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Safeguarding at TCC

We take the safeguarding of our students seriously at TCC and there are a number of ways in which staff, students and parents can share or raise concerns.

The Designated Safeguarding Leads are Mrs Becky Lear and Dr Jeremy Plumb. They can be contacted directly via the College phone number or by email using  worries@torpoint.cornwall.sch.uk The Designated Safeguarding Leads are clearly identified and visible in College and can be contacted out of hours as well as during school time. This information is also on our website.

On student desktops is the information about how to contact the worries@ email  and staff are updated weekly in a staff bulletin as well as fully Level 2 trained every two years. In addition to this, all HLOLs and the Pastoral CLT link are Level 3 Safeguarding trained. We have recently invested in a new system called CPOMS which allows staff to report safeguarding concerns quickly and effectively. If anyone has any queries, concerns or would like to know more, please contact Mrs Becky Lear who is Lead for Safeguarding.

Thank you.

Ten Tors

The Ten Tors introductory walk is this Sunday 13th October. 

Students need to return consent forms and attend the meeting tomorrow, Wednesday 9th Oct, 3.30 – 4.30pm, in the library.

Thank you

Mrs June Porter

County Lines

As part of our ongoing determination to safeguard all students, last week all of Year 9 – 13 watched a powerful and thought provoking performance by Alter Ego Creative Solutions about County Lines. The performance  was exceptionally well received by staff and students and was focused on helping young people recognise the signs of criminal exploitation, often known as County Lines. Students learned that often the most vulnerable people are those who think they are the least vulnerable. Students heard the story of two teenagers who found themselves caught up in the world of criminal and sexual exploitation and found it very hard to see a way out. The performances were backed up afterwards with support from our local YZUP the Young Addaction service and subsequent  PHSE lessons will also follow up on the messages from the performance. If anyone thinks they are in need of support or would like some advice, please contact Becky Lear at TCC.

Tempest Photography

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If you need assistance feel free to contact Tempest 01736 751555 (option 3).

Many Thanks

Tempest Photography

Immunisation Notice


The College has received information from Kernow Health regarding HPV vaccinations planned for all Year 8 girls and boys and all Year 9 girls. Girls aged 12-13 in school years 8 and 9 are offered the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccination and boys in year 8 are now being offered this as part of the NHS childhood immunisation programme. The vaccine protects against HPV related cancers such as cervical cancer in women and throat and neck cancers in both men and women; it is offered at schools in England as a course of 2 injections. In this first year of delivery for boys, they will receive their first dose in year 8 and second dose the following year, which is consistent with the HPV vaccination programme for girls. These will take place in the College on Wednesday 25th September 2019. Letters explaining the immunisation programme will be emailed to parents today; these include details on how to access the online consent form https://www.kernowimmunisations.co.uk/SecondarySchool which must be completed no later than Thursday 19th September 2019. Please note any student without consent will not be immunised.

Torpoint Community College HPV 2019-2020 online consent

HPV Universal Programme

County Lines Letter
There is an important letter coming home today with all students in years 9-13 containing information about County Lines.

Student Fundraising

Year 11 student Archie, along with his friends Jake, Liam and Korey, has recently done a sponsored head shave to raise money for the Antony Nolan Trust. They have raised over £1,700.

Archie decided to give something back after his Granddad was diagnosed with cancer and received a stem cell transplant through the Trust.

Well done boys!

College Open Days

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From masterclasses (e.g. media make-up, robotics and sports science!) to summer schools and campus visits – every half term you’ll receive a round-up of activities you can join. The newsletter also includes key dates, revision tips and support on university, college and apprenticeship applications. Register here it only takes 2 minutes!

University Residential Experiences for Year 10 Students

We are very proud of Year 10 students who have taken part in residentials at both the Streatham and Penryn Campuses of Exeter University this Academic Year. Ten students took part in residential experiences during the Easter holidays as part of the Exeter Scholars programme and six more students took part in residentials organised by Next Steps South West at the start of this month. The residentials allow students to experience what life as a university student is like; the students got to see the amazing facilities on offer, took part in academic workshops and stayed in university accommodation. We received excellent feedback about the conduct and enormous potential of our students. Well done to all who participated and pushed themselves out of their comfort zone by meeting new people and experiencing new things. 

