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From the Head of Academy

posted 10 Aug 2016, 04:46 by

As we come to the end of another academic year, please take the time to reflect on your successes whether they are academic, sporting, artistic or STEM based. Remember, success is not an accident.

A reminder to parents that the last day of the summer term is Wednesday 20 July 2016. The College reopens on Monday 5 September 2016 for Years 7, 10, 11, 12 and 13. Years 8 and 9 return to Thorpe campus on Tuesday 6 September 2016.

I wish you all a fantastic summer break and look forward to starting a new academic year with you in September.

Mr M Muldoon

From the Head of Academy

posted 1 Jul 2016, 06:35 by   [ updated 1 Jul 2016, 06:36 ]

This has been a week of celebrating the successes of our students at TTC. The PE department hosted their annual sports awards evening on Monday.  The sporting  achievements of our students, as individuals and as teams are exceptional.  I was struck by the dedication and hard work that each child (and parent) put in to achieving this success.  Our guest speaker, coach for Northampton Saints Rugby Club, John Williams, stressed in his speech, "it’s hard work that gets you only get out what you put in".  This commitment has also resulted in success for technology.  TTC students  competed in the Micromouse Schools Championship held at Birmingham City University.  They performed exceptionally well with Kaycie Fraser coming first with Bailey Southern and David Cox in joint second place.  In the drag race Daryl Hindle posted the fastest ever time set in this competition.   Not only are our students fast they are also very economical with the TTC Shell Eco team managing to achieve in their final run, 3325 miles per gallon beating many universities including Cambridge.  As a result of this, Tom Philpot, has been rewarded with a weeks work experience with the Renault Formula 1 team. 

A big well done to Mrs Burley and all students involved in the e-twinning project.  Their project based upon migrant integration - 'The new who do you think you are?' was awarded UK overall winner at the 2016 national awards and conference held at the National College for Teaching and Leadership.  This is a fantastic achievement and I have enclosed a link.  

National Award 

Finally, this afternoon I attended the Year 9 Graduation Ceremony.  It was a very special event, one that celebrated the achievements of the year group as they move from Thorpe campus to Frinton campus.  I left them with a simple Dr Seuss quote to reflect upon "You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose."



posted 23 Jun 2016, 04:03 by   [ updated 10 Jan 2017, 06:51 by Amy Deamer ]

From the Head of Academy...

I am delighted to inform you that, following a successful interview with the governors of the College alongside the CEO of AET, Mr Ian Comfort, I have gladly accepted the post of Principal at Tendring Technology College.  Dr Haynes will continue as Executive Principal of TTC & CCA until she retires on 31 December 2016. 

I am committed to ensuring that the future of TTC is a bright one. I have worked at the College since 2008 and have enjoyed every moment.  I will ensure the College continues to provide an outstanding education for each and every one of our students: I want the very best for our students, staff and community. I want each child to have every opportunity to achieve academic success.  I want every child to have a school life  enriched with social, sporting, cultural and artistic experiences.  I want each child to develop determination and resilience, an inner confidence and belief in their self-worth. I want each child to grow into an adult able to contribute positively to society, possessing strong core values based on honesty, respect and responsibility.   

I want to reassure parents/carers that I will still be insisting on high standards, a zero tolerance of knives and illegal substances will continue.  The College will be a safe environment for learning to take place. 

I look forward to meeting you at the various events that we have coming up during the last few weeks of term and to our partnership in the future.


 Mr Michael Muldoon

Head of Academy


posted 15 Jun 2016, 06:20 by

Last week we had the pleasure of meeting six former students, alumni if you wish.  Whilst this may sound like something quite ordinary these were certainly the oldest alumni we have shown around the College; this group of adults left the school in 1979. 

They were in town to celebrate the year they all turned 55; they came from across the expanse of the UK and even further afield (one had flown in from Australia), and after all this time they still maintain a tight bond and friendship that was forged within the very fabric of our school buildings. 

As they were guided round the campus by Mr Collins and a small group of year 11 students we were struck by the discussions that were taking place.  Our students did an excellent job; they were constantly professional as they chatted and listened to stories of past students dangling out of windows, blowing things up, teachers giving lifts to students, and a whole host of other health and safety, and safeguarding no-no’s.  The visitors were however quick to point out that as memories fade it is only the little snippets you remember and that they did work hard and the events they were describing were certainly not the everyday norm – we still found them quite entertaining.

