Kitchen EHO Visit - Thorpe retains its 5 Stars

posted 23 Mar 2016, 08:31 by

Thorpe kitchen recently had a visit from an environmental health officer of Tendring District Council to assess its food hygiene. 

The 5 star scheme is run by local authorities in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and is the same that applies to restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels, supermarkets and other food shops. Further details of the scheme can be found at: 

Our kitchens at both sites have previously attained 5 stars - the top rating. The result of this visit was for the Thorpe kitchen to retain its rating. We now wait for the EHO to visit Frinton - they turn up totally unannounced. 

Well done to our catering manager, Ben Everett and his team. 

Mark Rowson - Business Manager

Outstanding Performance from TTC Legal Team

posted 17 Mar 2016, 03:13 by   [ updated 17 Mar 2016, 03:14 ]

A team of year 8 and 9 students competed in the Magistrates Court Mock Trial Competition at Chelmsford Crown Court on the weekend and finished a very creditable third place.  The team had to take on all the significant roles in a court case, including lawyers, legal advisors, witnesses and the magistrates. 

We prosecuted the case in the first round with confident and assertive performances from Ben Moore (lawyer) and Mitchell Kill (witness), whilst Kieran Thomas was assertive in the demanding role of a legal advisor. 

In our second case we were defending, and again it was an excellent performance, notably the confident delivery of a closing speech by Fangping Liu entirely without notes.  Tamzin Webb also received personal congratulations from the lead magistrate and a top local solicitor who were both scoring the competition. 

It was a great experience for all those involved.  A well deserved congratulations to Mitchell Kill, Kaycie Fraser, Kieran Thomas, Isobel King, Katie Loud, Alicia Spendlove, Ben Moore, Georgia Euripidou, Fangping Liu, Joshua Rackham, Tamzin Webb, Abi Whitworth and Barney Teatheredge.

Mr I Silverton

N.E.M.O. Report

posted 17 Mar 2016, 03:11 by   [ updated 17 Mar 2016, 03:12 ]

On Monday 7 March 2016, eight pupils from Year 7 travelled to Colchester Academy to attend the North Essex Mathematical Olympiad, NEMO. We were all very excited. We had two teams representing TTC. There were three rounds, speed, 'big problem' and a relay. There was a mixture of questions in these rounds. 

After the competition, we found out the results.

TTC Team A had come second out of 16 teams and TTC Team B came ninth.  

The students involved were Amber Coleman, Jessica Taylor, Daniel Brewer, William Pearce, Thomas Ayton, Oliver Williamson, Isabelle Brown and Sophie Challis. 

We would like to thank Mr Walsh and Mr Crean for taking us. 

Written by Jessica Taylor

PE Department wins award

posted 5 Nov 2015, 05:04 by   [ updated 5 Nov 2015, 05:05 ]

Congratulations to the fantastic TTC PE department who have won 'Best Establishment for Sport’ at the Tendring Sports Awards.  Whilst we recognise that we do not have the best sporting facilities in the area, we do have an outstanding team of teachers who coach and nurture our young people in Sport and PE.

Dr Caroline Haynes
Executive Principal

Artsmark Gold

posted 20 Oct 2015, 06:03 by

We are pleased to announce that Tendring Technology College has achieved Artsmark Gold status, awarded by the Arts Council, England. 

Artsmark gives every child the opportunity to create, compose and perform, gain knowledge and understanding, and to visit, experience and participate in extraordinary work.

This award is made in recognition of the high quality arts and cultural opportunities at Tendring Technology College.


posted 25 Aug 2015, 05:00 by   [ updated 25 Aug 2015, 05:00 ]




Tendring Technology College is pleased to receive The Prince’s Teaching Institute Mark for 2014/15. 

The Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) launched the Schools Programme in 2007 to recognise and reward school departments that develop inspirational ideas and activities which enhance the teaching of Art, English, Geography, History, Latin, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Music and Science, regardless of their pupils’ backgrounds or abilities. It is run as a membership group for school departments that choose to commit to increasing the challenge of their subject provision. 

Our English, History, Music and Science departments received the Mark in recognition of their work during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Springfest 2015

posted 5 Jun 2015, 07:01 by

Well done to all the students who performed at the Springfest. It was a fantastic night; the atmosphere was electric. The talent at TTC is amazing!! 