Gradual Return (September 2019)

Wednesday 4th September 2019 – Inset day (Staff only)

Thursday 5th September 2019 – Sixth form induction only

Friday 6th September 2019 – Yr 7, 10 and 12 return

Monday 9th September 2019 – All year groups return

Torpoint Community College

Press release 2019 GCSE summer results

Inspired Optimistic Learners” from Torpoint Community College celebrate their GCSE results.

Inspired students at Torpoint Community College, have achieved an array of outstanding GCSE examination results. This is now the third year through the new English and mathematics GCSEs and the second year through many of the new reformed GCSEs for most other subjects. Hailed as the most significant change in the examination system since O-levels were replaced over 30 years ago, the “more demanding, more fulfilling and more stretching” examinations were introduced to help the UK better compete internationally. The new GCSEs cover more challenging content and are designed to match standards in the strongest performing education systems elsewhere in the world. 

The number of students attaining GCSE grades of 4 or above, identified as the standard pass, in English and mathematics was 72%. Dr Jeremy Plumb, Headteacher said “This achievement across the College is a reflection of each and every inspired individual learner, together with the support and encouragement of their families. Congratulations to all students for their individual achievement and praise to all staff who have steered the students through the new courses and examinations. The College is looking forward to welcoming a significant number of these students into the hugely successful Sixth Form at the College which again this year also celebrates good results and sees every student move successfully to their next steps”

At this early stage of examination analysis, with several results yet to come in and the array of changes to courses, examinations and GCSEs, 57% of students gained a minimum of 5 or more GCSEs grade 4 or above including English and mathematics. Students achieved the highest grades of 9 or a Distinction in a number of their GCSEs and Btec courses. There were particular Torpoint Community College stars in terms of attainment this year and there are many other students that have achieved excellent personal bests, making significant progress. The College congratulates all students for their own outstanding achievement. The achievement of all individuals will be celebrated at a special awards ceremony in December 2019 when students collect their examination certificates. 

Although it is difficult to make direct comparisons with previous years, due to the complex changes in grading of GCSE, it is clear from the results that the class of 2019 was a very special group and whilst students celebrated their achievements, individual subject areas celebrated student successes with above average pass rates in an array of different curriculum areas.

Progress 8 was introduced in 2016 as the headline indicator of school performance. Progress 8 aims to capture the progress that each student in a school makes from the end of primary school to the end of year 11. It is a type of value added measure, which means that pupils’ results are compared to the progress of all other students nationally with similar prior attainment. Every increase in every grade a student achieves will attract additional credit in school performance tables. The progress 8 at Torpoint Community College has improved again this year showing a three year trend of increased progress for all students from 2017 to 2019.

Dr Jeremy Plumb, Headteacher at the College said “All the staff and Governors at the College are extremely proud of our students’ achievements and are looking forward to watching them continue to achieve and inspire others in their chosen journey after GCSEs and A-Levels. Well done”.

Wimbledon Trip

A group of 9 students had an early start to make the trip to Wimbledon on Day 8 to see play on Court 2. The sun shone and we had a good journey to get to the court for the start of play. First match was the women’s number 1 seed Ashleigh Barty against Alison Riske, followed by Karolina Muchover against Karolina Pliskova. Both were a great display of competitive tennis with both matches going to 3 sets. We had great seats only 5 rows from courtside just behind the umpire. The day finished off with Kei Nishikori against Mikhail Kukushkin. The students were an absolute pleasure to have on the trip and a big thank you to Mr Maestri and Mrs Johnson for sharing the driving. Fingers crossed we’re successful in the School’s Ballot for tickets again next year!

Sixth Form Summer Ball

On Friday 5th July a ‘Summer Ball ‘ leavers party was held at the Old Rowing Club in Torpoint for our Year 13’s.

Students enjoyed a BBQ on the terrace and dancing.  This was an occasion for fond farewells and was one of the last times they would all be together before they go off to different parts of the country to university, work or travel abroad.

They have been a fantastic bunch and we would like to wish them well in this exciting next chapter of their lives.