As we showed them round they produced a host of old photos from their time at school. Some of the buildings were still recognisable – even after a make over. We found a location behind the Sixth Form common room and they recreated one of their old  photos; not the most flattering of locations but one steeped in memories. Tendring Technology College (Tendring High School) had served these people well.

Each one of them has led an interesting and fulfilling life. Careers included running a dive school and a theatre  director.  But by far the most striking thing about them all was their joy at being back at school after all these years to reminisce about the carefree days and the impact that the school had on them – although they did not perhaps fully appreciate it at the time. 

It is at this time of year that we start to say goodbye to some of our students.  It is important to remember that they too have had an impact on us as teachers.  As time passes, our memories will not be about the homework we set; or the academic knowledge we imparted; not even the grades achieved or coursework completed, but we will recall with fondness the positive relationships we forged with our students, the good humour, the personalities, the cheeky comments, and even the times they tested us to our very limits.  It is an honour to work in a College that produced such wonderful alumni who, after all this time, still appreciated their school years.  It is often said that these are the best years of our lives; they certainly are for us at TTC - there is nothing greater than hearing about the success of someone that was once one of our students.  Impact goes both ways; teachers and students should never underestimate the impact they have on each other.  A fond farewell to our Year 11’s; we hope that you take with you some great memories of your days at TTC and that we have prepared you well for whatever the future holds.


posted 15 Jun 2016, 06:18 by

 From the Head of Academy 

I hope that you all had an enjoyable half term break.  With lots to look forward to including: the Year 9 Graduation ceremony, Sports and Rounders Days, The Summer Show, Sports Awards, Year 11 and Year 13 Proms, it promises to be a very busy half term.  It will also be busy academically.  Year 10 will have their trial examinations in the coming weeks, it is essential that they revise and make best use of resources available to them.  I was disappointed to learn that only 21% of our top set mathematics students accessed the revision resources sign posted to them online for a recent end of module assessment.  To be successful it is vital that learning takes place outside of the classroom. 

Well done to our Year 8 students who, as Year 7s, entered the eTwinning National Awards 2016.  We have been informed that their project 'The new who do you think you are?' has been shortlisted into the top twenty from over 80 entries.  The winners will be revealed at a ceremony held at the Annual eTwinning National Conference later this month. I would also like to congratulate Ross Aylen who has been successful in reaching the National Final of the Triumph Motorcycle Design Awards competition. We wish him well. 

I will leave you with a quote from the late, great Muhammad Ali:
'Champions aren't made in gyms, champions are made from something they have deep inside them; a desire, a dream, a vision.  They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will.  But the will must be stronger than the skill.' 

Mr Michael Muldoon
Head of Academy


posted 15 Jun 2016, 06:14 by

The Russell group are a group of twenty four universities that are research-intensive, world-class universities. They are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivaled links with business and the public sector. 

Russell Group universities play an important part in the intellectual life of the UK and have huge social, economic and cultural impacts locally, across the UK and around the globe. Between them they produce more than two-thirds of the world-leading research produced in UK universities, support over 300,000 jobs across the country and have a total economic output of more than £32 billion every year. Last year, more than 395,000 undergraduates and over 184,000 postgraduates were studying at a Russell Group university. 

The Russell group universities are listed below. We have many students who are intellectually capable of gaining places at these universities and every year many do. Some students though do not enable themselves to be contenders simply because they struggle to have the resilience and self discipline to take on the most challenging subjects. Current year 8 students will, in only nine months time have to make choices about their studies. While we continue to not force students to take the EBACC, we do    encourage those students who are capable of having the choice to attend one of these top universities to study French or    German, study a humanities subject and balance this with the a subject from the Arts, Sport or Technology. With strong grades in Science, Mathematics, English Language and English Literature, they will be able to successfully compete with students from both the maintained and independent sector. We should encourage all of our students to love learning and to enjoy it when they have to think really hard, rather than giving up at every hurdle and waiting for help.

