Pastoral Care structure
House Leaders of Learning
The College is organised into four vertically grouped Houses each being under the guidance and leadership of a House Leader of Learning (HLOL), with an Assistant Head of House to support developments. In each tutor group there are students from all ages and abilities and tutors see their tutees for 30 minutes each morning.
- Freathy Mr C Pease
- Polhawn Mr M Davey
- Tregantle Ms J Howard
- Tregonhawke Ms J Childs
All students and staff at the college are allocated to a house.
House leaders work closely with parents and the relevant outside agencies. Weekly meetings are held with the Student Support Manager and Assistant Deputy Head to ensure we are doing all we can to support students and their families
We moved to a vertical House structure from year group structure as we believe this prepares students better for this ever changing world. We believe it promotes greater social skills and more diverse friendships and improves behaviour for learning. It also allows tutors to more effectively monitor and track progress of students at key times, such as year 9 options, as each tutor will have no more than 5/6 students of any one year group in that tutor group.
In deciding which House to place students in, we take information from the primary schools, the child’s preferences and also take into account where siblings are placed. House Leaders have overall responsibility for students in their house and deal with any problems which arise. They work with a member of the Leadership Team who has oversight of the pastoral organisation of the College.
We are proud of the House system at Torpoint Community College and this is what year 9 students think about it
- “Breaks down age barriers and gives a family feel to tutor groups”
- “It’s good because if you don’t understand the homework the older students help”.
- “We can mix with other years”
- “Its much better than it used to be”
- “I left enemies and joined friends”
In Year 11, although still a member of a house, students are grouped as a horizontal year group, with Year 11 tutor groups containing just that Year 11 students only. This change of structure allows the Year 11 students the opportunity to focus on issues that arise in Year 11 such as terminal exams, sixth form and career applications anr the like with a Year 11 tutor This team and the revision focus is co-ordinated by an Achievement Co-ordinator.
During their time at Torpoint Community College students are encouraged to get involved in the many opportunities to represent their House and College and lead others. In Year 11 students can put their name forward to become House Captains and members of the Student Leadership Team (SLT) The College has a proud tradition for example of leadership through the Junior Sports Leaders program, many of whom go on to be Community Sports Leaders. Students can put their leadership and team working skills to the test in the harshest of environments on the Ten Tors challenge or expeditions associated with the Duke of Edinburgh Award. In addition to this, students are offered chances to take part in assemblies’ fundraising for House charities and support younger students at every age.
The pressures upon students during adolescence and the effects of external factors such as bereavements, family break up etc. can sometimes affect student’s emotional health. During these times students need extra support. The House Leaders constantly review the pastoral needs of their students and those requiring extra support are referred to the Student Support Manager who will implement interventions to support that child. In addition to House support, students are academically tracked across year groups. Interventions to improve attainment are implemented for key groups at key times. For example, in Year 11, the College has a programme of targeted interventions to raise attainment in the time preceding examinations including revision classes, holiday school, and teaching of revision strategies.
Student Support Centre (SSC)
The Student Support Centre supports students in a number of ways;
- Mentoring – behaviour emotional social
- Health concerns
- Literacy and numeracy interventions
- Breakfast club
- Break and lunchtime sanctuary
- Outside agencies referrals
- Homework support
- Behaviour on call
There is a dedicated team of Learning Mentors at the college specialising in supporting literacy and numeracy, medical needs, behaviour for learning, children in care, ASD and visual screening. There are 3 HLTA’s working to support students with their behaviour, emotional social needs, Maths and English (Dyslexia).