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Letter to all parents/carers – Letter from the Principal

Posted: 27 November 2020

Dear parents and carers

I would like to thank you for your support during the last week, where, for the first time since the pandemic began, we have had confirmed cases of Covid-19 within the academy.

We were confident in our systems and were able on each occasion to quickly identify, with the help of Public Health England, those individuals who were ‘close proximity contacts’ and take the right action. Our risk assessments, teaching and learning practices, remote learning policies and community bubble areas within the school are under constant review.  We have come a long way since September, but sadly we are seeing increased cases of coronavirus in West Devon. 

It is with this in mind that  I am writing to inform you that we intend to strengthen our approach to health and safety in this pandemic still further. There will be additional actions and new systems that will be implemented throughout the school from 7 December. This will include a strict one way system around each building, and more movement between lessons in order to prevent groups congregating. We will continue to ensure we have separate year group entrances, ensure year groups have separate eating areas and maintain the use of face coverings in the circulation spaces. We know from the latest guidance that ventilation and hand sanitising are the greatest mitigating factors against the spread of the virus. This is why we have to fully ventilate the buildings (even though it is cold) and ask students to use the sanitiser provided.  

This change will also see a return to the use of more specialised subject rooms and spaces to learn in. Teachers will take on greater cleaning responsibilities during lesson changeovers, whilst being able to call upon their subject specific teaching and learning tools and resources to improve the teaching and learning within the classrooms for the students.

None of the changes will  affect our year group community areas for registration or recess times where all year groups will have their own designated areas for pastoral care, eating and outdoor play, as well as their own community bathrooms. This means that there will be no direct crossing of our communities for longer than is advised, as well as meaning we are still able to keep to the DfE guidance on ‘bubbles’ within secondary schools.

Thank you for your ongoing support at this difficult time. If you have any questions regarding the issues raised in this letter, then please contact office@tavistockcollege.org and a member of the senior team will answer any questions.

Kinds regards
Sarah Jones

Letter to all parents/carers

Posted: 3 November 2020

Support Staff Vacancy – Teaching Assistant

Posted: 23 September 2020

Opportunities for 4 enthusiastic, committed individuals to work as Teaching Assistants in our thriving SEN department.

This role is varied and we are looking for adaptable, flexible and resourceful individuals who are able to cope in a high-pressure environment and deal with constantly changing priorities, whilst keeping the needs of our students at the forefront of everything on a daily basis.

The purpose of the job is to work under the direct instruction of teaching/senior staff, usually in the classroom with the teacher, to support access to learning for students and provide general support to the teacher in the learning and progress of students in the classroom. Work might occasionally take place outside the main teaching area and may involve intervention and mentoring type activities.


Tavistock College can offer you:

• a supportive professional development programme offering high quality training

• a co-operative inclusive academy ethos with high expectations for all students and staff

• a professionally stimulating and supportive working environment


You will be:

• a motivating and inspiring role model demonstrating high expectations for all of our students to achieve their potential

• passionate and committed to improve the lives of young people

Safeguarding Statement:

Tavistock College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.