Springfest gives students the opportunity to perform in front of an audience in a really positive, supportive environment. Everyone who attended Springfest, from the performers to the audience, made the night really special - thank you! 

Thank you to the Performing Arts department and the staff who helped in the run up to the event and who came on the night, for all their help and support. Thank you to Joe Boyd and his band for playing a great set. Thank you to Mr Heffer and his catering students; the BBQ was lovely! 

A big thank you and well done to the following students who organised the whole event: Jack Blanes, Georgia Burley, Louise Drake, Conor Fenton, Isaac Healy, Kerry-May Jackson, Daniel Stubbs, Amber Swales and Haley Tompkins. 

These students not only performed on the night but also put the whole event together, from holding auditions, selling tickets, promoting the event, designing the logo, posters and tickets, working with and helping other musicians with their performances, setting up, packing down and coordinating all the performers on the night. They did this as part of their BTEC Performance Certificate. 

They have shown that strength not only lies in musical talent but also in delivering a large-scale music event. It was an absolute pleasure to work with them. 

Mrs Sinéad Burgoyne
Curriculum Leader: Music

Maths A Booster Day at University of Essex

posted 24 Apr 2015, 03:49 by   [ updated 24 Apr 2015, 03:49 ]

A group of 28 Year 11 TTC students attended a Maths A Booster Day on Wednesday 15 April at the University of Essex, along with Year 11 students from other AET academies; namely, Greensward, Alyward, Bexleyheath, Felixstowe and Nightingale.  

The original brief was that we should send students currently working at a B grade whose target is an A and all our students fitted that brief. Split into 7 teams they rotated through the different 30 minute topic challenges during the day.  

One of our teams came 4th overall out of a total of 37 teams and so did brilliantly. 

The students also had a 20 minute presentation in one of the lecture theatres at the start of the day re: the value of studying maths at A-Level and at the end of the day congregated once again in the lecture theatre to see a dynamic 15 minute presentation by Dr. Chris Saker on the maths of juggling.  They then received the results of the Challenge and certificates from Andy Elwell of AET. 

Our students once again were fantastic ambassadors for TTC. It was lovely to hear the comments from the other AET academies' teaching staff about how polite and motivated our students were; they certainly stood out with their focus and maturity. 

A huge well done to all involved. 

Mr C McGinty

UK Maths Challenge 17 March 2015

posted 23 Apr 2015, 05:05 by   [ updated 24 Apr 2015, 03:46 ]

On Tuesday, 17 March 2015 Tendring’s team of four made the 2 hour trip to Cambridge to attend the UK Maths Challenge competition, a first for this year group. Some of us even did our Maths homework on the way. After we got lost, thanks to the university’s numerous dead ends and one way system, we arrived with just 10 minutes to spare. We tried the practice questions on the table to get our brains warmed up. We felt quite confident, managing to complete most of the practice questions. 

Miss Malinowska then had to leave us and we got a teacher from another school, just to ensure no cheating was possible. After all the teachers rotated groups we were handed the group round sheet. We had a good strategy as we each worked on one of the questions and then put it in the next pile. Then, with our 15 minutes ‘left over’ time we then checked all the questions that we didn't answer ourselves. This strategy clearly worked as we achieved nearly 75% correct, one of the highest group round scores in the competition. 

Next was the cross number. We had practised it so much in our practice sessions after school that we were pretty sure we could manage a decent score. We did very well adopting another very clever strategy. We first worked out all the questions that could be worked out on their own, i.e. those without needing the answers to other questions to complete them. Unfortunately, it came to a halt when we couldn't remember what a palindromic number was. But our strategy worked around it. We then found the question that was needed to work out most of the other questions. Once we knew that, we traced it back to see what questions were needed to work that question out and so on. Eventually the burden fell to Grace and I on the across clues. After we had the answer it became much easier. We even recognised a question from the group round, requiring the prime factors of 2015. We, of course, knew this to be 5, 13 & 31. However our precise workings cost us when with 2 minutes to go we had several unanswered questions. Grace then made a quick decision, as team captain, to leave no question empty as it was guaranteed to not get us a mark if it was blank. So with 30 seconds left I filled in all the blank spaces with educated guesses. Amazingly some were correct giving us 2 extra points. We finished with an around average mark on the round. We then had 40 minutes for lunch where some of us went outside to look around Cambridge University. 

