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Tavistock College


I am delighted to welcome you to our website. Tavistock College is an ambitious, successful and friendly school. Co-operation is at the heart of what we do and we take pride in striving for the highest standards together. Our aim is that young people leave us as happy, well qualified, confident, caring and motivated citizens who will go on to flourish in their lives.

As a College we are driven by a sense of the moral seriousness of what we are about; by a conviction that learning should be joyful; by a belief that we are an inclusive community in which everyone is equally valued; and by a determination that each of us will become the very best person we can be. As well as a challenging curriculum, we offer many opportunities to widen our young people’s understanding of their role in the community locally, nationally and internationally.

We are part of a wider Co-operative Trust with 10 local primary schools and together we work for the benefit of children in all our schools. What unites us are the co-operative values of solidarity, self-help, self-responsibility, equality, equity and democracy. Co-operation gives our daily lives meaning and ensures that no one is left behind in building a strong community of learners.

I hope you will agree with me that Tavistock College is a wonderful place for young people to learn and develop in, and that having looked at our website you will want to visit us and see for yourself.

Sarah Jones

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Latest updates

Academy Conversion – Information and Updates

The governors of Tavistock College are delighted to announce that our plan to convert to an Academy and join the proposed Dartmoor Multi- Academy Trust (MAT) are now taking shape.  We, and our proposed sixteen partner schools, have now received Academy Orders. This indicates that our application has been accepted and that our proposed plans meet with the approval of the Department for Education.

The next steps involve further consultation in September and October and the process to ensure continuity of employment and the transfer of employees’ terms and conditions. The target date for the formation of the MAT is January 2018, although it is recognised that this target allows no room for any slippage in the process.

The governors chose to pursue conversion to an academy and join the proposed Dartmoor MAT because they believed it was the best way to secure the optimum environment for continuing to improve teaching and learning for students at the college, while being able to preserve our co-operative identity. They reviewed this decision at the full governing board meeting on 12th July and unanimously confirmed their commitment to it.

The Governors of Tavistock College would like to announce that they are actively pursuing an academy order to convert Tavistock College from a foundation school to an academy as part of a multi-academy trust (MAT).

Partners in this MAT have not yet been secured so we are unable to name any other schools. Governors would like to emphasise that any academy conversion involving Tavistock College will be done on the understanding that its co-operative identity will be maintained. The consultation process is now underway.

Regular updates will be posted on the college website including any questions that parents or other members of the community with an interest in Tavistock College would like answered. Any questions requiring a written response should be emailed to a.thomas@www.tavistockcollege.org.

Dartmoor Multi-Academy Trust Communication Brief
Dartmoor Multi-Academy Trust Consultation Letter September 2017
Academy Conversion updates can be found here.

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Closing date: 05/01/2018

Train to teach through the Devon and Cornwall Co-operative Alliance (DACCA) School Direct programme. This provides the opportunity for you to be placed within two of our partner schools across Devon and East Cornwall and successful trainees will acquire full QTS and a PGCE during this training year.

Find out more at Devon And Cornwall Cooperative Alliance.