· University of Birmingham

· University of Bristol

· University of Cambridge

· Cardiff University

· Durham University

· London School of Economics and Political Science

· University of Edinburgh

 · University of Exeter

· University of Glasgow

· Imperial College London

· King's College London

· University of Leeds

· University of Liverpool

· University of Manchester

· Newcastle University

· University of Nottingham

· University of Oxford

· Queen Mary University of London

· Queen’s University Belfast

· University of Sheffield

· University of Southampton

· University College London

· University of Warwick

· University of York 


posted 15 Jun 2016, 06:11 by

From the Head of Academy 

Marc Albrighton is a Leicester City player.  Last week, alongside his team mates, he celebrated winning the Premier League.  This is a remarkable achievement for a young man who only two seasons ago was released from his previous club, Aston Villa, on a free transfer.  Indeed, it is a remarkable achievement for a club who were, only last year, on the brink of relegation. 

So, how has this change around in fortune happened? 

In many assemblies across the country it will be used as a shining example of growth mindset. It clearly demonstrates that no matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment. 

Others will argue the case for marginal gains and the amazing impact of the Leicester sport science staff.  Over the course of the season Leicester City used the fewest players, had the fewest injuries, had the fastest player and scored the most counter attacking goals.  The answer to their success could, therefore, lie in their use of beetroot shots, ice chambers, Nord boards (they build up hamstring strength) and a 48 hour recovery process after games. 

For Marc Albrighton the answer may be simpler.  After being rejected by the club he loved and had been at since the age of 8, having someone show belief in him may have been all it took. 

The success of our students, whether it is performing at Springfest, designing a 'Sun Bear feeder', playing in the Year 8 rugby team, will in part be due to their talent, a positive mindset, preparation and practice.  It will also be due to people like us: their teachers, parents, carers and friends showing belief in them.   

So at this time of year, with many of our students facing their final exams, we may be wondering what more we can offer.  Perhaps by simply letting them know we believe in them, is all that is now needed. 

Mr Michael Muldoon - Head of Academy


posted 15 Jun 2016, 06:07 by

It is fantastic to see so much positive press for TTC. 

 The 200+ Year 10 students who took part in the mock interviews last week gained valuable experience in their preparation for the world of work. We must thank all those employers who gave up their time to inspire our young people about the many and varied opportunities that abound for their    future. Yes, qualifications are very important but so too are the other skills such as leadership and team work that are so important for a successful career. That is why the wider educational experiences that our students at TTC participate in are so important. 

The celebration of Stagestruck Academy included Ellen Coleman who appeared as Louisa in the televised version of ‘The Sound of Music’. It only seems a short while ago that as a Year 7 student she took the lead role in ‘Annie’ at the Thorpe Campus production. 

Sporting success at TTC continues with our fantastic rugby teams. See the Year 8 report in this issue. 

We have teams that we can be very proud of.


posted 3 May 2016, 01:59 by   [ updated 3 May 2016, 01:59 ]

As the time for the formal written exams looms it is important for students not to get overly anxious and waste time by worrying. We will provide in-school strategic and intense support to make sure that we have done everything we can to prepare them. What we cannot do is make them back this up by studying at home and it is this that can make a whole grade difference. Those students who have an effective and productive work habit at home will achieve better grades. 

Why does this matter?
Some students have not taken on board for example, that if they do not achieve a grade C in English and/or Maths GCSE they have to retake it next year. This is true wherever they continue their studies.

Having to retake puts them behind their peers and wastes their time. It is unlikely that they will get the same amount or quality of support that they are receiving right now. 

What can parents do?
Remind them of the consequences of not studying now. Encourage them and support them to have resilience, to give it their best shot and not give up. In that way we will have lots of smiling faces on results day.


posted 26 Apr 2016, 07:56 by

If you are an international sports fan you may well have read about the retirement, after a twenty-year career, of LA Lakers Basketball star, Kobe Bryant.  The significance of this can be captured in a simple infographic published in the LA Times (replicated below).  An infographic is a representation of information or data.  What I like about infographics is the ability to communicate complex subjects and vast amounts of data really easily, in few words.  This particular image plots every single shot he took over his career, over 30,000 of them.  

What’s great about it is the message it gives about being great at something.  He missed more shots than he scored, making failure a key characteristic of his success.  Just as we have areas of strength that increase our chances of doing well, so too does Kobe Bryant, as can be seen in the clusters of successful shots and along the centre line. 

As we approach the end of the day, week or term, we will have a mixture of successes and failures; each one will help build and shape our development.  How we deal with both will define our long-term success.  Playing to our strengths is great, but sticking our neck out and shooting from somewhere new is how we get better.  Dare I say, it is better to get some things wrong in order to get better at getting them right.  The only way to become great at something is to practice.


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