at a time – you must reapply each year.

Is there a deadline?

The deadline for on-time applications is Sunday 25 July 2021.  The deadline for on-time payments is Sunday 1 August 2021.  Young people who apply and pay on-time are guaranteed to receive their travel passes and arrangements to use from the start of the Autumn Term.  Applications and payments received after these deadlines will be processed as soon as possible – however, we cannot guarantee that travel arrangements for these applicants will be in place for the start of the Autumn Term.  Students will need to make their own travel arrangements in the meantime.

What is the cost?

The required payment for young people aged 16 and 19 in the 2021/22 academic year is £515.  This is payable in one lump sum or at the start of each term.  All students aged 16 to 19 – including those with an Education, Health and Care Plan – must pay this contribution.  Cornwall Council has decided not to increase its cost from the 2020/21 academic year.  This is part our commitment to ensure that Post-16 Transport is affordable for all.

What if you are unable to afford it?

You can apply for support through the 16‐19 Bursary Fund to help you make this contribution.  This is a separate funding scheme provided by Central Government to support students aged 16 to 19 with the cost of staying in education or training.  National guidance advises that the money young people (or their training/education provider) receive from the 16-19 Bursary Fund can be spent on the required contribution towards transport costs.  The 16-19 Bursary Fund is not managed by Cornwall Council.  Please apply via your school/college.

What about young people with Education, Health and Care Plans?

The Transport Coordination Service and Statutory SEN Service have produced a guidance document to support the families of young people with an EHC Plan – see link below.

www.cornwall.gov.uk/media/bxrhzwrj/fact-sheet-post-16-transport-for-young-people-with-an-education-health-and-care-plan.pdf

Do you have questions or need support?

If you have any questions or require support through the application or payment process, please contact the Transport Coordination Service – you can either reply to this email or call 0300 1234 222.

Thank you,

Transport Coordination Service

Cornwall Council | Economic Growth and Development

Email | transporteligibility@cornwall.gov.uk

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Spotlight on English Literature

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