This is the week of Open Evening, when I get a chance to tell prospective parents and students just how proud I am of TTC.
The first few weeks this term have seen yet another raft of changes for schools to deal with, but what has not changed is our high expectations of our students and staff. I am delighted to say that the majority of the time everyone lives up to those expectations. I have just read the minutes of the Year 10 Harmony group who want to set up a quiet area for students at lunch time, away from the bustle of the busy dining area. I will do what I can to support them acting on behalf of their peers. It is a great example of TTC3, the values we hold dear at Tendring Technology College: HONESTY, RESPONSIBILITY and RESPECT.
I had great fun talking to three of our students who were selected for the Sainsbury School Games. Francesca Smith-Day, Joe Allahak and Jonah Thomas were great company. I am hoping they will write about their adventures for College News. I also met with the new cabinet of iVoice. They have a range of ideas that we will try to support them with. Ed Hendry and Jack Blanes modelled the TTC mascots for my benefit. They looked amazing but it got very hot in there. The mascots will be supporting TTC students at events both inside and outside College.
Last Friday after College I listened to an outstanding presentation by Toby Crome as part of his EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). Toby researched the effectiveness of two local hospitals and then went on to design a new hospital. A significant number of our students at Thorpe and Frinton Campus are engaged in EPQ. These qualifications attract UCAS points but more importantly, they give students an opportunity to research something they have a personal interest in. They learn how to reference their work, analyse data, present their arguments and opinions with clarity and with confidence and they develop a whole range of skills that will benefit them in every aspect of their lives. EPQ is one of many activities that we offer for students with a high learning potential. These are the students who have a thirst for knowledge and are willing to challenge themselves.