When we got back we had the shuttle round. The idea was one pair answers a question and this answer is required to answer the other pair’s question: This is needed for the first pairs second question, the answer to which feeds in to the second pair’s second question. The difficulty comes when if any of them are wrong all subsequent questions don’t get marked and score 0 even if they were right. We felt a little less confident but still felt like we could do it. 

We started with Grace and I doing the first question which fed into all the others. We did quite well on the first shuttle finishing all the questions and getting them all right, after a few tries. On the second shuttle it was Pascale and Erin in the other pair who had to start. We did pretty well completing it with time to spare, only missing the bonus for doing it in 6 minutes and not 8 minutes, by 15 seconds. However, Grace and I got our first question wrong so needed to rely on Pascale and Erin’s question who achieved good marks. On the third shuttle it was Grace and I who had the first question. It was incredibly hard.

It took us 6 of the 8 minutes to complete it, making it very hard for Pascale and Erin to do their question with so little time left. Afterwards, Pascale and Erin agreed that it was very challenging to be the first question of the shuttle. On the fourth and final shuttle it was Pascale and Erin to start again. We did pretty well with the final shuttle answering them all and only getting the final part wrong. Although we did alright, we didn't do as well as some of the other groups in the shuttle round. 

The last round was the relay in which the two pairs were split up and we had to get our question from our teacher and run to our pair to answer it. We then had to run to the teacher to check it. If it was wrong we had to run back to our pair and have one more chance at it. Or, if it was right then we had to get the next question and run to the other pair to deliver it for them to answer. We were the only school in the whole competition who came prepared with trainers to change into, from our school shoes. There were 15 questions for each pair and only 2 questions from each of us were unanswered in the 45 minutes given. When it came to the end, we weren't told our scores but we were told our place. 

Sadly the shuttle round took more of a blow than we thought and we came 28th out of 30. However we were one of only 4 state schools in the competition. We also all got a pen and pencil case out of it just for entering but we left with our heads held high knowing only one other state school scored higher than us. 

Many thanks to Mrs Malinowska and Mrs Clarke who not only took us but advised us, motivated us and just looked after us. Also, many thanks to Mr Goodchild for preparing us by running 4 after school sessions that certainly meant we were well prepared for what was a tough competition.... 

Do it again ... you bet! 

Article by Alfie Chenery

Sportif International Judo Competition

posted 16 Apr 2015, 05:11 by   [ updated 16 Apr 2015, 05:12 ]

TTC's Rowan Lockyear and Henry Spooner both took a big step towards the top over Easter, competing at the Sportif International Judo Competition in Edinburgh. 

Competing in a new weight division, Lockyear faced a field of international players that he had little knowledge of, but equally they knew little of him other than his reputation from his previous weight.  With a first round bye, the second round was a confident start, beating his opponent in a matter of 20 seconds with ippon seoi nage (shoulder throw) for maximum points. 

The quarter finals saw two brilliant counter attacks to take another win, then the Semi Final against the British number four saw Lockyear take his opponent apart with two excellent Tia Otoshi techniques (body drop throw) to earn a place in the final against the British number one.  Whilst putting in a strong performance, he was unable to get the better of his opponent and had to settle for Silver.

The Year 11 student had been working his way up the rankings in the 60kg division and the move up a weight to 66kg means that he can only retain half of his previous ranking points, but with the points collected at the weekend, he is now placed 7th in Britain. 

Year 7, Henry Spooner had his best competition result to date, taking the Bronze in a very tough division.  A confident throw and hold in his first contest saw him face an opponent in the quarter finals that he has lost to on the previous three occasions.  Having prepared well tactically, Spooner made short work of his nemesis, throwing him in just five seconds for maximum points. 

A loss to the eventual Gold medallist in the semi finals saw Spooner face a strong opponent in the Bronze medal contest, which again saw great anticipation of his opponent’s moves and a combination of techniques eventually saw a Ko uchi gari (minor inner reaping throw) take the medal in 15 seconds. 

Both players were presented with their medals by World Championship Medallist, John Buchanen, then took part in an international training camp, learning skills from World and Olympic medallists.


Mr M Salter 

1-10 of 38