TCC Summer Term

TCC Summer Term

Welcome to the Summer Term and what will be a very different period for our students, their families and staff. We are now at the start of the fourth week since the Department for Education instructed all schools to close, and required us to offer a provision for children of key workers and students identified as vulnerable. TCC staff are now based in Carbeile Junior School to offer this provision in which we work as a centralised hub.

I hope that you all have had a restful and safe Easter break. The weather has been very kind to us which I’m conscious has put additional pressure on families throughout this difficult period. As reported in the media the government will be reviewing the lockdown arrangements this week, but it appears unlikely there will be any change to the current restrictions for the foreseeable future.

Teaching staff at the College will continue to provide remote learning for students for as long as the College is closed. This provision has been balanced by the implementation of a pastoral programme to support the wellbeing of all our students. Mrs Blandin-Neaves is working with House leaders of Learning to produce some remote assemblies to further communicate and support our students. 

Last week letters were sent out to our Year 11 and 13 students containing information and guidance that schools will take in determining examination grades this summer. It is likely further information from Ofqual will be released as we move through this process. This will be cascaded out to students and their parents as and when it is received.  

Families in receipt of free school meals have been contacted by the College and given information on the government’s voucher scheme. This has been a challenging process for the government to implement at short notice and, with the number of orders placed higher than anticipated, there are some teething issues which has had an impact on the supplier’s performance. It is anticipated these issues will be resolved very shortly.

This will be a busy term with planning ongoing for various options when the lockdown is lifted. I am delighted to inform you that the College is expecting another large intake of Year 7 students this September and careful planning will be needed to support the transition process. 

I have been made aware of a number of ways students from the College have been spending their time supporting their families and others, and I would like to mention how proud I am of them. One such example is Torpoint Youth Football Club who have decided to shave their heads in support of the “NHS charities together”. They have set up a JustGiving page in aid of this very worthy charity.

Although the College is physically closed, we are very much open for business but in a new and innovative way. My staff and I are here to provide the best possible support to our students and there has been some fantastic work completed throughout the lockdown period. It is essential that all students find the right balance for them in terms of their school work, and personal time. To maintain good health and wellbeing throughout this difficult period is paramount. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the College’s staff should you have any concerns.

With my kind regards,

Dr Jeremy Plumb