Many of you will have seen in the local news that Tendring Technology College has been awarded Teaching School status and I have been made a National Leader of Education. This is an exciting development for us. Ofsted judged Tendring Technology College to be an Outstanding school with an Outstanding Sixth Form. This judgement is very difficult to achieve in the current educational environment. The outstanding badge gave us the opportunity to bid to become a teaching school. As a teaching school we will work with other partner schools, secondary and primary, to recruit and train high quality staff, research the most effective methods of teaching, create high quality school leaders to ensure we stay at the top of our game, and create a dynamic, exciting environment for learning that will give our students the best chance of success in a system that becomes more demanding intellectually for children of all abilities.
TTC has strong links with Walton Sea Cadets and it was a pleasure for me, Mrs Lewis and Mrs Johnson to accompany three mini-buses full of junior cadets, all of whom are TTC students, to Plymouth to join HMS Illustrious for the day. Lieutenant Joe Curran, Royal Navy wrote "It was fantastic to see a group of such enthusiastic and happy cadets." I was very proud of our students who conducted themselves superbly under the leadership of Commanding Officer, Lieutenant (SCC) Gary Dodd RNR. It was great for Mrs Lewis and I not to be the ones in charge! I am sorry to say that after many years of selfless service to Walton Sea Cadets Gary is stepping down and taking a well earned rest from spending so much of his time leading this fantastic unit. He leaves them in very good shape. We look forward to keeping up our links when James Holby takes over command.
We were all very sad to hear that Freya James, a much loved ex-student, lost her fight against cancer last week. Staff past and present in the Performing Arts team have such fond memories of Freya. Freya's first of many performances for TTC was in ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ at Thorpe Campus. From then on she was an integral part of performance at TTC. She was part of the first German Drama exchange and performed in the first Shakespeare festival.
Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very sad time. Heather Cameron is zip lining in Snowdonia for the Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Freya James. Below is the link for donations if you felt able to make a donation to this very worthy cause - http://www.justgiving.com/HeathersZipLine/?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=HeathersZipLine&utm_campaign=pfp-email.